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Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.

Whether you’re training for a Tough Mudder or just looking to whip yourself into summer shape, trail running is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can pick up this season. 

So why should you step off the treadmill and get off your asphalt? Because trail running makes training more diverse, exciting, challenging and fun. Here are four reasons why.

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New for 2015, King of the Swingers requires explosive leg strength, hand-eye coordination and an extending reach.

If you’re gonna earn your crown on this bell ringer, add these three exercises to your summer regimen.

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They say you shouldn’t mess with perfection, but we couldn’t help but update our signature obstacle, Everest, for 2015.

Twenty percent higher with a tough-to-grip rounded top, you’re gonna need these Coach T. Mud-approved training tips to surmount Everest 2.0.

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One of 2015’s most team-oriented obstacles, Beached Whale is an immovable mass that stays true to its namesake.

Just because it’s immovable doesn’t mean it’s unsurmountable, however. Incorporate these training exercises into your pre-Tough Mudder regimen to navigate Beached Whale.

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If you thought the first version of Funky Monkey was funky, what 'til you see our bar-raising 2015 update.

To best prep you for the new, tricked-out version of our classic favorite, Coach T. Mud is here to share three FM 2.0-centric exercises with you.

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We’ve got some new tricks up our sleeves this Mudder season, and Skidmarked is one of our latest Obstacle Innovation Lab creations.

A new-for-2015 obstacle that requires tricep strength and lower body explosiveness, you won’t get run over at Skidmarked if you adhere to these three Coach T. Mud-approved exercises.

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After months of consulting and planning with the hip-swiveling Coach Theodore Mudhoney, we’re ready to launch our official Tough Mudder 2015 Obstacle Training series.

Featuring think-outside-the-gym training videos highlighting how to best prep for each of our world-class obstacles, our series is full of freakishly fun, Mudder-ready training tips for newbies and Mudder legends alike.

So loosen up those hips, press play and get ready to be Coachified.

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It happens every year. As spring heats up, so does your desire to have rip-roaring abs, or at least something of their semblance. But since you don’t have a gym membership or any free time with your “busy schedule,” you’ll just have to accept the baby bump o’ beer for one more summer season, right?

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Over the past five years, we’ve realized that Mudders are as diverse as the reasons that drive them to our start line. As we celebrate our 5th anniversary this week, we’re here to run down the top reasons Mudders have committed to the Tough Mudder challenge--and why you should too.

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Being the sports and movie buffs that you and your team are, you were probably already acquainted with our favorite unknown underdog teams. You’ve also probably seen the inspirational sports classics like Miracle, Hoosiers and Rocky.

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Everyone loves an underdog story. Some, if not most, of histories most memorable sports moments involve nail-biting David vs. Goliath matchups with everything on the line. Throughout the years, however, countless amazing, storybook-like team achievements have seeped through the cracks of sports history.

Here are four of our favorites:

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Our redefined 2015 Tough Mudder course requires more camaraderie than ever before, and you need to look no further than some of our brand-spanking-new obstacles to see that. 

To ensure that your team is ready for the challenge ahead, let’s run down some 2015 obstacles that will put team chemistry to the ultimate test.

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Before running a big event like Tough Mudder, we look for ways to pump ourselves up. We might dust off our old Jock Jams album, look to mentors for words of wisdom or continuously loop the Rocky-Ivan Drago fight (spoiler alert - Rocky wins). But what if instead of looking outside of us, we started looking inside of us for confidence and self-assurance?

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So you’ve got a phobia or two. Congratulations, you’re human. 

Even though fears can be paralyzing, conquering them is within your power. Every Tough Mudder event, we see thousands of people accomplish things that mere hours ago they thought were impossible.

Having talked with countless Mudders who have overcome their fear of heights, closed spaces, failure and more, we’ve learned a thing or two about flipping fear the finger, and it’s about time we shared our findings. 

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While every Tough Mudder course has a “no whining” policy, this year, we have no choice but to be a little lax on this rule. The reason? Cry Baby-- Tough Mudder’s latest tearjerker of an obstacle that stirred up a media frenzy earlier this year.

An enclosed structure filled with a (safe) tear gas-like concoction brewed by our mad-minded course team, Cry Baby will have your eyes flowing with tears of, um, laughter--yeah, laughter.

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