Tough Mudder is back for it’s fifth year, known as the intense (and very muddy) obstacle course that is not for the faint-hearted. It all kicked off this weekend in Henley on Thames where 20,000 Mudders tackled the course. It’s an event I’ve been asked several times to do, but I’m just not sure I’m cut out for it. When I heard Virgin Active had teamed up with Tough Mudder’s “Chief of Tough” to create a brand new fitness class ‘Mudder Maker‘, I jumped at the chance to try it out and get a taster of what’s involved in Tough Mudder.
Mudder Maker isn’t your typical fitness class where you can show up and hide out at the back hoping the instructor won’t pick on you. At the heart of the class is Tough Mudder’s core value of teamwork and camaraderie. You are split into groups of 3-4 and you have to work together to complete the class and spur each other on when the going gets tough. The class is designed for all fitness levels where beginners will complete 4 laps of each obstacle, intermediates will complete 6 and the advanced will complete 8. Each obstacle challenges a different part of your body, ensuring you are fit enough to take on Tough Mudder (if you so wish to).
The Mudder Maker Obstacles
Electroshock Therapy – Holding a plank, you have to pass a ball between your teammates like a #FitFam version of Pass the Parcel, except in this version the ball randomly sends out an electric shock. Challenge your core and face your fear in this one.
Swamp Crawl – Keeping your bum low and knees off the floor, you have to crawl under a set of bars in a lizard-like motion, being careful not to touch the bars and knock them over.
Swamp Box – Once you’ve made it through the Swamp Crawl you get to jump onto the Swamp Box, which I managed to fall off of, twice. I’m taking falling flat on my back, legs in the air, pride definitely not intact. I love a box jump, but this box is filled with some sort of liquid which makes it unstable and all the more challenging. Don’t worry though, no one else in my class managed to fall off, just little old me.
Kamagon Krippler – Holding a water-filled ball above your head whilst keeping your arms straight (killer), lunge your way around a set of pillars. Next time I’ll start on this one because lifting that ball above your head when your arms have already turned to jelly is no easy task.
Horse Power – This was my favourite. Two of your teammates sit on the TiYR (tyre, to you and me) whilst the other two pull them across the room using the battle ropes. Then you get to have a little rest whilst you sit on the TiYR and the other two pull you along. This requires you to really drive through with your legs, which is why it was my fave.
Drum Runner – Crawling along the floor in a bear crawl, you have to push along a water-filled drum. The swishing of the water inside the drum as you push it makes this tougher.
There are many more obstacles in the Mudder Maker class including two challenges to finish, but I don’t want to give away all the fun. Mudder Maker will be available in all Virgin Active gyms starting in May, so keep an eye out for it in one near you. I loved this class and will definitely be going back. It allowed me to channel my inner animal by incorporating primal movements, worked on my strength and was the first fitness class I’d been to where I was put into a team and got to talk to and support other people in the class the whole way through. I think it’s great training for Tough Mudder but also a fun way to socialise whilst challenging yourself at the gym.
To celebrate Tough Mudder’s Fifth Anniversary, they are offering 25% off any Tough Mudder event for a limited time only. Use code HBDTM at checkout when signing up – Good luck to you my friend, good luck.