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Tag Archive for ‘conditioning’

Obstacle Course Race Conditioning

Whether you are training for a Warrior Dash or a Tough Mudder, it wise to condition yourself for the combined efforts of running and climbing.  Or crawling.  Or jumping.  Or whatever your race has in store for you.  Switching back and forth between endurance and strength efforts is a bit harder than doing either in isolation.  And a lot more tiring.  The good news is that it doesn’t take a […]

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The Wall

Today, my dad and I built an obstacle course training wall.  This has been a theoretical project for some time now, but since the Tough Mudder is in eight weeks and its high time I learn to climb a wall, I decided to get my dad involved in the project because, well, I don’t have to explain, it just gets done.  That’s a great thing about dads in general, but […]

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11 Weeks Out

All right Team GeriAtrocities!  The Tough Mudder is in eleven weeks and its time to finish up our base training and get more specific.  Two posts ago, I talked about the obstacles and what the general fitness needs are going to be.  I now want to get even more specific about what we’ll be doing over the next several weeks to get ready to take on this challenge.  This is […]

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Tough Mudder Obstacles

The Tough Mudder has 25 obstacles, most of which involve getting wet or muddy in some form or another.  There are those that challenge your (my) fear of heights as well as your (my)  fear of enclosed spaces.  There are others such as the 15 foot rope climb and monkey bars that require a good amount of upper body and grip strength.  And then there are those such as the […]

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Training Schedule, March 8th – March 13th 2010

First of all, its time to revisit Performance Nutrition. Humor me, its the 80% of achieving optimal body composition and I’ve even provided someone interesting to read about. Okay, now that that’s out of the way (you read it, right?), let’s move on to lifting heavy stuff and running. The children wanted me to tell you that we had our first “Cool Fit Kids” (their name, not mine) workout on […]

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Training Schedule February 22nd – 27th

This is the 8th week of our periodized schedule and is another de-load week. As with last time, it is a good time to practice yoga, take a long bike ride, or go for a hike. The idea is to rest, recover, and come back stronger next week. Endurance Training: Use these either between strength training days or four hours before or after a strength workout. Option 1: Low intensity: […]

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Training Schedule, February 15th – February 19th

Endurance Training: Use these either between strength training days or four hours before or after a strength workout. Option 1 (high intensity): 15 – 25 fifty meter sprints with 30-60 second recoveriesOption 2 (high intensity): Run, bike or row 6 rounds of the following intervals: 30 seconds all out effort followed by 2 minutes of moderate pace. Complete all six rounds with no rest between intervals. Include a 2 minute […]

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