Tough Mudder Training Plans

Obstacle races are all the rage right now – not just with fitness folk, but also with many former armchair athletes who now want to take part in the action rather than sit back and watch it.

If you’ve never taken part in a major obstacle race like Tough Mudder but are keen to do so, you’re in luck – we’ve designed a beginner-friendly eight-week training plan that will not only get you to the start line, it will allow you to get to the finish line too, and maybe even with a smile on your face.

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Before you begin the training plan there’s a couple of things you need to remember: if you are not a runner but are physically strong then you need to include more running training in your preparations. However, if all you do is run and don’t do any strength work, it’ll be hard work getting over the many obstacles, so you need to do more resistance training. To tackle the course successfully make sure that your training incorporates both running and total body strength work.

Finally, while there’s not much you can do on the gym floor to prepare yourself for those obstacles involving very cold water and ice, you can gradually get used to the shock to your system in the shower after training, by alternating 30-second blasts of warm and cold water. It’s not the nicest way to wash, but it can be good preparation. Read on for our complete eight-week obstacle course training plan.

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Tough Mudder Training Plan

“This programme combines endurance and strength training to mimic the challenges you’ll face on race day,” says personal trainer Glenn Higgins, founder of Glenn Higgins Fitness. “Run and train outside where you can or you’ll get a shock on the day.”

Keep following the workout and you should see your scores improve as race day gets closer. But don’t forget that Tough Mudder is not just a physical challenge – our guide to staying mentally strong will help you stay the course.

Most of the moves require no kit, but you will need dumbbells, a medicine ball and a kettlebell. When doing moves with weights, choose a weight that make it challenging but possible to complete all the sets. If it starts to get easier, increase the weight.

Week 1

Monday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest after each round

Tuesday Run 2 miles (3.22km)

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 5 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 20 squats
  • Tabata mountain climbers: 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds’ rest

Friday Run 2 miles (3.22km)

Saturday 10 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

Sunday Rest

Week 2

Monday 8-12 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

Tuesday Run 3 miles (4.83km)

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 ball slams
  • 10 box jumps

Friday Run 3 miles (4.83km)

Saturday 10 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 squats
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 sit-ups

Sunday Rest

Week 3

Monday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 squat thrust to broad jumps
  • 50m bear crawl
  • 15 press-ups
  • 20 V-sits

Tuesday Run 3 miles (4.83km) with a 3kg dumbbell in a rucksack

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 5 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 15 lunges
  • 20 squats

Friday Run 3 miles (4.83km) with a 3kg dumbbell in a rucksack

Saturday Run up a hill carrying a 4-6kg dumbbell in a rucksack. Run for 90 seconds, rest for 30 seconds. 8-12 rounds.

Sunday Rest

Week 4

Monday 8-12 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • Tabata burpees: 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds’ rest
  • 5 pull-ups
  • 10 press-ups
  • 15 jump squats

Tuesday Run 4 miles (6.44km). Every half a mile (805m) do 15 burpees

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 ball slams
  • 10 box jumps

Friday Run 4 miles (6.44km). Every half a mile (805m) do 15 burpees

Saturday 5-8 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 press-ups
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 burpees
  • Tabata mountain climbers: 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds’ rest

Sunday Rest

Week 5

Monday 5-8 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 press-ups
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 burpees
  • Tabata mountain climbers: 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest

Tuesday Run 5 miles (8.05km) run with a 4kg dumbbell in a rucksack

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 5 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 15 lunges
  • 20 squats

Friday Run 5 miles (8.05km) run with a 4kg dumbbell in a rucksack

Saturday Run up a hill, carrying a 4-6kg dumbbell in a rucksack. Run for 90 seconds, rest for 30 seconds. 8-12 rounds.

Sunday Rest

Week 6

Monday 8-12 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 20 kettlebell swings
  • 10 squat thrusts
  • 10 box jumps

Tuesday Run 6 miles (9.65km). Every mile (1.61km) do 15 press-ups

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 ball slams
  • 10 box jumps

Friday Run 6 miles (9.65km). Every mile (1.61km) do 15 press-ups

Saturday 5-8 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 press-ups
  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 burpees

Sunday Rest

Week 7

Monday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 10 pull-ups
  • 20 press-ups
  • 30 squats

Tuesday Run 7 miles (11.27km)

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 5 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • 5 dumbbell thrusters
  • 10 tuck jumps
  • 15 lunges
  • 20 squats

Friday Run 7 miles (11.27km)

Saturday Run up a hill, carrying a 4-6kg dumbbell in a rucksack. Run for 90 seconds, rest for 30 seconds. 8-12 rounds.

Sunday Rest

Week 8 (Race week)

Monday 8-12 rounds, 60 seconds’ rest

  • Tabata burpees: 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds’ rest
  • 5 pull-ups
  • 10 press-ups
  • 15 jump squats

Tuesday Run 4 miles (6.44km)

Wednesday Rest

Thursday Rest

Friday Rest

Saturday Triumphantly race your first Tough Mudder

Sunday Party/research when the next Tough Mudder is

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