Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 122 - Tough Mudder Tactics: Kiss of Mud

Over the next several days, I am going to spend some time going through each of the obstacles that I completed at the Tough Mudder Toronto event. I will give some advice on how I handled the obstacle, as well as give any hints/tips that I may have learned from others doing the event as well.

The very first obstacle at Tough Mudder Toronto was Kiss of Mud.

Eat dirt as you crawl commando-style under barbed wire set 8 inches from the ground. This obstacle is true to it’s name – Mudders must belly-crawl through mud in order to avoid getting snagged by the barbed wire above. On some courses, the Kiss of Mud is set on an uphill, increasing the level of difficulty. To prepare for this obstacle, start crawling in any mud you come across, or, do our Tough plank series (alternating low & high planks – fast!).

This obstacle is pretty straight-forward. You will more than likely get some cuts and scrapes on your elbows, knees, and potentially hips because you are crawling through mud, so rocks and stones are a definite possibility. Having said that, the more worrisome factor is that you are trying to stay beneath the barbwire above you.

To become efficient at the army crawl, I would definitely add some low and high planks to your training, as well as some low plank and high plank walking (movement while in plank). There are quite a few obstacles in Tough Mudder that will have you army-crawling, so this will definitely be something you will want to be fairly good at.

Quote of the day:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain