Tyler Robbins Fitness

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

Day 143 - Tough Mudder Tactics: Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor in my opinion is one of the least physically-demanding obstacles on the course, but that does not mean that it does not require a bit of strategy.

If you don’t like small spaces, this obstacle will be a challenge for you. Crawl through a series of pipes that force you on a downhill into some freezing mud, then a slippery uphill to the other side. Your legs will be useless in the narrow confines of the Boa, so use your arms to pull yourself through this obstacle. There really is light at the end of the tunnel.

The description sums things up fairly well. The obstacle is set up to get your wet and muddy. First, you slide down a narrow tube (go head first). As you exit the tube, you enter a pool of muddy water. Now the temperature of this water will be entirely dependent on the climate you are competing in (obviously).

I ran the Tough Mudder Toronto event which took place in August, so the water was quite warm. If you are participating in New Jersey in October, however, you may be entering some pretty cold water!

Once you enter the water, you will want to keep you head and body low, as you will have barb wire directly above you. This forces you to stay low in the water and get nice and dirty!

The toughest part of this obstacle, in my opinion, is the tube leading up and out of the water. The inside of the tubes are smooth. So, trying to climb up the inside of a smooth tube while you are wet and muddy makes for a challenging time.

For most folks, I am going to guess that you will not be able to get on all-fours, due to the narrow tube, so you will have to try and get your grip the best you can and pull yourself up with your upper body. I would be completely guessing here, but I would say the incline to climb inside the tube would be about 15-20 degrees.

To train for this event, and similar to other obstacles in Tough Mudder, you will need a good combination of core and upper body strength.

Quote of the day:
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
~ Winston Churchill