Tyler Robbins Fitness

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

Day 153 - Tough Mudder Tactics: Electroshock Therapy

The pinnacle obstacle at any Tough Mudder event. It is not the most physically demanding, but this one tests you mentally. Are you ready to get shocked?

Sprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face-plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is typically the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line.

To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect with the "live" obstacles at Tough Mudder. I have been 'shocked' a few times in the past, when I have gotten my finger too close to a light socket or other similar misadventures, but nothing could prepare me for the sensation you get from Electroshock Therapy!

I wouldn't necessarily say that getting shocked like this 'hurts', at least not in the way getting kicked or punched does. It is unlike any other sensation I have felt before. At least when you are being punched or kicked, you usually see the object coming towards you and then striking you, and you have that external soreness localized to the spot you are struck.

In this case, when being shocked, it's almost as if you feel it from the inside, out. It's like having all of your muscles suddenly tense up at once. Your vision goes a bit blurry, and you feel like you're going to fall down...or maybe you do fall down.

(My experience with Electroshock Therapy can be seen starting at the 4:41 mark)

I wouldn't say there is anything you can do or train to prepare you for this obstacle, unless of course you want to go grab a cow fence (not recommended). Just come into the event mentally ready to do anything it takes to get you to that finish line!

Quote of the day:
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
~ Winston Churchill