Tyler Robbins Fitness

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

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Tough Mudder Tactics: Cage Crawl

I took part in my third Tough Mudder event (Tough Mudder Toronto) on Saturday May 11th 2013 at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone ski resort. This is an obstacle that I encountered for the first time.

Cage Crawl is a funny obstacle for me. It is not inherently difficult by any means, but I did not really enjoy it at all. I have always had problems with my ears, and get water trapped in them all the time, so it probably isn't much of a surprise that this one bothered me.

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With Cage Crawl, you are to get into a pool of muddy water, lay on your back, and 'crawl' your way under a cage from one end to the other. Along the way, you pull yourself along by using the very cage that is holding you hostage.

The obstacle actually works quite well since you basically float or skim across the top of the water as you try and keep your face as close to the cage as possible. That way you can, you know...breathe!

When I got out of the water at the opposite end and stood up, I felt quite dizzy for a few minutes afterwards. I was still able to job, and was not tripping over myself by any means, but the dizzy sensation was definitely there.

Maybe I am just a huge sissy, because my running partner, my wife, remarked at how she felt the obstacle was very relaxing...go figure!





Tough Mudder Tactics: Smoke Chute

I took part in my third Tough Mudder event (Tough Mudder Toronto) on Saturday May 11th 2013 at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone ski resort. This is an obstacle that I encountered for the first time.

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Smoke Chute is another obstacle I encountered at World's Toughest Mudder, but this is a new obstacle at Tough Mudder Toronto. Basically, you are sliding down an enclosed slide, coming out of the bottom into a muddy pool.

Not a whole lot to do here but to climb up the ladder and slide down the chute. I will, however, give you some advice that I have found worked for me in the past.

As you enter the slide, actually slide down turning your body on a bit of an angle so that you can brace one hand on the 'front' of the chute, and one hand on the 'back' of the chute, or the slide part. I find this helps to protect your head so that you don't smack it on either the front, the back, or the walls as you slide down.

The fella in the pic above actually has both of his hands braced on the front of the chute, which may cause his head to whiplash back into the slide as he hits the scoop at the bottom.





Tough Mudder Tactics: Balls to the Wall

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I took part in my third Tough Mudder event (Tough Mudder Toronto) on Saturday May 11th 2013 at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone ski resort. This is an obstacle that I encountered for the first time.

Balls to the Wall is an obstacle that I have actually encountered before, but it was a much different version at last year's World's Toughest Mudder when compared to the one I experienced at Tough Mudder Toronto Spring 2013.

With Balls to the Wall, your goal is to climb up and over a big wooden wall using the 2x4 'steps' and rope to help you both ascend, and descend the wall.

The obstacle really was quite straight-forward, and if anything I was actually quite disappointed with the difficulty of it due to my previous experience with this obstacle at World's Toughest Mudder.

You'll notice in the picture above, that the wall has 4 'steps' to help you reach the top, along with the rope to help you. At WTM, there was only 2 steps, spaced much further apart, causing you to put much more emphasis on the upper body strength to get up. That is also where my calves seized up on me for the first (of many) time in that competition!





Tough Mudder Tactics: Fire Walker

I took part in my third Tough Mudder event (Tough Mudder Toronto) on Saturday May 11th 2013 at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone ski resort. This is an obstacle that I encountered for the first time.

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Firewalker was a fun obstacle. It really did/does make you feel like you are an action star. As you approach the obstacle, you will no doubt see the flames and smoke from the fire at the top of the ramp. Your job is to run up to the fire, leap over it and land in a pool below.

I will say that the pool waiting for me on the other side was not as deep as what I would have expected considering I was jumping from a few feet up. I bottomed-out in the pool rather easily as it was only 4 feet deep or so. So, if you are encountering this obstacle, make sure to be aware of the shallow pool below!





Tough Mudder Tactics: Glory Blades

I took part in my third Tough Mudder event (Tough Mudder Toronto) on Saturday May 11th 2013 at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone ski resort. This is an obstacle that I encountered for the first time.

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Glory blades is essentially Berlin Walls, made harder. The Glory Blade walls are about 8 feet high, but they are placed on a 25-30 degree inline towards you. The reason why this becomes more difficult than your standard run-of-the-mill Berlin Wall is because the incline does not allow any sort of leverage to be gained.

With a standard Berlin Wall, you have the opportunity to either step on a wooden ledge, or the very least use a bit of friction on the wall to try and gain momentum upwards to propel yourself over.

With Glory Blades, since the wall is inclined towards you, you essentially have to use all upper body strength to get up and over. Either that, or teamwork. I would imagine that most people encountering this obstacle will need the help of either teammates or fellow Mudders to help give them a boost up and over the wall. Once you make it over the first one, you need to prove that it wasn't a fluke and do it once more, as there are 2 walls to overcome.