Training for Tough Mudder/Spartan Race

Training for adventure endurance runs requires a broad range of fitness.  Elements of endurance, power endurance, strength, strength endurance and mental resilience will all play their part through the course.  You have to be able to get through the obstacles and you have to be able to carry the engine. So how do you manage to fit all these disciplines in throughout your training to optimize performance? Luckily at W10 Performance we have made it relatively easy….

How to utilise the Hub and maximise performance

The Hub was designed and is programmed to deliver the “across the board” fitness required for these races.  Simply by attending the Conditioning Hub on a regular basis (2-4 times per week) will ensure that most of your basis are covered.  Everybody who attends the hub gets fitter, stronger and leaner.  These three factors alone will dramatically improve your performance.

The missing Factor

The fourth factor I want you to consider is “mental strength”.  This will play a huge part in how well you perform on the day.  As my friend Mark Twight always says, “The mind is primary”.  If the mind is strong then the body will follow, a weakness in the former will lead to the collapse of the latter.

In the Hub we do a lot of challenges that help improve mental fortitude. Barriers are overcome as new personal bests are attained.  What was once “undoable” becomes doable.  Confidence and self-belief in your ability will soar as you go further than you once could.  The lesson is simple; not giving up is a habit.  We breed this habit. You wont give up.

Beyond the Hub

What do you need to do beyond the hub? The answer is running.  You cannot escape the fact that in order to be able to complete a race, you have to run.  These races vary in distance from 5k to 20k so will need to base your running schedule relative to the schedule.  You cant only run 5ks if you have a 20k race to run.  Distance matters and adaptation is specific.  In my experience the best time to do longer distance runs is at the weekend as that suits most peoples work/life schedules. Whenever the best time is you need to be getting theses longer runs in 1-2 times per week.