Newbies Guide to Obstacle Races

Are you about to embark on your first obstacle course?

Would you like a newbie guide to obstacle races to help you get over the finish line?

In 2014 I took on my first ever Tough Mudder and I loved it, it was a great experience. I also completed another Tough Mudder just recently and no doubt will book my next one for next year as well.

Obstacle courses like the Tough Mudder can be enjoyable but if you don’t train properly then you will be left behind in the mud wishing you was back at home in front of the TV.

How do you train for your first obstacle course?

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If you get a chance to see the course you are about to tackle then study it well and plan ahead, focusing on what your weak points are and just building on your strengths. Tough Mudder tend to have similar obstacles each year but they will change some and add new ones so it’s not always going to be easy keeping on top of what you’re going to face.

If you concentrate on your total body strength, athleticism and stamina, then you shouldn’t have any problem taking on anything that the obstacle course has to offer.

“Train like you’ll be performing” – In other words, put 110% effort in even in your training. This will pay dividends come race day as your body will be used to pushing itself to the limit and ultimately this will make your day easier and more enjoyable.


What about training?

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By following the above plan it will build up your overall body strength and your stamina. There’s one thing that you can’t train on though and that will come from deep down inside you and that’s your mental grit.

There will be times where you just want to throw in the towel and call it a day, but if you just focus on the end and block out everything else around you then you will be crossing the finishing line before you know it.

The above plan is great to start with but if you really want to boost your training plan and get some serious results then it’s highly recommended finding a local, quality gym that know there stuff. Check out websites and take a look at personal trainer profiles, look for PT’s that have taken on these types of courses before, they will know what it takes to finish.

What should you include in your kit bag?

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So the big day has arrived and you are pumped and raring to go. You have been training hard for this and can’t wait to cross the finish line.

But your training is not the only preparation you need to consider, what about your kit bag? If the course that you are about to do is anything like Tough Mudder then what you put in your bag can be a blessing.

Race clothes you won’t mind ruining is a big one, I tend to leave my shorts, shoes, socks etc behind. The shoes get donated to people that need them after they have been cleaned up but the clothes are good for nobody, they will get filthy, ripped and torn so use something old or cheap.

Nice baggy, easy to get on clothes are essential for when you finish. You want something like this as no doubt by the end you will be aching, cut and bruised so the last thing you want to be messing about with is getting dressed.

Then the others such as;

  • Spare bag for dirty clothes
  • ID
  • Spare cash (most places won’t have card options)
  • Some post race food – If you’re paleo/primal they probably won’t have compliant food there.
  • Deodorant (You will smell)
  • Towel
  • Shower Gel

Obstacle courses are great fun and unless your a aiming for the world series or doing it competitively, then don’t take it too seriously. Yes train right for it as this does help but the biggest piece of advice I can give is just enjoy it 🙂




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