“Mud runs and obstacle races challenge you in a different way to a normal run,” writes running coach Matt Buck. “They give you full-body workouts as you tackle the various obstacles. You need to be efficient with your running between obstacles so you have the strength to swim, climb, lift and swing. Added to this you’ll need to work on your trail running technique so you are fast yet efficient on the running sections.
“Some time in the gym and working on core strength will help with the obstacles. Lots of squats, sit-ups and press-ups are a simple place to start and will build up your strength. Try designing your own sprint session that introduces a short sprint section followed by one of the mentioned exercises, then repeat 10 times. Do this at least once a week alongside your other training.”
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