Mudder Training Continued…
Aug15

Mudder Training Continued…

Hey gang. I wasn’t able to post any updates last week on my Mudder training because I was unexpectedly out of town! I had to take my workouts on the road and didn’t have all my gear with me unfortunately. Instead, I wrote several posts about MODIFYing your workouts to your situation, and taking your workouts ON THE ROAD and OUTSIDE! Hope you enjoyed them. Here are a couple of GREAT posts on the subject from fellow coach Brian Zeppetelli: “Short to Mid-Range Endurance Events, Part 1. Selecting the right one for you”: http://teamrevolutionx.com/cross-training/short-to-mid-range-endurance-events-part-1-selecting-the-right-one-for-you/ “Short to Mid-Range Endurance Events, Part 2. What now?”: http://teamrevolutionx.com/cross-training/short-to-mid-range-endurance-events-part-2-what-now/ “Short to Mid-Range Endurance Events, Part 3. Benefits of Hill Training”: http://teamrevolutionx.com/cross-training/short-to-mid-range-endurance-events-part-3-benefits-of-hill-training/ Check them out! Tons of great information there. To your good health! Britt...

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Mudder-Dash Training Block
Aug02

Mudder-Dash Training Block

So here it is! I’ve put together the Training Block I plan to follow for the next 9 weeks. INSANITY: The Asylum is the CORE of the routine, but you’ll see abs, core, balance and synergy routines throughout the calendar taking bits and pieces from the Insanity, P90x, P90X Plus, and P90X One on One Vols 1 and 3 (MC2) programs. I believe stability/balance training is also essential, as is outdoor sprint, hill, and endurance running. There’s no doubt that this is a pretty demanding schedule, so I’ve plugged in at least one day a week for rest or active recovery. I’m going to listen to my body and try very hard not to over train. Warrior Dash Training Block FINAL   Anyone that’s seen the teamRIPPED Asylum Challenge video will know immediately WHY I chose The Asylum as the foundation of this routine. It is hands down the best program in my opinion to get you Game Day ready. Get ready to Bring It! Anyone following along is gonna...

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Gettin’ Dirty – Let The Journey Begin
Aug01

Gettin’ Dirty – Let The Journey Begin

Follow me over then next eight weeks as I prepare my body for the rigors of a Warrior Dash. I’m WAY ahead of things because the Georgia event is literally MONTHS away, but there’s no time like the present to get this old frame “battle ready”. Come learn the “ropes” along with me as I develop and modify my training regime. Getting the routine tested now will enable me to possible enter another race coming up sooner in the season AND work out any kinks before I get within 8 weeks of the actual event. The core of my indoor training will utilize both the INSANITY and INSANITY: The Asylum programs from Beachbody. I’ll also be running on uneven and hilly terrain, with and without a weighted vest, and I’ll work on balance/ankle strengthening exercises to strengthen my ankles to avoid injury on race day. I’m also going to include two to three days a week of abs/core work from the P90X and P90X One on One programs in the...

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Improving Ankle Stability
Jul31

Improving Ankle Stability

So you’re going to run in a Mudder or Dash? Well, unless you’re an elite soldier or someone who is used to running over uneven terrain, up hills, over obstacles and down slippery slopes, you’d better think about improving your ankle stability. You basically need 3 things to minimize your risk of a sprained or twisted ankle when running off road: better balance, stronger ankle and foot muscles and improved proprioception (body awareness). The easiest way to improve balance is to incorporate one-legged movements into your workouts. Doing bicep curls? Try doing them on one leg. I love my Bosu for this as well. Place it flat side down and step on it with one foot and try to hold the position for 30 seconds on each foot. If thats too easy, try it with your eyes closed. You can also do curls from here or even more advanced movements. Flip it upside down and try doing squats with weights. Don’t have a Bosu? Try using a pillow. To strengthen foot muscles and ankle stabilizers, try a little barefoot running each week in Vibrams or barefoot on a treadmill or on the grass in your back yard. I’ve read about 20 minutes is recommended, but work up to it. Balance boards are also great tools for training balance, proprioception, and strengthening ankle muscles. Try to increase your time every other day. To your good health,...

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Gettin’ Dirty. Mudders, Dashes and Spartan Races
Jul31

Gettin’ Dirty. Mudders, Dashes and Spartan Races

I’m finding that more and more of my friends, from all walks of life, young(er) and old(er), near and far, are signing on for Tough Mudders, Warrior Dashes, Spartan Races, or whatever they can find thats dirty, dangerous and exhausting! Whatever happened to good clean 5k’s and tris? Call it curiosity. Call it peer pressure. Call it the desire to challenge this 44 year old body with something I’ve never done before. Call it whatever you like! I’m officially starting my training now for various races coming up in the fall and early-mid 2012. I haven’t decided on a particular event quite yet, but consider this my formal notice that I’m officially tossing my hat into the ring. So bring on the mud. Bring on the fire. Bring on the tires, the ropes, the barbed wire. Bring on the sore muscles, the sweat, and hopefully not too much blood! As Tony Horton says, just “Bring It!” Over the next day or two I’ll be posting various articles related to my training, including my training schedule, event specific work I plan to do to get my body ready for this new experience, nutrition tips, and even tips on apparel as I learn more myself. So stay tune and keep checking back to...

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