The grueling Tough Mudder – 10 Miles of running, obstacles, sweat, and maybe some pain, too. But what if you wanted to skip the pain pulsing from your muscles and lungs?
Hunter McIntyre over at Beachbody says he’s developed the perfect plan to train for the Mudder… Let’s see.
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About the Creator – Hunter McIntyre
Being as fit as humanly possible isn’t as easy as it sounds, but this was a dream of Hunter’s from a young age. He grew up loving sports, activities, and pushing his body as far as it would allow him.
As he grew older, this dream grew as well. He ended up becoming a massive fitness personality with a focus on obstacle course training. He was even named as one of the 50 fittest athletes by Sports Illustrated.
Other than this, he’s had plenty of other accomplishments, including:
- Won the CBS Million Dollar Mile
- Won the Broken Skull Ranch reality show
- World record holder in the Murph
- 6x OCR World Champion
- 4x OCR National Champion
Overall, Hunter has very little interest in looking good but is way more focused on doing good. Let’s see if his program reflects that.
Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30 Overview
The Tough Mudder is an actual competition, one that Hunter has competed in. This means he has first-hand experience with what’s needed from a physical standpoint, and this is what he used to design Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30.
- Fitness level: Advanced
- Duration: 30 days
- Workouts per week: 6 workouts per week
- Average workout duration: 30 minutes
- Equipment needed: Minimal equipment
- Goal: Improve athleticism
One nice thing about this training plan is the fact that you don’t need a lot of equipment. The training only requires two sets of dumbbells, preferably two different weights. An exercise mat and pullup bar are optional. In other words, if you had all the equipment for Body Beast, you’re already prepared to tackle this program.
Before you start, you also need to select your goal:
- 10 or 15K
- Get Fit (just doing the workout plan for the sake of doing it)
This will specialize your training, as the goals are different from one another.
T-MINUS 30 Details
The week is split up into different training days to help you specialize in the different areas of the Tough Mudder:
|Day of the Week||Type of Workout|
|Wednesday||Athletic Training Day|
|Friday||Mudder Ground Strength|
Training for a Contest?
Training for an actual contest means you’ll have to train for specific challenges. Apart from getting leaner and stronger, the two overarching goals are running fitness and grip strength.
This is why most of your training will be either based on running or pulling power. That said, you’ll still be doing other movements that’ll somehow improve both of those:
- Improving leg strength to allow for greater running power
- Strengthening the biceps and back muscles to allow for greater pulling power
- Core movements to allow for stability on the Mudder
Each specific goal will have its own training regime as well. The more intense the goal, the more intense the training will be.
All of the goals will have weekly running and grip training sessions apart from the regular training. This means you might be training twice per day on some of these days.
You’re also motivated to do a taper week, which is the final week leading up to the event. This includes both the training and nutrition advice, as both could make or break your actual result!
Each goal gets a very interactive calendar that tracks your progress as you go, allowing you to see where you need to improve. The workout videos are also interactive and very transparent about what’ll be needed for you to succeed in the Mudder.
2 Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30 Pros
- It’s beautifully designed: Sometimes, you get these online training programs that are only half as scientific or real as the marketing claims. T-MINUS 30 underpromises and over-delivers, which is such a breath of fresh air that you actually feel more inclined to stick to the training.
- Allows for progression: The workouts definitely push you to progress, which is something most coaches don’t include, unfortunately. Without progress, you won’t get better, and this is what makes this plan something that’s scalable into the future.
2 Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30 Cons
- Time: While the plan is beautifully designed and has everything you need, not everyone has the time to train multiple times a day, multiple days a week. If you’re looking for a time-sensitive program, 600 Secs by Devin Wiggins has this plan beat by a landslide, although you’re sacrificing a ton of quality.
- Could use more “notes”: What I mean by this is just general daily tips – like tips for recovery or nutrition. They’re there for the taper week but not for the weeks leading up to that, and since those days are still crucial, general advice would be very welcome.
Hunter McIntyre’s Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30 – Final Thoughts
Would someone be 100% ready for the Tough Mudder in 30 days? It depends.
If you start looking like the Michelin Man, you might need more time. That said, Hunter McIntyre’s Tough Mudder T-MINUS 30 Program is beautifully designed and gives the user exactly what they need.
It could benefit from more general tips, especially on nutrition. Since high-intensity training can be very taxing on the central nervous system, having more information available to use to improve training would benefit you a lot.
That said, there really isn’t a whole lot about this plan that isn’t perfect. Sure there are small areas to improve, but overall, it’s great. If you’re looking for a plan to prepare for the Tough Mudder, this is it – hands down.
You might want to invest in more nutrition advice, but other than that, you’ll be set.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5