Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Are you ready to get all extreme?

You need extreme fitness to even think about some of the killer contests out there—such as Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, and Tough Mudder.

Participation in these events is up 85%!

Tough Mudder is billed as the toughest event on the planet.

These are not for the casual jock, says Joel Buckalter, MD, founding partner of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group in Carmel, NY.

Massive understatement.

The Tough Mudder is based on British Special Forces exercises, covering 10 to 12 miles with 35 military obstacles. These include mud bog, ice bath, barbed wire, you name it.

Lacerations and fractures send participants—who pay for this—to nearby ERs.

To prepare, you need a combo of resistance training, high-intensity cardio, and flexibility work.

First-timers should walk or run three days a week, with resistance on alternate days. Circuit training is also good.

Go to the websites—see what is involved. Train for the events on there. Stay hydrated, of course.

The idea is not to win or beat a time—just to finish.

That should tell you something.

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