A week of extreme differences this week as Sean came down with an illness at the end of last week and is still currently suffering and subsequently unable to train. Me on the other hand have decided to hit the cardio training quite hard again this week and have spent most of the week on the cross trainer doing the fat burner exercise programme. I am starting to feel a lot better already and I can already feel my stamina starting to increase. I think I will raise my cross trainer time up to 30 minutes a day next week compared to the 20 minutes I have been doing.
So mid-week and Sean has finally managed to get some training done again. Unfortunately it has only been light training as he was still not feeling 100% plus had a week’s holiday which he spent with his daughter to contend with as well. This week was a period of annual leave for me and so with a few days away abroad I lost a couple of days of exercising but once I was back in this country I was straight back out doing some street running. Managed to do 30 mins with no breaks 4 days this week. At this rate mudder won’t know what has hit it when I get there and Sean won’t know what has hit him if he gets there.
A better week for Sean this week saw him getting some cardio exercise in on a stationary (upright) bike as well as doing the bodyweight exercises I set for him. Its good to see he has shaken off his illness and we will be back on track for him to complete the event. This was week two of my holiday and this has consisted of just more street running. I have manage 5 non-stop 30 minute sessions which has showed me that stamina is well on its way. If I can I will up this again next week once I am back at work and have the SportsDocks facilities back at my disposal again.
After 7 weeks I am feeling great and my stamina is looking much better. Sean on the other hand to the visual eye has started to change in appearance already. He looks slimmer and his clothes don’t seem to have quite as tight a fit. When speaking to him he also feels much better in himself and I think is finally starting to believe that he can do this.
So we have reached March and the big event is now only two months away. Sean has spent this week training really hard and has upped his Elliptical trainer fat burner routine up to 30 minutes at a time which is good news for him, as the more he does the easier he will fine the cardio aspect that mudder has to offer. Its al very well him being able to do the strength obstacles but at the end of the day this course is between 12-13 miles long as well. He has also participated in another of my free circuits, but his comments about how easy my ‘Killer Move’ was will come back to haunt him. This month has seen the SportsDock start a Preva Gym Challenge of trying to burn as many calories across the month whilst using the cardio machines in the fitness centre. This should help me to achieve my own cardio requirements for tough mudder. I have started out this week by trying to do 30 minutes at least a day on the elliptical. Let’s see how quickly I can burn the calories and win this challenge.
Fantastic to see Sean is back in the swing of training. However he will live to regret saying my killer move was too easy. Calories and Cardio are now my big focus for the rest of this month.
Tough Mudder is not an easy challenge event to complete. In fact it’s right there in the title TOUGH Mudder, not easy mudder, not maybe a little difficult mudder but tough. It is however something that I have been wanting to do for a few years now. So this year I thought why not let’s do it. So I asked all my mates who play 5-a-side football if they wanted to do it and one amazingly, a Mr Sean Dare said yes. So we signed up in December.
It is now January and we have decided it is probably time to start our training. The Problem is, whilst we are similar in age, me and Sean are very different people. I am a fitness instructor at UEL and know my way around the gym. Sean is a tile salesman and had never been in a gym before January 2015. In 2012 I ran and finished the London Marathon. The last marathon Sean finished was in 1990 just before they renamed them Snickers. I have spent the most part of the last 5 years playing Sunday league football, Sean has spent 5 years watching Sunday football from the sofa.
As you can see we have very different exercise histories. I am however at the moment very much unconditioned and so over the next few months we are going to write our own exercise diaries in order to show our own personal journeys from Soft Flubber to Tough Mudder.
It is almost impossible to go anywhere these days without seeing someone in a T-shirt telling you about some sporting challenge event that they have taken part in or completed. Probably one of the most common to see or at least recognise is the burning man of Tough Mudder.
Tough Mudder claims to be the toughest obstacle course on the planet. It ranges from 10-12 miles and compromises of obstacles using the four main elements of earth, fire, water and electricity. Mudder was the brain child of two British students, Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, studying at the Harvard Business School. It was originally desgined as a business plan in the business schools annual competion and ended up as one of the semi-finalists.
Mudder went from a single event in Pensylvania to a multi-national multievent in less than 3 years and is now estimated to be worth at least $70 Million. Mudder however is not all about the profits and often works along side military affiliated charities in the nations where it is holding events.
In the UK Mudder supports the Help For Heroes (H4H) foundation. H4H was set up in 2007 and was designed to help provide better facilities for the brave service men and women that are injured or wonded serving in the line of duty.
So how can we help H4H ourselves? Well at UEL SportsDock there is two poissible ways to help out. Firstly on May 3rd 2015, SportsDock will be entering their own Tough Mudder Team made up of Staff and Members of the Sports centre. So if you want get on to the Tough Mudder website and book up a place and join TEAM UEL. Then get training. The SportsDock currently offers several Personal Programmes that can be purchased in order to help you with your training. Talk to a member of the SportsDock Staff for more information on this.If this is not for you however there is always the second option. Find one of the Donation pages for the Team UEL Members and give some of your hard earned cash to them.
For more information on Tough Mudder or Personal Programmes then please feel free to drop in to SportsDock and see one of our Fitness Instructors.