Mud runs and obstacle races are tons of fun. Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, BattleFrog, etc. provide a truly unique experience… but all that running can be a bit of a deterrent.
Nevermind the race itself, the idea of spending hours logging mile after mile to train for one can send chills down your spine.
For many people, running is extremely boring. Plus, there’s the concern of losing hard-earned muscle mass by training like a marathoner.
You want to be competitive in whatever you sign-up for, but you don’t want to spend time running.
Nor do you want to look like a pipe-cleaner.
So what do you do?
Is it possible to train for a mud run or obstacle race without running?
You’ll have to leave the pec-deck and leg press machines behind, though. And you can forget about three sets of ten or working to muscle failure.
If you want to run an obstacle race without turning into a cardio bunny you need to think outside the box.
You need to focus on big, compound movements like the squat, deadlift, clean, and overhead press.
You need to keep reps low.
You need to get good at pull-ups.
You need to incorporate loaded carries like farmer walks, for time.
And you need to forget about resting between sets.
I believe your best option is to follow a program like Predator.
Predator is a six-week program to get you race ready without any running. Predator uses barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and that’s it.
No elliptical. No Stairmaster. No recumbent bike.
And no running.
Utilizing a Russian Ladder inspired weight circuit, as well as a short, intense kettlebell program designed specifically to increase your V02 Max, you’ll be ready to race in just six weeks.
Your grip strength will be more than sufficient, your conditioning will be set, and the unnecessary body fat currently slowing you down will vanish.
Is it possible to win a Spartan Race like this? No. You’ll be up against some pretty accomplished runners and will struggle to keep up with them.
Is it possible to beat your friends, though? Absolutely. If you commit to Predator as laid out, you’ll get shredded and do just fine during your race.
Obstacle races and mud runs are tons of fun and teach you a lot about who you are and what you’re capable of. Don’t let the running scare you off, the experience is well worth it. Pick-up your copy of the Amazon.ca #1 Bestseller right now and start training!
Don’t be a gazelle. Be a Predator.