Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, soldier or just ready for a challenge – mud races and obstacles courses are an exciting way to stay physically fit during spring and summertime. Show off your toned spring body with these workout tips and gear to help you go the extra mile.
Something as simple as finding the right shoe will give you the head start you need on your next race. “You want a shoe with aggressive traction and a thin upper, so that it won’t absorb a lot of water,” says Spartan Race champion Hobie Call. A good shoe must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet.
During longer races, water stations can be few and far between, so it’s important to carry a slim hydration pack filled with water or some sort of electrolyte/energy drink. Although it might be tempting to move faster when hitting an obstacle, you should resist. Keep a steady pace and keep your intensity levels even. It’s easy to get ramped up for the obstacles but that can hurt you in the long run.
Try to avoid cotton or anything heavy. Cotton will absorb water, add weight, and slow you down – Not to mention cause unwanted chaffing. Spandex or compression apparel are safe choices.
Weather has the power to change your game entirely, and it is important to be prepared for anything. For windy days, wear a light pullover windbreaker. Don’t wear a jacket with a zipper as zippers can get caught or clogged with mud.
Mud runs and obstacles courses are a great way to enjoy the spring weather while staying fit. So breathe in the fresh air and have fun!