Tough Mudder (TM) and my biggest challenge

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 • Silver Spring, MD 20910

The current cool kids status:
The cool kids are signed up and will be attempting to complete the "Tough Mudder" on April 9th at 10am. The event is filled up at this point in time.

Biggest challenge at the moment: The pull-up
I have never been able to complete more then five pull ups, not even during my bodybuilding endeavor. Currently I can't even perform one.
Here is my plan for increasing upper body strength necessary to complete the obstacle challenge called: Underwater Tunnels.

Hanging from a bar and hold on for as long as you can. At this point I can hold myself up for less then 10 seconds. Simply go to the playground find a monkey bar and hang from it. Ideally you bend the elbows and pull yourself up to a pull-up position and hang.

Another way to increase upper body strength is by doing a "pull-up".

Here is what Wikipedia had to say about this:

is an upper body compound pulling exercise where the body is suspended by extended arms, gripping a fixed bar, then pulled up until the elbows are bent and the head is higher than the hands, utilizing an overhand (pronated) grip. A traditional pull-up relies on upper body strength with no swinging or "kipping"


(using a forceful initial movement of the legs in order to gain momentum). The exercise targets mainly the Latissimus Dorsi muscle in the back along with many other assisting muscles.‎ Pull-ups are similar to chin-ups, which are distinct due to the underhand (supinated) grip. The difference is that palms are facing away from the practitioner in pull-ups, while in chin-ups the palms are pronated to face toward the practitioner.

Maybe you can find someone to help you and assist you until until you gained more strength. My son does not have this challenge since he is a rock climber and "bolders" (climbing without the use of a rope). I am using a pull-up machine or a friend to help me out at the moment.

Let's find out next time how I progress. Even if you are not attempting the "Tough Mudder" join me because everybody needs upper body strength.