Good friends stick together…
Only in case of an emergency you should attack Tough Mudder on your own!
While everybody helps everybody on the track, it's much more fun to conquer the course together with friends. That creates a bond that will hold forever.
Try to drum up a team at all costs. Don't accept your friends' excuses. With our “Unleash the Mudder within you!” training program, even the least athletic couch potato can become a true Mudder. 🙂
Once you've found your team, you can train together.
Either agree on a regular practice schedule or sporadically meet for a performance check. That way, you can make preparing a lot more fun.
Keep your Tough Mudder team's motivation up
You and your team members might live far apart, work shifts, are occupied with your job, etc. None of these things should stop you from using peer pressure to your advantage 😉
For our first Tough Mudder, we from Mudder Guide created a private Facebook group and agreed to a monthly performance check, which consisted of a number of different categories.
We had to publish the results of our performance check in the Facebook group before the 15th of each month.
If someone missed the due date, he had to buy a round at the Irish Pub for all our friends, not just the team members. Since this costs a lot of money, you can imagine how effective this rule was 😉
The performance test was a great motivation!
We didn't only post this month's results, but also those from the last months. That way, we always knew which of us had improved the most.
It didn't matter who lead which category, all we cared about was our individual progress. And that was very positive for all of us in all categories!
Decide collectively, which disciplines you choose.
We chose a 2-mile run, push-ups, pull-ups, and wall-squats (primarily to strengthen our will, not our quads). We were allowed to spread the individual exercises over as many days as we wanted.
Well, our first Tough Mudder was ages ago. In the meantime, we found a much better solution.
That's the reason why our “Unleash the Mudder within you!” training program contains a regular “Mudder Checkpoint!” which gives you an exacat score. So you can measure your progress much better!
Fancy a bet?
Alternatively, you can turn your Tough Mudder preparation into a competition and compete in a number of different categories.
If your team members start out with very different skill levels, you can adjust your bet. Simply create a rule like that:
“A has to finish a 6-mile run 5 minutes ahead” of B or in the case of joining our training programm “A needs at least 50 points more than B”.
Use your creativity and you can create any competition and wager you can imagine!
Hopefully, you and your team find these ideas helpful. Always remember, Tough Mudder is a team sport. Every team is only as strong as its weakest link!
Tough Mudder – Team building for companies & clubs
Many companies and clubs pay a lot of money for team building events, where they build a raft or something similar.
Although we don’t want to discredit these events, in the long term we’re skeptical that half a day of fiddling with sticks can improve your team spirit…
In our opinion, Tough Mudder has far more potential!
As this video shows, many companies have already recognized this fact:
This idea is so genius because the run itself is only the final event. The team building starts weeks earlier with your preparation as a team!
Since everybody knows that your team can only be as strong as its weakest link, motivation is high.
The strong will support the weak, and the weak will work hard to not disappoint anyone. That makes conquering one’s weaker self much easier!
With that experience, your team can easily accomplish their other goals: Stop smoking, lose a few pounds, etc. 🙂
During the race, your team has to stick together. Laughing and suffering together will make everybody close!
Even if you started the race as a group, you’ll finish as a team!
The next time your team members meet at the office or at the club facilities, they’ll have a much better relationship 🙂