Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 1: Block Ness Monster

It’s no surprise that Block Ness Monster has taken the No. 1 spot for Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek. Officially debuting at World Toughest Mudder 2015 (beta runs occurred throughout 2015 at a few local TM events), Block Ness Monster (then called Roll the Dice) was an instant hit. At an event where teamwork and camaraderie are valued above course time and Mudders pledge to help fellow Mudders complete the course, Block Ness Monster is a dream obstacle…and it’s hella fun! Everyone is instantly enchanted with all Block Ness has to offer.

BENEATH THE BLOCKS
Block Ness Monster is so simple in its ideology: jump in water, get over multiple spinnable blocks, climb free. Yet, it takes effective communication with fellow Mudders to coordinate adequate pushing and pulling of the blocks to transfer Mudders only 1-3 at a time over the blocks – too many people trying to go over at once and your done for, not enough people to help spin the block and it’s into the depths for ya.  Laughing will happen.  The volunteers usually will help with communication – let’s face it, social media has made us all averse to face to face communications.  Laugh, push, pull, have fun, challenge yourself…it’s what Tough Mudder is all about.

For tips on training for and taming Block Ness Monster, check out the Tough Mudder website. Which obstacle will be voted #1?

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Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 2: King of the Swingers

Fan favorite #2 for Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek, King of the Swingers, is a realtively new Tough Mudder obstacle introduced at World’s Toughest Mudder 2014 that instantly earned its place in Mudder hearts. King of the Swingers continued to receive rave reviews through the 2015 Tough Mudder season, so it’s no surprise it landed at #2 on the #obstacleweek list.

AIR TIME
King of the Swingers is a hybrid skill/fear obstacle that pairs the fear of heights (ala Walk the Plank) with the skill of the flying trapeze, all with the end goal of ringing the sought after bell.  Tough Mudder continues to refine this obstacle, adjusting the height and distance of said bell at different events to keep Mudders in the air, so to speak.  King of the Swingers is a spectator favorite and guaranteed to produce copious numbers of expletives and rowdy celebration.  World’s Toughest Mudder 2015 had King of  the Swingers rewarding successful racers with golden carabiners that could be exchanged for an advantage elsewhere on the course.  The bell tolls for Mudders!

For tips on training for and flying on King of the Swingers, check out the Tough Mudder website. Which obstacle will be voted #1?

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Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 3: Pyramid Scheme

Fan favorite #3 for Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek, Pyramid Scheme, is the quintessential Tough Mudder obstacle, requiring teamwork and creativity to successfully scale the slick, slanted behemoth. Whether you use a tried and true method that hasn’t let you down or are a Tough Mudder virgin just trying not to kick someone in the face, you’ll have to rely on strangers and friends alike to conquer this beast.

ENGINEERING SKILLS A PLUS
Pyramid Scheme is one of those obstacles that benefits from spatial awareness and a background in construction. I firm base is necessary to support your pyramid, and be prepared to think outside of the box. Inappropriate touching is guaranteed – both by you and to you. Don’t hold it against your fellow legionnaires, scaling this slippery slope will take everything you have, including your dignity. The joy of victory awaits you at the top, where you’ll celebrate with your Mudder Family.

For tips on training for and conquering Pyramid Scheme, check out the Tough Mudder website. Which obstacle will be voted #2?

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Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 4: EVEREST 2.0

As Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek continues, the countdown rises to new heights with Everest 2.0.  Everest 2.0 was voted the #4 fan favorite Tough Mudder obstacle in recent weeks by the legions who call themselves Mudders.  Whether you scale it with ease, linger to help others, or fight to conquer this monolith, Everest 2.0 will leave you feeling accomplished and part of your Tough Mudder family.

ABOVE THE RAMP
One of Tough Mudder’s signature obstacles, Everest got a facelift in 2015 and it’s been a big hit. Everest 2.0 has an additional 2′ lip at the top that requires more speed and lift to get a hold and scurry up its face. More challenging for those who were already scaling this beast, Everest 2.0 continues to deliver the camaraderie that made Tough Mudder famous. It’s not unusual to see legionnaires station themselves atop Everest 2.0 and remain there encouraging and assisting those who are daunted by Everest’s incline.

For tips on training for and summiting Everest 2.0, check out the Tough Mudder website. Which obstacle will be voted #3?

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Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 5: ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY

As Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek begins, the countdown starts with a blast…a blast of 10,000 volts.  Electroshock Therapy was voted the #5 fan favorite Tough Mudder obstacle in recent weeks by the legions who call Tough Mudder family.  Whether you love it, hate it, or fear it, Electroshock Therapy will get inside your head.

BEHIND THE WIRES
Tough Mudder’s signature obstacle since the beginning, the Electroshock Therapy of today is not the Electroshock Therapy of the past.  Improvements in technology allow for better voltage regulation and gone are the days when the wires were tied to a car battery with manual control of the “on/off” switch.  Today, lovers of this obstacle respect and honor its heritage by inventing ever-creative ways to face this beast head on.  Whether it’s a team of legionnaires linking arms and walking through blindfolded together, running backwards blindfolded, crossing the wire field wearing chains as accessories, or stopping in the wire field to crown a legionnaire who is completing his 25x Tough Mudder, Electroshock Therapy will continue to entertain and intimidate at Tough Mudder events.

For 5 tips on surviving Electroshock Therapy, check out the Tough Mudder website. Which obstacle will be voted #4?

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