A team of 17 fitness fanatics from FX Fitness Experience in Burnley took on the toughest, muddiest obstacle course challenge of their lives at the North West Tough Mudder event in Cheshire on 13 September.
‘Team FX’, from the Fitness Experience Personal training centre, Burnley put a team of 17 men and women from age 22 to 56 through the challenging endurance course . A family owned business meant that Mum- Sue Kennedy and 2 her sons Jamie and Josh (all Personal Trainers at the centre) undertook the course together with 14 clients and staff who train at the Personal Training centre.
Tough Mudder is a hardcore 12 mile obstacle and mud run event designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough. Electric shocks, icy water and endless filth – Tough Mudder is the endurance test that throws everything at its competitors. By the end of 2014 two million men and women aged 18 and over will have entered a Tough Mudder event. It even requires entrants to sign a death waiver!
For most of us running 12 miles is challenge enough. A Tough Mudder course covers 12 miles of relentlessly muddy, hilly terrain. It hurls up to 20 sadistic roadblocks in your way from Electroshock Therapy -a curtain of live wires that emit 10,000 volts of electricity to ‘The Arctic Enema’ where participants plunge into a dumpster filled with ice water. You have to dive down to pass under a plank that crosses the tank to emerge on the other side. At the ‘Funky Monkey’ you will find a long run of butter- and mud-greased monkey bars at various inclines. The course is so difficult (‘Probably the toughest event on the planet,’ the Tough Mudder branding shouts), you enter as part of a team. Team support is vital and Team FX demonstrated a collaborative spirit and grit and determination to get them through the course, which took about 4 hours.
To prepare the team for Tough Mudder – Personal Trainers Jamie, Josh, Sue, Tom, Andy and Alex put on special 2 hour long Bootcamp classes up Pendle Hill involving assault course type exercises and water challenges, as well as a gruelling Personal Training sessions and running clubs for weeks leading up to the event. With only 4 weeks to train – it really was a challenge!
‘It was the best Team event we’ve ever done for Team spirit and camaraderie and everyone loved and hated it at the same time! I ‘m so proud of all our Tough Mudders who were of mixed fitness ability and ages who conquered their fears from mud, heights and enclosed spaces. We literally dragged each other through at times and I feel proud that FX helped them all achieve that . It was a fantastic team effort – every one of us wants to do it all again next year and I reckon we’ll be taking a team of 30 plus to tough Mudder 2015 – so we’re starting training now!
Said Jamie Kennedy, Personal Trainer & Fitness Manager at FX Fitness