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Hitting Tough Mudder Training Camp

By Pete Williams

James Cassidy finishes the "Farmer"

TAMPA – At some point during my second round of carrying a pair of 45-pound plates 200 yards across a sun-baked parking lot this morning, Eric Stratman reminded me and two dozen new friends why we were here.

“If you can survive this,” he said, “you’ll have no problem with Tough Mudder.”

No kidding. As the owner of The Next Level Training Center, Stratman spends his days whipping people into shape via CrossFit. Many use the program to train for adventure races, triathlons and other endurance events.

With the Tough Mudder coming to Florida for the first time in December, Stratman figured it was time to offer a special program.

“Tough Mudder is not a race your average runner or athlete can show up to and hope to complete,” he said. “The obstacles will be too much.”

About 30 of us showed up this morning, split male and female and mostly under 35, which made me one of the oldest. We were supposed to start at 10 a.m. but began at 10:30 — gametime temperature 92 degrees and sticky outside in the empty parking lots of the office park where TNL is located.

We began with an 800-meter run around the complex. Easy enough. That was followed by the 200-meter “farmer” – carrying the two 45-pound plates 200 yards. (Women used 25-pound plates).

After another 800-meter run, we attacked the “Prowler,” a sled with 300 pounds of weight plates. The good news is you could have a tag-team partner or two. The bad news is you had to push the thing 400 yards.

My pal James Bellamy of Mix1 and I teamed up, each pushing the sled for 40-yard intervals. After another 800-meter run it was time to throw giant tires 100 yards and run 400-meters backward.

If you still had time left in the 45-minute session, you got to do it again. I almost made it through twice before time was called, pleased that as an old guy I outlasted a number of trainees.

The program continues every other Saturday until the race in December. Just as CrossFit is never predictable, Stratman says he’ll mix it up next time. We’ll have to compete in groups of five or six, mimicking typical Tough Mudder strategy.

Sounds like a plan. Interested? Check out TNL HERE.


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Tough Mudder Training “Camp”

By Pete Williams

Four months and counting

With the debut of Tough Mudder in Florida just four months out, many registrants are getting ready to tackle what’s been called the toughest race in the obstacle mud run category.

There’s a free Tough Mudder training session on Saturday, August 6 at Crossfit TNL in the Westchase section of Tampa (12720 Dupont Cir.). It gets underway at 10 a.m. and is followed by a Paleo Potluck BBQ. Our pal James Bellamy from Mix1 will be out there with free samples of Mix1, the all-natural protein shake.

Athletes of all fitness levels are welcome. Whether you’re signed up for Tough Mudder, considering registering or have just been wanting to try an adventure race, this is a great way to ease your way into it.

It’s difficult to think of another event that involves many of the breakout elements of endurance sports in 2011: CrossFit, obstacle mud runs, the Paleo Diet, and convenient post-workout protein shakes.

We’re registered for Tough Mudder and we’ll be there on Saturday. Will you?


Filed under Nutrition, Races, Training

Our New Mix1 Ad

By Pete Williams

We attended a Mix1 reception this evening on the eve of the start of St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend. Dr. James Rouse, company founder, chief evangelist, and high-performance living expert was on hand after appearing on our Fitness Buff video webcast earlier in the day. What an inspiration guy. Check out his Website HERE.

We filmed a brief commercial for Mix1 at the Escape from Fort DeSoto Triathlon two weeks ago. Thanks to Eric Hall and Liza Palas Geist for contributing.

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Mixing it Up with Mix 1

By Pete Williams

For more than a decade companies have tried to come up with the right mix for post-workout recovery. There have been some decent protein powders, but by the time you get to the blender the window for fueling your muscles often has closed. As for RTDs (ready to drinks) they’re often little more than chocolate milk.

The folks at Mix1, launched from Boulder, Colorado in 2006, have found the happy, well, mix. The all-natural protein shake has a 2-to-1 carb to protein ratio that’s ideal for both pre-workout and post-workout recovery – or as a meal replacement. Unlike other drinks in the category that are kidney-crushing protein bombs, Mix1 has only 15 grams of protein – 10 for its lighter version. As someone who has dealt with a kidney stone from overdosing on protein powders, I’ll never drink anything with a higher protein content again.

We chatted with Mix1 founder Dr. James Rouse during this week’s show, along with Mix1-sponsored athletes Megan Wallin (volleyball) and Marco Hintz (triathlon).

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