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Tough Mudder Facts and Myths: Let’s get to the bottom of this!!!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 10, 2014

Like “eating right,” “working out right” is a phrase subject to a myriad of contradicting claims that blur the line between fact and opinion; universal truths and case-by-case exceptions —and rightfully so—like no two human bodies are identical, neither are the goals of two routines

Mixed in with the myriad of muscle-building misconceptions, there are, however, unarguable universal truths that apply to everybody on every routine. To help set the record straight on commonly disputed workout words of wisdom, let’s go through some oft-overheard “gym-isms” and decipher fact from myth once and for all.

MYTH: Ab crunches will help you lose that stomach.

If you’ve got layers of body fat covering up your abdominal muscles, using your precious exercise time to target your abs as opposed to burning fat with cardio is a prime example of putting the cart before the horse. Like being unable to choose which muscles benefit from the protein you intake, you have no control over which specific parts of your body burn fat. Exercises like running and biking will help decrease your overall body fat content, and yes this includes the area around your midsection.

MYTH: If you’re not in pain, you’re not working hard enough.

No pain no gain, right? Well, sorta. While it’s important to push your limits and feel some strain in your body while exercising, taking “no pain no gain” to the extreme could do more harm than good. There’s a big difference between strain and pain; soreness and sharpness, and if you’re in pain doing an exercise, chances are you’re doing it wrong. Working out harder is no match for working our smarter.

FACT: Exercise can lessen the effects of depression.

When you work out, your brain releases endorphins—pleasure chemicals that reduce your body’s perception of pain and trigger feelings of energizing positivity and wellbeing. Additionally, an increase in self-esteem and a more positive perception of your body accompany being active and in shape. One University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center study even found that just 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week reduced symptoms of depression by a whopping 50% after only four months.

FACT: Exercise increases your energy and reduces fatigue.

Next time you’re looking for a pick-me-up, try replacing that cup of coffee with a workout or, as we like to say, ditching Joe for gym. While you might think that working out decreases your energy levels, exercising actually circulates your blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissues, helping them produce energy. When your heart rate goes up, more blood and oxygen is brought to your brain—making you more alert and focused.

MYTH: If you want to get into top shape, you need a gym membership.

Knowing how little time Mudder Nation has for excuses, we won’t insult you by picking apart this mega myth. What we will shine some light on, however, is how Heisman Trophy-winner, 13-year NFL running back and current MMA fighter Herschel Walker trained his entire life. Walker’s daily routine since high school? 750 to 1,500 pushups, 3,000 sit ups, 1,500 pull-ups, 1,000 dips and 1,000 squats. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee says, “My parents didn’t have a lot of money. My high school didn’t have a lot of money, but I didn’t use that as an excuse.”

Tough Mudder New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 21, 2014

Is it hard to imagine that a little over three months from now you could be making your way up ski slopes and trails that are right now covered with snow and being carved up by skiers and riders? Is it hard for you to envision the warm spring sun radiating down, and the crisp mountain air filling your lungs as you traverse up Mount Snow on your way to completing the most rewarding obstacle course challenge in the world? If it is, just take a look at the communication we received from organizers of this year's New England Tough Mudder recently:

“Last week our North East Tough Mudder team trekked through a blizzard and started planning your 2014 Event. The snow-covered mountain proved difficult to navigate but a little fresh powder couldn’t keep us away. Traveling by snowboards and snowmobiles, we made it up there and started planning your course. Even though we’ve been to New England before, we are dedicated to making this experience unique to any before it. Returning Mudders will recognize some old school Tough Mudder obstacles, but both old and first time Mudders will face new challenges together.”

If that doesn't get you pumped up to take on this unique course, nothing will!

If you're ready to join our Answer is Fitness team, go to http://www.toughmudder.com/, scroll down to the "New England" event, and click on "Enter Now". On the next page, click on "Join a team". The team name is "Answer Is Fitness" and the password is "fitness2". Remember, the longer you wait to make a decision, the more it will cost you to register for the race so get your tickets ASAP!

Still on the fence about Tough Mudder New England, or would like to do it but you're apprehensive because you don't think you're in good enough shape? Not to worry, Answer is Fitness has got you covered! AIF Fitness Professionals Erica Garrity and Sean Cryan have formed training groups which are specifically geared toward getting you ready for the event. Contact them at erica_garrity@answerisfintess.com and Sean_Cryan@answerisfitness.com to get started right away or for more information!

Tough Mudder

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 07, 2014

What is the “Tough Mudder”? This appears to always be the question whenever I ask anyone to join Answer Is Fitness in our journey through the Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder events are obstacle courses designed to test your strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Each obstacle is meant to test you and worse case scenario…..you can’t do a particular one, whether fear grabs hold of you, or you physical just can’t do it, then that is when team work shines and your team becomes your backbone. Answer Is Fitness wants you to be a part of their team!

These obstacles are the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and no one gets left behind. If you are looking for the perfect challenge then why not start with joining the Answer Is Fitness team. Be a part of something that makes a difference. Here are what the proceeds go to…The Tough Mudder raises more than $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By doing a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.

If you are interested in signing up for the Answer Is Fitness team, please go to www.toughmudder.com register yourself by “joining an existing team”. The team name is Answer Is Fitness and the password is fitness2

If you have any further questions please email Erica Garrity at erica_garrity@answerisfintess.com for more details….. Happy Training!!!

Stay tuned for more information helpful hints about the Tough Mudder.

What is the Tough Muddler

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 07, 2014

What is the “Tough Mudder”? This appears to always be the question whenever I ask anyone to join Answer Is Fitness in our journey through the Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder events are obstacle courses designed to test your strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Each obstacle is meant to test you and worse case scenario…..you can’t do a particular one, whether fear grabs hold of you, or you physical just can’t do it, then that is when team work shines and your team becomes your backbone. Answer Is Fitness wants you to be a part of their team!


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