The appropriate physical and mental preparation is crucial, however we want you to have the edge when taking on the Mule courses with some technical tips on approaching the variety of obstacles.
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Obstacle types

Varied Terrain / Sure foot Obstacles:

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  • Confidence in foot placement will allow you to move faster over the terrain, however identify the surface and placement of your feet when necessary
  • On the steep ascents and descents lean into the hillside
  • Don’t be afraid of tripping in the water runs, if you constantly think about each step through the water obstacles you will slow right down
  • Training – strong legs, ankles

Ground / Crawls and Tunnel Obstacles:

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  • Commit to the low level obstacles, enjoy the mud, the water and take the rough with the smooth
  • Training – Co-ordination, core strength, upper arms, upper legs
  • Practice crawling as low as you possibly can, work the arms and legs but keep the middle of your body very low to the ground, ultimately you will save energy and move more efficiently over the obstacles

Overhead Obstacles:

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  • Keep a strong grip on each hand placement
  • Momentum is key, use the constant energy from the initial launch into the obstacles and keep it going until the other side
  • Keep the fluid motion going and rest at the end of the obstacle not half way through
  • Training – Arms, shoulders, core strength

Wall / Climb Obstacles:

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  • Commit to taking the walls at the first attempt
  • A fast approach will give you momentum as you drive up and over the wall
  • Get an arm over the top of the wall and capitalize on the initial driving momentum to leverage your body over the wall
  • On the bigger walls lower yourself feet first and drop to the ground
  • Land with your feet evenly together
  • Training – Strong legs, strong upper body and core strength

Actual obstacles