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GI Journo Nathan Klein discovered only pain during the Spartan Race in Vermont, USA
GI Journo Nathan Klein discovered only pain during the Spartan Race in Vermont, USA

HERE was mud. Mountains. Even monkey bars. But make no mistake: this was no playground. This was the Spartan Race World Championships — an obstacle course so challenging, organisers had labelled it the toughest on the planet. They weren’t wrong. Everywhere I looked, people were in pain — tested to their physical and mental limits. ...

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Weekend warriors beat Tough Mudder
Weekend warriors beat Tough Mudder

THERE’S six words of advice the Cross Fit Bendigo team have for people considering taking on Tough Mudder. “Just do it, don’t be scared.” Jo Lythgo and her teammates said the supportive nature of the obstacle course meant people shouldn’t be concerned about not being able to finish the event. Calling themselves “Weekend Warriors”, the team of ...

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Mudder of all fitness challenges
Mudder of all fitness challenges

THERE’S Tough Mudder and for those who are even fitter, stronger and crazier there’s World’s Toughest Mudder. From the millions who tackle the military-style 18-20km obstacle events around the world, 1000 will advance to the international final held in New Jersey in the United States on November 16 and 17. Among the 25 Australians registered ...

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A tale of mud and guts
A tale of mud and guts

The city is often referred to as an urban jungle. But let’s face it, donning a suit and jumping on a tram to that mind-numbing office job is hardly going to set pulses racing or satisfy a thrill-seeker’s craving for adventure. Perhaps that goes some way to explaining the enduring popularity of Tough Mudder – ...

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Time to prove tough enough
Time to prove tough enough

A  GROUP of fitness instructors have joined forces to put their bodies to the test in a military style obstacle course challenge. Sean Hannaford, Holly Brown, Tess Mitchell, Gemma Seaton, Justine Laverty and Demian Coates are all instructors at SportUNE and come November they will make up a team for the Suck It Up Buttercup ...

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Middle age no barrier to a couple of Tough Mudders
Middle age no barrier to a couple of Tough Mudders

MIDDLE age has done nothing to slow down Terang mates Gerard Harris and Nick Roberts. Harris, 46, and Roberts, 44, will be among thousands who will converge on the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit for the world-renowned Tough Mudder this weekend. They are part of an eight-strong contingent from Terang, while dozens of others from ...

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Toughing it out with the toughest Spartan virtues
Toughing it out with the toughest Spartan virtues

SOME of the virtues of Spartan society were equality, strength, and fitness, three things Sam Jensen will need to remember for the next 53 days in the lead-up and during the 42km Ultra Beast Spartan Race in Sydney. And like the ancient warriors, Jensen’s life will be filled with routine training, a disciplined attitude and ...

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Tough Mudders or just nuts?
Tough Mudders or just nuts?

PUSHING themselves to the limit is how these Goondiwindi “tough nutters” live life. The “Tough Mudder” craze sweeping the world is just one way they’ve found to test those limits. Recently a group from Goondiwindi attended the Tough Mudder contest on the Sunshine Coast. The “PCYC brigade”, under the command of Grant Frost did 10 weeks ...

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Truck pull challenge this weekend
Truck pull challenge this weekend

EIGHT Mount Gambier Tough Tribe members will push themselves to the limits on Saturday as they attempt to pull a fully loaded 22.5 tonne Kenworth B-Double in the name of charity. The unique fundraising challenge has grabbed the attention of many and almost $6000 has been raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Attempting to pull the Fennell ...

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Mudders not enough challlenge? Try the Spartan approach
Mudders not enough challlenge? Try the Spartan approach

CAN you imagine running a marathon that involves wading through chest-deep water in seven degree temperatures or scaling a vertical hill in 36 degree heat? What about combining that with obstacles including rope climbs, sandbag carrying, crawling under barbed wire through thick mud, fire jumping and cargo net climbing? Welcome to the world of obstacle ...

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