“Can Fat People Do Tough Mudder”

Yeah, I just broke a taboo, deal with it. But the fact of the matter is that behind the scenes to this website, I can see all the search terms viewers type into search engines that lead them to my site. It’s completely anonymous, no doubt, but I can still see them… some are quite entertaining I might add. Anyway, something along the lines of the title of this post, “Can Fat People Do Tough Mudder”, seems to keep popping up on a regular basis. This means there are a lot of people out there that seem to realize they are fat/overweight but have a desire to take part in the great Tough Mudder challenge. This post will answer that question, but more generally will be of help to anyone who is overweight but feels limited as to things they can do.

“Can Fat People Do Tough Mudder?” The answer is, “yes… but”. When I did it, I saw very few overweight people in the challenge. And by very few, I mean probably 10 or so during the 3-4 hours I was out on the course. I saw fat people sitting on the side of course catching a breather, I saw them skipping obstacles, and I saw them entirely drop out of the race… but I also saw them finish. So, like I said above, fat people “can” do Tough Mudder… but that shouldn’t be the question in the first place.

The real question should be, “can I get in shape to do Tough Mudder?” If you are asking the question, “can fat people do Tough Mudder?” Then that means your mentality of yourself is that you are stuck inside your body and are limited to what it can do. It is because of that mentality that you are overweight and always will be… unless you do something about it. If you want to do Tough Mudder, or anything for that matter, you shouldn’t be asking yourself the question based off your current limitations, you should be asking yourself what you can do to change those limitations. In a matter of months, with strict adherance to living healthy and exercising, I can promise you that you can lose 30+ pounds and feel better than ever… WITHOUT using gimmick pills and silly As Seen On TV machines.

For me, personally, I achieve the greatest when I set goals for me that are currently out of my reach. If I commit to something that I know would be near impossible for me to do, today, then I will work for it until I can achieve the goal by the time the day comes of which I committed.

So get off your ass and set a goal and DO IT! It may seem daunting, but it’s actually rather simple. 80% of it is just in what you eat, and the remaining 20% is working out at least 30 minutes a day. That’s it. Everyone can do that, you just need to be mindful. Here is a link to 5 steps I wrote to make this easy. Let me know if you have any questions, I will always be of help to you. Just click “Contact” at the top of the page to do so.

My Tough Mudder experience:


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13 thoughts on ““Can Fat People Do Tough Mudder”

  1. Erin says:

    It is not so much that overweight people are limited in their thinking. At least for me, the race is relatively soon. I don’t have time to drop another 50 pounds but I really want to try the race. I also don’t want to have all eyes drawn to me with those “who’s the fat girl” glares. I want to know that when I show up for the race there are going to be some other less-than-perfect members of the human race ready to test themselves, too. So when we search for terms like “can fat people do tough mudder” we are really asking “can we at least try the race without judgment from all of you buff, chistled gods?”

    • You make a good point. I give more commendation to those who attempt it and know they aren’t of ideal physical fitness. If you can get through it and you consider yourself overweight then I give more respect to you for pushing through what was probably hard for you than someone who was in physical shape. The point I’m making is that you at least realize that this challenge is difficult, and you are making an effort to be triumphant in the event. And that is what matters. It might be your stepping stone to getting in shape. All that matters is you commit yourself to doing it and you at least put 100% into it.

  2. KCCO91 says:

    Thank you for posting this. I’m a woman who so far lost 15lbs and this is my goal. I’ve always been competitive, but this is something that both excited me and scares the living shit out of me; but I want to do it! And I totally agree with you on the 80/20 part. I hate that some of the people around me jump on the “weight loss train” when they see others lose weight and then jump off it a day later. I actually get the question “what are you using” and “are you taking any weight loss pills”. Its unmotivational when you’re working your ass off and there are other people who just think they can take some miraculous pill and be awesome.

    Thanks for the motivation and affirmation that I can do this challenge. Your blog is awesome!🙂

    • Nice job on the getting in shape! Tough Mudder is an amazing experience. If you love doing adventurous/challenging things, this is perfect for you. A bit of advice, do as much incline training as you can. Walk/Jog up and down a local hill. Stair climber machine and treadmill at max incline. Do specific calf exercises as well. This will save you on the course😉

      • KCCO91 says:

        That sounds awesome and thanks for the tips! I don’t think I’ll have a problem with running hillside and terrain….. I’m from Bloomington, IN which is literally made up of endless hills.🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      you seem to be hot already…so relax;)

  3. alan says:

    thanxs for the post i’m running tough mudder scotland in two days i decided to compete in november to motivate me to loose weight i was 26st/165kg im now 21st/133kg but still not my ideal weight and was kind of shitting my self about it. it was all the self confidence with being fat and standing on the start line feeling people looking at me but now fuck it im doing it! thanxs again

  4. Tammy says:

    I’m here in Las Vegas and our Tough Mudder is in 10 days. What good tip can you give me if I haven’t been training but want to do the race with my husband and friends as far as exercise is concerned? Will running 2 miles per day make any difference between now and then? or should I just focus on push ups/pull ups? (I’m sure I can’t do the monkey bars.) Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.🙂

    ~ Tammy

    • Thanks for the comment! 10 days isn’t enough to “get in shape”, but it is enough to help get rid of the “shock” you’re body will have. Whenever you go from not working out to working out, your body is sort of shocked with the sudden change in activity. In fact, some people can even slightly gain weight the first week or two of working out because of this shock… it’s enough to discourage people from continuing the training. Even if you do gain a pound or two during these 10 days, you’ll still be taking care of that shock and you’ll be able to perform better the day of TM.

      Cardio kicks in your metabolism for about 4 hours after you’re done working out and it’s what you need to do to improve long distance performance. But weights or sprints (any high intensity workout) kicks in your metabolism for up to 12 hours after your workout. So you’re body will keep burning fat and building muscle much longer after your workout.

      With this said, it’s important to do both. You should do at least 30 minutes a day of cardio and follow it immediately with a higher intensity workout like lifting weights or doing sprints for 15+ minutes. And when I say weights, I mean literally pushing your limits with what you can lift. Don’t worry if you’re a female, women don’t have the testosterone that is required to build muscle mass (it seems too often that women are afraid to lift weights because they don’t want to look “muscly”).

      Hope this helps!

  5. The Dude says:

    So true. I’m doing it in Tahoe next week. I did it in 2012, and was in better shape then. However, I was still overweight. Kaiser Permanente would classify me as obese. I think my BMI was 30 or so. I only did it to prove to myself that I can overcome doubts. And my doubts are not real. I’m naturally a doubtful person and at 31 yrs, I was tired of it.

    Man ….. it took me 7.5 hours of walking. I did not have the strength to run a single mile, but I wanted to complete it more than anything. And I did. I loved watchig all the younger and very fit people getting carted down due to injury or exhaustion from not taking it seriously. At one point 60% throught the course, I saw a really big guy sitting at the top of the mountain really exhausted and abuot to keel over. I hope he didn’t. He said he was alright. I gave him a power bar and carried on. I think that might have boosted my karma.I thought, if I carried myself and was helpful, in the true spirit of Tough MUdder, perhaps the Universe would take notice and help me out. I think it did🙂

    I brought a camelbak with goggles, extra socks, some power bars, , energy gels, extra bottle of water in case the camelbak went empty and gloves. I’m not in shape or resourceful, but I wanted to bring everything I needed to feel psychologically secure. Yea, at times I felt like a loser kid with a giant backpack in high school when everyone else was walking around cool. But I finished. It’s the only thing that mattered to me. NOt that I couldn’t do all the obstacles. Not that it took me a long time. not that the only photo of me was my wet shirt and manboobs.

    Hell no. I climbed a mountain (literal and figurative) and got back down in one piece.

    This year, I didn’t train. I did P90X in 2012. Now I’ve just done a cleanse and lost 15 lbs. And I’m only starting to jog and get conditioned. Every day I worry that it’s too late. I procrastinated and was intimidated again. But I’m still going to do it. I just need to remember to pace myself and listen to what my body is saying. Wish me luck

    If anyone can take their negatively driven ego and pride out of the way. And do what they need to instead of what will look good, I think anyone can do TM.

  6. Joshua from Dallas says:

    I am freaking out I really want to try this out BUT I am 6 foot tall and 300 pounds I lost weight before one down to 200 and then getting 100 back I guess my question is am I going to be the only fat person there and is my weight holding me back from any obstacles that fat people can do ? From my weight I can do a lot of stuff like play basketball and sports and keep up with the skinny guys But I feel like there’s some obstacle courses that you only have to be skinny for please let me know Thanks

    • If you want to do Tough Mudder, sign up and do it. Don’t ask yourself if you can. The fact that you ask the question means you’re imposing limits. Who cares if you skip an obstacle, or have to walk certain portions. The point is that you’re doing something that YOU want to do that is both challenging and healthy. Sign up for the next Tough Mudder, work out every day in prep for it, eat as healthy as you can, and give it a 110%. At a minimum, promise yourself you’ll finish the course no matter what. Go there with the expectation that you not only will finish, but you’ll at least attempt every obstacle. With this sort of determination, of course you’ll be able to do it, and more. The obstacles are there to challenge you, not impose you. The only way you’d fail at an obstacle is if your strength/endurance/dexterity isn’t high enough to complete the obstacle at that present moment. And if it isn’t, you at least tried.

  7. Anonymous says:

    For what it is worth I am a 50 year old male who did my first Tough Mudder at age 47 – 5’7″ and 265lbs. I completed the course, but skipped many of the challenges. I also did not really prepare properly. I did my second Tough Mudder at age 48 – still 5’7″ but down to 235lbs. I prepared more thoroughly – cardio and weight train; eating better.

    My first Mudder left me leg sore for two solid days with heating pads and ice packs. It took a good week before my legs felt good enough to go back to the gym. My second mudder left me leg sore for about half a day (see what preparing properly can do for you) and I was back at the gym on Monday after the Mudder.

    Last year I hurt my back and missed out on my third Mudder, but I am looking to do two this year to make up for it. I am again training properly for a June Mudder and another in October. What is training properly? More important than anything is running. I don’t mean that for health purposes, just for Mudder purposes. Ten miles is a long way, even if you walk most of it, which I did both times. I use one of the x to y apps that are out there to ramp up my stamina for running. Don’t neglect weight training though. The challenges are tough even with the help of your fellow mudders (always there to help you up, over, around, and through).

    Bottom line – Can Fat People do Tough Mudder. Yes…but! Prepare properly and once you are there don’t overdue it. Get a buddy at about your level, or like me one who will move at your level. Walk when you need to walk. Get help when you need help. Skip what you need to skip. Learn from your first Mudder and prepare better for your next Mudder.

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