Tough Mudder Training Day 2

Tough Mudder Training Day 1 showed me that dumbbell thrusters aren’t for sissies and that I may not have been fully aware of all of the physiological effects of aging. I mean when did I lose my ability to get any sort of distance on a vertical jump? Sure, hearing and sight decline with age, but jumping? So I looked it up.

I might as well spill the beans now, I turn 52 tomorrow so imagine my relief when I found all sorts of research showing that jumping ability generally starts to decline after about age 30, the same timeframe when muscle mass declines if you aren’t strength training. But I’m not your typical just-about-to-turn-52-year-old woman.Jennifer Koslo Cycling

I am very active, run or spin every day, walk my dog every day, and as a registered dietitian nutritionist, I eat more vegetables and fruits than your average bear. However, I guess I should have been doing more jumping all of these years – go figure.


So last night to start my official Tough Mudder Training Day 1 I did a 5-minute circuit of the following:

  • 10 dumbbell thrusters
  • 20 flutter kicks
  • 10 push ups


Being overly optimistic I chose 15-pound weights for my first round of dumbbell thrusters and after a reality shock switched them for 5-pound weights. As for the push ups and flutter kicks; no problems there. However, dumbbell thrusts are now officially in the “needs A LOT of work column” in my Tough Mudder Training Plan.


I followed the excruciatingly long 5-minutes with a 10-minute BodyFit By Amy kettle bell HIIT workout on YouTube. Amy’s the best – great videos and great workouts. I started doing kettle bell training about 2 years ago and love it, so was quite pleased to see that on the official Tough Mudder Training Plan some of the circuits include kettle bell swings. But there seem to also be an awful lot of jumps of all types and varieties: box jumps, dumbbell thrusters, jump rope, ski jumps, I mean come on? Why so much jumping?


Tough Mudder Training Day 2 is going to look much of the same as Day 1. I ran this morning and will do the circuit and video above again tonight, hopefully with a bit more success. Knowing that I have a delicious protein packed creamy smoothie waiting for me at the end of the torture helps me power through and I hope it does for you as well. Till tomorrow. Jennifer

Tough Mudder Training Day 2 smoothie

1 cup unsweetened Silk cashew milk

1 cup frozen peaches

½ cup frozen spinach

2 scoops protein powder (use your fav)

1 tablespoon chia seeds (soaked in the milk for about an hour)

1 teaspoon guar gum

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 cup ice


Add the milk, chia seeds, and the gums to the container of a high speed blender. Add the protein powder, frozen peaches and spinach, and the ice. Process until thick and creamy.