Tough is the new skinny for these Tough Mudders

It’s marketed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”.So for the average person, the Tough Mudder event doesn’t sound too enticing.Try telling that to Rosie McClelland, Kimberli Eke, Louisa Bonner and Melisa Clarke, who are among several Eurobodalla athletes in training to take on the Tough Mudder course in Sydney later this year.Tough Mudder is a “hardcore” 20-kilometre military-style course, which was designed “by British Special Forces to test your all-round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie”.McClelland, who is team captain of Tough is the New Skinny, said the idea of the event being so team-orientated was what drew her to the event.“(I signed up) for a personal challenge, but also because it’s a team event,” she said.“I’ve always been involved in team sports and you can’t complete the course without your buddies, so we all do the course together and help each other through the obstacles.“You just don’t leave anyone behind.”McClelland and her teammates are already heavily involved in cross-fit and she said that has helped a great deal with their preparations so far.“It’s a lot of circuit training, trying to mimic the obstacles,” she said.“Quite a few of us are into cross-fit, which is good preparation.”But there is one aspect of the Tough Mudder course that the women will struggle to train for.Competitors are zapped with 10,000 volts of electricity throughout the event to test every aspect of their physical and mental toughness.But make no mistake, one thing that can’t be questioned about these women is their toughness and they’re very proud of that fact.And that’s where their team name, Tough is the New Skinny, came from.“We strongly believe that girls should be strong and healthy, as opposed to just skinny,” Bonner said.Tough Mudder events are staged all over the world and the one in Sydney, to be held on September 22, will also act as a fundraiser for Legacy – an organisation that supports the families of fallen service men and women.“We would encourage people to go to the Tough Mudder website and follow the links to the Legacy page because it is a very worthy cause,” McClelland said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.