When the British Special Forces developed an obstacle course to test all-around physical and mental strength, they didn’t set out to make it easy.
But that didn’t stop 15,000 from travelling to Whistler this past weekend to take part in the Tough Mudder event.
Nineteen of those individuals were clients and coaches of Bodyshop CrossFit in West Kelowna.
Brad Hall, a coach at the Westside gym, said that the group had been training for the physical challenge for three months. Every Saturday the team would meet for two-hour sessions to prepare for Tough Mudder.
“The event was 12 miles and we had 23 military-type obstacles on the course,” said Hall.
Those obstacles included swimming in ice water, crawling under barbed wire and traversing through seemingly endless amounts of mud.
Bodyshop CrossFit’s team consisted of Hall, his wife and 17 male and female clients ranging in age from mid 20s to late 50s.
“We’re kind of hardcore at CrossFit. Everyone took it on as a challenge.”
Hall said the grueling challenge wasn’t too much for any member of the group.
“Everybody said their fitness level was great. Nobody got so exhausted that they had to stop or anything; although, people around us were dying everywhere.”
Tough Mudder, which labels itself as “probably the toughest event on the planet”, raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
To date, over $3 million has gone toward injured veterans struggling to readjust to civilian lifestyles.
Hall is confident that his team will be back raising money and pushing physical limits again next year.
“Every single person on our team that I’ve talked to says that they’re in. We’ve actually had a lot of other people say they’d like to try it as well.”