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Ten years ago, the idea of physical challenges taking place in mud, icy water, and through barbed wire would have, to most, sounded like actual torture. And now, here we are in 2019, where millions of athletes around the world are voluntarily signing up to get filthy, sweaty, and potentially shocked in the name of Tough Mudder.
For many, these races have become a way of life, and the people who created them have recently launched a brand of functional fitness workouts they’re calling Tough Mudder Bootcamp. These studios are starting to crop up around the US, and, lucky for Portlanders, Beaverton is now home to the state's first location.
If you’ve ever checked out your buddy’s Instagram post about Tough Mudder and immediately wondered what kind of heavy-duty shampoo is necessary to scrub mud out of your hair, this gym might be for you. And thanks to local franchise operators Dean and Lindsay Durfree, you no longer have to wait to experience it firsthand.
“My wife Lindsay and I are excited to bring Tough Mudder Bootcamp’s level of functionality to folks in Progress Ridge, and I think they’re going to fall in love with the approachable, team-centered workouts just like we did,” said Dean.
The workouts don’t involve any messy obstacles — instead, they’re built around functional fitness and include exercises utilizing battle ropes, kettlebells, rowing machines, and more to improve power, strength, endurance, and agility. For 45 minutes, you’ll be sweating so hard, you still might want to look into that heavy-duty shampoo.
There are six class types, each zeroing in on a different aspect of training. Lower, Upper, and Core are pretty self-explanatory, but Force, Drive, and Grit are full-body exercises, all focused around different timed intervals to work you head-to-toe for the entire class. Oh, and each class is supported by heart rate monitors and the Tough Mudder tech platform so coaches can provide custom feedback for every athlete.
Whether you’re a fan of the Tough Mudder races or are just looking for a good sweat session, the trainers will work with you to get the results you’re looking for. And, with memberships ranging from $56–160/month, plus $20 drop-in classes, these workouts (compared to other boutique studios in the area) won’t leave your wallet aching (though we can’t say the same for your glutes).
Oregon's first Tough Mudder Bootcamp gym officially opened on June 15, 2019, so head over to the Progress Ridge Town Square spot to check out the space and get in on all the sweaty HIIT action.