Foothills PT - August 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Tom Thoman

3 INSANELYTOUGH FITNESS CHALLENGES P ush Y ourself to the L imit

Meet Bailey and Zoey, Foothills Mascots

In general, improving your fitness is a solitary pursuit. You may have a group of gym regulars you see frequently, but it’s rare for you to all be doing the same exercises at the same time. While this personal journey has its own rewards, sometimes you want to test yourself against others. Many people enter a 5K or other race to see how far they’ve come, but the most exercise-obsessed among us may want to seek a greater challenge. If you fall under that umbrella, consider these over-the-top events that aren’t for the faint of heart.

Well-known to most of our clientele, Bailey and Zoey are almost always present at Foothills.

Though quiet and very well-behaved, they always welcome a pat on the head or a very small treat.

Tough Mudder

Bailey is 9 years old now and has been coming to the clinic since he was just 10 weeks old. He is very kind and sensitive and is “the thinker.” Somewhat shy, Bailey can be seen curled up in one of the rooms or in a corner. He is quick with a tail wag when called. Zoey is 6 years old and has also been a fixture at Foothills since she was a small pup. She is super sweet, cute, and is “the hugger.” She can often be seen on one of the tables at work and will invite you over to give her a good ol’ belly rub. When Bailey and Zoey get a day off from“work” and stay home, we always hear, “Hey, where are the dogs?!”

The Tough Mudder is so difficult that it isn’t even considered a race; it’s simply a test of endurance over a grueling 10-mile course filled with various obstacles. Per the organization’s website, “Tough Mudder isn’t about how fast you can cross the finish line. It’s about pushing yourself — and your team— to discover what you’re really made of.”While there are 5K and half versions of the challenge, the Tough Mudder Full is the main attraction. While obstacles vary from event to event, you can expect to see a few signature challenges on every course. These include “Arctic Enema,” a dive into a dumpster filled with ice water; “Electroshock Therapy,” a trudge through a pit of mud with live electrical wires hanging overhead; and “Everest,” a climb up a quarter pipe slicked with mud and grease. If that doesn’t sound daunting enough, Tough Mudder also hosts a series of competitions culminating in the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour challenge that could best be described as insane. Participants are tasked with completing a course as many times as they can in 24 hours, with the winners completing in excess of 100 laps. World’s toughest, indeed.

-Tom Thoman

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