The Tough Mudder Workout--with Babies

I have a new Brainchild: Brawny with Babes.

Still working on the name…But, in a nutshell:

Think you’re up for a Tough Mudder? Try this obstacle course with child in tow and see just how tough you really are.

 

Summer and I have already inadvertently developed part of the course, based on our “adventures” over the past few days…

Challenges #1 and #2: Inspired by our “long walk” on Saturday evening, which went something like this:

  • A very long, meandering walk (because Gioah stopped every five feet or so to literally smell flowers, throw stones, and be a curious two-year-old) along an uphill, windy stone path
  • Realizing how much strength it takes to control a stroller holding a giant baby going downhill—continuously, all the way down a mountain
  • The adventure of trying to maneuver the stroller through a field path full of stones and ruts and mud
  • Stopping on a bridge to feed the crying baby
  • The relief of the “rescue vehicle” as Fabrizio picked up Gioah, the stroller, and the arthritic dog who came all the way with us
  • Trekking halfway back up the mountain with a baby in a Bjorn, then driving up the rest of the way with Gioah and his Jeep-driving father, as Gioah wanted us to come with them. #nomanleftbehind
  • Making cocktails after an unexpectedly muddy and warrior-like “walk”

 

Challenge #3: Inspired by our “long walk” on Sunday morning, which went something like this:

  • A long walk uphill, carrying either baby in Bjorn or Gioah—whose boots seemed to be bothering him…
  • Cutting across a path through a field of tall grass (Summer: “I feel like we are in The Sound of Music.”), only to find that the “path” no longer existed
  • Trudging through thick jungle-like forest (Summer: “Now we are hobbits.”), with no discernible path
  • Essentially scaling down the mountain forest—on foot and on butt—whilst I carried the baby in the Bjorn

 

* Note: No judgment, just an observation of gender differences:

Male: “No, no. There’s a path.”

Otherwise known as: Let Me Do My Man Thing + Never Turn Back

 

Female: “Umm…Are you sure there’s a path? This doesn’t look like the best plan...”

Otherwise known as: Let Him Do His Man Thing + Deep Breaths

 

Are you ready for The Course? Here we go...

Challenge #1 (“Warm-up”): Push a semi-out-of-alignment double stroller—with a 30-lb toddler in the front seat and a 22-lb giant baby in the back—down a curvy, loose-stone path that tilts NASCAR-style around the bends.

In other words: Use your entire body as leverage so that the stroller does not slide downhill and off the cliff due to lack of traction and gravity as you attempt to maneuver it.

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Active Rest: Swing (as in, on a swing set) with child on your lap.

In other words: A total body and core workout

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Challenge #2: Push the semi-out-of-alignment double stroller—with a 30-lb toddler in the front seat—through a field path full of stones and ruts and mud.

In other words: Use your entire body as leverage so that the front-loaded stroller does not veer off course and into the tall weeds (with possible snakes??)—or get stuck in a muddy rut.

(My view from behind, as I pushed the stroller)

(My view from behind, as I pushed the stroller)

 

Active Rest #3: Bounce up and down to soothe the 22-lb giant baby in a Bjorn before walking up a large hill and through a field of beautiful flowers.

In other words: A total body and core workout

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Challenge #4: Trudge through thick, jungle-like forest and scale down the forested mountain with the baby in the Bjorn.

In other words: You will need to look for sure footing and things to grab onto, and you will sometimes need to revert to sliding/butt-shimmying down particularly steep areas, simultaneously trying to see what is beneath your feet (Leaves? Slippery mud? Holes?) and using at least one hand to protect baby’s face and legs as you go.

My view from the caboose. (Yes, that is the baby's head in the lower right corner, the Bjorn strapped to me.)

My view from the caboose. (Yes, that is the baby's head in the lower right corner, the Bjorn strapped to me.)

 

Final Challenge: Sprint with baby—now exhausted, hungry, and traumatized—in the Bjorn up one final ginormous hill as fast as you can in order to feed and change the wet diaper as soon as possible.

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What do you think?

I think we may have stumbled upon something here…

Unexpectedly great workout + Applicable to real-life situations you may find yourself in

And you have some incredible views, some great laughs, and some great stories in the end.

 

Sounds like my kind of workout.