Aim2Walk Mudders 2014

Have you ever ran/crawled up and down six ski hills in one day? Have you ever jumped into trenches over 6 feet deep with mud up to your waist and crawled out and over the other side. Have you ever crawled over 10 feet high walls or ran through electrical wires? Sounds pretty crazy to most; however, the Aim2Walk Mudders team did all of this and so much more, willingly, this past Sunday.

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We had just as much fun making the shirts. Go Aim2Walk Mudders!

 

Pre Mud,  Don't we look tough?

Pre Mud, Don’t we look tough?

Toronto Tough Mudder was held on the ski hills of Mount St. Louis Moonstone and our team of eight, pushed and pulled through some of the most challenging and physically demanding obstacles. The teamwork from our own members and from random helpers was truly inspiring. Several of the obstacles are basically impossible on your own and you count on the helping hand of others. During the race, if you see an injured person, it is Tough Mudder rules to make an X with your arms until help arrives for the wounded warrior. Luckily for us, Regine’s boyfriend Todd joined the team. He had true team spirit as he carried Regine down a mountain after she injured her knee. After a quick rest and a few stretches, she was good to go again! No need for an X for the Aim2Walk Mudders! After submerging our entire bodies in a pool of ice water (literally, they poured bags of ice in as we jumped in) and swimming out the other end, Megan’s face changed to the colour of her shirt, bright pink. We had a few laughs as Dickson walked aimlessly several times while his glasses were caked with mud, leaving him blind and unsure of where the rest of the team was (don’t worry, we were always close by). Near the middle of the race, we jumped from a plank into a deep pit of water. Thank goodness this year they had lifeguards for safety. Michelle T. had no complaints although her ears were flooded and aching after she walked the plank and jumped into the pit. Then we have Mark, and boy oh boy does this guy have energy. He was keen to run up those mountains right up until the end of the 5 hour trek.

Five hours later and still looking strong.

Five hours later and still looking strong.

All in all, we survived. I know several of us (mainly myself) were a bit hesitant to try this intense physically demanding event; however, it was all worth it in the end. Matt, you encouraged us to sign up for Tough Mudder, and you kept us going all the way through. It was the best team bonding experience and it showed that we have a wicked team of Aim2Walk Mudders.

Although I’m not sure we will be putting our bodies through this again as soon as next year, we all said we’d try it again someday (this was while enjoying the beer at the end, so don’t quote me on this one).

 

What does being a Tough Mudder mean?

Being a Tough Mudder means putting others before yourself, especially those who risk their lives for the safety and freedom of our country. Get into the action by raising money for those service members who have returned home with the mental and physical wounds of war. Every donation supports the 19 free, diverse programs provided by Wound Warrior Project to assist injured veterans on the journey towards a successful civilian life.

Check out this video on Tough Mudder and about the Wounded Warrior Project.
Way to go Aim2Walk Mudders. We should all be very proud of completing Tough Mudder.

 

 

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Matt the Mud Monster

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After our first mud dive. (we have a few photo bombers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dickson, feeling blind with those muddy glasses.

 

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Feeling strong! (And in desperate need of a shower!)


 


 

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 Michelle Wolfe

Aim2Walk Mudders in Training 2014

images-11Last year JP and Matt were crazy enough to enter North America’s most challenging Tough Mudder event. Although the rest of us at Aim2Walk thought they were more then crazy to willingly partake in this 10-12 mile grueling obstacle course, somehow the rest of the Aim2Walk team will be dragged along this weekend for a group Tough Mudder “bonding” experience. Let’s cross our fingers that we will all make it out without any broken bones.

Incase your not sure what “Tough Mudder” is, it’s a hardcore, obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. The Toronto course is held at Mount St.Louis Moonstone, ski resort. We will be climbing walls, swimming through ice cold water, crawling under barbwire, all the while running through forests and up mountains. Anyone wanna join after reading that?

The general senses I’m hearing from the team is mixed emotions. Were all excited to test our physical strength and abilities however I think were all cringing inside at the thought of this 4 hour long trek.

Some of the event names include:

Fire in Your Hole

Sewage Outlet

Arctic Enema

Electrical Eel

Electrical shock therapy

Again… anyone interested in joining the team after reading the event names? Although we electrically shock our clients every day to stimulate weak muscles, I’m pretty sure running through an obstacle with live electrical wires, while wet isn’t the smartest idea. Perhaps we can run around that event?

Being Tough Mudder is designed for the fittest elite athletes, we too thought we should step into training mode and prepare for the insanity. Here’s a sneak peak at our Aim2Walk Mudders Training hard.

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Matt’s found getting to a gym is nearly impossible with 4 small children. Instead he keeps them entertained while he gets in his weight training.

Megan is working her core strength.  Hard core mudder in training!

Megan is working her core strength. Hard core mudder in training!

 

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Michelle’s a regular training queen however her favorite line right now is “I’m in training mode”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regina has been pumping iron at home (I think she started training two weeks ago when she found out the rest of us have been training for the past few months, haha)

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I have been dedicated even while on vacation. My gym in Los Angeles was amazing so I enjoyed waking up early to get my training in.

Dickson will be joining us this year and i’m sure he’s been busy rock climbing to prepare.

Mark, a volunteer from last summer, will also be joining us. Apparently he’s a part of a regular Tough Mudder team and he has made the exception to partake in this event with Aim2Walk, I just hope we don’t slow him down to much.

This Sunday, August 17th is the big day. If the doors to the clinic are closed on Monday, it means, we didn’t make it out alive. Please say a little pray for us tonight before bed. Stay tuned for a few muddy pictures.

Michelle Wolfe

Facelift!!!

If you haven’t noticed already, Aim2Walk.ca has had a facelift. Jesse has been working hard with our website designer (and photographer) Dragan, to create the perfect website. We wanted to give our viewers the most accurate picture of our team, the clinic and what we do. Our new site is packed full of proper definitions, thorough technology descriptions, therapy protocol breakdowns and of course, flashy new photos. The new design is ready to shine.

And if you already know our therapists, you’ll know we love to sneak in some good laughs whenever we can. Here are a few fun shots that, oddly enough, didn’t make the cut! Enjoy.

 

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Michelle’s always dreamed of being a Ninja.

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Michelle the Chip Monster

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What’s so funny?

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I…can’t….hold…it…any…longer…

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We will never grow up! Children at play for life!

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I’m still confused why we’re laughing so hard…

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I’m going to eat you!

Come take a peek at the real deal at www.Aim2Walk.ca