THE strength, stamina and mental grit of 30 Bendigonians was tested earlier this month when they took part in the Tough Mudder challenge.
The team are part of the 3t fitness boot camp group and were led by their personal trainer and 3t owner Sophie Hawken.
Ms Hawken said she was proud of her team, which completed the 20 kilometre obstacle course in just over three hours.
“The team went awesome, they had an absolute ball,” she said. “They all fronted up to boot camp on the Monday after the challenge and there was no soreness or fatigue.”
The course, which was designed by British Special Forces, included obstacles such as mud pits, ice baths, a field of live wires and 12 foot walls. Ms Hawken said while the course was physically tough it also tested participants mentally.
“I wanted the group to do it because basically it is everything I preach at boot camp,” she said. “It is mentally challenging, everyone had to join together and work as a team, and it has obstacles which you have in life.”
She said the group had prepared for the challenge by training at least three times a week.
“We progressively tracked all the obstacles so everyone had a bit of a feeling of what to expect,” she said.
Ms Hawken said her group was made up of a range of different ages and fitness types, including a mother and daughter.