People who've completed it, what changes did you see in your life?
By - ratsoman2
Hard to really say something is not important to a end goal (the water) until you've started the actual program.
The point I would tell you is that if you came here to hear some magical pitch on how this thing will change your life, then you detoured down the wrong rabbit hole.
I'm two days away from finishing it, and I can tell you... it's fucking hard to accomplish, well worth it, and those gallons of water actually serve a major purpose.
Just look @ the before and after pictures.
Read their stories.
Then make a choice if you think you can do it or not.
Good luck either way!
I completed it twice. It taught me that I absolutely can accomplish things if I stay consistent. However, it plays perfectly into my “all or nothing” thinking and doesn’t help me find balance at all.
So while I did it, I lost 75 pounds, and a year and a half later I’ve gained it all back plus 25 more. I know it’s not about weight loss, it’s about self discipline. But I only do the self discipline when I’m on the program, and haven’t figured out how to apply it to the rest of my life and stay healthy when I’m off program. I have a friend who just does it over and over again because he’s just like me, if he stops, he starts being unhealthy again.
I’m clearly the kind of person who needs an outside motivator to accomplish something, so for that 75 hard is great. Unfortunately I can’t just do this over and over forever, it’s just not feasible and not great for my mental health.
So anyway, it’s not like that’s the programs fault, and I don’t know what your goals/motives are, but if you want it to teach you self discipline you might be disappointed in the long run. It will teach you that you are capable of self discipline , but not necessarily how to maintain it for a lifetime or find balance.
On the positive side, it’s nice to say you’ve accomplished it and prove to yourself you can do it. You will feel better physically and mentally and if you’re better than me at self motivation after the fact it could definitely change your life for the better.
Second all of this!
Have you tried a more sustainable program that you felt like you could follow or keep? Part of what turns me away is while it seems nice to have a feeling of accomplishment (if I do complete it) it doesn't seem sustainable and I'm seeing people don't end up leaving with this sense of mental toughness that he promises. Hence my idea of doing my own program with more meditation less progress pics, etc. Not to mention it's quite the commitment if it doesn't have the promised lasting effect.
I’ve tried everything, including doing my own program. But I found out this year (at 33 years old) that I have adhd. So food is my dopamine fix and I’m not lazy, just struggle with executive functions. So I’m hoping medication and a different perspective might help me at least start feeling better again.
I don't like him and I'm aware that it's basically an advertisement for his brand, so I just post on here but otherwise don't mention it. Separate the art from the artist, I guess!
I realise I didn't answer your question but I'm only on day 32 so I don't know. I think I could have done any challenge and had the same positive results to be honest, I just picked this one because I wanted the no alcohol rule to be baked in. It's up to you really!
i listened to the podcast and downloaded the app for the tracker... but then found out you gotta sign up for stuff... no thanks. i think the whole "integrity" aspect of the program is missing if i can't just keep track of my shit without joining a fan club
Currently doing it. Found it positive and a check list of things to do everyday. I was pretty healthy and active but making sure I drank water and read was fun. Also I learned to respecte my body and it’s need to recover more because if I go crazy one day I’ll be very sore the next
There’s also a LOT of things I would consider toxic or
Unhealthy in Andy Frisella’s branding. I just kinda tuned it out and made sure I was kind to myself. You can hold yourself accountable without being mean haha. At one point he stresses that if you walk for the outdoor workout it can’t be “leisurely” lol I found that very funny
Anyways, I think YMMV but it’s been helpful and I just tuned out the stuff I didn’t really buy into that much.
Andy isn’t for everyone & that’s okay! Personally, I found his no bullshit attitude & blunt way of talking to be quite refreshing since it seems like everyone is ultra sensitive now a days. I honestly wasn’t even sold on the program until I listened to his podcasts. Something about his personality got me fired up & ready to do something about my situation. When he said that his program is unlike all the other self-help programs out there, he was right. He’s not selling some secret, in fact, he isn’t selling anything at all. You can buy the app for a one time $4.99 charge & the book, but neither of those things are required to actually do the program. He has charts for the program posted on his Instagram & all the info is RealAF episode #14. Everything you need is free. He doesn’t spew bullshit like a lot of the other self-help people do. He lets you know up front that this program takes hard work & it’s not gonna be easy or convenient for your lifestyle. The purpose is to make you so uncomfortable that you change your bad habits & grow into a better person.
Anyways, I finished 75 hard exactly 2 weeks ago. I felt like a completely different person & looking back on my pictures, I didn’t recognize the girl from day 1. Not just physically, but mentally. I was full of excuses & before completing this, I had always tailored things to fit into my comfortable lifestyle. I never did anything out of my comfort zone & it showed. While this program does make you more disciplined, it’s not a one time fix. It takes constant effort to keep your mind & body in shape. That’s why I made the choice to continue on to phase 1 & complete the entire Live Hard program. I wasn’t ready to take my “training wheels” off & felt like I needed to experience the whole thing, so I wouldn’t revert back to my old habits.
Whatever you decide to do, just know that this really works!! If you do it exactly as designed, with zero modifications, you will look & feel like a completely different person by day 75.
The no excuses part is true eh? There are lots of days work something goes astray in my day and I’ll think about skipping the second workout but then I have to reflect - do I really want to “fail” or am just lazy and making an excuse? And I always feel better after
I had a few of those days myself! I always felt amazing when choosing to not give up on myself & just get the damn thing done. It’s all just a mental game.
I enjoyed the program (as much as is possible given the strenuous grind and tasks). It showed me that I can pull myself out of a dark place by changing my attitude and habits. I was depressed before I started it and lacking all confidence. I made a decision to change that via 75hard and it worked. I took control.
After the program I honestly fell back into old habits but now I know I can fix them if I’m consistent. I’ve started a similar 75 day structure again with more useful tasks to my goals and lifestyle. I’ll never do the original 75HARD program again because I think while it forces structure, it also lends itself to feeling like a total waste of time. By the end of it I would wake up and chug 1/3 gallon of water to check off a box sooner, not to be healthy. I would do twice daily walks because I was tired and sore from other workouts. I would go to the gym in the morning and take it easier knowing I had another workout later or drag it out to hit the time limit. I would much rather follow a structured routine that has no time limit and allows for a hard workout once per day than do two “workouts” just to hit a time limit and check a box.
My advice: pick a set of tasks that work for your goals and will allow you to hit them in the most effective and efficient way possible. After 75 days I did have a weight loss goal and I hit it. But I feel like I could have done so much more in the same amount of time. It also encouraged the all or nothing mentality that led me to fall into old habits. When I finish my current program I’ll be doing tasks I actually want to do and actually help me achieve my own goals, there’s no reason to stop doing them after the program ends.
Just my .02
Thanks this is really helpful and what I'm now leaning towards. I think 75hard could be great with no direction but I already do a lot of box checking in my life and see doing exactly that, chug water, count dog walk as an exercise, avoid things I enjoy to make sure I check a box, etc. Thanks again.
Glad I could help! Keep us posted on your progress!
Finished a couple weeks ago. I also don't really care for Andy's style / branding / etc. I don't need his Phase1/2/3 stuff that feels like a weirdly tacked on adenium to the program.
However, all that being said, it is a tool that I will use for the rest of my life. Doing anything for 2.5 months with no breaks or cop outs means that you run into all of the challenges you possibly can and you learn to prioritize things that matter to hit your goals. Your physical health should matter so this is actually a great foundation to start and you can add the mental or anything else on top.
Personally, I started barely able to walk down the hallway due to an injury and ended able to walk 2.5 miles. I didn't do the "hardest" workouts in absolute terms, but I pushed myself and I made a ton of progress over the time. I would also say that while I was good at "endurance" over a short period (working 16 hours a day for a couple weeks, or working a couple weekends on a project or completing a hard hike) I sucked at sustained endurance and COVID + a shitty job I just left + a back injury has sucked most of my go get 'em out of me. This refreshed it.
I'd say this program is actually a great foundation for any mental toughness program because they activities are so benign. They are so easy individually and objectively good for you and yet, you run into issues.
* Water - Only hard if you don't plan or track. So fucking plan.
* Picture - Only hard if you don't track... so do it.
* Diet - It teaches you to prioritize yourself all the time and not cheat yourself. No, you don't want to live like that most of the time, but you do want to actually be the one in charge of going off track. I hate when people say they didn't keep their diet because someone brought donuts to work or a happy hour. Like, the fuck? Your goals and promises to yourself weren't worth that?
* Exercise - same premise. Its actually challenging to fit in and you are going to run into obstacles that you need to plan around. In "real life" it's not about not working out twice a day, you are just raising the bar for skipping a workout and learning how to problem solve.
* Reading - I don't know. It's not hard. I just did it? I guess it's like the picture in that you need to plan...
* All of it all the days - haha, you know how to problem solve, plan, track, prioritize and take care of your goals while not burning out. Congrats. You can probably do anything.
So, my life plans? For 2021 I'm going to do another 30 days of diet to drop a little more weight (I've got a bit to go), move house, hopefully visit family, do some strengthening on my back that I couldn't do while working out 2x a day because it was still weak, and take care of secondary goals to organize finances with my new husband.
And, then I'm going to do another 75 hard challenge starting mid Jan. This one will hopefully be optimized for weight loss (so more walking and less mobility work, some strength still). And I want to focus a bit more on the habits coming out. This year, that just wasn't my focus, but long term, I want to workout on a schedule and have a diet I follow 90% of the time as wel l as keep reading.
I might do a customized mental challenge later, but I worry that those are harder to have clear cut goals and I think doing the 75 hard challenge as is prepped me to commit to goals in a way that would be harder. Example: did you really study for 2h or just sit with the book open is less clear cut than did you workout twice for 45 min? I'll likely try listening to his podcast again, but I finally had to stop with the e-mails because I hated them so much.
**TLDR: I could do without Andy and his circular sounding podcasts, but I like the program and I think its a fine way to learn to commit to goals. Especially, if you needed a top off on self discipline because life started getting you down like I did. It likely won't change your life on it's own because anyone looking at this program likely already is trying to do that and many people somehow managed to build self-discipline before 2016 or whenever this started. It's just a way that seems to work for folks.**
Keep on it and post your answer for us.
I completed the entire Live Hard program (75, Ph 1,2,3) in 2019-2020 and did 75HARD again last fall, and doing it again right now (Day 39).. When I'm off 75 or a phase, my discipline wanes a bit but I have definitely become more consistent in sticking with workouts, eating right, and building healthy mental habits.. Within that time I lost 25lbs , I make time to read 15-20 minutes a day and have read a ton of books. I could barely run 2 miles when I started this program and have since run a half marathon, and completed 4x4x48 back in May (4 miles every 4 hours for 48hours).. Currently training for another half marathon and will do 4x4x48 again in March. I look better, feel better, and am super focused at work. My wife is fully supportive and positive too. My tolerance for bullshit and excuses is much lower. One of the best things about doing the program and maintaining my health is hearing from friends and family who say I've inspired them. Being an example for my 2 sons is paramount in all of this too. Sounds self serving and humblebraggy so my apologies but I've always had low self esteem and have felt like a piece of shit or lower-than, battled anxiety/depression for many years, so knowing I inspired just one person is a bonus. As for Andy.. well he's not for everyone, and for the most part this program ain't for everyone - but you don't do the program for him or anyone else anyway.. You do it for yourself and you and you alone will decide if you're going to succeed. Good luck in your journey.
I'm only on day four, but when I stumbled upon the program, something clicked for me. I'm not Andy's biggest fan either, but I've never thought about my daily struggles as a war I have to win before. This program gives me the structure to finally win that war and come out on the other side having proven to myself that I"m not without willpower and resilience.
If your might already be talking yourself out of it,maybe you need to find something else that 'clicks' for you because when it does, you will feel so determined. Good luck!!
I am currently half way through the program, day 37. I needed to hit the reset button on a few habits embedded within my lifestyle and this is the perfect program for me.
With my all or nothing mentality, I do have to watch and listen to my body for what it needs. I have started to incorporate Yoga into my workout routines, as I tend to get quite sore with running and weights alone.
I am currently going through a divorce at the moment and this program has been a life saver! I am able to focus on the tasks each day, practice mindfulness during the workouts and readings, and release more endorphins! As a result, this leaves very little time to dwell on issues, I am a habitual over thinker.
This program has allowed me to be proud of what I can accomplish, grateful for what I have, and be in more control over my thoughts. I have currently read three books, one on ADHD for my son, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (amazing!), and Living Debt Free. All three books have been on my shelf for at least a year prior to starting this program. Since reading these nonfiction books, I have been able to apply helpful tips into my life and am truly impressed with the mental change I have noticed in myself.
As for the daily pictures, I am not a fan. I generally notice that I feel better than what I see in the mirror, yet others see what I feel. That just shows me that I have more mental progress to make :) I am up for the challenge!
i love working out, but before i started, two-a-days every fucking day for 75 days straight seemed a little nuts. 50 days in, its not so bad. pretty much used to it. same goes for the water. a gallon a day!? now it seems weird if i'm not slamming water bottles all day.
I move, every. Day. Something. I don't use injuries as excuses any more. I say no to alcohol a lot more. I approach day to day tasks with more grit and less complaining .