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75 Hard and Other “Challenges.”

posted on November 1, 2021

If you have not heard of “75 Hard,” it is an online fitness challenge. It was created by Andy Frisella, Andy is the CEO 1st Phorm International. He developed this challenge in 2019 and it went viral. Last year a friend of mine asked me to do it with her. I figured I would give it a try, and I want to share my thoughts with each of you. But, first let me list the “rules.” He refers to them as “daily tasks.”


  1. Follow any nutrition plan designed for your goals, with zero alcohol and no cheat meals.
  2. Complete two 45-minute workouts every day, one of which must be outside.
  3. Drink a gallon of water every day.
  4. Read 10 pages of an educational or self-improvement book every day.
  5. Take a progress picture every day.


I love eating desert so my nutritional plan was simple. No desert. This wasn’t very challenging, and I set it up this way as I wanted something I knew I would stick to. I also cut alcohol out, and this was not as hard as I thought it would be. I performed the workouts daily and this part was easy. If you already train this is simple. I did not like the fact that it was two independent workouts. For instance I may bike for 2 hours at Frick park.  Does this mean I need to do another 45 minute workout? Drinking water is something we all need to do, and I am glad I was reminded. As for the reading, I did this, but I already do this. One thing I tweaked slightly here was defining, “an educational or self-improvement book.” All books are educational so I just continued reading as normal. Finally, the progress pics were definitely not my thing, yet I did them. I shared on here and I hated taking it and sharing it.




What I found is as with most “challenges” if you are already committed then you don’t need a challenge to be better. I was shocked that taking alcohol out didn’t change much for me. I really thought I’d feel a difference, as I enjoy a glass of wine most evenings. I also thought the progress pic made sense for some, but was dumb for me. I saw a change in my body during this, yet I didn’t need the pics to tell me this.


My advice if you are thinking of doing a similar challenge.


If you are reading this and already train you probably don’t need one of these challenges. It reminded me of reading success/self help books in my 20’s. Back then I thought “YES! I am reading the greatest info ever.” Today I see it differently, I look at these books as good reminders to keep me honest. If you need rules and are not consistent then give something like this a try. If you are already engaged in your training and life then the rules may seem too arbitrary for you.


Do a challenge, don’t do a challenge. Just make sure you are making strides towards a better you.






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