75 Hard. Day Zero.

  • Challenges, 75 Hard
  • Posted 8 months ago

Hey everyone, it’s Harrison here! You’re currently inside my brain as I talk to myself about the next 75 days.

What is the 75 Hard Challenge?

I’m sure most of you have heard of 75 Hard by now. It’s probably how you ended up on this fitness blog. But if you haven’t, let me fill you in.

75 Hard is a challenge created by Andy Frisella, the CEO of 1st Phorm International. It’s all about mental toughness and discipline – something which I definitely need to work on…

The 75 Hard rules are simple:

  1. Two 45-minute workouts per day, one has to be outside
  2. Follow a diet and stick to it – no cheat meals or alcohol
  3. Drink at least one gallon of water daily
  4. Read 10 pages of a non-fiction/self-help book
  5. Take a progress picture every day

No days off, no excuses, or you start again from day one. Got it?

Why are you doing 75 Hard?

Now I know some of you might be thinking:

“Why would anyone want to put themselves through that?”

And honestly, I asked myself the same thing. One workout a day is difficult enough but one outside? what if it’s raining outside?!

But after watching Andy’s video on it and hearing about other people’s experiences with the challenge, something inside me just clicked.

I’ve always been into fitness and pushing myself physically, but mentally I’ve always struggled with consistency and discipline.

I saw 75 Hard as a way to not only improve my physical health but also my mental strength and discipline.

After, my long-distance girlfriend and I mutually decided to part ways. I see this as a golden chance to turn my focus towards self-improvement and personal growth.

I’m hoping that by documenting my journey through daily videos and blog entries, I can inspire others who may be in the same boat as me.

So here’s to day zero, the calm before the storm.

Preparing for the Challenge

So here I am, the day before I start, feeling nervous, excited, and determined all at once.

I think it’s worth mentioning that I’ve f*cked up the timings a little and 75 days from now will be the 6th of January 2024…

But I don’t drink much anyway so I’m not too worried about sacrificing a glass of wine on Christmas day or a Strawberry Dacquari on NYE…

I feel like it’s worth mentioning that my preparation for 75 Hard happened long before I thought about starting the challenge.

Three months ago, I reached out to an old friend from University, who yes… is indeed built like a brick sh*thouse – check out his Instagram here: (@DougFit).

And I asked him if he could take me under his massive lats (wing) and enrol me as one of his personal training clients.

Three months on and I’m in the best shape of my life, more consistent than I’ve ever been in my life and even my neighbour, Mrs Deakin, a 90-year-old woman complimented me on my gains…. pretty badass if you ask me, exactly what I was looking for.

However, mentally, I’ve not made anywhere near as much gains as I thought I would have.

I’ve had the odd cheat day here and there, a night out with my pals, I’ve missed a workout now and again.

I even ended up at a Casino until 3am after watching the KSI vs Tommy Fury fight live (which btw was one of the worst fights I’ve ever watched but that’s a diary entry for another time).

Maybe these cheat days and slips in focus and routine are why I’m not as disciplined as I thought I’d be after these last three months…

So back to the 75 Hard challenge.

So, how do I plan to prepare for 75 Hard?

I feel as if the best plan of attack is to write everything down, structure my days down to the T, ensure my meal plans are bulletproof and all my workouts are scheduled and have a wet weather protocol… for you know,… if it’s raining.

Draft Two:

Day of the Week Morning (Outdoor) Evening Wet Weather Protocol
Monday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Push 45-minute outdoor swim
Tuesday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Legs 45-minute outdoor swim
Wednesday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Pull 45-minute outdoor swim
Thursday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Yoga 45-minute outdoor swim
Friday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Push & Arms 45-minute outdoor swim
Saturday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Posterior 45-minute outdoor swim
Sunday 9 Holes of Golf with a Podcast Yoga 45-minute outdoor swim

Daily Schedule:

Time Activity
6:00am – 6:10am Wake up and take a progress picture
6:10am – 6:30am Meditation
6:30am – 6:50am Read 10 pages of your chosen book
6:50am – 7:00am Ice bath
7:15am – 8:00am First workout (at the gym)
8:00am – 8:15am Drive back from the gym
8:15am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am – 1:00pm Work
1:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm Outdoor Workout
3:30pm – 7:30pm Work
7:30pm – 8:30pm Dinner
8:30pm – 9:00pm Blog writing
9:00pm – 9:40pm Watch Sam Sulek Youtube
10:00pm Bedtime


So there we have it, my plan of attack for 75 Hard.

I know it’s going to be tough and there will be moments when I want to give up, but I’m determined to see this challenge through and come out the other side stronger both physically and mentally.

Stay tuned for daily updates and videos as I embark on this journey towards self-improvement.

And if you’re thinking about taking on the 75 Hard challenge yourself, I hope this diary entry has given you some insight and motivation to go for it.

Remember, less is more and consistency is key.

Let’s do this,

Harrison out.

#75HardChallenge #SelfImprovement #MentalToughness #ConsistencyIsKey #NoExcuses End of Document

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Harrison Hill

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