My final two days of Hell Week are done. Thank god. These were:
I quite liked Perseus. A nice mix of exercises: Strict Pullups, Mountain Climbers, Sphinx Push-ups and High Knees. It was over quite quickly – in my case 10mins – and even though it wasn’t too taxing I was still exhausted at the end.
And then today I did 2x Poseidon. Now, the last time I did this was two years ago. Apparently I did it in 12 minutes and I gave myself a star. There’s just simply no way I should have given myself a star. I couldn’t do the pullups. And I still can’t. I can do a few, but nowhere near the 100 that 2x Poseidon wants you to do. So I did assisted pullups today and didn’t give myself a star. I also added 8 minutes to my time.
It’s always tempting to give yourself a star, or skip a set, or lots of other little cheats. But it’s not really worth it, because it gives you a false sense of achievement, and when you do actually achieve it, it doesn’t feel so good.
Anyway, I got through the workout. Afterwards I had zero power in my arms.
And now I can have a break for a couple of days. I’ve asked coach for two workouts this week – he’s given me Upper Body Conditioning with a 100m sprint and 2x Agon.
Another Hell Week done. Onwards!
I’m almost at the end of Hell Week. Worked out every day apart from Thursday when I was dealing with a crisis at work and had to have a meeting over the time I would have worked out.
Here are some things I’ve noticed:
- I’ve slept more than I usually do; at least an hour more every night
- I’ve drunk more water than I usually do
- Getting training done in the morning is the right thing to do
- I’ve lost weight. About 2kg
- I haven’t really eaten enough. For two reasons: it’s been stressful at work and I lose my appetite when I’m stressed and because it’s still hot in the UK and I eat less in hot weather
- My thighs really hurt
- I still have a long way to go to properly master the pull-up
- Jeez those 100x plank leg lifts in Amazona are tough
- Achilles is really fucking tough. Almost gave up.
- 2 x Krios — I dunno why I have myself a star the first time I did this. I absolutely can’t do it with correct form. And I added time onto my PB
Just got Perseus and Poseidon to go and then I’m done.
As I clicked ‘Finish Week’ on the Freeletics app yesterday, I had a feeling that Coach had a Hell Week just around the corner. And then sure enough, there it was. 7 Gods workouts for next week. It looks like this:
I’m up for it. I’ve been getting up a bit late this week, so I’m hoping the discipline of Hell Week will make me get up and get training.
There are loads of pullups in these workouts. Hoping to really build some strength.
Also, yesterday I did Agon, which includes 8 sets of 10 Hanging Leg Raises. Blimey they’re tough.
I completely forgot to write about the final day of Hell Week.
Day 7 was a gentle end to the week. Nyx. Just sit-ups, leg raises and stand-ups. Did it in 08:10, which was 1:30 better than my PB.
And then I gave myself a break for a couple of weeks. I had a bit of a cold during Hell Week and then had a mad week at work. And then last week I was away from home and working crazy long hours so didn’t have time to exercise. I know, I know, #noexcuses, but it was either get less than five hours and exercise or sleep an extra hour, and I’m not really any good on less than seven and eight.
Felt nice to have a bit of a break. I left it so long that Freeletics sent me one of those ‘what’s happened?’ emails.
So yesterday I got back into it. Conditioning. Was tough.
3 sets of
10 Assisted Pullups
30 sec Superman hold
15 Hanging Leg Raises
I’m getting better at the Assisted Pull-ups, and Press-Ups and Superman hold are no bother, but I find the hanging leg-raises really hard. Partly because my pull-up bar is in a door frame, so it’s hard to really hang and be able to get a good swing. But mainly because I’m not strong enough! Will keep practicing.
Went for a swim today. Also felt a bit tough cos I didn’t go last week.
Going to get back into the swing properly tomorrow.
Might even try to tick off some of those advanced skills…
Aaah, I’d forgotten about Artemis. Definitely one of my least favourite Freeletics workouts. Each exercise is done all at once. And there are lots of repetitions.
Horrible. I almost gave up twice. There’s something horrible about having to do so many reps back to back. Somehow splitting them up like most workouts do feels more manageable.
I didn’t do the pullups properly, obvs. I did jumping pullups. But everything else I did with correct form. No star, but I beat my PB.
I was pretty sweaty at the end. Also – and I think this happened on Hell Week once before – I have a cold. Came on yesterday. I had to summon up the energy to workout, but it made me feel better. Going to see how I feel tomorrow, but hoping I can push through. It’s GAIA tomorrow, which is a bit easier.
First day of Hell Week today. Haven’t done one for a while. I always have that mixture of dread and excitement when I click that colour scheme changes from blue to red and I see that the following week’s training is Hell Week.
I was going to start yesterday (Sunday), but I went for a swim instead. 30, 32 or 34 lengths (lost count!) in half an hour. Not bad.
So when I woke up this morning (early because of the clock’s going back), I knew that if I didn’t start Hell Week today I wouldn’t do it at all. I always find that if you don’t start out well on a Monday morning, it’s really hard to get the momentum going for the rest of the week.
Day 1 was fairly straightforward – Persephone (Endurance).
30 HH Squats
30 HH Leg Raises
20 HH Squats
20 HH Leg Raises
10 HH Squats
10 HH Leg Raises
I find these days that squats are much easier. I can feel that my legs are much stronger. I used to think that because I cycle everywhere I didn’t need to work on my legs as much. But now I do, I can cycle faster and feel stronger.
I like Persephone. It’s quick, relatively easy, but you still feel like you’ve had a full body workout. I even beat my PB by about 3 minutes. Good start to the week.
It’s Artemis tomorrow, which I’m really not looking forward to.
I had a really good week last week. Exercised five days straight. Four days of Freeletics and one day swimming. I ate well. Loads of vegetables. Lots of water. Felt amazing.
I was partly working so hard because I knew I was going to a festival at the weekend. And that it would very much be a weekend off.
And a weekend off it was. Loads of beer. Burgers. Pizza. Late nights. Sleeping in a tent. I suppose dancing is basically cardio, right?!
And as I did my last Freeletics session on Thursday, I checked next week’s coach and low and behold, it’s HELL WEEK. Seven days. Seven workouts. I do notice that Hell Weeks aren’t as intense as they used to be. Sometimes you had at least two workouts on quite a few of the days. This time it’s just one complete Bodyweight workout each day. Mine looks like this:
I’ve done days one and two so far. Managed to just about push myself through Nemesis on Monday. It’s now Wednesday and I skipped working out yesterday because I slept terribly the night before and now I’m in my mid-30s I basically get three-day hangovers.
And then yesterday I got the email from Freeletics about #CoachChallenge. I’m really up for this. Completing 6 weeks of bodyweight coach for a fifty euro voucher. Just need to not break for five days on the trot.
I’m going away twice over the next 6 weeks, so I’ll have to be pretty strict about working out when I’m away. But why would I not do this. It’s basically free money for working out. And I’ll probably use the voucher to buy an adjustable pull-up bar.
Are you doing #CoachChallenge?