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How to Survive Hell Week

Welcome to the gates of Hell…Week – 8 days of grueling workouts that will test your mental grit and determination, awaken your inner athlete, and challenge your willingness to survive.

We’ve designed and delivered a custom workout each day leading up to the scariest day of the year, uniquely themed around Halloween-inspired movies to help scare your body out of your comfort zone, right into the Orange Zone.

Will it be hard? Hell YES.

But, will it be worth it? That goes without saying.

You know what they say – what doesn’t scare challenge you, won’t change you, and we exist to transform your body from the inside out.

Intensity meets creativity in this series of spooky classes that will expose your inner fitness junkie, leaving you craving more.

You may be thinking…if only the strong will survive, is this even for me?

Don’t let the name fool you. Hell Week is designed to push you to your limits, while also being mindful of your personal fitness level. And don’t forget, even though these workouts are meant to be tough, they’re equally meant to be fun! More importantly, the challenges you face will tap into your mental strength just as much as they do your physical ability. So long as you take these mental preparation tips to heart, you’re already halfway to the finish line.

8 Tips to Perfect Your Mental Game During A Week of Physical Hell

1. Break it down. Every daunting physical task can be broken down into smaller, more achievable goals. A 1- minute All-Out on the treadmill may seem impossible. However, when you look at 1 minute as 3 separate 20-second sprints, it’s not all that bad. You can do anything for 20 seconds.

2. Build yourself up. Don’t get discouraged when you’re only 15 minutes into a 60-minute Hell Week workout. Rather, be proud of the work you’ve invested so far. Each minute in the studio is another minute you can invest in the fitness bank. Nobody can take that away from you.

3. Workout with a purpose. What’s your goal you have in mind? Is it to get through 5 workouts? Is it to fit into your skinny jeans? Is it to prove yourself by finishing what you started? Is it to lose 5 pounds before the holidays kick in? Whatever your goal is, stick to it, and keep your eyes on the prize. View this week, Hell Week, as an opportunity to take a leap, not just a jump, towards achieving your goals.

4. Don’t think – just do. With each next burpee, place your hands on the ground, and your body will soon follow. Your mind gives up before your body does, so utilize mental discipline to resist the temptation to give up.

5. Keep your eyes forward-facing. Eyes face forward for a reason – to look into the future and know what is achievable versus reflecting on the past. If you’re not pushing forward, you’re getting behind.

6. Enjoy your rest days. Equally as important as days of strenuous activity are your days of rest. Overtraining, or the point at which exercise volume or intensity becomes "too much,” is commonly caused by not enough proper recovery. Don’t make the mistake of not taking full advantage of your opportunity for some quality R&R. You’ll even build muscle as you sleep!

7. Frequently tune into your results. Consistently tracking your progress throughout your workout is the perfect motivation tool to visualize your success in real time and reinforce how far you’ve come.

8. And remember, pain is a good thing. What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, and there’s nothing like 8 days of hellish workouts to prove that point. With pain, there’s struggle. With struggle, there’s strength. And with strength, there’s progress.

For further encouragement, grab a workout buddy. A friend will make a tough workout that much more enjoyable. Plus, you get to hold each other accountable and set each other to higher standards than you would have initially set for yourself. Who said a little friendly competition with a workout partner has ever hurt anyone?

Did we mention that those who survive 5 of the 8 total Hell Week workouts earn a coveted Hell Week shirt? Keep in mind that these limited-edition shirts are earned only upon completion of the challenge. They aren’t for sale.

Will you brave Hell Week this year? Join us, if you dare, in the quest toward getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Don’t let your mind stand in the way of what your body can overcome.

Contact Your Studio to Book Your Hell Week Workout Today.