Mental Health: 75 Hard Challenge! Do you have what it takes to be ‘mentally tough?’


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Mental Health: The realm of social media is a competitive one for content creators and followers alike. Every now and then a new challenge emerges that keeps people hooked. One such challenge trending these days is the 75 Hard Program, originally devised by Andy Frisella in 2019.

The background of this program is an interesting one, for one can trace it back to the inspirational chain behind it. The idea of the program was conceived in the mind of Frisella, a podcaster and CEO of the supplement company 1st Phorm when he interviewed James Lawrence, the Iron Cowboy who completed 50 Ironman races consecutively for 50 days over all the 50 states in the US. According to Frisella, his 20 years of experience concerning mastering mental toughness has been invested into this program called the 75 Hard. It may appear to be a fitness challenge, however, Frisella affirms that it is a ‘transformative mental toughness program’ which can allegedly push “100 times” the traits like confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, self-belief, fortitude, grittiness, and discipline.

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75 Hard Program in a nutshell

Diksha Chhabra, a well-known health coach suggests that the 75 Hard Program can bring your body back on the track of discipline amid your busy schedule. But what is this program all about and how can one go about it? Like every other fitness program, 75 Hard also has a strict regime to be followed daily:

  • Diet: Participants must follow a strict diet made only for them by an expert. Consumption of alcohol or cheat meals are strictly prohibited.
  • A total of 90 minute workout is mandatory of two separate routines (45 minutes each). One of it must be outdoors.
  • A picture of self must be captured to track progress
  • Consumption of one gallon of water is a must
  • 10 pages must be read of a book of one’s choice

The big “but” however is, failure to adhere to any of these rules would result in resetting your progress to day one.

Advantages and Restraints

pros and cons
pros and cons

The 75 Hard Program according to Chhabra is extremely beneficial in terms of both physical and mental well-being. However, as they say, too much of a good thing may also be bad at a certain point.

While strict adherence to the program can show great results in weight loss and a tremendous boost in self-confidence, the real question is, who can survive it and at what cost? Busy individuals can be easily worn down due to the restrictions set by the program. Consequently, Frisella suggests not to indulge oneself into the routine without consulting with a professional or a physician first to determine whether the program fits for you or not.


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