{HELLth Week Recap}

Health & Fitness

Last week, I participated in HELLth Week

This is from the GPP website:

This week (like other HELLth weeks before) is uber ROUGH. The challenge this week is to complete every workout. ALL SIX.

Those who do will raise their health and fitness to a new level. Those who finish all of these workouts will have accomplished something special.

If you can get through HELLth week, you can get through a week of just about ANYTHING. Please be careful, but give this week your heart.

I'm not gonna lie. The week was HELL. But at the same time it was fabulous. I realized I can push myself further than I thought possible.

It was very empowering!

The week started with THIS workout: DAY #1 40:10's

Warm up:20 inchworms (make sure you get that hammy stretch)

then, 2 x per min for 20 minutes perform a 10 m sprint.

You are to accelerate to top speed, then come to a complete stop WITHIN 10 meters each time.

This was a favorite for sure! The inchworms were fairly easy for me, and the sprints were actually fun.

And it didn't seem hard. I thought to myself, this is the beginning of HELLth Week?

What's so bad about this?

And then I went to Zumba.

Funny thing happened. My legs stopped working.

Like they got all week and seemed to have a mind of their own. But I powered through.

Woke up Tuesday and EVERYTHING hurt! Oh my!

My hips, my feet, my ankles, my legs and my hammies were screaming!



Complete 10 sets of the following:

In 3 minutes you are to sprint 200m plus do as many rounds as possible of the following exercises:

5 deadlifts 95/135
5 pullups
5 pushups (strict)

Rest precisely 1 minute before repeating.

I'm not even sure what to say about this. It sucked. The 200 meter sprint killed me. Then I did Zumba and about died!


7 rounds for time:

21 DB thrusters 15/20 ea.
21 ski squats
21 situps
21 superman back ext
21 tic tock R 25/35
21 tic tock L 25/35

The pain and fatigue were starting to set in. This workout was hard. My legs were toast and my back was hurting.

Zumba after 3 days of hell, made it even more HELL!


5 rounds of:

1 min row (count calories)
1 min clean and jerk 65/95 (count reps)
1 min box jumps (count reps)
1 min KB swings 35/53 (count reps)
1 min DB press jacks 15/20 ea. (count reps)

Rest 1 min between each round. The clock does NOT stop between exercises. Count total reps – add to total calories (from rowers)

I was mentally and physically exhausted by this workout. Someone remind me NOT to try and do Zumba during HELLth Week!

The Dumbbell Press Jacks and Clean and Jerks, were HARD. I cried during this workout. Cried.

And I have nice bruises on my shoulder from dropping the weights before the press.

But I did it.


Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes complete:

6 busters 15/20 ea.

"Busters" are a combination between burpees and thrusters – with 15 lb weights in your hands.

Um, yeah. Once again I cried during this workout. I was so exhausted by this point.

I switched the weights out to 12.5, which I could barely lift. By the 10th round I wanted to switch to 10's.

There were no weights left. I sucked it up and finished. By this point, I wasn't sure I could finish HELLth Week.


For time:

5k (3.2 mi.) run

There are only 3 class options on Saturday morning. 6:30, 7:15 & 8:45.

I decided to suck it up and hit the 7:15 class – Just Do It and all that!

And I did it.

I ran the 5k in 36:35.

Not too bad, for not being a runner. And not have run a 5k in a few years.

It was hard. But I felt FABULOUS when I was done.

I did it!

I didn't realize what a huge impact HELLth Week was going to have on me.

It changed so much of my thought process. I realized I could do it.

Even though I am 47 years old, I can still be an athlete!


Bring on HELLth Week!