HWPT: Hellweek PT is an ambition I have had for quite some time. In the last few years things just fell into place for it to become reality, I knew what I wanted [to show that pain and difficulty can be overcome if one just applies them selves, the mental can overcome the physical], but it took time to find the resources and also I had to plan it and test it on various different people – not just physically fit people, mentally tough people too. I started it because I like to challenge the norm, there is nothing more satisfying than attempting something, giving it your all and then improving on your baseline. I was always a huge fan the US Navy SEALs and BUD/s and even though I have never done BUD/s completing my own selection courses was something I drew on and began researching BUD/s further. The goal was to develop people’s attitudes from the negative to the positive via military discipline and a set of challenges that brings people together the way military indoctrination/selection only can. The name I chose, because it rings home to what people feel like after taking my challenge on. So the program was developed from drawing on my own experiences and testing out new exercises, such as Sugar Cookie Rolls and the Bear Crawl as well as LogPT and more. But I knew it was going to take convincing people to try it to make them work harder, by showing the results they get. So there is a 4 hour Challenge on the beach, 4 Evolutions, any weather, and to prepare for the challenge, the candidates sign up and take on a basic 4 week training plan involving progressive development of press-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, thrust squats, jack-knives, plank, running, and also a cold shower completely clothed. Each week it gets more intense, increasing in intensity, volume and direction. The mental game comes into it too, challenging a person to increase the number of reps in each set for each exercise but also in any conditions outdoors, and the cold shower is something that many have refused to do! So there you have it.
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