December 20, 2022 5 min read

One of the top questions I get asked about my program, 75 HARD, is this…

“Hey Andy, what counts as a workout for 75 HARD?”

Most of the time, this comes from people who are looking to do the bare minimum in order to say "I did 75 HARD!"

They want me to give them the easy option to validate their lack of effort.

These are normally the people who need 75 HARD the most.

If you're really wondering whether what you're doing is considered a "workout" or not … ask yourself these questions...

Was it hard?

Did you sweat?

Did it push you to your physical limits?

If you can answer yes to these questions ... then I'd say it counts as a workout. If you can't ... you're cutting corners, guaranteed.

The truth is, if you actually have to question whether your “workout” is a real workout or not … It’s probably not.

Another question I get is...

"I have to do 2 workouts a day?"

Yes. It's called 75 HARD. Not 75 Easy.

I know everybody is at different levels of fitness, and that's okay.

What might be a workout to one person could be very easy to someone else.

That's not the point...

The point is, it should be difficult for YOU.

But with that being said, I thought I would offer some examples of workouts you can do on 75 HARD if you genuinely aren't sure what to do or where to start.

A quick note before I get into this: Always consult a health or fitness professional before starting any new training program to make sure it's safe for you.  If you are uncertain on what workout to do, or how to do it, ask for help.

What is 75 HARD?

75 days, 5 tasks, 0 substitutions, and 0 compromise.

Here are your tasks:

  • Follow a Diet (No alcohol or cheat meals)
  • Read 10 Pages of a non-fiction, personal-development focused book
  • Take a Progress Photo
  • Drink a Gallon of Water
  • Complete 2 45-Minute Workouts (one must be outside)

If you complete each and every one of those tasks without compromise for 75 days straight, you complete the 75 HARD program. If you fail on any of the tasks during the program, you must restart from Day 1.

That means if you forget to read on Day 74 ... you have to start over on Day 1.

No, this isn't a health or fitness program.

Are there physical benefits to completing the program? Of course.

Is the purpose of the program to lose weight, gain weight, or improve your physical health?


The entire purpose of the program is to develop the mental toughness you need to unlock your true potential in life.

Part of developing mental toughness and control over your life is gaining control of your body and mind ... so while people who complete 75 HARD usually have incredible physical transformations...

...those physical transformations are nothing compared to the mental transformation that comes as a result of completing the program.

What Are The Benefits of 75 HARD?

Other than being the absolute best thing you can do to develop your mental toughness...

75 HARD can also help you develop...

  • Confidence
  • Grit
  • Fortitude
  • Happiness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Worth
  • Self-Belief

You will literally turn yourself into a winner by practicing extreme discipline.

75 HARD teaches you that through keeping the promises you make to yourself ... you are able to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

It has helped hundreds of thousands of people build self-belief, confidence, and true happiness.

I'm giving you the literal keys to unlocking your true potential in life.


Because it's the right thing to do.

But let's get back to the workouts...

What Kind of Workouts Can I Do For 75 HARD?

Be honest with yourself. The truth is, you know what should count as a workout and what should not in your heart.

But in case you still need me to clarify...

Here are some of the workouts you can do for 75 HARD...

  • Weight lifting
  • Running
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Walking (I use a weighted vest to make it more challenging)
  • Rucking
  • Interval training
  • Sprints
  • CrossFit
  • HIIT Training
  • Martial arts
  • Boxing/Kickboxing
  • Rowing
  • Yoga
  • Plenty, plenty more...

It should be time dedicated to training your body physically. 

It should not be anything else.

Your intent should be to get a workout in ... not to label other physical tasks as "workouts."

There is a huge difference.

So let's take a look at what DOES NOT count as a workout for 75 HARD...

What DOES NOT Count as a Workout For 75 HARD?

If you cut down trees for a living ... that's physical labor.

If you were to work an 8 hour shift ... that should at least count for one of your workouts, right?


This is a classic example of looking for a way to make the program easier.

I understand that the program is going to be easier for some people to fit in their schedules than others ... and you may not consider that to be "fair."

But guess what?  Life isn't fair either.

You may as well prepare yourself for reality.

Plenty of people with labor-intensive jobs and long days have completed the program, and they do their workouts on top of their other physically-demanding duties.

So, with that being said, here are some other examples of "workouts" I would NOT consider to be in line with the program...

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Yard work
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Stretching
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Golfing
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Other leisure sports
  • Moving (As in moving into a new home)

You may laugh at some of those and think, "Does he really need to say that's not a workout?" But the truth is, people have asked the question, so I just want to be crystal clear.

Again, you know in your heart what's a workout and what's not.

The longer you lie to yourself, the longer you'll keep yourself from reaping the true benefits of the program.

Remember that.

Get Started With 75 HARD Now

If you aren't already doing the program ... why not start?

Once you get a taste of your true potential...

You'll never turn back.

Get started with 75 HARD, and take complete control of your life for good.

If you want to learn more about the 75 HARD program, you can also get the 75 HARD Book.

While the book is not necessary to complete the 75 HARD program, those that do 75 HARD without reading the book ... then do it again after reading the book find that they gain more from the program after reading the book, because they have a much better understanding of the program and what it can actually help them achieve.

In the book, I cover every detail about the program, what you can expect, and the full story behind 75 HARD and its creation.

Hundreds of thousands of people have already changed their life through 75 HARD.

Will you?

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