Phase 2 Live Hard: Building Momentum
Andy Frisella’s Live Hard program is a game changing mental toughness program designed to turn you into the best version of yourself. In this special podcast episode, Rob Cressy is joined by his friend and accountability partner Brendan Pettit as they share their Phase 2 of Live Hard experience.
Phase 2 builds off of the lessons learned and dues paid during 75 Hard and Phase 1 of the program.
• What was their mindset like for this 30 day phase compared to the previous ones?
• What did their boot sequence look like?
• What were the biggest challenges they had to overcome?
• What new habits or routines were introduced?
• How were they able to channel the Mamba Mentality?
• What was it like when they completed Phase 2 and were thrown back into “regular life”?
If you are interested in becoming the best version of yourself then this episode will share the habits, routines, and lessons learned from our Phase 2 of Live Hard experience. You can also check out our tips & lessons learned from each of the other Phases of the Live Hard program: 75 Hard, Phase 1, Phase 3, Live Hard Results overall
I created both a video and podcast version so you can deep dive into this if you’d like.
If you are considering doing 75 Hard then I highly recommend you listen to Andy Frisella’s MFCEO podcast where he talks about the origin of it. It’s straight fire.
What is Phase 2 of Live Hard?
Phase 2 of the Live Hard program is very similar to the format of 75 Hard. Every day for 30 days you do these 5 tasks with zero compromise.
- Workout twice a day: 45 minute indoor workout, 45 minute outdoor workout. You can choose whatever fitness program or workouts you want.
- Follow a diet with no cheat meals and no alcohol. You get to create the diet for yourself.
- Read 10 pages of a personal development or non-fiction book. Something that makes you better. Note: Audiobooks do not count.
- Drink a gallon of water.
- Take a progress picture every single day.
You also must wait at least 30 days after completing Phase 1 before you can start Phase 2. The reason for this is so you can experience what it’s like to be off the program and then start again. Are you still sharp or did you slip?
Mindset Difference Between Phase 2 and Phase 1
With Phase 1 of Live Hard I knew there was a 100% chance I was completing it. Because of that my mindset was to sharpen my sword and get better. With Phase 2 my mindset was to build momentum. I began the program on January 3, 2020 as a way of starting the year off strong. I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, I believe in kicking ass all the time. When I am on the Live Hard program I am always the best version of myself so I was looking forward to optimizing. I knew this would put me in a great position to succeed plus have an amazing year.
Biggest Phase 2 Challenges
One of the things I learned in 75 Hard and Live Hard is to throw the excuses in the trash. Common one’s include “now is not a good time”, “the weather is bad”, and “I don’t feel like it”. Excuses don’t take you to where you want to go, and Phase 2 does not accept excuses.
I live in Chicago so starting Phase 2 in the dead of winter presents a few challenges. Most notably the weather, which is often times below zero windchill and full of snow. While this would be enough to stop most people, I wore it like a badge of honor. It was building my grit and mental toughness.
That doesn’t mean my bitch voice was not present, because it was. Waking up at 5 am to do a 45 minute outdoor workout will test anyone. Since this program is non-negotiable I bundled up and paid my dues. On Day 17 it felt like -6 degree and my water bottle froze while on my outdoor walk.
Phase 2 Results
In Phase 2 it was all about building momentum. Doing things that’ll catapult me to a new level, both in this exact moment as well as long term.
There’s only one direction I’m looking and that’s forward.