Your Hardest Workout Ever?

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    Nov 27, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    Okay, I'm kind of curious about this. What was the hardest you've ever worked out? Share your stories and describe the experiences.
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    Nov 27, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    I´m not sure how one would know. Perhaps it was the day that I did a 90 minute swim, a 3 hour ride in the morning then another 3 hour ride in the after noon (bike). Or perhaps it was a tabata session, over in 20 minutes, me left unable to move. I no longer think that sort of thing really is that positive for the body, don´t do two sessions a day any more (which for an ex triathlete is hard haha).
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    Nov 27, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    well, i'm not a triathlete -- i never even played sports in high school. i was always very lean growing up, but i wasn't very fit. worse than the lack of physical fitness was my lack of internal drive and mental stamina. i was a wuss!

    once i was out of high school, i realized i needed to change. i got a gym membership and started working out on my own. however, i didn't have the drive to push myself hard enough for it to make any difference. finally, one of my friends went to the gym with me, and he put me through what was then the toughest workout of my life. (i look back at it now and realize that it was just an average workout.) after that workout, i felt exhausted but really pumped and discovered i love that feeling.

    the hardest workout i've ever had was a two-hour forced workout session i had with a friend. for the first thirty minutes he put me through a cross-country style jog/run/sprint routine. then he had me do some balance exercises (like standing on one leg with weights, holding karate positions, etc.). every time i lost my balance or broke my form he'd have me walk up and down a flight of stairs with 30 lb weights in each hand. after that he had me do some body weight calisthenics, then some boxing drills, and finally we wrestled for a few rounds.

    this was the hardest workout i've even been through, but afterwords i felt truly accomplished. honestly, i would never have pushed myself that hard without someone else there pushing me too. i was a major wuss, and i've overcome that character flaw through forced workouts. that's why i think they're so amazing.
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    Nov 28, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    As a sprinter it's hard to quantify "hardness" wen u can barely count to ten cuz ur so lactic and even if you can manage to realise how bad of pain ur in ur already rolling in your own puke...

    happens once every couple weeks

  • pandx970

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    Nov 28, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    troyboy300 saidOkay, I'm kind of curious about this. What was the hardest you've ever worked out? Share your stories and describe the experiences.


    best one, the one where our swim coach challenged us to do one set of infinite 100s until we couldn't make the mark...of course this is one of the challenges we had right before taper. I wish I could explain it but the day after thanksgiving haze is just too much. So I'll write it out.

    # Max. Time
    1 1'20"
    2 1'17"
    3 1'14"
    . .
    . .
    . .
    n n

    Of course all this is done descending...so the set gets faster and faster and faster with less and less rest between each. It's not that difficult when you're in the first 5 or so hundred. You can do this with descending by one, two, or three seconds. But, man, you start doing things right when you know you don't have a whole lot of rest at the end. Like...doing proper flip-turns, breathing and stroke technique.

    Maybe this ain't what you were thinking of, probably more along the lines of weight-lifting, but man, the mental challenge was great and to overcome that great challenge was even greater.

    of course i died in the pool, when my coach had us do that the next day...
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    Nov 29, 2009 6:35 AM GMT
    hardest came in the shape of stupidity.
    went XC skiing , skating style ( or freestyle if you prefer) one day. It was -20C,
    and we were out for 4 hours. We pushed pretty hard and the last hour i was tired and ran out of fuel, so i bonked.( depletion of glycogen ) As the way back was mostly downhill, making it colder from the windchill factor, i started experiencing hypothermia, where you feel like vomiting and only want to stop and lie down there forever.
    My friend was pep talking to me to keep going. I'd go a hundred feet and stop, then try another bit. Eventually we made it . Horrible feeling.
    Back to the lodge, standing by a heater it's the only time i cried from pain as circulation came back .

    Ever since i've remained ultra sensitive to cold, and i avoid any skiing or running beyond 1.5 hours in harsh cold conditions now.

    --

    and racing of course. Anyone who raced knows. If you don't hurt bad, you're not racing, you're riding.



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    Nov 29, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    I don't know about 'hardest' but the one which sapped me the most was a year ago when I did my first cycle class followed by a yoga class. I went back to bed for 3 hours and couldn't move properly for the next few days hehehe
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    Nov 29, 2009 7:00 AM GMT
    My hardest workout was last week. I was doing HEAVY squats. Finished the last rep of the heaviest squat I've ever had. My nose started gushing blood, and I vomited. But then I finished 2 more sets, vomited again, and was wiped out for 2 bloody days. But it felt amazing at the same time. icon_eek.gif How messed up is that? LOL!
    Now I expect the same intensity with every workout. (minus the vomiting of course.) So far I have been. Otherwise I will be very disappointed.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    . . . it was shoveling snow in Tahoe in the mid-1990s . . . it was so exhausting, but it was the best . . . I was completely spent, and as close to the core of existence as I'll ever be . . .
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    Nov 29, 2009 12:28 PM GMT
    it wasn't a workout entirely..

    Went to the gym bright and early, got halfway through my workout, got dragged into a body pump class then did a spaz attack class (I don't know what it's called but it was ALOT of cardio) then finished my workout, helped my mate move apartments, had a BBQ at a place, played footy and then.. erm.. hard some spirited fun while tipsy..

    I woke up unable to move....
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    Nov 29, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    I once had a gym buddy (not so much anymore) who wanted me to try his new and improved energy shot before we went running one day. I ran past the point of exhaustion on some rough trails that he had been running on for a while. A couple of hours of running went by before I noticed how far we had gone and my shirt was also completely drenched with sweat. He never really told me how far we went that day so I cannot be exact.

    The next day my legs were cramping up like no tomorrow and I think I might have actually twisted my ankle a bit during the run.

    I called my friend to ask him what all we did and what was in that shot. Come to find out amphetamines were involved.

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 29, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    Our circuit workout in the Fire Academy was the hardest workouts I have had. We'd use bundled hose when running the tower staircase, unrolled hose to drag then pull in, rope attached to hose roles that you would hoist up the side of the tower... other sprints and pushup/crunch/squat stations and stuff. Was always a great workout... I gotta start doing something like that again.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 01, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    Mine was when I hired a trainer

    .... and told him to burn my ass icon_eek.gif Which he did icon_rolleyes.gif
  • dionysus

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    Dec 01, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    april 2006. yes. the whole month. we call it 'hell month' in rowing.

    3 weeks hardcore training for a 1 week competition.
    it. was. AWESOME.

    2nd at WIRA. woot woot. SUCK IT.
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    Dec 01, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    The first 3 hour run in preparation for the marathon back in May.

    I had to sit on the stairs in the house and bump myself up one stair at a time. It was torture the next day trying to get down the stairs as well.

    Or the first long distance cycling weekend i went on, i ended up knocking on the last day with aoout 20k to go, i spent 2 days in the fetal postion after that.