The 4 stages of Kentauros

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For those of you who don‘t know or haven‘t yet experienced the wrath of Kentauros, this one’s for you.

Kentauros is a heart-pounding, leg-burning routine that will challenge both your mental and physical endurance. Kentauros will make you feel everything (emotionally and physically), but before you panic and swear yourself off it altogether, we want to assure you that what you‘re feeling is totally normal. And even more worth it. In fact, we‘ve classified these feelings into 4 distinct stages, so you know what to expect.

Stage 1: The Hype

“Let’s do this! It can‘t be that bad can it?”

At first we’re curious. We want to know what all the fuss is about. We’ve heard rumours about this crazy workout called Kentauros. And oh boy, has it gained itself quite the reputation. When someone mentions Kentauros in their Coach week, the whole room gasps. When others say they’ve already done it, the whole room shouts respect and queues up for a high five. That’s it, we can’t take it anymore. We want in on the action and start the training partner recruitment process. Sounds like we’re gonna need all the support we can get. Surely it can’t be as bad as everyone says though…can it?

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Stage 2: The Realization

“What the f**k did I sign up to?”

You start fast…lunges are easy anyway right?! Oh hold on, burpee deep frogs – never tried these before. Ok this hurts. 2nd round…not so fun anymore. 3rd round…you have to remind yourself that it’s not ok to cry in public. At this stage it becomes more of a mind game than anything else. But since you’re already halfway through, you tell yourself there’s no way you’re giving up now. That‘s the beauty of Kentauros – at the beginning you can’t imagine finishing it. After each round, the thought of quitting enters your mind. But somehow you never do. And actually, once you pass the halfway point, it seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Apart from the last 10 meters burpee deep frogs. Those seem to drag on forever. That’s Kentauros’ way of reminding you who’s boss.

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Stage 3: The Aftermath

“What is that strange feeling in my legs...?”

Congratulations! We knew you would make it. Now comes the real fun part: The post Kentauros muscle pain. For the first few hours you feel fine. You forget all about the suffering, sweat and tears that you just endured and go about your business as usual. 3 hours later…what is that strange feeling in my legs? Later that night…getting off the couch becomes a struggle. Next morning…it takes 20 minutes to sit up in bed. You crawl to the bathroom. Avoid stairs. Call in sick to work. Ok, now I know what all the hype was about. 5 days later…now the muscle pain has gone, you can finally start enjoying the results. #BunsOfSteel. It wasn‘t easy, but you feel incredibly empowered. Once you’ve done Kentauros you feel like you can do anything. That’s the best thing about it.

Stage 4: It starts all over again

“Let’s do this! – it can‘t be that bad can it?”

We‘re not going to lie, Kentauros tends to…linger. You‘ll almost certainly be feeling Kentauros‘ pain a few days after completing the workout, and may even question if you‘ll ever recover from it. Don‘t worry, that‘s to be expected. In the days immediately following your training, moving may come as a bit of a struggle, but as soon as you feel the results, you forget all about the pain. After a few days your muscles recover, leaving you feeling on top of the world and ready to conquer it all over again. This time it’s you everyone’s queuing up to high five in the office. #ClapClap.

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Set aside your fear and take on the challenge. Don’t worry about the muscle pain – after a few times you even begin to look forward to it. It’s a reminder of what you’ve achieved and your body’s way of telling you that what you’re doing is working.

Ok so maybe you’ll never “enjoy” Kentauros. But trust us, you will never ever regret it!