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Defeat Empousa


Free Athletes, 2020 brings to a close our first trilogy of Halloween fitness challenges.

Two years ago, with Defeat the Monsters, we unleashed a devilish group of mythological monsters on you in the form of Arachne, Kyklops, Medusa, Minotauros, and Typhon. Rising to the challenge, you courageously entered the app, took them on and slayed the horde, pushing through all these workouts as a community, growing stronger, and sharing pictures of your journey along the way.

Last year, four gods of darkness came for you--Nyx, Hecate, Hades, and Erebos, and we invited you to Defeat the Darkness. The shrouded masters of the underworld met you in the app with all their wiles, went for your core, your upper body, your lower body, testing your endurance, and technique with grueling combinations of exercises. Still, you remained unbroken and defiant, and you Free Athletes once again stood victorious in the face of 2019’s Halloween exercises.

This year, one final monstrous beast has arisen to challenge the community: Empousa.

This demon of Greek myth has flaming tendrils of hair to bring the burn deep into your muscles.

Approach it carefully by doing Plank Shoulder Taps on the ground. Still, you may find yourself looking like you’re wrapped up in a ball of flame as you do your Jackknives, and you may end up feeling like it too, if you’re not prepared!

Empousa stands agile and ready to pounce, on two legs: a leg of a goat, and an enchanted leg fashioned from bronze. You want to take this bloodthirsty creature down? You’re going to have to match its leaps with your Knee Jumps and Squat Jumps.

This is what faces you at the end of this three-year cycle, Free Athlete heroes. A brand-new, free god workout to push you in ways you haven’t seen before in the app. We know you’ve got the tenacity and energy in you to #NoExcuses: go out there and defeat Empousa.

How and Where to Challenge Empousa

The vicious Empousa has come for the blood of all challengers, everywhere.

To join in the battle (and the fun!) all you need is your public profile in the Freeletics app, the rest is simple:

  • Select Empousa from the Workouts list in the app and get training. (You can aim for the Star, but don’t worry if you can’t make it!)
  • Take a photo of yourself after your workout with a Halloween twist and the hashtag, #freeleticscommunity
  • Post the photo and your completed workout in the app.
  • Don't forget to cheer on others who have completed the workout and have great costumes!

And take note, we’ll be doing this as a community from 26 October 2020, 12:00 AM CST to 1 November 2020, 11:59 CST, so get your costume ideas ready!