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Review: The Wretched


Welcome to the most painful 35 minutes of your life

After obtaining an advanced copy, I approached “The Wretched” like Manny Pacquiao would approach an overweight Hatton: Oozing with overconfidence, and sporting an irritating smirk.

It didn’t take long before that smirk vanished together with my bloated ego.

For all its 35 minutes, The Wretched does not let up, like a relentless climb that stretches into the horizon, taunting you to just step off the bike and give up. I can say, without a doubt, that it is the most difficult video I have tried in the Sufferfest series. 

The video begins with a nice warm up on Box Hill, to the tune of Redados’ overpowering drums. The music in this entire video is probably the best so far. It is upbeat, catchy, and best of all, they block out the pain. In fact, I may just get these tracks so I can have them in my iPod’s playlist. This is just my opinion though, and as music is a very personal choice, your mileage may vary. 

The Wretched also sports some new and innovative ideas for The Sufferfest. Countdown timers inform you regularly of how much time you will need to spend in the hurt locker, and new graphics clearly show when an interval is going to end. Very helpful when your eyes are flooded with sweat, and squinting with the hurt. 

Part of the fun of working out to these videos is not knowing what is going to happen. So I will not delve into what type of workout The Wretched has in store for you. What I can say is this, it is the harderst video I have tried to date, and it’s 35 minutes are no laughing matter. The last interval left me extremely exhausted, I had to cut the 4 minute cool down short, and lie on the floor to catch my breath. I cannot remember the last time I was that knackered. 

Dave and his minions did an exemplary job with this video. Exciting race footage, an unforgiving workout, and well-curated music make this my favorite video of the series. I sure hope we get more of these in the future!



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