I didn’t post this in Q&A since I was keen a wider general dialogue could happen through comments which doesn’t get closed up.
I have recently been reading a lot on LCHF and it’s benefits for general health and in particular it’s advantages for endurance athletes (think for illustration full marathons, half / full ironmans etc). In particular the books by Prof Grant Schofield, Dr. Caryn
and Craig Rodger. (See image)
I can certainly see the science behind it when i read their philosophy particularly when I view the nutrition requirements of endurance events vs the calorie burn - the math just seems unarguable.
Equally critics seem to suggest increased risk to certain diseases as well as reduced life expectancy although I didn’t find the material on this quite credible, nor some of the assumptions it makes on the diet entirely accurate.
I remember reading long back (perhaps on a Q I may have only raised) from Patrick saying that he thinks IF is just a fancy form of portion control but Keto / LCHF is something he is watching with some interest.
Just wanted to hear thoughts from the trainer and trainee community alike on this.
Blast. Grad blog. GRADUATION POST
My workouts have been pretty patch last two weeks with back to back work and vacation traveling taking me east as well as west. Held up well till end of week 3 but had a terribly patchy last week on both workouts and diet. I do want to get at least another week of the workouts in to feel like I’ve done justice to the program.
Overall dropped one size during this stint - less than I hoped but can’t complain given my on off compliance. But my biggest gain from this program is to throw my body back into some strength training which was totally missing for too long. I’ll be following this with a 3 day K Life strength regime to supplement my regular swim bike run schedule.
A parting pic from holiday at Marbella beach in Spain. Great training with you all and see you on the next program.
Really pushed the envelope on this one. Been traveling non stop within india and overseas (east and now west) last two weeks. Managed to get many workouts in but have missed 4 odd workouts. Made up a few with some bike rides / runs.
In Spain now finally on vacation and will try and add 2-3 Day after day 28 to make up for some of the lost ones.
I’m terribly sore after my workouts - really feel it the following day. Also already down on my two missed workouts so a little bummed out I have no margin left there.
Ok - this program continues to overwhelm me but that's probably a reflection of how tremendously unidimensional my training has been for a while now, with singular focus on cardio. I want to say I'm loving the pain but honestly just wheezing through it and chastising myself that training needs to be more rounded on an ongoing basis.
I can barely get through 20-25 narrow push ups at most. And 1 min for many of the HIIT workouts looks downright comical on form. Lucky I can whip these out in my living room, there is NO way I am doing these in a public space where other people know me. :-P
Nevertheless, onward and forward. Had an easy 8km run pencilled in today. Followed it immediately with the strength + HIIT skipping the jumprope (no pun intended). I'll crack in a standalone 15 - 20 min jumprope session in the evening if I feel up to it.
Have a strong week 2 guys.
Just stumbled on this while browsing K Life workouts and joined the program mid week, a couple of days ago.
Did my first workout day before and I think I felt my life flash before my eyes while gasping through it. And this is after running a comfortable full marathon about 10 days ago!!
I knew instantly I'm in the right place - my body badly needs to be shocked into a different regime to accelerate some weight loss / drop a size. Despite intense cardio training for several months, my weight is hovering about 3 - 4 kgs above where I would like it to be. Partly because I think my body has just gotten very efficient in using my body's fat stores so maybe I burn less fat for similar time of cardio. And partly because I have almost all but given up on strength training in my intense cardio regime. [Also in a tiny part because of the not so tiny cookies I might have eaten ;-).]
Look forward to the ride. I'm doing Blast because I just needed to shock my body out of its comfort zone, get back to some balance in my training of strength and cardio. My goal for this program is the process itself and not the outcome - I want to do this program as perfectly as possible and walk away with whatever that delivers.
Mind grad post GRADUATION POST
This has been an interesting journey and in some sense a continuation of my recent focus on things that impact the mind. Thoughts vs feelings, clearing negativity etc. I have found it helpful to be able to allocate a part of the day to meditation as it helps me separate myself from the clutter in my head in a manner of speaking.
I know I haven't been very interactive on this program but part of the reason is this is genuinely a very personal and internal journey for me. There's a lot that led up to me wanting to do this program and also my takeaways that are quite personal. I can say I have had some regular counselling in the last 18 months and in some sense this program helped me add an element of meditation and a further understanding to what goes on inside that head.
Look forward to seeing everyone on the blogs.
PS: A happy note to share - participated in London marathon over the weekend and finished (for me personally) a strong 3:54 a big jump PR from my previous PR of 4:15 from Berlin in Sept 2018. Look forward to seeing my running kenzai mates on Strava as I continue training next for some October races.
Hi guys - sorry for the radio silence. I've been on track with the program but last week was a little manic and I fell badly off the wagon - missed at least 4 - 5 meditation sessions during the last week.
Back on the trot since yesterday.
I am traveling this entire week - in my next update I might just have to share how a meditation session feels sitting in an economy seat of an aircraft.
As someone who’s done yoga through occasional phases the lesson on use of mantras was very interesting. I did think that a mantra can indeed help focus our thoughts more successfully. But the counterpoint of using them sparingly so you can learn to be “comfortable in your own house” so to speak was something that really had me looking at it in an all new light.
I’m enjoying the different states of meditation although I have to say I feel nowhere close to having any deep power over all my running thoughts.
But if nothing else, I do enjoy the attempted quiet focus at least.
On a separate note, just attempting meditation has also reminded me of the sheer power of shavasana - or at least a properly done shavasana and how it can truly release the tension in your body. Started practicing that too after a very long time, outside my meditation sessions.
Hi guys. I am based in Mumbai, India - live here with my wife, 7 year old boy and my mum. Lawyer by day and hobby runner / triathlete during whatever remaining waking hours I can eke out.
Mind was a program that I was keen on from the word go. I generally feel under a lot of stress and anxiety when things are not smooth and I strongly felt that adding an element of meditation and just a little more understanding of my own mind (thoughts, feelings ... those who know that drill know what I'm saying) will help me no end.
Nothing scares or excites me about this one. For the first time I am signing up for a course with no physical change or other expectations. I am here to be surprised, be educated and get whatever I can get with an open mind to the program.
I don't see any obstacles either - I am in full swing of training for April 28th London marathon so per force I will have the physical aspect of training dialed in with marathon training diet to boot (so I'm not even opening the diet / workouts pages).
I look forward to see you all on the blogs.
Grad Post GRADUATION POST
Not sure I deserve to be writing a Grad post on this. Have barely strung on to comply with 50% of the workouts for most part and diet was also at times on and off. Not quite the Chisel I was hoping to crack but its been heavy on the running and swimming for me and I've had to prioritise both of these over the Chisel whenever the energy levels were not up to it.
Have my first open water 5km swim on 23rd March (hopefully I can make it to Goa for it, end March workload permitting) and a last min entry to London marathon for 28th April that I've had to prioritize training towards.
This was my second round of Chisel (first one was much more compliant) so I'm quite familiar with the workouts and that helped. I think I'll scrape in a couple of extra weeks of 4 day / week chisel + strength workouts to get in the sweet spot for both races.
Thanks everyone for the support on this training cycle and see you on another program soon.
Hi everyone. Sorry I’m literally barely hanging on trying to get in 3-4 chisel workouts per week last couple of weeks. But managing to get 2-3 runs and a couple of swims per week so overall the training is almost round the week.
Diet has been good barring a couple of social slip ups.
Look forward to hang on to the last mile.
Sorry for the silence - lots of updates. Its been an eventful Week 2.
On the downside, I badly twisted and sprained my ankle on Tues evening while running like mad trying to catch a flight. Bit of a bummer because I was heading into Dubai half Ironman on Friday 1st Feb. Had to re - align my race plan to a "just get across the finish line". Quite disappointing because even though my training had been a bit disrupted I was finally pleased with my recent final long bike + run brick last sat and a long 3 km time trial swim a few weekends before that.
Managed to somehow get through the race - underpar bike and a fairly painful run (on account of ankle and heat both).
I haven't really worked out after tuesday last week (other than race day and a pre race day test swim). I'll resume with Wed strength to start with and gingerly test the waters on HIIT. I want to navigate carefully around anything that's overly high impact landing on the ankle.
I didn't cut back on diet in W2 because it was race week and I didn't want to cut back on carbs. Post race I've been strict on diet. Need to be particularly tight on diet given my workouts will not be at full intensity for some time.
More on the blogs later and here's a picture from Dubai race week.
Cheers and catch you all on the blogs.
EDIT: A happy update. I attempted and completed day 15 HIIT workout today. Could complete all of it although I was a bit ginger on anything that required landing hard on feet (wasn’t much of that sorts today except end of burpees). Will try tues HIIT on wed before doing strength so I can try to catch a complete week.
Sorry for the delayed wake up. I'm Ameya from Mumbai. Trying to use Chisel to drop off some extra 3 - 4 kgs that I've managed to put on during the holiday season.
Been a roller coaster week 1 - managed about 4 workouts out of 7 but it was a total roller coaster hanging on to the awkwardness of the workouts. That's what happens when you're out of the gym for too long. Day 8 felt much better coordinated than last week though
Look forward to seeing you all on the blogs. I am traveling more than once this week but I promise my next update on Sunday - will catch in at least 4 workouts this week as well.
Sculpt grad post GRADUATION POST
Sorry for the delayed grad post. I was trying to clock in my final workout before writing this but have been down with a really bad bout of pharyngitis & flu since Sunday that simply refuses to die. Clocking some low energy run / bikes last few days to keep the tri workout flame going as best possible.
Overall, I loved this program. Multi - tasking it with the swim / bike / run wasn't easy and on days when the fatigue / priorities got to me, I sacrificed Sculpt for the scheduled Tri workout. Result is 6 days of workouts through the program but Sculpt compliance may have been only 3-4 workouts a week at times.
But that was good enough. I don't know if its placebo or otherwise but the regular posterior chain based strength workouts combined with consistent cardio certainly seemed to have made my running and riding (riding in particular) feel stronger. I have completed my first 3 hour ride on an indoor trainer during this program without feeling overly strained. Diet was mostly tight although it slipped off during Diwali and some travel. But I'm happy with the diet discipline.
Lots of new learnings as always through this program - look forward to seeing you all on Kenzai Life.