Chris M.

Chris M.

Kenzai Body 2 | Day 56 (Member)
Kenzai Body 2
Day 56
Program progress:

This week the results were tangible. Mainly, I just feel strong and energized. I’m banging through sets in numbers of reps that were impossible in the first few weeks and the diet is fairly easy. The mirror, scale and belt are all corroborating the story, but most of all I just feel great. Life is good.

I’m really glad I did a full 12 week program this time. I’m very excited about what can be achieved in these next 4 weeks and an active summer.

Good luck all!

The Good Place

The lessons are hitting the nail on the head lately. Just as i was thinking I should be leaner/faster/stronger after 6 weeks of every day work the lesson about the editor popped up. Spot on.

The truth is I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. The workouts are coming easier and the diet is tight. There are already tangible gains, just not 100% up to our impatient standards. We’re in position for the major transformation. The next 6 weeks are going to be very productive.

Also, just a side note: “the sneak” is an excellent therapeutic exercise for the 40+ crowd’s creaky knees. I do that before and after every athletic endeavor and it has made a HUGE difference in knee pain, tightness, and swelling.

Good luck all!

Moving Day

Good to be back in the middle of the program. Progress is tangible. This is where the diet is pretty dialed in, cravings aren’t as proactive (reactive is another story) and the workouts are clicking. I do like the pace of the workout increases. None of it is too daunting and I’m feeling energetic all least for now.

Good luck all.


Surfing in Bali this week, aka alternative cardio. Everything is going well. Easy to stay on diet here.

Good luck all!

The Road

I hear a lot on here about travel and Kenzai, both positive and negative. I’ve been traveling for work a lot these last few years, including this week. I’ve shifted from anxiety about it in my first program to excitement nowadays. I even look to do programs when I know I’ll be traveling a lot. I personally enjoy taking this show on the road and adapting it to whatever hotel gym I’m in. New scenery, new machines, maybe a swim for cardio or a quick run in a different city. I love the weird looks our exercises bring from the hamster wheel treadmill folks. I bring my rope and a band as back up but sometimes it’s fun to adapt to what is available and mix that in. After a bunch of programs I think it keeps it interesting.

I also find that Kenzai friendly meals (especially breakfasts) are pretty easy to get in hotel buffets or restaurants these days. There’s a lot of low carb and keto diets that have shifted things our way. I used to get the three-heads look when I asked for spinach with breakfast. Now it’s the norm.

The only program that doesn’t always adapt well is kettlebell 1 and moreso k-bell 2 for obvious reasons, but with that one you can usually get by w dumbbells for a day or two.

All the best and good luck!

Slow and steady

I have no complaints about the relatively light workouts this week.
It's been a while since I jumped for 10 or 12 minutes, so that's taken some getting back into to. If I'm honest, it's kinda boring so I row on the concept 2 for the allotted time some days.

As for the 3-4 quick sets of exercises, I'm good with it. There's a long way to go here...

Back for more KB2

Hey all. Glad to be part of another great group of Kenzai zealots.

I did KB2 a couple years ago and really enjoyed the pace and length of the program. I did Chisel earlier this year and loved it, but have been on the see-food diet since.

Right now I feel like I need 12 weeks of discipline to make real gains.

My goal is to get to my post KB1 fitness. Over these past 4 years, I've learned new disciplines and upped my muscle mass and improved VO2 max and all that good stuff, but I haven't put it all together at once the way a stringent 12-week K-program that's my goal.

Let's do this.

Done. Phew! 

That is one heck of a program. I feel this sense of exhausted relief today...the same way I’ve felt after every cycle over these last few weeks. Collapse on the mat gasping type relief.

The program started as a training ground for ski season and ended with a desire to push to new limits. It once again showed me how crazy effective Kenzai can be in a short period of time if you follow it to a T. It’s been almost 4 years and a bunch of programs since KB1 and this was the best/tightest diet I’ve had since that first go round. I think it showed me that I’m too old to half-ass the diet and expect the workouts to carry me. Together they are really powerful.

Thanks to my fellow Chiselers and head -Chiseler Malia. When the program was toughest in weeks 3-5 I found a lot of motivation in you guys and it carried me to the strongest finish I’ve ever had. Thank you.

Checking in

This last week has felt like good progress. Nailing the diet and the workouts. I’m feeling light and strong.

Every day I’m waking up sore and stiff, the beginning of the first cycle is brutal, and then the second cycle feels great. Its weird how you get that runners high type feeling. The third cycle is mixed, but generally just exhausting. I get the impression that’s how it’s all supposed to work.

On the exercise front, is there anyone that can do 50 seconds straight of scissor claps? I can get to maybe 30.

Took a week off from the formal program for a ski touring trip last week, but did a bunch of leg work and stretching that I learned here to stay limber.

Jumped back in today at day 22 and was able to hit the ground running.

The combo of ski boot and chisel is an awesome workout to prep for skiing.

Thanks again, Kenzai!

Proving ground

Week 2 is going smooth and I’m heading out to western Canada for a week if ski touring. We’ll see how ski boot and the first couple weeks of Chisel set me up for that.
I’m optimistic, feeling great, and keen to keep Chisel simmering on the side while I ski. The motion and flexibility parts of this program are fantastic. I’ll probaby be doing a cycle as a warmup each morning.

Good luck all and Kung Hei Fat Choi!


Hello Osirises. Sorry for the delay in intro. I’ve been trying to catch up with this fast paced program all week. Talk about a quick start. Day 1, I was a puddle. And day 2, and 3, and....

This is round 2 if Chisel for me, and I have to say it is my new favorite of all. I loved kettlebells. And I would have made it the all time #1 K-program if we were in a perfect utopian society where community kettlebells are on every street corner, but I think Chisel addresses the anytime/anywhere theme better. There is literally never an excuse to weasel out of a workout. They are short, cyclical, intense, rarely require more than 5 mins of continuous roping and most require no props.

So I’m pumped. My stretch from Nov til now was a disaster of cake and cookies and long stretches between workouts. I need this app and you guys to tell me exactly what to do. So, please proceed...

Thanks and good luck everyone! Looks like an awesome group. And an awesome trainer (hey Malia!).

Bring on the snow  

Nothing fancy or earth shattering about Ski Boot, but it got my ass up every day to sweat a little and it definitely got the legs ready to ski. The first 2-3 cycle workouts with 6-8 reps were a struggle and by the end 5 cycles with double the reps was alright. Tangible progress.

I love the general lack of props in Ski Boot and Chisel, so I’m hoping to roll into Chisel in Jan-Feb to build on the Boot. No excuses.

Good luck all!

Turkey Legs

Feeling a very noticeable difference in leg strength going into week 4. I lost a couple days in transit and an overwhelmingly full house, but I generally ate (mostly) Kenzai healthy thru the holiday and came out the other side motivated for the home stretch.

The North American West is getting dumped on, so it looks to be a banner year. Can't wait.

Booting along

Week 2 was good. Feeling the leg strength and the first week soreness (!) is pretty much gone. I've gone for a few runs during the stretch and felt really good. The workouts are very manageable and just what I need. The diet is good on ingredients, but so-so on portions. I struggle to eat small at dinner time.

In other news, its looking like an el-Nino year out west which bodes well for ski season.

Good luck everyone.

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Kenzai Chisel
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