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Kenzai Reach | Day 43 (Member)
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A New Athleticism 

  • Jun 27th, 2017 at 1:53PM

I've considered myself an athlete since I was about 11. I've been able to catch, throw, hit and kick things well. I can run fast and far. In all my athletic pursuits, I gave some attention to stretching; in what I now know is the incorrect way - deep stretching before athletic events. My flexibility was okay in some areas. In other areas I knew it wasn't - my hips and shoulders in particular, and I just chalked that up to genetics.

Reach showed me that I've been ignoring a key aspect of athleticism: flexibility. I've now giving attention to that for two months. I see increased flexibility. I also feel stronger in a different way. Not that I can lift more, but holding a good warrior pose for 6 deep breaths takes a type of power that I've rarely felt before. I feel more graceful in my movements. My shoulders have really opened up. My hips? Well, there are always areas to keep working on.

This program came at exactly the right time - starting right as I had a second kid. I don't think I could've done any other program right now. With Reach, I didn't have to leave my house.

I plan on doing the morning stretches every morning. I think I'll be successful at that. I enjoy them and they are fast. I will also do the evening stretches every night. This will be tougher, because I really don't enjoy them. I'm going to take a yoga class on Tuesday mornings (I start tomorrow). I have the benefit of being married to a yoga instructor, and having him coach me through Reach has been a great experience. I'm going to do 30 min sessions with him 2x/ week.

I also think that Reach is a program worth doing more than once a year. It fits nicely into my life, and takes less time commitment than other programs (KB3 was a brutal commitment). So I'd like to do another run at Reach maybe in 5-6 months to keep progressing.

Murch, you are a trainer extraordinaire. You could've nudged and chased me a lot more than you did, but I think maybe you knew that I was doing the best I could juggling this with other priorities, and let me figure it out for myself. Miranda, you are beacon of positivity. The Kenzai family is so luck to have you. Thanks so much to my team for all the comments and love. Congratulations for getting through another great Kenzai program.

 
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15 comments

Claire L.Claire L.Kenzai Member
about 2 years ago

What a great result. Well done Ed in keeping all your plates spinning these past 8 weeks. You are a credit to yourself (& your better half obviously)

I'm envious that you've managed to complete reach already. I'm still working my way up to finding out officially how stiff & tight my hips/ shoulders/ back etc are. Although I did try a SUP yoga class last weekend - so I'm inching closer.

Enjoy your new found strength & summer with your babes in arms


    George B.George B.Reboot | Day 15 (Member)
    about 2 years ago

    I agee with you all the way. I will surely be redoing this program. Sorry for being out of the thick if it but thanks so much for your support.


      Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 15 (Member)
      about 2 years ago

      Great to read your appreciation of the program, coming from the very athletic background that you do. I agree about the need to revisit regularly. Impressive how you fit it in around the busy home life as well. Great results for the family.


        Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
        Trainerabout 2 years ago

        Ed, I am blushing over here! Your weekly pics with CJ made me go easy on you, haha. I knew you were doing the workouts, that is enough when you have a newborn. Once you are out of that phase you will be back on the blogs. I am so glad you enjoyed the program, it really is great, isn't it? Stretching complements every other physical activity and I will be interested in hearing how you feel playing soccer with your increased range of motion. Enjoy a well deserved time off program and keep on Reach-ing for the stars!


          Brett T.Brett T.Alumni
          about 2 years ago

          Whatever the internet equivalent of a high five is, I just gave you one. Great work man, you remain an inspiration!


            Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
            Assistant Trainerabout 2 years ago

            We'll done Ed - cutest pictures ever prize to you too :)


              Miranda Belle IsleMiranda Belle IsleKenzai Member
              Developerabout 2 years ago

              You have some incredible results especially considering everything you're juggling at the same time. I love the point that it's worth doing Reach once a year--you're so right! And thank you for the kind words. Great job with the program and congratulations on crossing the finish line Ed!!


                Stephanie F.Stephanie F.Alumni
                about 2 years ago

                Well done Ed! Balancing a new born and new postures.... impressive!


                  Wendy Hale D.Wendy Hale D.Alumni
                  about 2 years ago

                  So glad to have been part of a cohort with you! On down days you made me laugh, and your general comments drew my attention to things I had missed.


                    Tahera Z.Tahera Z.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
                    about 2 years ago

                    Well said Ed!


                      Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 1 (Member)
                      about 2 years ago

                      Well done Ed - tough to do a programme and a new bubba - congrats.


                        Elena S.Elena S.Alumni
                        about 2 years ago

                        I agree Reach is a program I feel like I want to do Reach at least 3x/year! Actually, maybe what I mean by that is I want to incorporate aspects of Reach ALWAYS! :-)


                          Rob B.Rob B.Alumni
                          about 2 years ago

                          I loved your pragmatic approach to this program Ed, and much appreciated all the support and insights. Here's to the next one.


                            Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 22 (Member)
                            Trainerabout 2 years ago

                            To think I almost had to arm wrestle you into doing any stretches during KB1 (and yes you would've won handily), to see you rock Reach and get so much out of it? Awesome stuff Ed. You are a Kenzai rockstar!


                              Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                              Trainerabout 2 years ago

                              GB, I'm so proud of you! You sound so zen and dignified in this post, I love it! Repeating Reach again... hmmm, that's really all sort of brilliant. Ideas, ideas!!


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