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Ed Center

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  • Dec 9th, 2018 at 7:11AM

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My fourth 90 day program is complete.

Let's get some disappointments out of the way. Despite diligent effort, I didn't gain a lot of muscle. My measurement numbers show that I was basically the same size at the start and end of the program with the exception of a two inch drop in the waistline (yay!), and a small increase in the hips and thighs (squaaaaats!). You can see from the before and after pics I posted the musculature looks the same, although I definitely lost fat. I'm also disappointed with my diet effort. I had way more slip ups than I had planned, including basically a week of poor eating at Thanksgiving. I didn't meet my commitment to myself in this way. One thing I'm learning is that as I approach 50, my metabolism is unforgiving. So I either need to bring real austerity if I want to get killer results, or just be okay with cheating here and there and be ok with decent but not awesome outcomes. I want my abs back but I love chicken wings.

Okay, that's out of the way. I loved this program. I have to admit that I felt a bit cocky coming in to it because I've been lifting weights consistently for 28 years. So I was surprised a little bit almost every day when the amazing lessons taught me more about anatomy, physiology, how each exercise works what muscle, and proper form. I've been doing deadlifts wrong for a long time.

Results: even though I didn't stick to the diet all the time, I dropped 2.5 notches on my belt. I ate a lot of really healthy food and I mostly stayed away from the liquor which is my great achilles heal. I like how I look in the mirror. I'm feeling fit, svelt, strong and mobile. I'm definitely pleased with my progress with the weights. Although a shoulder injury a month in kept me from going heavy with all the exercises, I hit PRs in squats, deadlifts, and the one I was really gunning for - pull ups. My goal was to be able to do three sets of 10. At the beginning of the program I was maxing at 3. Now I'm amazed at how easy it is to whip out 10 - 12.

My post-program goal is to keep exercising hard during the holidays with a combination of Chisel workouts and Iron maintenance. Diet wise - I'm going to keep eating healthy but allow myself to enjoy various holiday festivities. I'm planning to try Mind early in the New Year.

Thanks teammates, especially to Burnsie who is constantly motivating and humorous. Thanks to the broader Kenzai fam that is always jumping in and supporting. Coach Matt - you are the best in the business. It's always a privilege to be in program with you.

Onward!

 
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14 comments

Shaun S.Shaun S.Kenzai Chisel | Day 35 (Member)
6 months ago

Well done on completing the program Ed, you have achieved some good results even if they aren't exactly as you were hoping for. Age is a killer and the older we get the more strict we need to be on the diet front to achieve the goals we are after.I have enjoyed many of your posts and I look forward to following you on your future Kenzai endeavours. Thanks for being a great team-mate!


    Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
    Trainer6 months ago

    "I want my abs back but I love chicken wings"...talk about a line that so many of us can relate to!

    2.5 notches on the belt, PRs in deadlifts, squats (from someone who is far from a squats rookie), and easily whipping out 10-12 pull-ups. Those are killer results! Yeah you could go 90 days super beyond strict diet wise, and squeeze out more bf drop and more mass gained, but you're an athlete living a busy working parent, social life. Balance has to exist, and you recognize that. Approaching 50 and you're looking and feeling as strong as fit as you are. Few people can match you.

    Thanks for lifting with us, and for approaching the program open minded so you could build upon your weight's knowledge. You could have easily just said 'I know what I'm doing', I don't need the lessons", but you didn't. And as always, thanks for being so active with every single teammate. Always a positive encouragement for all.

    See you on the blogs in the new year, ready to strengthen that Mind further too. Congrats and COMPLETE!!!


      Jerry R.Jerry R.Kenzai Member
      6 months ago

      Congrats Ed! Noticeable progress comes slower and harder to recognize the fitter you get and your progress is quite remarkable considering where you started. Let the little demons keep on inspiring you as you inspire them!


        Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 14 (Member)
        Trainer6 months ago

        Well done Ed my man! Your arms look fantastic mate, despite your shoulder injury! Word of the month = SVELT, bring on the festive sveltness! Thanks for your positivity and motivation inspiration - this group would not have been the same without you. Happy xmas mate.


          Claire L.Claire L.Kenzai Member
          6 months ago

          Looking fab Ed!

          I think we can all relate to the constant pull/ push, wins & trade offs with every day life & those pesky chicken wings.

          The fact that you are motivating yourself (& others) to keep at it and to keep improving is awesome. Dont be too tough on yourself & your abs might just surprise you one day

          See you in the new year & have a wonderful family Christmas


            Erroin M.Erroin M.Kenzai Iron | Day 13 (Member)
            6 months ago

            Great results Ed!


              Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Chisel | Day 7 (Member)
              Assistant Trainer6 months ago

              Looking tremendous as per usual! How funny how the prog changes us. My legs are slimmer but my waist is unchanged. Glad to hear you had a good run, enjoy Xmas with those little beauts :)


                Sean K.Sean K.Kenzai Member
                6 months ago

                You've clearly gotten to point where it's harder to see the results in that already rock solid temple of yours. I'm sure if we carved you open we'd see the full breadth of your achievement. 3 sets of 10 pull ups is HUGE, not to mention all the other PRs you achieved. Hearty congratulations on your newfound super strength. Now, go ahead and gobble down all the chicken wings you want. Happy Hols!


                  Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
                  Trainer6 months ago

                  Looking lean and mean Ed! Great job on the program.

                  Looking forward to doing Mind with you in Jan!


                    Tahera Z.Tahera Z.Kenzai Member
                    6 months ago

                    Well done on Iron and the PRs -12 pull ups is impressive! Setting up PR goal is a good idea - Iron's on my list in January and I think I know what my PR goal would be!
                    I love the photobomb photos :)


                      Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
                      Assistant Trainer6 months ago

                      Well done there, "steady Ed," and a testament to what hard work can accomplish. Solid gains on a brutal program!


                        Greg V.Greg V.Kenzai Member
                        5 months ago

                        Way to go Ed! you are an inspiration!!


                          Cecilia A.Cecilia A.Kenzai Member
                          Trainer5 months ago

                          3.4...the numerical value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Also the number of times I checked your blog for a new post today.


                            Odaya B.Odaya B.Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
                            5 months ago

                            Nice!!!


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