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Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 3 (Member)
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Progress and Not

  • Jul 24th, 2019 at 10:12PM

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First of all, those Cossack stretches are the worst physical activity I've ever done. They were so uncomfortable and I looked nothing like that damn flexible dude in the photo (hey Thomas). There was no way I could keep a flat foot and I had to grab two yoga blocks to hold onto because I couldn't put my hands on the floor. Anyways, I cursed and screamed through the minimum time on each side. Onward.

Progress: I can see progression in my downward dog. My recent (shirtless) downward dog is actually looking yoga-like compared to my curved shape from my assessment.

No progress: conversely, in the shoulder flexibility progression I seem to have gone backwards. Despite working on shoulder flexibility every day, my flexibility seems to have gotten worse.

I know that there are too many variables to assume that I have gotten better or worse in just two snapshots. But hopefully the downward dog trend continues and the shoulder flexibility trends the other way.

Despite my intentions, my diet hasn't been tight. Given the lower calorie burn in Reach, I've seen some weight gain over the past two weeks. In reaction to work stress, I've succumbed to afternoon sweets (yesterday, I went out and bought a cookie at 3. It was delicious. I never go out to buy cookies), and evening alcohol. If I want to maintain or lose body fat, I need to lock it down.

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7 comments

Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
Head Trainerabout 2 months ago

You are taming that down dog, brother! Owwwwwww.

Several trainees, you are not alone ED!, find the Cossack stretch challenging. It opens almost every part of your lower body from the hips on down. As will all postures, you don't have to get into the same pose as Thomas in the photo to get the full benefit.

Here is a little photo assist from the good folks at breakingmuscle: http://bit.ly/2GJKh2P


    Kit F.Kit F.Kenzai Member
    about 2 months ago

    Cookies are yummy. Isn’t this the ebb and flow of the programs? I mean, probably the two (3?) cupcakes I’ve had since KB1 is not in the maintenance diet, but... Pretty sure you’ll get it locked and loaded when the time is right.


      Meera S.Meera S.Reboot | Day 11 (Member)
      about 2 months ago

      Hi Ed - I completely empathise with you on the Cossack stretch. I think getting it half done is a good start.

      On the diet - I have also been having a huge sweet craving. And going a little off track might not do much harm and the battle is half won as you've identified. It. Good luck!


        Menno P.Menno P.Kenzai Member
        about 2 months ago

        Thanks for sharing Ed! It means there is still hope for us. :-)
        When I look at your pictures I all the time think you are a master in all exercises and then it is encouraging to read how you also struggled with them.


          Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Chisel | Day 4 (Member)
          about 2 months ago

          Nice down dog. Being reminded of the Cossack stretch sent shivers through me. Interesting on how stress at work manifests itself in the cookies and evening drinking. I have been suffering a similar ailment and I am trying to decide whether I actively give myself permission due to the stress or whether it is in reaction. Like you, I need to buckle down and deal with it without stuffing something in my mouth. Good luck!


            Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 3 (Member)
            Assistant Trainerabout 2 months ago

            I have such a great cheerleading crew! Menno + Janet, I will take a picture of my cossack stretch so you can have a good laugh with me. In strength and cardio focused Kenzai programs, I master the exercises quickly. Reach is a different story, which means it's the right program for me, right now.


              Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 3 (Member)
              about 2 months ago

              Diet & reach - interesting combo

              Relaxation is a component for Reach - keep breathing

              Go Team go


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