Gary O.

Gary O.

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Excellent program. Ward was terrific as always. I basically met my targets given challenges. Of work and life balance along the way. Went on holiday the final 4 days, so that definitely kept me from finishing strong, but I made gains and learned a lot and had a great team by my side. All of us seemed to blog the minimum, I think because we were all just tuned-in to the execution of the program.

Thank you Kenzai and Ward.


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Today is great as it’s a work day and I get to have a nice hot kenzai breakfast as I work from home before business travel today. The picture are the veggies that went with my over easy egg and egg white.

Due to work, i had to take my “rest” day on tuesday instead of Wednesday, so I did tuesday’s Cycles yesterday,....man that was brutal in the heat!

Hope all are making it!


Last week and this week

Last week was my worst week of the Bells program. I’m still a huge fan of the cycles, but I ended up. Missing 3 workouts for a variety of reasons and putting priority on other things. Business trip killed 2 of the workouts due to time constraints, and also went off diet on the business trip with dinner and drinks. That said, I’m really happy wiht my speed rope results.

This week, will do my best for first half, then have to travel again on business Thursday-Saturday. I might end up working out on the Wednesday rest day knowing that I will be missing the bell workouts towards the end of the week if I cannot find bells at my destination.

All in it’s been great and I’m so far happy with results given the misses I’ve had a long the way.

Wishing everyone a strong final week.


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Day one of speed rope VERY frustrating. I had more trips than I ever have had in any program I think. I know we are supposed to count the jumps in the 1 minute speeds, but each time I tried it broke my concentration too much and made me trip. So, I’ll take an incomplete on this week’s assignment to count the skips. I found that too frustrating.

Some diet slipps giving holiday weekend here. I definitely find weekends better for workouts and much worse for diet temptations.

Photo here is the wonder setting I had post workout,...was exhausted, it was a nice 72 degrees with a slight breeze and the sun warming the area. Both my daughter and fell fast asleep in the cool calmness of the days’s weather. A nap is a rare thing in my life!


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This week’s challenge: #oneperfectset, I almost fear I wouldn’t get it since the workouts are intense and tiring, and so far this week I’m having to do them after 13 hour work days at 9:00 at night and before eating dinner.

Probably not the “right” answer, but for me the perfect set was my mid cycle jump rope sesssion on Monday. One of those where you aren’t tripping at all, a great song comes on, and my speed and intensity pick up like a well oiled engine. I get lost in deep thoughts and don’t even realize the 4 minute clock stopped as I just kept in the zone and jumping as it was “perfect” mode.

Lastly, I’m quite tired on this particular program. Keznai usually gives me sustainable energy, but I’m finding the 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. area has left me wanting to nap and having bad attention span. Not sure why?


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Been a really good last 7 days, but did have a work trip that led to me skippping two workouts,...and also had a ‘big cheat’...see picture.

Unreal golf course experience at a place called Castle Pines. So, they are famous for their chocolate shakes!.....I couldn’t resist and i really enjoyed it for all it was worth knowing I was on the program. Have worked extra hard since then.

Lastly, I think so many of my muscles are out of balance. Some exercises my heavy Bell feels like it is way too light, and some exercises I can barely get through the required repetition count. Is that just because parts of my body are much stronger than others?


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All going well. Have done 100% of workouts. First week diet was not terrific given vacation, so glad it wasn’t the measured diet plan. This week on point so far and feeling better. Some. Work. Travel coming up and that will slow my progress some. Have to manage it best I can.

Picture taken during vacation. I was about 4 feet from this guy. It’s called a piebold. Very rare form of deer not often seen.


Intro to Belz
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Name is Gary. Sorry for the delayed intro, but I’m on vacation this week with family and really not trying to be on the electronics at all . Have done all the workouts though!

I’m a married father of 3 and live in New Jersey. I spend all my time either working, or with family or golfing,...and a bit of Kenzai when I am in the grove.

What part of Kenzai makes me happy? The results when one is disciplined, and the sustained energy levels when I am hitting it 100%. I also love the checklist type workouts. I need that.

Obstacles the same as always,....work travel and vacations and such that make diet and workout, especially with bells, hard.

I have struggled with Kenzai this year, and will do my best to get back on track.

P.S. Ward is my Yoda! He rocks it.


Been MIA. I failed the vacation and work travel challenge this time on this program. Was super disciplined for first 20 days or so, then fell off a cliff and haven’t recovered. Road the wave of fun indulgences and free time for golf and family. Oh well. Trying not to beat myself up about it, and will look to regain self control and do another program.

Sorry team, but I’m tapping out. Too far off course to recover, I’m afraid.


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All good. Minor slips on Fahter’s day but well worth it, and then a celebratory cocktail at one of my team member’s retirement gathering this week, but otherwise totally on point. Feels good. Definitely worried about the motivation subsiding when the workouts get really intense.

Challenge next week will be vacation trip plus business travel. It always interrupts my progress, but I will do my best to limit the misses. It’s so very hard to do Kenzai to perfection when business and travel enter the mix.

Picture is the wonderful and thoughtful cheer that my 3 daughters brought me on Father’s Day. The home made cookie cake was part of my cheat, and I like this photo because you can see the Kenzai fruit stash and avocados in the background reminding me that I’m on a program!


Into Post to Bells
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1. Where are you at? I live in a smaller town about 40 minutes west of Newark, NJ near Morristown. It’s rolling hills, rivers, horse farms, and not what people think New Jersey actually is. Have a wonderful wife and 3 teenage daughters, and a great dog named Murphy that gives me an outlet to hang with “the boys”.
2. Are you new to bells? Are they old friends? What do you find appealing about them? Not new to Bells. took Kettle Bell 1 last year and loved it. Been trying to get to Bells 2, but timing has not worked. Was going down the wrong path to wait for bells 2 next month, so just signed up for bells 1 because I need the structure, and figured I forgot most of it anyway.
3. Make it fun, tell us something about a passion project or hobby you have going on!
In addition to my passion project of fighting off the man boobs constantly,....I am obsessed with golf these days. Golf is winning though. I plan tons and i seem to get worse and worse. . It’s the opposite of Kenzai, where dedication and commitment show measurable results. My golf results are measurable, sure, but in the wrong direction as my handicap index is increasing, not decreasing. Last year, after Bells though,....my golf game improved a lot due to the core strength build up. SO LET’S DO THIS!


Hello and goodbye

Sorry, I have to drop out. Only did 2.5 workouts this week so far, and won’t get to do today’s due to a 6.5 hour plane flight after full work day. When I start off like this, mentally I rarely recover And then I get crappy results. Mentally it’s not good for my being, so I am dropping out team. Very sorry team. Good luck!


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KB2 completed, ....phew 
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Well, quite a journey. Actually might have been the hardest one for me mentally and logistically. Work interfered way too much in KB2, and it impacted my sleep and my workout compliance. That said, I learned a lot and had great support from the Kenzai community, both on my team and off my team. Most of all, Ward was a rock-star trainer, and my Jedi master of thought and motivation to continue after almost dropping once or twice.

Struggle — i continue to struggle with 7 day a week workouts, especially when they get intense. I do them, and had really good compliance towards final few weeks, but mentally I get super negative just having to walk in the door, not really see my family and go right to the garage at 8:00 p.m. or later to do a 45 - 55 minute workout when I am exhausted already. Head down and push though, but doing this for 90 days weighs very heavily on me.

I’m definitely a fan of intense for 40 days, maybe 60, like Bells or Chisel, but I learned much about doing what one can on KB2 and control what one can control and don’t worry as much about perfection. However, my results disappointed me a bit,...but that is all on me and my lesser compliance overall than all the other programs I have done.

Bottom line, is that I am far better off than I was 90 days ago, far better,...but not as good as I could have been given better control of my work life and schedule. A worthwhile journey for sure.

Picture - admittedly I missed the final 3 workouts as I was celebrating on a buddies golf trip during the final 4 days of our program. I wanted to enjoy it. So picture is an ocean front pina colada, celebrating my partner’s hole in one that day to help us win the match!

Be well all. Thank you Ward, Nick, Matt, Tom, Fraciois, Africa, Nick, Lori, Patricia, Nathan, Paul and Chi.

P.S. had my whole golf foursome eating Kenzai breakfast every day before golf. Veggies and eggs. They loved it.


Nice change of pace with cycle workouts. Been tough to motivate for workouts as always, but I am not missing any. Could be tighter on quantity intake on diet, but I’m pretty much eating all as prescribed. Heading out to a guys’ golf trip tomorrow night, so I’m predicting my final 2-3 days of KB2 will not be very compliant. I’ll do what I can.

Only blogging today since it’s been 7 days.

Hope everyone is finishing strong.


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10 days to go! Things are well this past week or so. Basically 100% workouts this week and I’d call it 90% diet. Still always need more sleep.

I basically trade my morning yogurt for milk froth or sometimes cream in my coffee. It’s a vice of Kenzai style for me and it’s my morning reward for making it through another Kenzai day.

Good biking cardio on Sunday, finally with some sunshine and 50 degree temps!

Lastly, those V sits are just super hard for me. The first set I almost get excited, then instead of 12-14, I typically max-out at like 6-8 and look liked an upside down wounded grasshopper in the process!


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