Gary O.

Gary O.

Kenzai Member

It was tough, and I definitely didn’t master my work-life/kenzai-life domain, but I didn’t fall off the ledge or the program either, so that’s a win!

Only missed 1 out of the 5 days of workouts while away. The cardio was walking 15,000+ steps as I enjoyed 18 holes at Torrey Pines on the coast of California (photo is from hotel looking towards the golf course and ocean).

Food wise — I enjoyed myself for sure. Was wined and dined nicely, and just controlled my intake a lot more than I used to, but definitely indulged too much. Dinners were my largest misses, but boy were they good! Lots of fish, so that helped.

Back at it now, and been 100% since returning Wednesday evening. Downside now is that I woke up with such a sore throat that I couldn’t swallow. I hope that’s all I fight and that I don’t get more sick.

Sorry for being absent from the blogs for the week. Was dedicated to work 100% of the day really.


I usually dial up like 1980’s rock or like a Foo Fighters kind of music genome for my workouts via Pandora. For my change, I listened to a financial peace kind of Podcast that I am addicted to right now. I did like the focus of trying to listen intently to the words and discussion, but after skipping I flipped back to rock and roll to pump through things as I found that the Podcast could get me to take longer rests than 20 seconds between sets, and that’s not good.

Off to West Coast tomorrow for 5-6 day business trip. It will be one of two really big travel challenges this KBII journey.

Ward lifted my up big time heading into it, and Nick I, also in KBII is meeting me there and been amazing in supporting this challenge as he is food shopping for the hotel rooms before I land!


Interesting lesson today as I feel like I’m in that slippery slope zone. Missed 2 workouts last week and 2 the week before, all because of business trip demands and zero time unless I cut sleep back below 5 hours to then workout. I chose sleep.

Dinner of apples and egg whites this week, which I like because of the ease. However, 5 night business trip starts this Friday and that means 5 nights out for dinner where they typically don’t serve apples and egg whites! In fact most are awesome steak houses and such.

Workout time will be a challenge also, but hope to keep it down to 2 misses in 5 days worst case.

Not sure what else to do. If I have to eat dinners that don’t comply and also miss some workouts, I am an all or nothing guy and can see me sliding quickly into the Jeff Lesson Dropout role. Would hate to do that because feeling pretty good.

Photo- from this past weekend’s Cycle for Survival to raise money to cure esoteric cancers.


Last couple of jump rope sessions have been great, but man, then I’m pounded by the static lunges or wall sits. They are way harder than I ever remember, but getting through them.

Not sure why, but I feel much more hunger man this program than any other. Really struggling late afternoon and early evening. Get home at 7:45 or so and just have to “cheat” with an extra Apple, usually very small, like not even baseball size. Hate to say cheating when it’s just a darn apple , but I’ve needed it for sure to get through workout before dinner.

First time ever on kenzai I had to leave my garage workout space even though I didn’t finish the rope. Why, my hands froze due to 3 degrees temp!


Week 3 been tougher than I expected, mostly with some hunger fights and also with the ramp up of workouts.

Generally I’m grinding it out, and happy with myself for completely yesterday’s workout. Why? Monday travel delays of 12 hours made food compliance generally impossible, and 3 hours of sleep didn’t help. Yesterday usual alarm at 5:10 a.m. and off to work for full day, followed by dinner with clients. They all pigged out at a great sushi place, and I forced myself to just have sashimi pieces. No carbs. I’ll admit I treated myself to one tequila straight, and it was awesome. Got home at 9:00 p.m., forced myself to not pause at all before changing into workout clothes and expected to do a 50% job, but do some of it. However, tequila indulgence made me plow through entire workout without missing any rep or exercise. 100% completed. Big mental win for me, and I should get back on track for next many days as no work travel or work dinners in view until next Wednesday.

Looking forward to catching up on sleep this weekend. Haven’t really lost more than 1 lb it seems.


3.5 days in Miami, you’d think wouldn’t be bad in January when it’s 17 degrees Farenheit up where I live. Made 100% on the workouts, including using a parking garage (photo above) for my workout as I brought my rope and bands. I had a lot of looks from folks like “what the heck is he doing”, but give myself points for completing it all with limited time.

Food wise, complete failure on this trip, other than the dinner I brought with me Sunday night on the plane, and lunch the first day. Dinners were indulgences in many ways, and yes, I could have had more restraint, but I didn’t and I enjoyed it for sure, but am back at it hard now and will not fall of the diet I hope until the next business trip.


Good first week. 100% on workouts, no diet plan, but did pretty well with no processed food, but 2 glasses of wine as my farewell tour.

Not good that 1st real week on diet will meet a 3 day business trip with full schedule and every meal with clients. Won’t be a great start, but I’ll get right back on track on Wednesday night.

Did tomorrow’s workout today so I could do rest cardio either tomorrow or Tuesday.

The picture is today’s lunch.

Intro Post for KB2

Who are you? Gary O here, I’m a father of 3 great daughters, have a male dog to balance it out named Murphy, and a wonderful wife as well. We all live in north central New Jersey, and love to spend time together in Charleston South Carolina area.

I spend the vast majority of my time working. Gone from home easily 13 hours a day, and often more than that. When not working and using the time for Kenzai, I prefer to hang with my family and play golf whenever possible.

KB2 success look like for you? Well, for one, keeping a cap on my man boobs and also fitting back into the clothes I bought after KB1, Chisel, and Belz. I indulged big time over November and December. It was great, but time to pay the piper.

Ostacles, injuries, struggles? I find the 7 day week workout obligation my biggest obstacle. It’s daughnting against many 12 hour work days. Had a severe broken collar bone a few years back and it does cause some challenges, especially dips and other shoulder intense exercises. Struggle is alwasy many business trips.

Who or what inspires you? 3 things, ....staying young and strong for my kids, fitting back into clothes, and the nasty Day 1 photo I can’t wait to replace in this program!

Reboot Done! Looking to boot Christmas! 

It’s hard! That’s it, it’s hard to stay on point constantly. I’m happy to have done re boot again, and Imagine that will be my go to before I tackle serious Kenzai programs going forward. As hard as I hit KB1, Run, Chisel and Kettle Bells, is as hard as I hit the off season with indulgence and limited exercise. Especially during busy work times and golf season! I was not 100% on reboot, but glad I kept it in an acceptable range. Kind of happy with it, and always wondering if100% is really “worth it”. Feel great when I dominate a program, but give up a lot in terms of good attitude and times with colleagues and friends and family whenever I “hole up” to do a Kenzai program 100%. Love it, buy into the teachings, but balancing Kenzai and life is constant battle. Thanks for changing my life though for the better!


Cycle workout felt great! Did 15 minute run/jog before, that wasn’t too bad, but long time since I have run up hills. Full 8 hours of sleep last night due to weekend, feeling great! Hope you all are feeling great too!


Love Kenzai, love the results and believe the teachings. However, every program I have done on Kenzai I truly struggle with 7 days a week workouts for long periods. It can kill my motivation. This Reboot is no different. Each night after I work for 12 hours and get home around 8:00 knowing i have to change and go out in the 35 degree garage and skip and push myself on the daily workout it is the hardest mental thing to walk past the kitchen, the warm fireplace, and the TV on and family hanging out, to just change clothes and dedicate another 40 minutes away from them pushing oneself, then knowing I have to prep dinner and the next days’s an incredibly hard mental challenge. I’m hittting this week 100%, but someday I hope Kenzai has a great program that gives folks a flex day off each week when you really need it.

A few days left team,....let’s all push past the negative thoughts if you have them like me.

Picture is my favorite spot in South Carolina.


Okay team Aloe. I’ll go first with the throw back challenge. Lot’s can change over 30 years, especially hair in my case. All good, no regrets, but thought I would put the weekly challenge behind me since I never went out to eat last week.


Going pretty well here. Missed Friday workout because I was flat out exhausted from week and just got home from work and went to bed. Did Friday’s on Saturday, and Saturday’s on Sunday and really felt terrfic thanks to my self proclaimed day off!

The new 800 Pound Gorrila is approaching (see photo),...what’s a Kenzai Man to do?

Sleep and Weight

First change I notice on ReBoot is sleeping like a rock. Deep, deep sleep, when sugar and alcohol are dropped. Wow what a difference. Wish I could be more than 6.5 hours

Now, today’s lesson about weight is funny, as I had just stepped on scale this morning before I read the lesson. Well, now I’m extra sad because the lesson says first week typically sees big drop. NOT ME! Guess what, my weight increased! Admittedly I added a drink or two last weekend, but food wise, I’ve been on point.

Hopefully I’m a late bloomer and next week a drop of a pound or two would be nice!

Reboot on folks!

Re-Boot Challenge 1

Glad to be back. Week has gone okay, but not great due to work. Hope to be 100% next week. Nothing glamorous in my photo of workout place. It’s already cold here in New JErsey, so back to the Garage for me and my jumps!

Man, I really stink at discipline between kenzai programs. Let’s do it!

Starting Photo





Kenzai Body
Kenzai Body


Kenzai Run
Kenzai Run

Kenzai Chisel
Kenzai Chisel

Kenzai Kettlebell
Kenzai Kettlebell

Kenzai Body 2
Kenzai Body 2