James D.

James D.

Kenzai Iron | Day 39 (Member)
Kenzai Iron
Day 39
Program progress:

Last 3-4 days been back on track. Sunday have caught up on one of the days exercise. No booze and diet 100%. Feeling good again and back in the zone. The good news is that it didn’t take long. This month I’m traveling extensively so just need to keep that mindset in mind and do the best I can.
For ‘Iron’ is the an emergency exercise programme you can do if you only have 20-30 mins. I know they exist in other programmes, being realistic I’m going to need something like this as there will be days I’d prefer to do something/anything other than nothing.

Day 25 - Oh Dear

Been a tough week. Totally derailed for the first time. Business trip to Japan, followed by some skiing and a biz trip to Taiwan.
On the plus side, my legs got some good exercise and I've muddled through food options (probably did a couple 10,000 cal days!!!!). And I missed a fair few days exercise as wasn't close to a gym! Did I mention I didnt some skiing LOL
I'll have to write the last 8 days off really.
Hit the gym today and did a leg day. Also back on the diet 100%.
This weekend back on it eating clean.

Day 16 - DoMS

Sore legs, sore boobs, sore everything.

Message was spot on today. I guess that means I’m doing the right thing and working hard!!

Got to the gym early today and it was closed. Skipped in the dark with the faint glow of he exit sign...strangely liberating and recommended :)

Day 13 - Tough

Tough day today. Was lacklustre on the exercises. Have a little niggle in my right forearm...mental excise not to go hard?!

Was in China in the week. Was pretty good considering. One slip up. But back on track in HK.

Tough month ahead, just going to have to roll with the punches.

Day 6 - complete

On track so far this week. 100% exercises and diet fairly nailed on. No booze. Navigated a trip to China.
Got a tough Feb ahead so aiming to get on track this ever-so-important next 3 weekS.

Day 3 - love/hate

Day 3 -

Love getting stuck into Iron again. Finished the programme mid-Dec and had a proper month off (maybe too good). Hoping to be able to make some good gains having a better base than last start day.

But already remember I hate some of the exercises - twisting AB curls
:-( only 87 days to go LOL

Day 90 and Relax 

Had a strong first half to last week, made it to Day 87 and then wheels fell off. Company conference and then travel to SRI Lanka meant I missed 88,89 and 90. Not the perfect or even strong finish but overall really enjoyed Iron.

Exercises - 92%. Missed a day in the 40’s then had a shocker in week 11 (missed 3) and then 3 at end. Not bad when turned into a % :) If any of the hotels on holiday have a weights machine I’ll do the missing 7.

Food - hovering around 85% I reckon. Had a fair few indulgences and a couple of work trips that had to roll with punches.

Overall great experience. I think a great way to train without being perfect.

Liked going deep into December. I’m going to have 2-3 weeks off then back into a programme in January. Should mean not much to get back into a reasonable shape.

Well done team thanks to your support and to the trainers.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.

day 86 - lunch

Eating right :)

Had my cholesterol checked today. In 3-4 months I’ve gone from ‘way to high’ to desirable/optimal range. Kenzai works.

Last 5 days - bummer but I’ve definitely done some damage to my right calf and it seems to be getting worse. Makes it difficult to do the 60 secs speed rope. And some of leg exercise today. I’ll just have to middle through.

The end is in sight :)

the week that was

Week 11 was brutal.

Did okay in the circumstances. But had four or 5 work indulgences. Didn’t have a Friday (flying) and ended up missing three days exercise for the first time. But if a write-off week and Shane so close to finish but these weeks happen. I definitely didn’t stress about it and just did what I could and still make reasonable choices (breakfast, lunch, did a fair bit of exercise). Signs of a maturing student LOL

Taking positives. I got up at 5am three times to exercise. Did an extra two hours of tennis. Eat fairly well considering (lots of salad and protein). Took my shakes and enjoyed the week. Didn’t beat myself up either.

Week 12 - right back in it. 100% diet and 100% exercises so far this week. Easy when you are in one place and at home.

Most of HK is sick (my family included)!! Also my right calf has a strain so having to do cross trainer for 35 mins a day instead of skipping. Not ideal but needs must.

Trying to stay in one piece for the finish

Day 70 something

At a company conference in California. It’s pretty full on. Diet okay. Eating too much protein and carbs (in the form of liquid grape!). But for the most part doing okay considering. Rolling with the punches. Exercise has been good, been waking between 3-5am so no excuses. Incredible to see how packed the gym was at 5am - my work colleagues are pretty health conscious.

Sunrise was pretty spectacular in my skippin spot.


There always on isn’t there - always one donut you say to yourself ‘what a $&@*#•’

Today that was me :-)

Totally forgot to pack my t-shirt for Shanghai. At 6.30am this morning nothing for it but to rock yesterdays work shirt.

Got some really funny looks in the gym :-)

Day 66 - phew

Plugging away. Having a pretty good week. No distractions, only a short trip to Shanghai. Will be 100% on diet and exercise.

Last week was hard. Travel to Bangkok and had a few drinks. Had a pizza on Sunday which ruined my stomach all Monday.

Had my first motivational - ‘my god I’ve still got how many days to go’ - moment this week. I think it’s the intensity of the exercises. Got to remember ‘one-day-at-a-time’, that helps.

Overall making progress. Weight about the same but obvious gains in strength and a notch in the belt. People starting to comment looking fitter.

Onwards and upwards.

Weight has plateaued at around 84kg. That's interesting as it's about 7kg more than the need of KB1. About 3kg from start.

I definitely am looking different and a both in on the belt. Still carrying too much fluff around the middle!! But too be fair I've had a few work do indulgences that couldn't really be avoided (so 90% on diet).

I don't have any pre-work out snacks. Is that normal. I see the lessons talk about them?!


One of those days where you remember small bit of advice from all the lessons.

Up early to grab a flight to Japan. Had a delicious and healthy breakfast before the plane took off, then was starving a few mins in. They were serving a full English so swerved that and ate fruit

Landing at 2pm I got to hotel about 3.30pm really, really starving. Debating to eat first then workout or other way round, decision was taken out of my hands as the hotel was on fire!!!! 10 fire engine type fire and building blocked off type stuff. Apparently a car was on fire in the underground car park?!

Decided to eat a late lunch but could only really find noodles - delicious but definitely a salt bomb. Too many carbs, no veg and lack of protein. Roll with punches :-)

Got into hotel about 7pm! Went straight to gym knackered. But cranked it out.

The silver lining is that the hotel does a Chicken and avocado salad - had that and milk for dinner.

End of Week 3



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