Jason F.

Jason F.

Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 39 (Member)
Kenzai Kettlebell
Day 39
 
Program progress:
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So this is IT! The last Bellz workout before the Day 42 finale! So emotional! Tomorrow I fly out to NJ so taking the Day 38 Rest Day, will get my Cardio in on Sat and then Day 42 at a foreign Beach Bro gym in Ocean City (which I called ahead and confirm they have Bellz, and gym bros, 24/7). Have a great weekend Bellz Broz, crush the final workout and see you on the other side!

#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
Discount double check! I think technically 2 in a row is a streak (I googled and there are blarguments that 1 win is a streak, which I think is both ridiculous and plausible at the same time)! WOO HOO! Unfortunately will have to put it on ice as tomorrow is Rest Day, no run-commute, flying out and won't be back until Monday 29-Jul, so will pick it up then.

Blood Pigeon streak (days): 11. Same same applies here as above.

-Today's Workout: 1 day ahead (pushed the Rest Day to Fri, Day 40), so Day 40 workout today. Got everything up to the BoC, One Arm Chest Press and Triceps Extension were challenging, nice burn, and Dynamo Twist legs were swinging around and body twisting pivoting on my butt until I found a rhythm. I know I've said it before, but love it when my extra post-workout stretches show up in the Rx stretches, today Down Dog and FISH TWIST (FTW. Always).

Jumprope HYPER*:
Warm up 3:00: 441/8.
Cycle 1 1:00x4: 185/klean, 148/5, 184/klean, 164/3. Mixed start, after yesterday I was expecting the worst so very pleased with the 2 kleans.
Cycle 2 1:00x4: 185/klean, 188/klean, 187/klean, 188/klean. Well that was nice.
Cycle 3 1:00x4: 188/klean, 186/klean, 187/klean, 185/klean. 2 clean cycles in a row, nice cluster.
Cycle 4 1:00x4: 187/klean, 193/klean, 185/klean, 188/klean. New PB (this round)! And that's 3 klean CYCLES in a row. Badabing! Nice finale. To be continued...when the Deuce drops...
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 39/39.
-Workouts Completed: 39/39.
-No BS: 6 days (previous long 26).
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 39/39.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
Turn the machines back on! We're BACK! Oh but this was just the beginning...

Blood Pigeon streak (days): 10! First run-commute since last Thu and bro is still there! Wonder who would win in a celebrity death match, Drunk Dude vs. Blood Pigeon? What about a Triple Threat Match Obi-Wan vs. Teo vs. Blood Pigeon?

-Today's Workout: Pushing the Rest Day to Fri, Day 40, because what says "rest" like a 13.5 hour flight in cattle class! Super fun times! So Day 39 Workout today, not much to add at this point...worked the Bellz One Arm Shoulder Press and One Arm Clean up to BoC, those were tough, as was the One Arm Curl with LG. Also used LG for the Dynamo Twist (which I love), 1st time since the back twinge, felt good, next time will level up to BoC. Long workout again, 1:15-20 ish, lots of L/R Bellzercises...

Jumprope HYPER*: Between the break in the rain, Drunk Dude and Blood Pigeon I knew Dagon was smiling down on me today, but BRO! Are you serious? Oh and I went back to the archives, seems my PB on the first round of Da Bellz was 190, with the cheapo plastic rope, though I'm pretty sure I got to the high 190s since then on another program, will have to go back and scour the archives again, but that is for another day...
https://kenzai.me/jasonf/blog/kettlebells-day-40-190
Warm up 3:00: 458/5.
Cycle 1 1:00x4: 183/klean, 189/klean, 184/1, 188/klean. Nice start! 2 PBs! 189 klean and 184 with a trip! 180 is the new 170!
Cycle 2 1:00x4: 187/1, 162/3, 187/klean, 190/klean. 2 more PBs, klean and trip, and the klean one matched the PB from the 1st round of Da Bellz!
Cycle 3 1:00x4: 191/klean, 191/klean, 192/klean, 158/5. DAFUQ IS GOING ON!!?!?!?!?!?! 190 is the new 180!
Cycle 4 1:00x4: 187/klean, 177/2, 188/klean, 191/klean. Nice finish!
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 38/38.
-Workouts Completed: 38/38.
-No BS: 5 days (previous long 26).
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 38/38.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selections: Posted the first one on someone else's blog today, great jam!
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Da Boyz sure get around in the Annex, it’s like a game every morning trying to find them. Can you?

-Today's Workout: not much to add at this point, used BoC for everything, including the One Arm Ski-jumper, which was TOUGH, as was the Rotation Chest Pass, TOUGH. Workout was LONG, at least 1:15-20, setting the alarm for more 0:dark:30er for these last few days...Always love it when one of my usual extra post stretches is included in the regular post stretches, today the Dead Pigeon. Speaking of which haven't run-commuted since mid-week last week, Day 4 of the Blood Pigeon counter, no idea if he is still there, hopefully skies will clear and I can get a status report at some point before I take off for the US on Friday.

Jumprope HYPER*:
Warm up 3:00: 451/4. No run-commute AGAIN, so actual warm up.
Cycle 1 1:00x4: 166/1, 160/2, 175/klean, 184/klean. Nice strong finish.
Cycle 2 1:00x4: 172/1, 173/1, 185/klean, 181/2. Last set has humming, not all trips are created equal, they were very clean and barely broke stride.
Cycle 3 1:00x4: 170/2, 151/5, 145/5, 184/klean. Trending toward a dumpster fire in the middle but nice recovery.
Cycle 4 1:00x4: 185/klean, 185/klean, 182/klean, 187/klean. FANTASTIC finish! Though HYPER doesn't seem to be built to break 190, which is disappointing.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 37/37.
-Workouts Completed: 37/37.
-No BS: 4 days (previous long 26).
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 37/37.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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Right so a few things worth noting from a couple of recent lessons:
Day 33 Double Unders
The rope will be moving twice as fast for your double unders, and some ropes just aren’t equipped for that ludicrous speed!
-Space Ballz FTW!
If you’ve ever attempted these, then you know it can feel like you're a fish jumping out of the water.
-Welcome to my world!

Day 36 Rest Day
-Some of these things are non starters when you are a desk jockey working for the man:
No caffeine after lunch.
-Can't get through the day without my afternoon coffee.
As much as possible, avoid things that cause stress.
-Um, like my colleagues and clients, all day every day?
Or if nothing tames your stress better than a walk in nature, make time for a quick trip to the park, beach, or mountains.
-Sure, 12 hours a day at a desk on the 38th floor is very conducive to a quick trip to the park, beach, or mountains. Thanks, will get on that straight away.
-Oh and this may be sub optimal, but I’m taking my rest day on Friday Day 40, after all 4 of this week’s bellz workouts. Afternoon flight out to the USandA, very convenient for a rest day. Life happens amirite?

BTW still crazy calf DOMS from Friday night’s indulgence-induced overnight cramps, its insane, probably the worst DOMS of this entire Bellz program!

Da Boyz: so BB14kg is staying at the old gym, may not see him every day (only doing stretching at the old gym, downstairs) but he is a big boy, I trust him to hold down the fort. s.m.all8kg, LG10kg and BoC14kg all have moved to the Annex, living under the dumbdumb rack, interesting where they will all end up day-to-day. I've fish-stamped all of them, people can share but they can also stfu.

-Day 36 Workout: 4 sets of SPEED rope and 4 pairs of muscle groups, crank that shizzle up for the home stretch! By the 4th cycle was using the BoC for every exercise EXCEPT the Transverse Ab Pump (used LG but probably could have used BoC) and Deadlift (BoC not big enough, used a 20kg dumbdumb). One Arm Clean was PUMPING, felt like Joe Rogan in the gif from the other day (reposted), though I feel like I was swaying my body too much trying to hoist the bell up, so maybe too heavy…? No stretching mats in the Annex so ballz to the floor, nice sweat shadow.

Jumprope HYPER*:
Warm up 3:00: 445/7. Meh.
Cycle 1 1:00x4: 146/5, 178/klean, 155/5, 144/5. Meh.
Cycle 2 1:00x4: 149/5, 158/3, 178/1, 177/1. Meh.
Cycle 3 1:00x4: 149/5, 158/3, 181/klean, 163/3. Better.
Cycle 4 1:00x4: 162/3, 169/2, 164/2, 184/klean. Best for last.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 36/36.
-Workouts Completed: 36/36.
-No BS: 3 days (previous long 26).
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 36/36.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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Feeling a little worse for wear Sat morning after Fri night's indulgence meet-up with Cheech, Todd R and Rencoocooforcocoapuffs, slept in which helped, but that left me ducking and dreading the workout all day, which I hate. But once I finally got it done (mid afternoon) I felt much so better. What didn't feel better were those wicked calf cramps overnight that jolted me out of bed. Bro, it was like LIGHTNING searing my calves, they are legit DOMSing today, it's crazy. Have talked about this before, I get cramps pretty often, mostly in the arches of my feet, either overnight or sitting on my legs/feet a certain way like in Seiza or the Fish Twist. Its a bit of a mystery as the most common cause of cramps is dehydration, and considering all of the AMAYMFW fruit I'm eating that couldn't be the answer right? But last night I was hammered, and accompanying the cramps was crazy dry cotton mouth, definitely dehydrated. Need to revisit the intertoobs again, I've seen Silvia (and someone else before maybe on a Run program) mention magnesium, which I've read works well...

-Day 34 Workout: Weekend gym so dumbdumbz not bellz. Pushed the weight up on everything, very primal, lots of grunting and profuse sweating and peacocking in front of the mirror. Turned out to be a great workout despite the hangover. Love me some Dead Pigeon, very topical, Celebrity Death Match, Obi Wan vs. Teo, two men enter, one man leaves. GO!

Jumprope HYPER*: No run before so the warm up was actually a warm up. Weekend gym, very tight jump area in among the benches and racks, but the hard padded rubber floors seem to work well...there were people around so expecting a call from management again, though they still haven't sent me a copy of the rules where it says NO JUMPING so technically not breaking them yet...tried some double unders after the workout, total disaster, will have to re-read the lesson.
Warm up 5:00: 755/1.
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 175/klean, 180/klean, 188/klean. Wow.
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 180/klean, 184/klean, 188/klean. WOW! That 188 PB certainly is sticky. And for the avoidance of doubt, that is this round of Bellz' PB, 1st round I got into the high 190s, I think 198, will have to check.
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 178/klean, 161/3, 175/1. Broke the klean streak, darn!
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 168/2, 180/klean, 175/1. 1 more 180/klean set for good measure, nice.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

-Day 35 Free Cardio: raining so 45 minutes on the elliptical, sweating like Mel Gibson at a Bar Mitzvah (your favorite "sweating like..." jokes are welcome! Please submit them in the comments below), Jets team and Sam Darnold season previews on YouTube got me through. Afterward I re-read the Double Under lesson and gave it another go, best stretch was 6 alternating with 1 single in between (so double-single x6), have not been able to string 2 consecutive doubles together yet. I think I need to relax and tone down my arm and leg movement, nice and smoov.

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 35/35.
-Workouts Completed: 35/35.
-No BS: 2 days (previous long 26).
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 35/35.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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Saved my indulgence for tonight, Cheech and Todd R (interesting tidbit about Todd R, butt buddies with Rencoocooforcocoapuffs, was in my original PCP group circa 2010 but first time we met was earlier this year in HK) visiting from HK, took them to Andy's (naturally), and beyond, awesome (naturally).

Right so I did not receive an email from the gym with the rules specifying NO JUMPROPE, so technically would not be breaking the rules yet, BUT it was raining, no run-commute so took a taxi to save time, went to the old gym, grabbed LG and s.m.all and kidnapped them to the Annex (sorry BB, will come back for you this weekend). The Annex works well: its brand spanking new, has a sweet wooden-floor runway for jumping rope and carved out a nice area for swinging da bellz (picture), just need to find a new home for the boyz, 3 prospective locations pictured, leaning toward under the rack of dumbdumbz (though all are in view of the guardian angel(s)). The downside is no stretching area and no lockers (didn’t see any, need to confirm), so run straight to the Annex, bang out my workout (any floor exercise like presses or crunches I just do straight on the floor, whatevs), then to the gym for post-stretches and shower. Boom. Works because there are no more bandzercises, which are in my locker, but may have to start hauling them once the Deuce starts. And now poor KRONOS gets lonely…but no way I’m hauling that beast back and forth.

Blood Pigeon streak (days): 4 (pending). No run-commute today so streak is on hold, will fly by this weekend to check up on him.

-Today's workout: was able to leave BB behind because Bell of Color had been chilling at the Annex all the while (BB and BoC are a 14kg pair, they live together in perfect harmony) and today worked up to BoC for all exercises (Swing, 1 Arm Row, Figure 8, Crunch) except for 1 Arm Ski-jumper (LG), was still a bit cautious, didn’t go bellz out, but did everything properly and felt good. What did NOT feel good was when I put BoC down and my pinkie got pinched between BoC bell and LG horn. Ouch. By the end of the day started turning a light shade of purple, though think I got off easy, just a bruise.

Jumprope HYPER*: Decent day today, which I expected (hoped) jumping on the smooth wooden floor at the Annex. And since I am still finding my SPEED rope groove and now chasing 190 I am NOT going to waste a single set trying double-unders, though this weekend I will give them a go separately outside of the regular workout.
Warm up 5:00: 798/1.
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 175/klean, 135/7, 175/klean. Symmetry FTW!
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 179/0, 158/1, 154/3.
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 183/klean, 153/45, 188/klean. New PB (this round)!
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 183/klean, 134/7, 180/1. Late in the 3rd cycle my shoelace came untied, was humming and powered through untied, miracle did not trip again. Came untied because it was raining so did not run-commute, for which I tie my shoes in a double knot, but knot today. You love Rainman’s next-level analysis.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
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TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 33/33
-Workouts Completed: 33/33
-No BS: 0 days (previous long 26). Using the 55 calendar sun down to sun down previous streak ended at 26 (credit for Friday), calendar days 25 (indulgence Friday night), not matter how you slice it its OVER. But well worth it.
-Diet Kompliance (eating klean): 33/33. Rainman loves a technicality, so although the No BS streak is over, MANDATORY indulgence is still kompliant. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selections:
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Have a good weekend Bellz rockerz, long weekend here in Tokyo, see you on the other side!


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The return of Agro Fish! It was a slow news day UNTIL around 5:30pm my gym called, they got a complaint that jumping rope in the middle of the gym in the aisle between machines is dangerous and against the rules. This happened once before a couple of years ago and I was able to use the Jedi mind trick and reverse it and extract an apology out of the gym staff for inconveniencing me and causing me undo stress, but not this time. Apparently jumping rope in an open aisle when there is convenient clear passage down another aisle while also moving/changing position to give easy access to any machine around me is DANGEROUS, more dangerous than throwing around weights and bars and ropes and shit, because its a GYM, more inconvenient than all those inconsiderate slobs that leave their empty shampoo containers and PET bottles and used razors and towels and tissues and shit lying around the shelves/floor, more disgusting than those other slobs that use the stretching area without a mat and plant their sweaty asses direct on the carpet. Apparently it is AGAINST THE RULES, which I demanded he post a paper copy or email a soft copy. I also demanded the identity of the snitch (who apparently was last there 3-4 weeks ago, I am there EVERY GODDAMN DAY with the same 3-4 people in the 0:dark:30 crew who all seem kool and the gang) but of course “it’s a secret”…Needless to say I was/am FURIOUS. I hate bitch-ass snitches and stupid people and their rules. This throws a major wrench in Da Bellz 1.5 week home stretch, cycles need to be able to jump and swing in the same general area, may move the boyz back to the annex around the corner (which has a really nice wooden floor runway for jumping rope but my locker/shower are in the other one), though not sure I have time tomorrow morning so may have to go rogue for 1 more day...stay tuned. Actually as of this typing I have not received a copy of the rules yet, so technically I'm not breaking them, right?

Blood Pigeon day count: 4. Man that thing is getting picked to the bone. Thinking about taking it home and making pigeon soup, like we do at Thanksgiving, same same, amirite?

In unrelated news, and on the lighter side, Sonny likes to wear mismatching socks on the weekends, so when I found 2 unmatched singletons in the drawer I put them together (I have at least 4 or 5 pairs of each of those socks, incredible how often they end up alone...I'm sure there is some kind of sociological psychobabble parallel here somewhere...).

-Today's workout: OK I'm BACK. By the 3rd cycle I was back to previous max weight, all BB all day (for the record BB14kg is NOT big enough for some of the bigger manoooooovers, considering hauling the 18kg behemoth from home to the gym over the weekend, part of the bigger move to the annex). Felt goooooood, was winded and struggling by the end of some of the sets, special shout out to the Rotation Chest Pass, felt like my chest was going to explode.

Jumprope HYPER*: was prepared to be disappointed after yesterday's glorious session, and I didn't disappoint (which means I WAS disappointed)...
Warm up 5:00: 744/7.
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 154/2 trips, 164/1, 161/2.
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 148/5, 154/2, 173/klean.
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 158/2, 173/klean, 171/1.
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 158/2, 151/3, 165/2.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 32/32
-Workouts Completed: 32/32
-No BS: 25 days (previous long 6). This ends tomorrow.
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 32/32
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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Blood Pigeon day count: 3. Still there, once again in a different position, reckon the movement is caused by other birds (or cats, or people) chowing down on his innards...and outards...so he'll be there until the last morsel, or some good Samaritan (not me) gives him a proper burial. Until then, Rainman keeps counting.
https://youtu.be/ly7DC2f8S6s

-Today's workout: I'm getting kind of tired of not sweating my balls off and not being tired, so as long as my back cooperates (which it has been) I'm starting to add weight back, got up to LG for everything today except the Bottoms Up Curl (s.m.all), that is a sneaky tough one. Probably still could have upped to BB for a couple (One Arm Chest Press, Chicken Wing Squat), will keep on keepin’ on. But no rush, playing the long game, Spartan Beast in September.

Jumprope HYPER*: Warm up 5:00: 763/4.
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 165/1 trip, 174/klean, 177/klean. That's better.
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 144/5, 175/klean, 177/klean. Better.
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 181/klean, 120/8, 175/2. Dagon giveth, and Dagon taketh away...and then Dagon giveth back again.
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 185/klean, 185/klean, 185/klean. No joke, no typo. Rainman practically exploded in his pants.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 31/31
-Workouts Completed 31/31
-No BS: 24 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 31/31
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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No drunk dude again today, but the Blood Pigeon was still there (someone moved it to the side but didn't take it away), of course I had to take a pic, couldn’t pass it by again, though stayed far back for your benefit (but feel free to zoom in, you know you want to). It's pretty wicked gruesome.

-This week's diet: 4 eggs for breakfast (1 egg/1 white for breakfast plus 2 whites post-workout, which is breakfast), 1 white am fruit snack, that's 5 eggs before lunch! I know, doesn't hold a handle to Ranger Eggman, and I'm not complaining, just reporting. Moral to the story: crank up the Kenzene! (or was it Kenzane?).

-Today's workout: erred on the side of caution again, all Bellzercises weightless for the first 2 cycles (except Triceps Extension s.m.all), s.m.all for the 3rd/4th cycles (except Dynamo still weightless and Tri Ex up to LG). Back still tender but getting better slowly but surely, this whole listening to your body and not overdoing it is a very novel but effective approach...

Jumprope HYPER*: Warm up 5:00: 800/klean. So I had that going for me...
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 158/2 trips, 170/klean, 138/5 First clean SPEED set, though slower than the fastest average from previous 4:00 and 5:00 sets and WAY far from 1st time through Da Bellz (mid-high 190s I think, need to check). Weak. Got work to do.
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 143/5, 111/9, 155/2 DAFUQ is that 2nd set??!?!?!!?!?
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 155/3, 166/1, 157/2
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 138/5, 145/5, 150/3
-Insult to injury (or is it injury to insult?) check the flagellation stigmata, rope (wire) stamp on the finger and bruised knuckles. Ouch. And try taking a selfie while flipping yourself the bird, it's a lot more difficult than you would think (as if you would even think of doing that, ever).
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 30/30
-Workouts Completed: 30/30
-No BS: 23 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 30/30
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
For those keeping score at home, the streak was up to FOUR as of Friday. Due to my back issues I did Sunday's Day 28 Free Cardio run on Saturday, and slept in so hit the road around 11:30am. As expected, at that time of the day there were no drunk dudes passed out on the street. I petitioned the Council for an exemption, and fortunately they agreed with my reasoning, that the spirit of the streak requires running at a time of day that said drunk dudes would realistically be passed out on the street, so Saturday's run did not qualify and the streak was still alive this morning. Until it wasn't. You know what else was not alive this morning during my run-commute? There was a dead pigeon on the sidewalk, obviously a sign from above, the thing was on its back, wings spread wide, with its body ripped open and shit and stuff everywhere. It was horrible, so horrible I didn't take a picture, and you know that is something I would normally love to do (for those familiar with medieval Norse history/Sagas and/or are fans of the History Channel's series Vikings (which is awesome) you may be familiar with the torture/punishment/execution method Blood Eagle, you can google if you want, its gruesome, well this was the same thing, Blood Pigeon). I knew once I passed it that the streak would end, and it did. All good things must come to an end. And further proof that Kenzai Karma is fo reelz, to complete the circle, you may or may not know that the Dead Pigeon is one of my favorite post-workout stretches, which I do everyday along with the Fish Twist (FTW. Always.) so en lieu of the Blood Pigeon here is the Dead Pigeon.

-Today's workout: due to the lingering but improving back issue I jumped into today's workout with reckless caution, something I'm not normally accustomed to. Did Cycles 1/2/4 of all of the Bellzercises weightless (tested Cycle 3 with s.m.all8kg and it was fine, but played it safe for Cycle 4). Oh and the Tranverse Ab Pump, which is weird, did all 4 with s.m.all.

Jumprope HYPER*: Rainman was clearly way too amped up to be CHALLENGED to count jumps, after the klean 5:00 warm up not a single klean 1:00 SPEED session. Glass half full: only 1 way to go from here!
Warm up 5:00: 796/klean
Cycle 1 1:00x3: 166/2 trips, 165/1, 166/2
Cycle 2 1:00x3: 170/1, 167/2, 160/2
Cycle 3 1:00x3: 147/6, 155/2, 165/2
Cycle 4 1:00x3: 168/1, 165/2, 158/2
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 29/29
-Workouts Completed: 29/29
-No BS: 22 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 29/29
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selections:
https://youtu.be/Ur_aDdofl_8
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[Bonus gif: shout out to my girl Retta]

So the back twinge on Fri seems to be a thing. Went to bed Fri night with a deep but light achy sore throb, put that icy hot lube on (Ben Gay back in the day), feels niiiice and cool...and hot! Woke up Sat morning as stiff as, well, a guy that is stiff in the morning when he wakes up! HEY NOW! I was able to get out of bed and although it was very sore it wasn't debilitating, so I had that going for me...Lubed up again and after moving around a bit it seemed to get better, so went for the Day 28 run, and it felt really good, the lube heats up nice when your body warms up. Sun woke up no worse than Sat and felt better after lube so did Day 27 workout and was fine (more details below), and as I sit here and type its fine, still sore but definitely better, so will keep lubing and go easy the next couple of days, but think I got off easy, and won't miss any workouts.

-Day 27 lesson: INDULGENCE! Was very hard NOT to use it today, house full of maniac kids (Sonny's classmate's going away party, family moving to Shangai), cooler full of the best craft beer in Japan, the wine was flowing, and exhausted with a headache cleaning out the cooler the biggest temptation was the chuhai dead soldiers left behind, but held firm, if anything just massive overgrammage fruit and veggie all-day grazing, but its a WIN no matter how you slice it, all streaks in tact. Indulgence lives to get blown the FUKK UP next Friday night. And this always makes me laugh: "Sometime in the next 3 days, have a medium-sized indulgence in the 300-400 calorie range instead of your usual meal.". Bro. In loosely related news, peep the super kompliant eating out the past couple of weekends with Team Block: fancy bread toast with grilled veggies for brunch, custom salad with grilled mahi mahi, grilled onions, grilled peppers, other stuff for dinner last night. I did NOT have a banana-strawberry milkshake or a fancy chocolate shop chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles on top for dessert.

-Day 28 lesson: "Count how many skips you get in each one minute session and record it. Blog out your best average over the next couple of days! You could even keep track for the rest of the program and see how much your personal best improves by day 42." Welcome to Rainman's world!

-Day 27 Free Cardio: flipped the script due to the back, started out slow but absolutely no issue so turned into a nice little run. Passed out drunk dude streak in jeopardy, submitted an appeal on the grounds that today's run was at 11:30am, way too late to qualify, will get a ruling tomorrow.

-Day 28 Workout (Day 27): started out taking it easy, Jumping Jacks instead of Knee Cappers, and did the Dynamo twists weightless, otherwise pretty much Rx (shout out to GymMat), weekend gym so used dumbdumbz and to start weight down from usual bellz but by the 4th cycle was back up to the same or even 1kg UP on everything, especially the Bottoms Up Curl, much easier with a dumbdumb than a bell. Was very lucky it was chest/biceps day, easy on the back.

Jumprope 4:00 HYPER* x4: 600/3 trips, 658/klean, 683/klean, 678/4. Seems the bad back is GOOD for jumping rope. Interesting...
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 28/28
-Workouts Completed: 28/28
-No BS: 21 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 28/28
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selection:
https://youtu.be/ht672-wYelc


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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
4 days in a row!!!!!! Praised be Dagon! This dude was perched outside my office this morning, impeccably dressed, sitting upright but no ballz-ballast, but check the baseball hat behind him, could the brim (is that what the front part is called? Bill? Peak? Visor?) be wedged under his butt like a door jam stopper thingy? But that's not even the half of it! As I'm circling the dude, turning off my RunKeeper audio alerts so that as I approach she doesn't blurt out "ACTIVITY PAUSED" (more than 1 passed out drunk dude has been startled awake by that) a rent-a-cop security clown approaches and while waving his finger says "human, no photo please". How DELICIOUS is that! Priority was obviously getting the pic of drunk dude and getting TFO, but kicking myself for not snapping a cheeky pic of Paul Blart before I ran away. But all good, the EPIC streak continues...

-Today's workout: a little cooler outside this morning for the run-commute, and also inside the gym with the windows closed, good workout but not nearly as sweaty as the past 2 days. Don't mean to bury the lede or cry wolf but during Da Swingz felt a little tweak in my back, sitting on my assss all day probably didn’t help, for now just feels a little sore and achy deep down, started icing it when I got home, will see if I am able to get out of bed tomorrow morning. Oh and Superman still sucks, added bonus today my hammies were cramping, super fun times! OH and FISH TWIST FTW! Always.

Jumprope 4:00 HYPER* x4: 635/3, 619/7, 626/7, 666/3. If there are 2 things Rainman likes its symmetry and consistency.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 26/26
-Workouts Completed: 26/26
-No BS: 19 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 26/26
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selections:
https://youtu.be/6R7nB4GwhpY
https://youtu.be/E0E0ynyIUsg

Have a great weekend Bellz tossers!


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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
When it rains, it pours, amirite? The Yankees HR streak ended @ 31 games, my No Booze Streak continues @ 18, TMM Streaks still perfect 25/25, but more impressive than all of those is the drunk dude trifecta! 3 days in a row! I was going to call it a THREE-PEAT but I think Pat Riley trademarked it. Check out this playah, the polar opposite of ballz-ballast yesterday: shiny custom tailored suit, purple (what color is that, wine?) shirt with matching leather shoes, leather briefcase and an umbrella, all buttons buttoned and zippers zipped! And this was around the corner from my house, on the porch of a furniture reform shop. Classy dude! I need to find him, definite BFF material...

-Today's workout: "sweatiest workout so far"- me yesterday. Today was sweatier. You know it is officially Tokyo hot and steamy summer when you need to keep the windows at the gym closed. They were open today (and I was too lazy to close them). I felt like I was working out in soup, and not miso soup, I’m talkin’ clam chowdah (you feel me Scottie H?).
https://youtu.be/2-bbYH_akHg

So I did this week's homework not one perfect set, more like one perfect CYCLE, kicked off with a klean jumprope set so figured why not, the room's already paid for! Slow, controlled, max reps, full range of motion, proper breathing for every rep of every set, and #onemorerep. To be fair to Rainmain that's kind of how he rolls EVERY workout, so today was no different, but if I had to choose 1 or 2 things that made this one MORE perfect: Star Jumps I made sure to fully clap at the top of every rep and Leg Circles really kept my leg out straight horizontal and made proper circles (when form breaks down the leg sags and the circles become a straight line). Badabing.

Jumprope 4:00 HYPER* x4: 655/klean, 623/5, 683/1, 671/1. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 25/25
-Workouts Completed: 25/25
-No BS: 18 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 25/25
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selection:
https://youtu.be/7wRHBLwpASw

Happy Independence Day to those that celebrate!
Today’s bonus selection:
https://youtu.be/U1mlCPMYtPk


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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
This guy is a hero. Fly unzipped, wearing his package on the outside (using it as ballast, to help keep his balance sitting up, genius!), shoes and socks just about off, jacket on the ground in a heap, some people might call this a "yard sale". Fortunately our kids don't go to this park, we don't walk down the hill, we stay at the top of the hill.

So when I got to the gym at 0:notsodarkanymorebutstillreallyearly:30 there was a yoga class going on in the stretching area! There is no way this is kosher (after I got reprimanded for jumping rope in the public space but used the Jedi Mind trick to turn the tables and they apologized to ME for the inconvenience), which is why they were there so early, and why when I walked in the instructor shot me a look like DOH! BUSTED! They were just finishing up, and it didn't bother me at all, it was just amusing, especially because at that moment the song pumping through the gym was "I think we're alone now", not sure what version, definitely not the Shondells, Tiffany or Weird Al, but I hear it a lot...

DOMS AGAIN! Traps and tris, not surprised after yesterday's workout...

-Today’s workout: sweatiest workout so far, but also one of the longest, not only were there 3x L/R alternating exercises, but tons of faffing around, up and down, taking my Bellz wrist bands on/off (wore them for the One Arm Chest Press and One Arm Lunge Press, the wrist bands def help, but I was sweating so much I felt like I should take them off in between sets of Presses, waste of time...), switching the bands from an anchor to the floor and back again, all very annoying, though 3rd cycle I finally realized I could save time by re-setting the band for Standing Ovations during the inter-set rest, so I had that going for me...1st time I've used s.m.all 8kg, for the Bellz Bottoms Up Curl, that's a sneaky tough one, especially when you have weak little arms like me. Also for the life of me can’t remember where the quote “s. m. all.” is from, really bothering me.

Jumprope 4:00 HYPER* x4: 595/6 trips, 613/6, 545/12, 574/6. Just one of those days, I guess 6s were wild...or Damien (Omen).
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 24/24
-Workouts Completed: 24/24
-No BS: 17 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 24/24
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selections:
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#drunkdudepassedoutonthestreet
Check out this dude, needed to capture him at all angles, in all his glory. It had rained before, and started raining shortly after (in related news I totally threaded the needle and squeezed in the run-commute, like a BOSS), and there is no way that where he is lying doesn't STINK to high heaven, where recycling meets dogs peeing on the poles meets underground sewer air vent meets the gutter at the bottom of a hill. Bro you are going to feel a lot worse before you start feeling better...Dagon bless your soul.
https://youtu.be/NisCkxU544c

On the brighter side, check out THIS dude! This may turn into a regular series. Previously had the blue/black "pair look" with BB, today was all-shades-of-Green Day with LG.

DOMS! I've had tinklings of soreness, but I think today was the first legit full-on DOMS, glutes/IT bands SMOKED on leg day yesterday. Dead pigeon, FISH TWIST and Reclining Glute Twist stretches all hurt so good!

-Today's workout: Knowing that the other regular 0:dark:30 Gym Bro monopolizes the bench/rack with the pull-up bar, for the 1st cycle before he got there I did the Narrow Pull-up (Chair) 3 sets of 10 (instead of 1), 2nd cycle I did the "OR" Seated Pull-Down, but my bands were too loose, too easy, so for the 3rd/4th cycles I used the Lat Pull-Down machine. Kind of all over the place but got it done. And the Bellz are swinging! Its about time...Used the negative again for level-up burn on the Bellz One Arm Ski-jumper (slow return from full back extension) and Bellz Crunch (hold last rep and lower bell back/down with straight arms). Been a while but Superman still sucks, but at least it's not rolling, that is a nausea-inducing ball-crusher. Oh and FISH TWIST FTW. Always.

Jumprope 4:00 HYPER* x4: 652/1 trip, 610/8, 693/2, 702/klean. 3rd cycle 1st trip @ 660, without those 2 late trips was probably on the exact same pace as the 4th cycle, 175.5/min, smokin', which for those keeping score at home is just under 1 jump/minute FASTER than the recently scientifically verified 873/5min (174.6/min), though to be fair there is extra credit value in sustaining that pace for the extra minute.
*Rx Smart Gear lightest speed rope, 1.3oz/37g
https://www.rxsmartgear.com/

TMM Streak Counter:
-Lessons Read: 23/23
-Workouts Completed: 23/23
-No BS: 16 days (previous long 6)
-Diet Compliance (eating klean): 23/23
https://youtu.be/20g3QIUnOgY

Today's featured selection:
https://youtu.be/Ee_uujKuJMI


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