Jim Matt

Jim Matt

Kenzai Member
Assistant Trainer

5/6 Ranger Challenge wrap-up and the dreaded, "what is next?"

  • May 7th, 2019 at 8:44AM

I had a good time on the second tour of duty through the Ranger Challenge. Set a lifetime PR in unbroken pull-ups with 20. The previous PR was 19 back in 2002 during my divorce when I was a scrawny 158 pound kid not eating or drinking a lot....look how sunken in my face was back then! Man oh man!

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Anyway, I am not a runner, I don't really enjoy running, yet the Ranger Challenge came at the right place and the right time just like last year, and I enjoyed racing a "target," if you will. Something to do post-KB2 to prevent the dreaded, "hangover effect." I will admit that I did not follow the workouts perfectly to the letter. I felt the need to throw in KLife workouts on run days as well as 1-2 HIIT workouts on strength training days to keep things interesting. I like routine but I also like variety. At the end of it, I was pretty happy with the progress and lost little to no fitness from the end of KB2, even with a slightly loosey-goosey diet.

I've been on a program or challenge since early November (Chisel, KB2 and RC) with only a 2 week break over the late December holiday time and I have to admit, I am feeling a bit tired and in need of a spot of rest. Fortunately, a "rest" for me doesn't mean sitting on my ass and eating/drinking everything in sight! The plan is to keep with 3x Klife workout, stairs, running and some HIIT during the week.

But I keep wondering when the next program might fit in. I am traveling quite a bit between now and late June with trips to Rochester, NY (visiting my mom over Mother's Day), NYC (to visit mt step-son at Julliard), Colorado (to run the Boulder Boulder 10k) and finally Iceland on vacation June 9-20. It would be GREAT to jump on a blast program in early July as all of July and the first 3 weeks of August are wide open for me (wishing a Bellz 2 program was available to start on July 8, or Chisel, or...)

The inevitable anxiety of, "what is next," looms over me, so it is time to buckle up and get it done, structure or not!

To my friends on Blast Beach Ready and Chisel right now, CRUSH IT!!

 
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8 comments

Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
about 1 month ago

Jim, I am looking forward to a "blast" appearing in the summer too.
Iceland will give you lots of chances to use your fitness in functional ways. It is a fabulous place to hike and explore.


    Alan F.Alan F.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
    about 1 month ago

    Congrats on a great RC and thanks for running it!


      Lynn C.Lynn C.Kenzai Member
      about 1 month ago

      Huge congrats Jim on finishing the RC keep us posted on what ur thinking next


        Lynn C.Lynn C.Kenzai Member
        about 1 month ago

        Huge congrats Jim on finishing the RC keep us posted on what ur thinking next and enjoy the travels


          Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 8 (Member)
          about 1 month ago

          Nice action Drill Sargeant.
          I think we will have to agree to disagree on what “rest” means.
          Busy busy schedule coming up, good luck! If I survive the Blast I’m eyeing diving straight into either another Chizz or bellz in early June...


            Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
            about 1 month ago

            Enjoy the break - a bit of KBMe is good for the soul

            Go Team go


              Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Chisel | Day 7 (Member)
              about 1 month ago

              I did not offer up my personal thanks and appreciation Master Sargent Matt for your Ranger'ing leadership - thank you! Sounds lke you will be going to some fun places. I have a kid living in NYC and another in Denver. Iceland sounds like an amazing opportunity to explore. See ya soon...#keepinspiringothers


                Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
                Trainerabout 1 month ago

                Great work Ranger Jim! I'm getting you on Kenzai Run one of these years. You've got too many skills to continue to hide behind the "I'm not a runner" curtain. A man who tackles stairs with joy won't be stopped by some regular running. Enjoy your 'rest'. And get ready for that July Blast...I'm sure you'll be there.


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