Jim Matt

Jim Matt

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Assistant Trainer
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Chisel Graduation Post: 

  • Mar 5th, 2018 at 3:38AM

Here we are Team Cyclops, at the end of another incredible Kenzai Program.

As far as teams go, this one was the most active, motivated and energetic yet. Your energy and enthusiasm were inspiring, infectious and just plain awesome. You all killed it, crushed it and chiseled it like champs!

Overall quite happy with the program. 7-8/10 on the diet front (always seemingly my Achilles heel). Nothing too far off the rails, a few sips of wine or beer here, an off plan small snack there. I actually found myself for the most part eating (probably) not enough. I don't really like eating too many carbs in the evening so most of the time my "carb allotment," in the evening came in the form of starchy vegetables: potatoes, corn, etc instead of rice, pasta (which I almost never eat), bread, etc.

Weight is right about the same as it has been since the end of KB1, and Kettlebell 1: 167 pounds, +/- 2 pounds. Matt Berlin says once you get your training down to a science that your body gets into a homeostatic state where the weight just stays the same. I think I'm close to being there.

From a distance it looks like I dropped a bit of fat, as you get closer, the arm veins are popping a bit more, a little more ab definition, love handles have shrunk a little (still present though).

As for workouts, 42/42...not even a hint of not getting them done. Plenty of bonus workout with the Vertical Mile happening early in the program and starting the first 5 days of the program in Alaska. I felt like I blasted through the Vertical Mile while keeping my heart rate just below the red zone. Huge win in my book for sure.

As far as the misses on this program: not many. I wasn't able to bang out any more than 38 pushups in a minute (this was a self imposed challenge). Not a big deal as that wasn't a primary or even secondary goal for this program. Second: I think this program is all about managing expectations. Patrick's last lesson rings very true, it won't take you from a couch potato to a 6 pack in those 6 weeks, but it is like putting that final coat of polish on the car and makes you shine! Another thing that I noticed is that my overall strength on body weight exercises took a hit (not surprising). Pull up and dip strength went down. So this is one of the prices one pays for HIIT...not really a strength builder but a fat burner and a way to increase anaerobic efficiency (primary) while trying to preserve muscle mass (secondary). Again, this was all spelled out in the lessons, so I consider my expectations sufficiently managed.

I will likely try this program again, and am intrigued by the idea of using it as a revved up Reboot plan, or as a prelude to a strength training program like Kettlebell (1 or 2). I haven't tried Iron yet, but I think doing Chisel before Iron (if you want to suffer like that) might be a great and magical combination for the dedicated trainee. Matt B did them in reverse, and it seemed to have been successful? :)

Lastly: I feel great! A little tired, and the last workout seemed to go by way too fast. As is my own tradition, I plan a victory lap workout tomorrow morn...I'll blog about it tomorrow. And I will also follow up with a double-hang video as I am gaining some serious hang time these days. Tonight Aimee and I have a date night out, with wine (she had been shadowing me on the program). This week will likely be some yoga, rest and some long cardio sessions leading up to the month long Ranger Challenge starting next week. And after that, Kettlebell 2 is calling to me starting on June 11. Momentum is a great thing when you keep it moving!

Get some rest, have a well earned indulgence and most of all, we did it Team Cyclops and Chisel Group!! Can't wait to read all of Team Cyclops graduations posts (oh yeah, you also Dermot, I haven't forgotten about you!)

Peace out!

 
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7 comments

Mark C.Mark C.Alumni
about 3 years ago

Great results and great doing this program with you Jim! Thank you for keeping us all motivated and energized everyday of the program. Good luck with the Ranger Challenge and Kettlebell 2!


    Jennifer W.Jennifer W.Alumni
    about 3 years ago

    Jim - when I look at your final pic compared to Day 1 it's like night and day!!! Look at your arms, shoulders and abs! You are WAY more chiseled!!!! You have been so inspirational to me and I really looked forward to reading your posts every day. Thank you SO much for all of your helpful comments and support. I'm definitely following the Jim train on here : ) Congrats!


      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
      Trainerabout 3 years ago

      The blogging and motivational machine! You take each program to the fullest and chisel was no exception. Your energy was invaluable to this team, thanks!!! Each program your final photo keeps getting leaner and stronger, and will only keep getting more and more ripped. Great results! Awesome Chiseling with you!


        Cat B.Cat B.Kenzai Member
        about 3 years ago

        You are looking very chiselled to me and not a love handle in sight.
        It has been an absolute pleasure being on the same team - and an inspiration on the days I was feeling a little flat.
        You totally nailed this, well done!


          Cora LeeCora LeeKenzai Member
          Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

          Jim, once again it has been amazing to train alongside with you. Loving all your inputs on the blogs I learn a lot. Looking very chiseled as well but please share your video with double hang time!

          What is the Ranger Challenge?


            Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
            Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

            @Cora, will hit the gym here probably tomorrow morning and will get a video of the double-hangs! Really feeling them now, just in time for the program to end. :/ As far as the Ranger Challenge, Ward has gathered a group of long time trainees and trainers to join in. Not an officially sanctioned program, but interesting nevertheless. Do you want to join us? This is Ren's post on it from 2015, I do believe we are going to do it straight up as he describes in that post. I am not much of a runner and it will take me out of my comfort zone for certain, but that is the name of the game!

            https://kenzai.me/renfield/blog/ranger-challenge


              Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
              Founderabout 3 years ago

              Excellent write up Jim, fair points all around. Chisel will most definitely reduce your raw strength but boost aerobic performance, but continued mixing of resistance training programs and HIIT programs will gradually ratchet both up in a rising see-saw pattern. A few years like that and a person becomes scarily fit! You're getting to that point yourself. Thanks for being a pillar of the team, they couldn't have done it without you! Congratulations and COMPLETE!


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