Lode O.

Lode O.

Kenzai Member

Hi Chiselers
I don’t know if it’s the sheer brutality of the Chisel workouts, the current heat and humidity in the UAE (our neighbours Saudi and Kuwait were the warmest places on Earth yesterday 🥵) topped off with a 2 hour tennis game ... but I am sleeping incredibly since starting the program. Long may it last. I hope everybody else is finding their groove? I can hardly contain my curiosity about the diet, too.
It’s the weekend here, so will hopefully have to fit in all the exercises too.


chisel day 2

Good morning from a steamy Abu Dhabi. Day 2 done of my first ever Chisel - woweee! I’m sweating like there’s no tomorrow - and that’s working out in AC! I’m excited to see what this brings - life got a bit in the way of my Kenzai Body that ended a few days ago. I really want to give this a much better go! Good luck all - I have a feeling we’re going to need it! 🙈


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Thanks to all the trainers and Team Grus for the support during my second Kenzai Body. I struggled to fully commit to the program this time - I experienced a lot of interruptions and just generally found it hard to get back on track after each one of them.
Having said that, the knowledge that I am in the middle of a Kenzai program, made me more aware of food choices and I still tried to fit in some sort of work out every day. So, not stelllar results but I still
Managed to run my second best marathon ever in Stockholm - so I’m extremely pleased about that.
I hope the rest of you achieved what you set out to?
Hope to see some of you around on another Kenzai program soon.


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Thanks to all the trainers and Team Grus for the support during my second Kenzai Body. I struggled to fully commit to the program this time - I experienced a lot of interruptions and just generally found it hard to get back on track after each one of them.
Having said that, the knowledge that I am in the middle of a Kenzai program, made me more aware of food choices and I still tried to fit in some sort of work out every day. So, not stelllar results but I still
Managed to run my second best marathon ever in Stockholm - so I’m extremely pleased about that.
I hope the rest of you achieved what you set out to?
Hope to see some of you around on another Kenzai program soon.


We arrived yesterday morning to beautiful fresh air (it feels freezing at 17 Celsius compared to high 40s in Abu Dhabi). Marathon day is Saturday and the same kind of weather is forecasted for then - couldn’t be more perfect.
We haven’t prepped like we wanted to, but making the most of the opportunity to spend quality time with my husband in a beautiful city.
I hope everybody else is finishing strong!


A short one

I’ve had a great week workout wise, diet not 💯 but it could’ve been worse.
I’ve definitely struggled during this Kenzai program to get myself out of holiday mode - the last three months included a lot of traveling, guests and socializing - a lot more than usual for us.
I am, however, not going to let it cause me stress because it wasn’t my greatest work... I am going to see it as a learning experience and after all ... progress not perfection.

I hope everybody else is faring great and finishing strong!


Back for more

Good morning from a humid Abu Dhabi. Summer is well and truly upon us, so most training will be indoors from now on. I’ve been absent from blogging and posting pics for a while, not one particular reason... life just got in the way.
However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t train... I’ve been following the diet as best I can and managed a workout most days.
I’m looking forward to finish the program on a high note, despite my poor track record with the blogging and posting. Hope everybody else is doing well and enjoying the home stretch.


Day 50

Wow - that certainly flew by in a blur. But then again I’ve been on two holidays since this Kenzai started. It probably wasn’t the greatest of timings - but when will we ever have no distractions or temptations crossing our way and derailing our healthy living efforts?
If I take something away from this program, it would be that one can’t relax all rules all the time when you’re on holiday. Because the summer holidays are damn long and two months of indulgence is just a bad idea...
For my second indulgence, we took our kids to an Easter Brunch. Too many GnT’s and a fabulous cheese board... but divine!


Back to school!

All in all I’ve had a good week, the workouts are no joke, though. I’ve had some really sore quadriceps (the kind of sore that makes going downstairs virtually impossible without swearing). Would that be the creepers or the floor jumps? Or the pistol squats?
Anyway, the reason I’m not giving up is that I’d never forgive myself if I do... And I’m enjoying it. Im not saying I always look forward to the workouts and the diet excites me, but I DO love hitting the I DID IT button ... a lot!
Hope everybody else is going strong and starting to see results?


Happy to be home

We have just arrived home after 10 wonderful days in South Africa... not great for our diet and exercise program, but could have been a lot worse.
There is a week of school holidays left, so nice and easy days ahead and no excuse to miss any workouts.
I hope everybody else is going strong?


Hi team! Hope you’re all doing great? I’m happy to report that things are going well this side. I’m enjoying the exercises and trying to stick with the diet as best as I can - my biggest issue would be not eating enough. The last time I did Kenzai that was my problem too, not having enough hours in the day to fit in three meals and three snacks. However, I’m trying and don’t beat myself up about it too much. Progress, not perfection.
My pants are definitely starting to fit a bit better which is always a great encouragement to buckle down and getting it done.
We are leaving for a 10 days Spring break in South Africa tomorrow - and fully expecting the family to want to feed us 24/7. The rubber bands and jumping rope is already packed though, so we will definitely be trying to limit the damage.
Have a great week 4, everybody!


Week 3

Good morning, Team Grus!
I can’t believe we’re already in week 3! I love looking at the workouts I’ve already done - imagining all those burnt calories disappearing off me is a wonderful image!

Workout wise last week went well, a few social engagements over the weekend was tricky to navigate - however, apart from a few glasses of wine, I stayed pretty much on track diet wise. Maybe just not enough!

Hope everybody else is on track and ready to give Week 3 horns?


Introducing me

Hi Team Grus!
My name is Lodè, I live in Abu Dhabi with my husband Lombard (also in Grus) and our 4 kids. I’m a stay-at-home mum and love spending my days doing sport, spending time with friends and of course the 4 kids 🙈.

I was first introduced to Kenzai by my lovely friend Rebecca Kershaw who is also a Kenzai Member. I did Kenzai Body last year and was very happy with the results. The program really worked well in a busy household like ours where fitness and health sadly takes a back seat to kids’ activites and just getting through the week. The fact that I had to go and click on my I DID IT button every day really helped me to stay on track too. Not to mention the incredible support from the trainers and the team members.

What tripped me up in reaching my fitness goals before... hhhmm. I think I saw (and still do) reward myself with food and a nice glass of wine every night. I absolutely love sport, but whenever we go on holiday or just home to South Africa, all diet rules are out the window. Therefore I constantly feel like I’m undoing damage from holidays. 😂

I absolutely love traveling - and if that includes some good food, I’m in heaven. My other love is music - I adored the Bohemian Rhapsody movie so much. I drive quite a lot in Abu Dhabi, so have found Oprah Winfrey’s podcasts a life saver.

If I was to go through a bad patch, I would remind myself about the reasons I’m doing this. I’m passionate about staying healthy and youthful for as long as possible and am determined to be a good role model to our children. I would like them to see me persevere even when the going gets tough.

That’s all for now, folks! I can guarantee you I’ll never ever write such a lengthy blog post again.

Looking forward to read everybody else’s intros.


Introducing me

Hi Team Grus!
My name is Lodè, I live in Abu Dhabi with my husband Lombard (also in Grus) and our 4 kids. I’m a stay-at-home mum and love spending my days doing sport, spending time with friends and of course the 4 kids 🙈.

I was first introduced to Kenzai by my lovely friend Rebecca Kershaw who is also a Kenzai Member. I did Kenzai Body last year and was very happy with the results. The program really worked well in a busy household like ours where fitness and health sadly takes a back seat to kids’ activites and just getting through the week. The fact that I had to go and click on my I DID IT button every day really helped me to stay on track too. Not to mention the incredible support from the trainers and the team members.

What tripped me up in reaching my fitness goals before... hhhmm. I think I saw (and still do) reward myself with food and a nice glass of wine every night. I absolutely love sport, but whenever we go on holiday or just home to South Africa, all diet rules are out the window. Therefore I constantly feel like I’m undoing damage from holidays. 😂

I absolutely love traveling - and if that includes some good food, I’m in heaven. My other love is music - I adored the Bohemian Rhapsody movie so much. I drive quite a lot in Abu Dhabi, so have found Oprah Winfrey’s podcasts a life saver.

If I was to go through a bad patch, I would remind myself about the reasons I’m doing this. I’m passionate about staying healthy and youthful for as long as possible and am determined to be a good role model to our children. I would like them to see me persevere even when the going gets tough.

That’s all for now, folks! I can guarantee you I’ll never ever write such a lengthy blog post again.

Looking forward to read everybody else’s intros.


Fresh start

Almost a year since I attempted my first (and only so far) Kenzai Body. And it felt good to git that I DID IT button again!
I’m feeling ready and motivated to add some muscle, lose some lard and help inspire my team members. Let’s do this!


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