June L.

June L.

Kenzai Member
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Kenzai For Life Baby! 

  • Jun 4th, 2019 at 3:52AM

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I’ve now completed KB1 and Chisel back to back.

When I became a Kenzai newbie back in January, I, like so many of us, had reached a point of desperation. I simply couldn’t look at myself in the mirror anymore. I was pudgy, out of shape and didn't feel good.

5 months later I’m happy to say I’ve become a new person!! Well at least a much better version of whom I was.

Let’s take a look at some takeaways from the Chisel program and beyond.

🏆 There’s a lot of jumping and explosive propulsions in Chisel. I had to sub a fair amount out but was also able to perfect some exercises I never, ever thought I’d be able to do. Especially the dreaded Burpee. I can do 15 of those bitches in a row with perfect, smooth, control. HUGE accomplishment. Couldn’t do 1 to save my life 5 months ago.

🏆 My lungs, heart and muscles were challenged like never before. Not only did they persevere, they are champions now. Man do I feel strong. I mean bad ass strong! VO2 Max increased! ForChisel!

🏆 After struggling with overheating during the first few weeks from the extreme exertion Chisel demands, I figured out my sweet spot in the Red Zone. Though I wouldn’t say I mastered all of the crazy exercises, I definitely didn’t let myself flail or limp through them. Learning to control my movements with extreme awareness was a huge part of being in the Red Zone for me. Even if it meant slowing down or taking breaks to recover in between sets.

🏆 I laughed at myself a lot, all the time. Flap Jacks, Crab Crawls, Fakies, Frog Walk, Russian Dancers! I’d just imagine what I looked like doing these, while dripping sweat, beet red in the face and grunting like a glistening pig in the eyes of my dog!! She be like “WTF mom?” I mostly had fun with the workouts as punishing as they were.

🏆 The daily Lessons were paramount for me during this program. Motivating, educational and always timely.

While this 60 year old body still has some lumps and bumps and cellulite and crepey skin, I feel and look amazing. I’ve learned through Kenzai what it truly means to be fit in your own personal body. I don’t compare myself to other bodies like I used to. I look at myself with pride and confidence for the accomplishments I have achieved thus far. And I look forward to the future accomplishments yet to be achieved. I’m proud of myself and elated at how far I’ve come with the Kenzai programs. I am a devout lifer!

A special shout out to my cousin Ed Center for introducing me to Kenzai. You are my hero and mentor. And to Kim, Clark, Catherine, Kip and Vicky for hanging tough through another 6 weeks of insanity. I hope to see you all again in future programs.

Before pics are from January 7th, Day 1 of KB1. After pics yesterday at the completion of Chisel.

Other photos:

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8 comments

Cecilia L.Cecilia L.Kenzai Member
almost 3 years ago

you should be proud June, you look amazing and "bad ass strong " :-)
I have truly enjoyed training alongside you. Your blogs have been refreshingly honest and hilarious. Hope to see you around


    Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Member
    Traineralmost 3 years ago

    June you are a ROCKSTAR! You were a great team member, your blogs were SO funny, and your results are AMAZING! You have come so far from the beginning of the year, and should be very proud of your results. No Glistening Pig here, more like a Sparkling Kenzai Warrior! Congratulations - COMPLETE!


      Victoria Z.Victoria Z.Kenzai Member
      almost 3 years ago

      June, you are my hero! You look amazing!!! I have enjoyed your comments, humor, and grit. As I am turning 50 next week, I officially see you as my Kenzai role model!


        Kit F.Kit F.Kenzai Member
        almost 3 years ago

        Babygirl, you are a Champion among champions! I know your inner (and outer!) struggle with your demons, and I’ve seen you through much of your body struggles, but I’ve never seen you embrace anything this completely, body, mind, and spirit. Your entire approach to life has improved with your body a shining —dare I say, GLISTENING— example of that to all who see you!! I am so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished, so grateful to you for all you’ve shared, and beyond grateful for bringing me along for the ride. Your words, particularly this past week, have been especially poignant for me, and I am so appreciative. Congratulations on a fight well fought, and I look forward to screaming in agony with you over SCULPT!! 👏🏻♥️💪🏼🎉🙏🏼😘


          Kathryn T.Kathryn T.Kenzai Member
          almost 3 years ago

          yet another accomplishment completed with an extraordinary attitude. you are a real life inspiration story, you jester/wonderwoman/sage you!
          what gift you always have been in my life but now to the entire Kenzai community!


            Catherine H.Catherine H.Kenzai Member
            almost 3 years ago

            June, you have been such an inspiration to me throughout both programs. You are a ROCKSTAR! Love the before and after photos. Isn't it amazing how much our bodies can change in 5 months. In the whole scheme of things, it is such a short period of time. Really hope to have your fitness level and attitude at 60.


              Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
              Assistant Traineralmost 3 years ago

              One of your core strengths is how you can take on new challenges and reinvent yourself to do so. Think of what you've done in the recent past: moved to Hawaii, adapted to a new town, started two new jobs, dealt with some health issues on a scale between annoying and scary, faced your mother's passing (and planned her funeral and managed some less than accommodating family members), and in more uplifting family news - become a godmom to your nephew. GIRL - that's a lot! And then you decided to take on a serious wellness commitment. For three months? NO - for 4.5. You've struggled, you've learned, you've adapted and you've pig-sweated. And now you are a different physical specimen outside, but more importantly inside. You are understand what your body can do and needs at this time of your life and you understand how to care for her better. You've increased your strength, endurance, max VO2, and especially your knowledge. Burpees are just the tip of the iceberg. The real change is beneath the surface in knowing how to care for yourself. I'm so excited that I get to be on this journey with you.


                Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
                Assistant Traineralmost 3 years ago

                Also, your hair seems to have gone completely bonkers.


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