Kenneth K.

Kenneth K.

Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 1 (Member)
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Kenzai Kettlebell 2
Day 1
 
Program progress:
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42 days | What it's meant to me 
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It's amazing how these past 6 weeks seemed to really have flown by. So what has this KBells program meant to me? I am:

- 42 days older (can't fight Father Time!)
- 42 days fitter (and 3 kg lighter!)
- 42 days wiser
- no longer afraid, but curious, of the kettlebell
- inspired and excited to tackle more kettlebells training (KBells 2, here I come!)
- excited for my one-week break from the Kenzai diet!

I still need to work on a few things, like my jump roping (damn you, rope!) and the One Arm Clean, but overall, it's been a pretty smooth learning process.

Team Tangie, you guys have been awesome teammates. I've loved training with you along the way, and hope to see you again soon!


42 and done!
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Feeling amazing about completing this program!

More to come, but just wanted to get this post up while still feeling the endorphins from the workout.


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Day 38, you were greatly appreciated! The rest really helped. Some (though not all) of the constant soreness accumulated over the last week and a half alleviated. I'm ready to tackle Day 39, and charge toward the finish line. Come get some!

OK, for last week's weekly challenge, I fully acknowledge that I'm cheating here. Attached pic is the view from my gym, which is on the 49th (top) floor of an office building in Central Hong Kong. I get to enjoy these views during my workouts, which never gets old.


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Week 5 was a tale of Jekyll and Hyde for me. On the exercise front, everything was on point. The workouts definitely kicked it up a notch in week 5. My entire body was sore for pretty much the entire week. But I take that as a good feeling. While I'm enjoying the Bellz, there's one particular exercise that I just can't seem to get right - the One Arm Clean. It just doesn't feel right or natural when I'm doing it. I watched a couple of YouTube videos as well. Still, I must be doing something wrong form-wise. Gotta keep practicing...

On the diet front, I was good for the first half of the week, but too much "life" happened in the latter half. Including my indulgence, there were several festivities (both for adults and kids) during the long Mother's Day weekend here that led me off track on the diet. For Mother's Day, I cooked up a special lunch (homemade Japanese ramen) for my wife from scratch (see picture) It's my first time making anything like this, so to my surprise, it came out really well! Definitely no regrets on the meal there. However, there just wasn't enough time or opportunity to stay on track for the rest of the weekend. Overall, I'd estimate that I was only about 50% compliant on the diet for the week. Not terrible, but not great. Certainly, not optimal.


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I have to confess - I went completely overboard on my indulgence last night for dinner. Went out for a nice sushi dinner, somewhat for a celebratory reason, and it was fantastic. Food was phenomenal, like my taste buds had been starving for something to do. What took me way over the top, however, was the accompanying sake. It kept getting poured into my cup, which them kept getting consumed. It was a vicious cycle. Feeling a bit guilty about it today, but gotta move on!


Week 4 recap
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Wow, another week flew by. It was a very good Kenzai week on my end. I'm starting to feel stronger and have greater endurance, especially after moving up a notch on the weights as suggested in a recent lesson. The huffing and puffing from a couple of weeks ago has lessened. Also, to my own amazement, I am getting the hang of the KBell Swing. I've tried to simplify my focus during the swing exercise to keeping my back straight and moving only in the hips, which seems to do the trick. I started slowly with the 10% bell just to get comfortable, but quickly moved up to the 15% bell. Still feels good. I may try a 20% bell by the end of week 5.

One side benefit is that I'm noticing that some of the most stubborn fat deposits in my midsection have actually started to melt away. This is probably the fittest I've felt (and looked) in my entire life!

This new workout setup for week 5 looks interesting. I've not done any "speed" rope before, so this'll be a work in progress, me thinks. Regardless, I'm ready to rock on this week! Good luck to everyone!


...to all of you awesome Team Tangie gals and guys. As I was banging out the cycles tonight, I kept thinking about how inspiring you all have been in this KBells journey and how fun you've made this program for me (outside of the jump roping, that is). You've definitely been providing a huge amount of motivation for me to keep pushing through and keep improving myself. A big shout out to Team Tangie!


#oneperfectset
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When I read last week's #oneperfectset challenge, I was left with a feeling of disappointment. I didn't think I could/would be able to get that one perfect set, mainly because my jump roping sucks, so my jump roping sessions usually go like this: jump, trip, stop, get frustrated, jump, trip, stop, get frustrated. Rinse and repeat. I've gotten to 3 minutes trip-free before, but never 4 or 5 minutes. So, I thought the challenge would not be doable for me.

However, something miraculous happened during yesterday's workout. I actually got through one 4-minute jump rope session trip-free! Tremendous. One of the lessons that I took away from Kenzai Run was that you will have your good days, your bad days and your so-so days. On your good days, you'd feel super strong and light and feel like you're floating through the air when running. These good days are usually in the minority though, but when they happened, you knew it and savored the feeling. I had that same "good day" feeling yesterday going through the Day 22 workout. I felt super strong. Form was good, maxed out reps and trip-free jump session for one cycle. #oneperfectset I felt great for the other three cycles as well, but was not fortunate enough to go trip free for those cycles.

Power on!

Pictured: My look when I first realized that we're doing 4-cycle workouts this week!


So, I got through the rest of week 3 as planned after returning from the family trip to Singapore. Was anyone else feeling particularly gassed after some of the workouts this week? I was really huffing and puffing almost every day, but I suppose that's a good thing. I still get the most excited when the timer dings after each cycle's jump rope is done. Damn that jump rope.

I haven't done either of the last two Sunday , free cardio day, workouts, so haven't been practicing the kettlebell swings. Having not done it before, I'm starting to feel a bit intimidated by the move...

Diet has been 90% on point. I'm so hungry all the time!

Have a great week 4 everyone!


My Superhero
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My little sweetie as Supergirl!

No one is getting in her way, that's for sure.


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... for Easter break!

Easter is a four-day holiday here in HK. We decided to take the kids down to Singapore for some fun. There was lots of fun with friends and the plethora of entertainment options in that fine city. What didn't happen was compliance with either the diet or exercise! After being on point like a good boy for the first 11 days of the program, I completely missed four days. It just wasn't possible during our trip despite my best intentions.

I got back on the horse yesterday (Day 16) by starting with the Day 15 exercises. Will work through the rest of the cycles workouts this week, and skip the free cardio day. Gotta compromise somewhere.

I can't believe we're 1/3 of the way through the program already!

Good luck to everyone this week!

Pictured is my daughter feeding the elephants at the Night Safari in Singapore.


My new best friends
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Week 1 is in the books! I'm happy about having gotten all the workouts in. I felt that it was a good introduction to KBells. Looking forward to seeing how this intensifies over the next few weeks. Diet was on point during the work week, but got a little expansive over the weekend.

Good luck to everyone for week 2!

Pictured are my new best friends, whom I've gotten to know over the past week.


We Be Bellin'!

Greetings! I'm excited to be part of the KBells journey with Team Tangie and learning the ins and outs of the KBell workouts. I've never used the KBells before, so I'm hoping that this will be fun and productive learning experience. I completed the 10K KRun program last month, which I enjoyed. However, if I'm being totally honest, I slacked off big time in the past three weeks, both exercise and diet-wise, since the end of KRun. It's great to get back on the horse again and get the blood pumping.

Days 1 and 2 are in the books. And while I do enjoy a good sweat, I have re-discovered during these first two days of the program how much I did NOT miss the jump rope. Oh man. My calves...


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REPOST - Accomplished! 

Apologies for the repost! Apparently, posting through my phone does not trigger the "Graduation Post", so here I am again. No need to read further if you already read my earlier post.

10k in the books! Today's run was a tale of two halves. I felt kind of sluggish for the first few kms. Just not telling the rhythm for some reason. Without any real catalyst, things just started clicking around half way in - legs felt lighter, breathing was easier and rhythmic. I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything differently, but the body was telling me it finally felt right and that we'd power through the rest of the run without a problem. It felt amazing to reach the end goal. Eight weeks of hard training; it was all worth it. I've never been a runner. Didn't understand people who enjoyed it. I can't say that I'm a runner now, but I definitely feel that the lessons I've learned throughout the program have enlightened me and given me a totally different (better) perspective on running. I feel armed with the right knowledge now on running techniques and training methods. Mentally, 10k has always felt like a very tough barrier to overcome. Now that I've done it better than ever, that mental barrier has definitely come down.

Thanks to Ward and Team Orinoco for all the support. The journey was definitely better with you.


Accomplished!
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10k in the books! Today's run was a tale of two halves. I felt kind of sluggish for the first few kms. Just not telling the rhythm for some reason. Without any real catalyst, things just started clicking around half way in - legs felt lighter, breathing was easier and rhythmic. I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything differently, but the body was telling me it finally felt right and that we'd power through the rest of the run without a problem. It felt amazing to reach the end goal. Eight weeks of hard training; it was all worth it. I've never been a runner. Didn't understand people who enjoyed it. I can't say that I'm a runner now, but I definitely feel that the lessons I've learned throughout the program have enlightened me and given me a totally different (better) perspective on running. I feel armed with the right knowledge now on running techniques and training methods. Mentally, 10k has always felt like a very tough barrier to overcome. Now that I've done it better than ever, that mental barrier has definitely come down.

Thanks to Ward and Team Orinoco for all the support. The journey was definitely better with you.


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