Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
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Bells 2 & Wade’s Army Team Kenzai Burpees Challenge - Both Complete! 

  • Nov 12th, 2018 at 4:08AM

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6 weeks swung! This time in double style. As I said in the beginning, I’d been wanting to do this program for a bit, and am glad to finally be able to add that Bells 2 badge to the complete list.

Really liked all of the new exercises this program added on top of Bells 1. Using one Kettlebell at a time is a good way to introduce Kettlebell workouts for the first program. But the addition of the second Kettlebell is essential to your development, so it’s a must for anyone looking to build upon their ‘Bells skills.

I liked how the program didn’t ease in, and jumped right into it week 1. 6 weeks is short so no time to waste, so that was good. I was surprised we peaked at 3 cycles for the program, but understand the rationale to it and the addition of more exercises per cycle was a good replacement to just more cycles.

My one critique that keeps this program off my top 4 favorite program list is too many active recovery days. Body 3 has 13 cross training days out of 90 days in the program (~14.5%), Iron has 11 cardio and 1 rest day out of 90 (~13%), and Chisel has 5 cardio+challenge days out of 42 (~12%). Bells 2 has 11 active recovery/free cardio days out of 42 (~26%). Way too many for an advanced Kettlebell program in one trainee’s opinion. And this is coming from someone who prefers cardio for his main workout source. But for this program, being an advanced one in the Kenzai catalogue, I think it would be more effective for a 6 week stretch to drop ~5-6 of those non-Bells days. That’s how I will go about it at least when I reuse the last few weeks of these workouts in the future for maintenance purposes.

Today was also Burpee day for Team Kenzai Fundraising Challenge for Wade’s Army.
https://www.classy.org/campaign/wades-army-2018/c190757
https://www.classy.org/team/192742

Completed 55 Push-up Burpees after the Bells workout to go towards our team’s fulfillment. Fish dropped a double nickel leading the team off, so I followed suit. It felt like doing a Bells 2 and Chisel workout back to back, hence had to break the burpees up into sets of 10. Fast forward video loaded to youtube.
https://youtu.be/AleX2qau9LM

Great to train with everyone. It was a good bridge program into the fall/winter season. What’s next? Not sure yet. Have to see how ready for winter running my knee is up for. Until next time!

 
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12 comments

Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 30 (Member)
8 months ago

Well done
Sounds like you made the best of the rest days

Go Team Go


    Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
    Assistant Trainer8 months ago

    I cannot disagree with that review...one active recovery day per week would be just fine with me. Way to crush it Matt!


      Stew F.Stew F.Kenzai Member
      8 months ago

      Hmmmmmmmmmmm.. im not sure, I liked the recovery days .
      It made it easier to push a bit harder on the day preceeding it bec I knew I had a free day so to speak the enxt day and the day after I got stuck into it again with heavier weights bec I was fresh.


        Nandkumar S.Nandkumar S.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
        8 months ago

        Hey Matt. Congratulations. You are a role model with the diverse set of activities you pick up to keep up with the motivation. Thanks for those words of encouragement when the chips were down. Those abs look fantastic and still remains a goal for me. Hope to catch up on a new program. Cheers.


          Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 16 (Member)
          8 months ago

          Ranger Eggman showing the troops how its done, expect nothing less. Hate to admit it but agree with your 1 "rest" day per week for and advanced program.
          Nice action on the burpees!


            Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 16 (Member)
            Trainer8 months ago

            A request for more pain! Where's Chisel 2? Or maybe a Bellz Chisel combo? Keep the Krazy Kenzaites Happy! Sounds like you're ready to write programs!


              Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
              Assistant Trainer7 months ago

              The people would LOVE a bellz/chizzel combo Elissa, we have petitioned this to the Jedi council a few times. :)


                Alex C.Alex C.Alumni
                7 months ago

                God Matt, don't make it even harder for me!


                  Naoko P.Naoko P.Kenzai Member
                  7 months ago

                  My favorite were the recovery days :-D Hahahaa! Really needed those to get them bells up the next day! You are a beast as I suspected. "Kenzai Pro" shall be your next program!


                    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 2 (Member)
                    Head Trainer7 months ago

                    You asked us to build you a wall. So you could run through it. And run through it you did. Way to crush it, mate. Seriously, way to give us a nudge to expand the year end schedule to include another session of Bells II. It was an all star cast and they did not disappoint. With you leading the way how could they, Matt!?!

                    Thanks for the feedback regarding the active recovery days. Not feedback we've heard before, but noted. I know you are a good soldier and follow the plan the way it was built. But I'll cop to flipping in an extra cardio only day for one of the active recovery days when I was on program. A Ward's gotta hoop. So you may be onto something there. We'll kick it around in the lab.

                    Until the next adventure, rock on, mate. COMPLETE!


                      Carol A.Carol A.Kenzai Member
                      7 months ago

                      Incredible finish, Matt!!!! You are def. Always in beast mode... great to train with trainers... I was definitely motivated to keep up!! Your words of encouragement were powerful too👊


                        Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Member
                        7 months ago

                        You’re a Beast! Interesting you’re comment about the active days/cardio. Those were days I did not miss haha. I wonder whether you want to up your twin Bellz weight when you repeat this programme (I bet you’ll repeat) and see if that changes your view on cycle number or recovery days? Got room for two more Bellz :). Thanks for your wise comments and support Matt - been a pleasure training with you.


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