Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Marathon | Day 28 (Member)
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Bells Swung! 

  • May 27th, 2018 at 9:22PM

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Kettlebells 1 complete! Like I said in the beginning, it had been hard to fit this program into my schedule for a while now, and had to force it into spring cardio season this time around to finally just do it. Glad I did. It was a great 6 weeks (I so prefer these 6 week programs over the 3 month slogs), and worked well since the spring has been so rainy and spotty on the weather front. So this worked to force me to do some indoor strength work, which I tend to drift away from in favor of cardio time when not on a program.

Solid program start to finish. It eased anyone new to kettlebells in nicely. Did I want more kettlebells and less bands earlier on? Of course yes, but it’s a smart approach with how the first 2 weeks start off, how the middle 2 weeks step it up with more Bells, and then the full on Bells assault for the final 2 weeks. Not to mention the constant speed roping. Since I’m not the biggest jump rope fan (gets too boring and doesn’t mix well with running for extra impact on the joints), I like the short spurts of the speed rope, as well as the small chunks of normal skipping in the earlier week cycles.

Glad to have this one in the completed column because I am really interested in doing Kettlebells 2. That looks like an intense and challenging 6 weeks. Now the question is when? Seeing that there’s not one on the fall calendar currently (unless maybe one can be added to the Sept/Oct schedule pretty please), I may have to wait until 2019. But regardless, I’ll keep swinging the Bells along with the dumbbells and barbells when I’m forced inside this summer to workout.

Until next time teammates!

 
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15 comments

Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
over 1 year ago

Rocked dem bellz, as if there was any doubt. You need to drop the deuce, you’ll love it, if only you knew someone that could sort that out...


    Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
    Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

    Agreed Matt, well done as always. Bellz 2 sounds like a whole different animal...hoping you can fit it in this fall or winter!


      Mark B.Mark B.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Graduating (Member)
      over 1 year ago

      Jolly well done Matt - you've done a great job looking at your piccie and I agree re your comment on the "ease in" with the Bells....I was chomping at the bit to get away from the bands (after having done them for 180 days in KB1 and KB2) but bringing them in slowly definitely helped a Bell novice like me get used to and respect them, and as a result I think I got more out of the programme - enjoy your summer and see you around the Kenzai programmes I am sure! Cheers Brom


        Stephanie D.Stephanie D.Kenzai Member
        over 1 year ago

        Well done Matt...hope your trip to Chicago has been enjoyable.


          Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Body 2 | Day 7 (Member)
          Head Trainerover 1 year ago

          If there's demand we can always add on a program, but why not grab the bull by the horns now and tear into Bellz 2 in June!!!! Do it!
          Congrats tearing down another program!
          COMPLETE!!!


            Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
            Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

            As Fish would say: DO IT DO IT DO IT!! I'm queued up on the Panther group starting June 11.


              Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Graduating (Member)
              over 1 year ago

              You are going to love Kettle II

              Nice work adding the kettle to your arsenal

              Go Team go


                Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Graduating (Member)
                over 1 year ago

                Well done Matt - great insights as ever. You will love Bellz 2 if you liked Bell 1 - it feels "slower" somehow, maybe because the moves are more complex. The last two weeks were without doubt the toughest I've had on Kenzai.


                  Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Iron | Day 7 (Member)
                  over 1 year ago

                  Bellz is the ballz. And Bellz II is double the fun and triple the challenge. Right up your alley...make it happen! you do Bellz II in June and I will do K-Run 1/2 ...ooops...did I just say that?


                    Sean K.Sean K.Kenzai Marathon | Day 28 (Member)
                    over 1 year ago

                    Dude you’re already hoisting dual bells in the pic. Why stop now? I hear they make you Turkish with 2 bells using only your glutes and the force. Congrats!


                      Chris M.Chris M.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 7 (Member)
                      over 1 year ago

                      Nice job Matt and thanks for the guidance thru here. See you in the next endeavor.


                        Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Kenzai Member
                        over 1 year ago

                        Thanks for your support throughout this program! Epic final photo!


                          Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
                          Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

                          Fantastic final photo, as always! Gotta get on the Bellz train. You make it sound like a blast.


                            Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Iron | Day 7 (Member)
                            over 1 year ago

                            Ugh...October sounds perfect...gives me some time to mentally prepare! Plus, a perfect time of year (as you know) and... it will be a good transition from Sizzle (August) to Run. Oh boy...


                              Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Member
                              Trainerover 1 year ago

                              Agreed - fab program!
                              I too am thinking Bellz2 in the fall - maybe August Chisel - and then would love to see a mid-October Bellz2.
                              Can you work those inside connections to make that happen Matty B?!


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