Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
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Iron Forged! 

  • Dec 17th, 2017 at 3:54AM

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90 days of diet and dumbbells finished! Awesome program!! But man am I happy to be crossing the finish line. 3 months of a lot of accumulated fatigue, so the body is ready for a break. KB3 was tough. But to me, Kenzai Iron was way more challenging. More exhausting, physically and mentally. But that could partially be me too, since this is the first time I’ve ever done this much weight work in my life. And I didn’t even go 100% full throttle, because I wanted to keep my bum shoulder playing nicely for a full 90 days, and I also didn’t want to mentally bonk either. I have a lot more respect for those who train with weights on a regular and continual basis.

My 4th 90-day program in the books. Pretty interesting at this point to recognize that even across different programs, the similar patterns I have to my 3 months of training. The ups, downs, mental challenges, motivational boosts and drags. It’s been fun not only getting in better shape each time and educating myself further on fitness and nutrition, but also learning more about my own habits, strengths and weaknesses.

By the Numbers:

Weight: Although I can fluctuate up or down a good 3-4+ lbs in a given week, my weight started at ~185 lbs, was ~185 at day 45, and is ~185 at day 90. The body has found it’s homeostasis over the last 6-8 years.

Waist: Down ~1-2 inches at the points across the hip, navel and narrowest.

Body Fat %: Down ~4% (depending on my tape measure skills margin of error). I have fluctuated in this ‘athlete’ BF range for a while now. I know I could drop a few more %’s if I wanted to play the crazy fitness game and get to the low level of the ‘athlete’ range on the BF scale, but that’s not a goal of mine. It’s just a number. I like to enjoy a moderate/enjoyable amount of alcohol, sweets and comfort foods in life, so I’m quite content to stay in the range I’m fortunate to be in.

Muscle Mass: Can’t quantify it, but having lived in this body for 43+ years now, I know this is the most lean muscle mass I’ve ever had.

Workouts: 90 for 90 Iron workouts completed, plus a handful of extra runs and rides across the 3 months. With having a basic supply of weights at home, I was able to do all the workouts with weights, and avoided running into a situation where I had to sub in any of the alternative body weight workouts. But it’s great having those available for this program (smart design).

Diet: Same as my half-way point report, the full 90 days gets a B+ to A- for a training program. Same typical pattern I’ve had for all my 90-day programs. Not at 95-100% (nor do I aim to be), but aside from the indulgences and a couple random events that are part of 3 months of life, I kept things in the targeted 80-90% compliance zone.

Eggs: ~44 dozen, or ~512 total eggs (mostly whites). I didn’t break my KB3 egg record because of the protein powder added in the Iron program. The stomach appreciated the egg numbers not getting totally out of control, and I liked having the protein powder. An easy and quick drink to cap off a workout.

Chickens: Way too many to count. Needless to say there are a few coups in the area that are empty now.

Overall, very pleased with the 3 months of results. Learned a ton! Built more lean muscle. And even got motivated enough by the weights that the list to Santa has some more plates on it to bolster the home gym for the New Year. I’ll be ready if and when Iron 2 hits in the future.

Well done to my fellow Iron-mates on Team Cobalt and the other teams for hitting the finish line. Good times sharing some laughs and commiserated misery on the blogs these last 3 months.

What program is next in 2018? Not sure. But for this week, this cardio boy will be getting back to some runs…even if it is sub-20F outside. The muscles need at least a few days break from the IRON. And of course some liquid celebration. This Ommegang beauty seemed appropriate. Been saving it since we picked it up on our visit to the brewery earlier in the program. Cheers!

Other photos:

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20 comments

Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

Right on Matt! It is obvious the amount of muscle mass gains, along with tone/definition. I'm exhausted just reading your post. Take a couple of weeks of well earned rest/relaxation and indulgence and SEE YOU IN 2018 FOR MORE OF THE MADNESS!


    Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 14 (Member)
    Trainerover 1 year ago

    Haha! That’s a great photo at the end. Amazing how many eggs and protein powders we get through huh! Great training with you Mr B, you are looking like a beast dude! Have a great Christmas, is it roast chicken for Christmas dinner with egg whites?


      Rohit C.Rohit C.Kenzai Member
      over 1 year ago

      That is serious muscle tone Matt. And A- on diet is a goal that I have never managed to achieve...it is the harder part and requires more mental strength. Enjoy the Christmas break, some long runs, and look forward to training with you again in 2018.


        Manjit P.Manjit P.Kenzai Iron | Day 14 (Member)
        over 1 year ago

        Great to train with you Matt. Looking jacked so much muscle gained. Cracking (egg) photo


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

          yee gads, thatsgotta be the mist.ripped kb photo to date, between u and fish its a race.for 3rd for everyine else!
          great final post too, man u absolutely caned this, never heard of an ommegang but nail that sucker and.leave some chooks for the rest of us!


            Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
            Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

            And to comment on the beer: (not that I know anything about it!): Biere de garde is a malty Belgian style, and re fermentation with Brettanomyces will give a myriad of "funky" flavors (some higher organic esters that can come across as strawberry, mango, tropical fruit," as well as barnyard/horse blanket type flavors (those particular flavors are not my favorite, but I like the fruity notes that Brett produces). It should be well carbonated, and it is certainly well earned after a hard program. You crushed it! All from your friendly chief science officer!


              Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 7 (Member)
              over 1 year ago

              Well done Tamago-san.
              http://youtu.be/kcvz-eVPNvE
              Not sure which is more impressive, your results or the recap! Was great IRONing with you, enjoy that tasty beverage, have a great holiday, and looking forward to destroying more Kthings in 2018!


                Sean K.Sean K.Kenzai Member
                over 1 year ago

                Very nice results! Seems like you absolutely macked this. You’re looking cut like Goku from Dragon Ball in that crazy pic. Enjoy the well deserved beer and pump down. Look forward to seeing more Mad Matt in 2018!


                  Alex C.Alex C.Alumni
                  over 1 year ago

                  man you look ripped! great work.


                    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                    Head Trainerover 1 year ago

                    Matt! Some people get great results. Many are great teammates. Others are consistent bloggers. But few touch all the basis with consistently across every single training cycle. You do with great humor, attention to detail, empathy, and an eye on how to make everything about Kenzai better. Juicy stuff, bro. Enjoy hoisting a pint and may the New York Giants brass take their jobs as seriously as you take yours and your training. COMPLETE!


                      Mark C.Mark C.Kenzai Member
                      over 1 year ago

                      Great work buddy! results are incredible...hope lifting all those weights haven't affected your golf swing!! :)


                        Jorge PadillaJorge PadillaKenzai Member
                        Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

                        That photo is epic! so are the lean and mean muscles you built. A testament of the hard work you must have put into Iron. Looking ripped man! That brew looks like a great way to celebrate a well deserved break.


                          Sejal S.Sejal S.Kenzai Member
                          over 1 year ago

                          Superb transformation, a true inspiration and a Kenzai success story. Good luck!


                            Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
                            Head Trainerover 1 year ago

                            Iron body made by Iron willpower!!!


                              Amol B.Amol B.Kenzai Iron | Day 14 (Member)
                              over 1 year ago

                              Epic blog Matt! And a great picture! Congrats on completion!


                                Jason BlockJason BlockReboot | Day 14 (Member)
                                Founderover 1 year ago

                                BEST FINAL PHOTO EVER! Well done Matt.


                                  Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 7 (Member)
                                  Trainerover 1 year ago

                                  Awesome and hilarious final photo. And excellent final blog, as always. Love the thoughtfulness you put into your training.
                                  Happy holidays!


                                    Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
                                    Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

                                    Another great Iron grad post and a fantastically creative final photo! You never fail to disappoint in the final photo realm. Look at those muscles! More and more, I'm seeing Iron on my future.


                                      James D.James D.Kenzai Mind | Day 7 (Member)
                                      over 1 year ago

                                      512 egg whites lol

                                      Awesome job


                                        Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Chisel | Day 6 (Member)
                                        over 1 year ago

                                        Really appreciate the detail here on the Blog...thanks. And great results. It's intriguing to me to think about finding my own homeostasis. Since starting PCP I've been as high as 188 and as low as 150...quite a WIDE range. Maybe something to consider for 2018...you have certainly put that thought into my head...hmmmmmmmm. I was wondering where all the chickens had gone!


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