Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Marathon | Day 28 (Member)
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Trilogy Complete! 

  • Apr 8th, 2017 at 9:14PM

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Now that was fun! Ok, maybe not fun in the literal definition of the word, but this definitely was a fun team to train with for the final act of the Body series.

I really enjoyed this program!! Loved the challenge of it all, the new exercises added in, and the variety that was mixed into the weekly routine. And the lessons are always great, but after 180 solid ones thru KB1 and KB2, how could they continue? Well, they did and then some! Another 90 great days of educating the mind too. Outstanding program, Patrick!!

I signed up for KB1 mainly to support my wife in her training efforts. I knew I would get a lot out of the program, but already being active before Kenzai, I wasn't sure how much. As I said in my KB1 grad post, I was very glad I did it. KB1 forced me to push more into the strength component of fitness that my cardio habit was neglecting. And the nutrition aspect was invaluable to experience firsthand, not just reading the info as an aside. Before moving on to KB2, I did Kenzai Run-10k and Run-Half, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and got so much running knowledge from. Last fall it was KB2 time, and yet another positive, challenging and educational 90-days of training. And then this January, starting KB3 seemed like the obvious time to complete the trilogy. What a great capper to the Body series!

As with each of my programs to date, I'm not an all or nothing trainee. I don't approach these 90 days as full-strict training mode mindset, because I am lucky enough to be in a good mental place the last half dozen years or so of being active year-round. Like I said in my KB2 grad post, I find myself more in the 365 day mindset. I buckle down more diet wise on program, but I don't go 100% all in for 90 days, only to feel compelled to go 60% for the weeks afterwards for a mental break. I prefer to train in a more realistic balance for myself. Eat well most all days, but still have a moderate amount of foods that are not 100% Kenzai strict. I realize this approach doesn't always allow me to hit a 100% fittest/leanest/strongest condition, but that's not my true goal. Yes, it's fun to see your results in the mirror, but my goal is to continue staying active and healthy, adding more fitness tools to my arsenal, and playing for the long game. I turned 43 at the start of the year. I can honestly say to myself, not bad for 43! I know I'm far fitter than I was at 33. And the goal is to make 53 feel not too drastically different than 43.

Thanks to the Pumanics and Pumani. This team was incredible! Thanks for all the laughs. And thanks Thomas for leading us. Outstanding motivation as always.

That's it for now. Kettlebells and Reach will both be in my future for sure. But likely will wait until the winter so I can enjoy a full spring/summer/autumn of getting more riding and running in.

Be well!

 
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29 comments

Petrina B.Petrina B.Alumni
over 2 years ago

Congratulations on graduating!! You look so strong! Nuts the physical changes. Honestly would never think that you were 43. Love how you talk about the long game. I'm of such a similar mind, you've got to find that happy balance that works for you that allows you to enjoy your life whilst it's happening. Amazing job loved following along.


    Mark C.Mark C.Alumni
    over 2 years ago

    Wow! Are you even going to be able to swing the clubs this Spring with those guns?? Maybe you'll start to challenge some of my drives!! :) Looking good bud. Great work.


      Chiara O.Chiara O.Alumni
      over 2 years ago

      Wow! Congratulations on completing the trilogy! What great results you've had.


        Jade B.Jade B.Alumni
        over 2 years ago

        MATT!! Blimey mate! Did you steal Popeye's spinach? When I saw your starting pic, I was like 'you having a laugh?' but talk about taking it beyond the next level. I am in awe! I bow down to your 365 mentality.......thank you for being such a fab team mate. What a blast!


          Stephanie D.Stephanie D.Kenzai Member
          over 2 years ago

          Crushed it Matt! Look at you my friend. See you in a bit to have a beer!


            Africa P.Africa P.Kenzai Body 3 | Day 7 (Member)
            over 2 years ago

            Congratulations!! I enjoyed reading the post!


              Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Kenzai Member
              over 2 years ago

              Wow, what an outstanding result these 90 Days have led to! Inspiring reflections on the 365 day mindset. It was great training with you, thanks for all your support! Enjoy the outdoor season and see you around in winter!


                Tahera Z.Tahera Z.Kenzai Sculpt | Graduating (Member)
                over 2 years ago

                Congratulations!! Loved your blog and your final photo is simply wow!


                  Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
                  Assistant Trainerover 2 years ago

                  Before I even read this blog, let me just say that is a stunning Day 90 picture! Great placement of shadows...but even greater placement of MUSCLES! Seems like the 365 day mindset is working well for you. I won't soon forget the picture of you running through all of that snow, respect. I'll enjoy following you through the rest of the year.


                    Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Member
                    Trainerover 2 years ago

                    Congrats man. Looking super strong!


                      Nikhil K.Nikhil K.Alumni
                      over 2 years ago

                      Congrats Matt! You are a role model trainer and trainee and are looking totally ripped! 👍 👏

                      Curious to know your thoughts about how you plan to balance your upcoming regimen of cardio with strength exercises? Will you still try to get 3-4 strength WOs in the week or will it be all cardio from here on until the next K program?


                        George B.George B.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 7 (Member)
                        over 2 years ago

                        Congratulations, Matt! Impressive discipline and results. You are also a thoughtful and supportive blogger and a real role model. I am only 2 years older, so I will continue to get some inspiration from you to continue improving.


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

                          If that's not a COMPLETE I'm not sure what is! You embody Kenzai on every level. And, the discipline you show in your weekly photos is mirrored in the efforts you bring as a Trainer as well!

                          KB3 COMPLETE!!!


                            George B.George B.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 7 (Member)
                            over 2 years ago

                            dude you are a tank!!! land looking great too.

                            thanks for your support, kudos and banter. its great to have a fellow cardio fanatic on the group and blogs. i agree with you KBells and Reach seem like a logical next step untill the kick out another long format. Am with you on the cycling and cardio cycle now its time to use the fitness to burn some results. i will look out for your rides and thoughts on cycling.

                            bg


                              Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Graduating (Member)
                              over 2 years ago

                              Who says an ultrarunner/cyclist can't have wolverine sized Guns then!!! Looking fantastic Matt and really leading from the front - major gains well deserved mate - now go enjoy a few hoegaardens before you lace up the trainers.


                                Rachel M.Rachel M.Alumni
                                over 2 years ago

                                Amazing photo contrast Matt. Congratulations and many thanks for your encouragement along the way.


                                  Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Body 3 | Day 7 (Member)
                                  Assistant Trainerover 2 years ago

                                  Wow, now that's a transformation, very impressive photo's Matt! 43.....never, you look incredible. You smashed this programme, well done!


                                    Alex C.Alex C.Alumni
                                    over 2 years ago

                                    Fantastic work and a very interesting post. Great to hear about your own personal approach to Kenzai.


                                      Alex C.Alex C.Alumni
                                      over 2 years ago

                                      Fantastic work and a very interesting post. Great to hear about your own personal approach to Kenzai.


                                        Jessica Y.Jessica Y.Free user
                                        over 2 years ago

                                        hi matt, can i check with you is todays diet 1000 g vegatables for dinner? sorry i wasnt sure whats the best way to reach you. thanks


                                          Thomas L.Thomas L.Alumni
                                          over 2 years ago

                                          Awesome results. I wouldn't have guessed you didn't stick to the diet 100%. I like the 365 day mentality - something I hope to live by going forward also. Enjoy the Spring runs!


                                            Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Iron | Day 7 (Member)
                                            over 2 years ago

                                            I took a very similar approach this time around, meaning, my goal was to better incorporate Kenzai into my life vs the other way 'round. You obviously have already figured that out...makes perfect sense and is also sensible. I enjoyed following and reading your perspective. Take it from this 50-something+ ... keep it up and your 50s will be better than your 40s!! Nice job "young" man!


                                              Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 28 (Member)
                                              Trainerover 2 years ago

                                              @Jessica, please see the small envelope icon at the top of the website for Kenzai's mail/message system. I sent you a message to discuss your diet question/issue. Thanks.


                                                Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 28 (Member)
                                                Trainerover 2 years ago

                                                @Petrina, thanks. It's always great getting positive feedback from a motivating person like you! Enjoy Run-10K.
                                                @Mark, I could triple my muscles and still not match your drives...but I'll still out shoot you :)!
                                                @Chiara, thanks! Looking forward to see you do KB2 strong again!
                                                @Jade, thanks. It was great being on your team. So many laughs! Hope the body is behaving for Boston (fingers still crossed).
                                                @Steph, thanks, that beer and pizza was GOOD!
                                                @Africa, thanks and congrats on your KB2 results. You did great!
                                                @Yvonne, thanks for being such a great teammate to train with. It was a great 3 months.
                                                @Tahera, thank you and once again, another congrats on your impressive KB2 program!
                                                @Jenny, thanks and thankfully those snow runs are past for now.
                                                @Scott, thank for all your support buddy. You motivated the team constantly!
                                                @Nikhil, thanks and that's the million dollar question. My goal after KB1 & KB2 was to keep the strength going at least a few days a week, but I didn't maintain that goal. We'll see if this time I keep that focus.
                                                @George, thanks and congrats to you too on pushing thru a hard last month of your KB3!
                                                @Thomas D., thanks leader. Just trying to keep up with you.
                                                @George B., thanks, and looking forward to riding with you in the strava world this season.
                                                @Robin, thanks. Finish 'Bells strong like you are. We'll be relying on your insight when the rest of us take on that challenge.
                                                @Rachel, thank you, and congrats on your KB2 completion, you did outstanding!
                                                @Angela, thanks and congrats to you too, and thanks for being such a great teammate and HUGE help with the KB2 teams!
                                                @Alexander, thank you!
                                                @Thomas L.. congrats to you too, and good luck in your final few days of Boston prep
                                                @Scott, your blogs ran thru my mind when I was typing this. Your focus on finding a better balance for yourself while you were on program to use off program was great to see. That's definitely something that we'd love to see more trainees find.


                                                  Michael T.Michael T.Kenzai Member
                                                  over 2 years ago

                                                  Geez Matt. Look at you, what a beast. You have been inspirational for all of us. Being in a good place health and fitness wise suits you.


                                                    Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                                                    Trainerover 2 years ago

                                                    We were chatting at HQ the other day about how half of Hollywood is on steroids to get ripped, but really your pictures really demonstrate what clean eating, a simple plan of action and resistance bands can do! Thank you for being our poster boy! And yes, you might be wise and patient but the body is young and looking so! Huge congrats.


                                                      Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Graduating (Member)
                                                      Trainerover 2 years ago

                                                      Holy egg whites Matt!! "Shredded"doesn't seem to do justice to that final photo. Training with integrity. Nothing else to add. Well done, totally crushed it!


                                                        Stephen H.Stephen H.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Graduating (Member)
                                                        over 2 years ago

                                                        Matt! Sorry I'm late to the party here but I just wanted to add to this thread. Seeing these photos side by side have really inspired me. I'm starting KB3 in 13 days and this has given me the kick I need. It seems like we're almost exactly the same age but, even so, "when I grow up I want to be like Matt Berlin'! Keep it up mate and see you on Strava... probably tomorrow?


                                                          Leah G.Leah G.Kenzai Sculpt | Graduating (Member)
                                                          over 2 years ago

                                                          You are cut AF Matt! I bet you were consistent and hard training, it totally paid off. There are still a couple programs you haven't done, you didn't mention Sculpt but I'm sure that was an accident :)


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