Nate Belle Isle

Nate Belle Isle

Kenzai Member
Solid Week

Great to see everyone crushing the bells! It's been a good week. Not much to report but things have been busy so I got a blog notification! Darn, I really wanted to have a program where that didn't happen.

Feeling sore, but stronger. Been pushing the weight on the exercises and it feels good.

Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up!

Revenge theme this week, Arya Stark. Now I don't want to even go there with Season 8, but man, early on (and all throughout the books) she's such a great character. It's hard to think of "revenge" in a more corporeal form!


Been away from the blog a bit, things got crazy!

The weekend broke the no booze streak, but all in all was pretty good. I've been dealing with a sore neck, just a minor muscle strain, but some METH has it cleared up and I'm back to 100% I took it a little easy on the workouts for a couple days while it healed, sticking to one cycle.

No booze streak: 4
Workouts: 10/11
Diet: 90% (Need to be more diligent about measuring)

Feeling good!

This revenge themed blog brought to you by Star Wars and The Office crossing paths. And a reminder to just show up, and do it!

Revenge of the day!

Feeling good. Workouts are good, cleaning up the diet. Rolling with with the bells also is a blast.

No booze streak: 3 days

Goal for tomorrow, am workout and 5 minute meditation.

Bells Deuce, Deuce

Hitting Bells 2 again! Some things went sideways in my last program, and I want to get stuck in with a really solid 6 weeks of training and finish the summer strong.

Plus, just finishing training a Bells 1 group and knowing a lot of those peeps were going straight into Bells 2 was a huge motivation! I think we have a killer group my partners in Revenge!

My main mantra this program is “just show up.” I want to really get back into my daily routine, it’s taken some hits over the past couple months. So I’m going to focus on small, daily victories.

My secondary goal is to post a revenge related gif, picture or tidbit each post! The first, from my favorite movie of all time haha.

Bells Grad! 

Alright so I don't get full marks for this program, full disclosure. I still have some catching up to do! I felt like I really did well with Beach Blast, and I'd be rocking that routine moving forward. However life was just BUSY, I fell victim of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. Saying "yes" to too many social engagements might have played a role, as well as thinking I could be both productive as a trainer, trainee, and industrious and productive homeowner. So moving forward the goal is to simplify and prioritize better!

That said, I feel good. I want to be stronger, leaner, and more flexible. Always. But I'm happy and content as well. It's been a nice summer so far filled with wonderful times with friends and family and that is a part of self-care too! Mentally I haven't felt this good in a while.

So onwards and upwards it is! I'm going to round out the Bells 2 workouts I missed, then figure out what's next for me. Maybe some running, some Iron, or just some committed rock climbing? Maybe a dash of all three? Who knows!

It was great getting my butt kicked by workouts I designed however. I know if I had really nailed the program I'd be a lot more buff!

Cheers everyone! See you around!

Bells 2 - Day 8 (Day 1?)

Beach Blast is done, now I’m hopping into Bells 2! I’m a week late, but I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile but the schedule hasn’t synced up with mine!

I’m hopping right in on Day 8. Leaving week 1 workouts behind.

Day 8 - Solid workout. Felt good and I’m stoked to be moving some weight.

Here we go!

Day 24 - Popeye!

Rock climbing day. Had a blast! Wish I could go every day.

Mastered two new V3s, the last was brutal on my forearms. All these little crimps and pinchers in a corner that relied heavily on the left side. Forearms pictures reflect what happened. I should post a normal photo later haha! But I’m not flexing in the photo and my forearms were so tight and protruding. 💪🏼 🤣

Scar is from a surgery for fixing both broken bones when I was 15. It bugs me a bit while climbing, the plates sometimes limit range of motion, but I think it’s really good to exercise the forearm muscles as my left has always been weaker than my right as a result. Time to fix that!

Day 17

Day 16 - Hadn’t mentioned this yet but man, Chen has pulled all but 50g of carbs at lunch for me. While that feels lean and mean, and is the least carbs I think I’ve ever had in a program, I’m good with it! In Run programs he shoves so many down my throat I can’t eat them all! Haha! Day 16 workout was good.

Day 17 - Had a weird schedule. Yard work in the am, worked late, then had a date night with Miranda! We needed to get out of the house and went to an awesome little vegan restaurant in the city. Did not have grams (carbs at dinner?!?!) and food was a touch naughty, abstained from alcohol.

The biggest bummer is I didn’t get in the workout! That’s my first miss on this program. But with 11 days left I can nail every one. So it goes. We needed a nice relaxing evening after a couple stressful days and we had a blast.

Onwards and upwards!

Day 7

OK first off, to answer Patrick's intro:

I am doing this because I want to look good this summer! Plain and simple. A punchy four weeks sounded good to me, and I want to drop a couple percentage points of body fat and pack on some muscle. Plus the body weight workouts will dovetail nicely with rock-climbing.

Day 6 workout was intense and felt good. But man it's tempting to use one of those tickets today! It's a cold, rainy Sunday and I just want to cash it in! But a part of me wants to wait for when I really need it. We will see what happens!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Day 6!

Day 4 - Workout good. Felt most sore in the rock climbing muscles. But felt exhausted after workout

Day 5 - OH man. So the Beach Ready workouts have caught up to me. I was sore! After this workout I was tapped out and tired. Navigated a social hang out with no alcohol and some veggies and my fruit snack!

Day 6 - Woke up sore. Surprise! Haha. Loved today’s lesson in the intensity matrix. That really clicked with me. Will be working out this afternoon and navigating some more social engagements.

Rock on everyone!

Beach Ready Day 4!

Day 2 - Workout kicked my butt again! Thanks Patrick! Surprisngingly wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be, maybe it’s all the extra yard work I’ve been doing ... haha

Day 3 - Went Rock climbing with some friends. Felt really good! I got up a couple bouldering routes I hadn’t been able to make before. That always feels amazing. V0-V3 feels pretty good, now on to V4!

Day 4 - It’s looking like a packed day for me today. I’ll probably be working out late! Wish me luck!

Beach Blast!

Day 1 - Workout kicked by butt! Felt good. Looking forward to these 4 weeks. Feeling a nice afterglow of a hard workout yesterday, today. Ready for the day 2 Blast!

Ranger challenge went OK, could've been better. Haven't done my final test yet but will this week and post the numbers.

Happy training everyone!

Final Days

Doing good. It feels nice to be swinging around the bells, getting a sweat on, and increasing resistance this past week. I'm starting to feel more like myself and am going to keep the bells action going through to the new year, then I think it's Mind in January for me!

Here's to a strong finish for the final couple workouts!

The Dark Days of Fall

Days are getting shorter, nights longer, and the first snow is scheduled to come this weekend.

While it's always a struggle to stay positive and fired up with the winter creeping in, there's something about this year that feels like a different kind of hibernation is coming. One that is not about packing on the pounds and staying inert, saving every calorie, but one that is trans-formative, where a badass, fit Nate emerges from the icy cold into an awesome Spring.

Hopefully that's not just the matcha talking! haha

Hope everyone is doing good. Halfway there friends!

GIF courtesy of HBO's Game of Thrones


Things are going well. I'm not going to claim a perfect week, but it does feel good to be in a program and to have the structure that helps me take my health and wellness decisions seriously.

For my Bells and Run groups here are my intro questions!

1. Where are you from and what do you do?

Rochester, NY, USA! With my amazing wife Miranda and two furry children, Tulsi and Topper! I love being a Trainer for Kenzai, and writing programs as well (Kettlebell 1 and 2 so far! Here's lookin' at 3!). Picture is of us in Ghent, Blegium on our recent anniversary trip to Europe! Kittens couldn't come along sadly!

2. What are you passionate about?

I really love a lot of things, and I frequently fantasize about following a creative path that leads to a more self-sufficient, stay-at-home lifestyle. I'm an ideas man, so my biggest challenge is actually nailing what that path could be, down. Writing for Kenzai scratches that itch, but right now it's not a full-time gig, so I would love to explore just being a writer, podcast host, or honestly a board game creator! Something that exercises my creative muscles and is flexible and mostly home based just sounds so awesome to me. Miranda and I plan on having children of our own eventually, and to be home as much as possible to be involved in raising and teaching them is really something I would be passionate about!

3. What was the biggest turning point for you in your fitness journey that has led you here today?

After a belated graduation (high school) trip to Mexico (I was 18 at the time) I peaked out and spent about a year in my heaviest body, ~175lbs. It was a slow creep that came from transitioning to feeding myself as I became more independent, and not having an active or athletic background. Redbulls and Reeses peanut butter cups at work, almost every day, not kidding! So I was carrying way to much on my small frame (To put it into perspective, I have a fair bit of leaning out to do now and I'm at ~145lbs) , and I had very little muscle mass to boot. When I was 19 I stumbled across Patrick's blog at the time, and I knew I found what I was looking for to reverse the damage and actually get fit for the first time in my life. A year later I had completed PCP (Peak Condition Project, at the time, which later became Kenzai) as a part of the second group of trainees to enroll, and spent a month in Europe backpacking with a friend, something that was largely inspired by the confidence I gained from the process of getting in shape. While I still have yet to see my true "peak" fitness since then (~135lbs of muscle, and abs! haha), I've consistently been healthy and fit, and never backslid very far. It changed my life and here I am today!

Happy training to everyone out there and all my trainees in week 3! It's an honor to have this very special part of our lives in common with so many people around the world. :-D

Final Photo





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