Nate Belle Isle

Nate Belle Isle

Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 20 (Member)
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Grad post! 

  • May 10th, 2018 at 12:31AM

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Alright so my third go of Reach may have been my most underwhelming. In spite of having a frenetic lack of attention and dedication however, I did maintain my flexibility gains from my previous round, and even push them farther in some respects, primarily my hamstrings. I'm please with that!

Wide angle forward fold will forever be my nemesis however!

My next steps with yoga and reach work is to actually get my but to a real world class. I have found I do a better job of pushing myself when I have someone telling me to do it, so I think that might be fun. And one of my "before the end of 2018" goals is to do a hot yoga class as well. Maybe I'll follow it up with a float day!

My next chapter is to take some time off of being in a structured program. I feel scattered with my goals, and I want a few weeks to do a little of everything. Iron, kettlebell, running, yoga. I want to blend them all! And while I could do this while in a program, I really don't like breaking the structure the Kenzai gurus have laid out, and I never feel good skipping workouts, even if it's to do a different workout. So I'll be keeping the diet honed in and working out a pattern of activities that works for me, for now.

Plus, Kenzai is all about being open and honest, everything above board, and I know I've been suffering as a teammate and trainee in our platform. The blogging, photos, and commenting on my team keep falling to the back burner, becoming my least priority. That's not fair to my fellow clan members, or the community! So, I'll still be around active with the groups I'm training and reading blogs of coworkers, family, and friends. But I think taking a step back form needing to blog myself will be good. When I come back for a program it'll be when I'm jazzed and ready (and available) to be a stellar teammate and trainee.

Much love to everyone out there in the Kenzai universe! Have a great spring, if that's what happening in your geographical location in this timeline of the multiverse. Otherwise enjoy whatever else it is! Autumn? Is that how Hemispheres work again?

 
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3 comments

Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 14 (Member)
Trainerover 1 year ago

Hey Nate, thanks for laying it all out on the line. I hear you on finding it hard to be a good teammate when you have your own trainees. Without the Kommunity it is easy to let workouts and diet sort of slide, too. Regarding your plans, perhaps you can put it all together in a nice package and give us the Kenzai blended workout we can all do when we are off a program??? Hint, hint...

Also, Wide Angle Forward Bend is not your nemesis forever, only for now. Keep working on it and it will happen. Enjoy real life yoga class, I found it really helped with my own practice, especially with hand placement in certain postures. A few inches here and there make a big difference.

Great having you in the round, congrats and Keep on Reach-in'!


    Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 21 (Member)
    over 1 year ago

    "A few inches here and there make a big difference." Ah ha! So it DOES matter after all!
    I love that you love Parks and Rec. Did you know (no, you didn't, but play along) that Donna from P&R, the comedian/actress Retta, is a very good friend of mine, we lived on the same hall in our freshman dorm (yes, that means she is also a Dookie, hate the game), and she read 1 of the 7 blessings at my wedding. She was also visiting in Tokyo when my wife found out we were pregnant with our 1st kid and was there when my wife called to tell me, yeah she knew before I did! How about that!
    Good luck on your hiatus/sabbatical. As Kim (and many others) suggested a blended program is long overdue, who better to do it than the Architect of Da Bellzez!!!!


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

      I love that your post is so real and acknowledges the need for constant challenge and change and sometimes a well deserved break from structure. As one of your brand spanking new trainees, I have really appreciated following your blog and also the steady encouragement and advice you provide - even when I continue to whine about wanting more results! I third the sentiment about a blended program. Just starting to think about what to do post KB1 and something with yoga, run, weights, HIIT all sounds amazing. Perhaps that is why ClassPass is so popular in the cities like NYC. You get to mix it up and keep the body and mind fresh. Triple hint hint.


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