Nate Belle Isle

Nate Belle Isle

Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 30 (Member)
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KB2 in the Books! 

  • May 8th, 2016 at 5:32AM

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OK, so first things first:

CONGRATS KAOLIN YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME AND TOTALLY KILLED IT. I'M SO PROUD!!!!! :-D

*high five*

Now, on to my final post! (warning: it'll be long, I'm a rambler)

Where to start. Well first I should mention that I'm a little bummed at this last week. I wound up having a down turn and had some kind of funky stomach thing going on. It sapped my energy and made things a little difficult so I wasn't able to do the last couple workouts, or the day 90 one yet. So the plan is to do the day 90 workout tomorrow (I'll upload the final photo then) and then go back and do the final week workouts I missed. They were too fun (and challenging) to not tackle!

So, sitting at this day 90 (despite being bummed at my final week) I am thrilled! I have to admit that I missed a few workouts I probably could've done, had an extra egg yolk or two, and had a couple off-book indulgences for special events I knew ahead of time would overlap with my training. So I have to say, even thought I wasn't a monk, I was super thrilled with the results I achieved! (and yes, curious as to how much better they would've been if I was 100% on point)

It's been almost 8 years since I graduated PCP, and KB2 reminded me of everything I loved about that first experience. It's been a crazy journey from then until now but man am I thankful every day for how stumbling across Patrick's blog as a chubby, un-athletic, barely 20 year-old led to where I am today as a personal trainer for Kenzai, and a somewhat muscular/fit man.

I got my NASM certification during this program, had the privilege of training at the same time (2 month overlap) as my wife and mother-in-law for KB2, and right alongside my new, fledgling KB1 clan Kaolin. What a 90 days it's been! Went by so, so fast.

The hard numbers:

My weight went from ~153 lbs (69.5 kg) daily to ~146 lbs (66.25 kg) daily. I tend to fluctuate naturally a pound or two, so this is an average.

My gut is down almost 2.5 inches and my waist nearly 2! So that's pretty killer.

I think I also pass the t-shirt test now, and won't feel uncomfortable in shorts and a t-shirt this summer (especially since I'll keep putting in the work).

Most importantly, I think all of my physiological changes are 100% in concert with where I see my adult body now. While I was a pretty ripped 135 pounds for a while after PCP, It's just not how I want to look. I like the extra muscle I have now, I like the dimension I am now (sans belly fat that still needs to go) and I'll be fine with whatever weight I am if I keep building muscle and dropping the fat.

That's why my next phase is some dedicated, hardcore, Kettlebell training. Time to get ripped!!!

I also reflect back on how when I found Patrick doing his thing back in 2008, he embarked on this adventure to get in the best shape he could before he turned 30. While I have some more time than he did at the time, that is now my goal as well. I have about 2 more years and I plan on them being serious, focused, and extremely goal oriented. I plan on doing KB3 this year at some point, and I'll be blogging about some benchmarks I plan to reach by the end of 2016. And who knows what kind of craziness Patrick will cook up for him turning 40, but I'm in!

The last thing I want to end this with is a thought, or mantra, that has been with me recently. While I don't always remember it, and I fall very short of perfect, it's something that helps (besides my mantra "the pain is a lie" that got me through KRun haha).

Whatever it is I feel that I am lacking (e.g. Motivation, strength, endurance, love, patience, willpower) I remind myself, or say to myself, "The _____ you need is in you now."

I know, break out the hippy woo-woo sirens. :-P

But seriously, I think this is a lesson that Kenzai teaches and reinforces to us. WE are responsible for our bodies and minds. WE are responsible for our health, education, and relationships. And at the end of the day, when you cross that finish line it's you that got you there. Now I'm not discounting the help we receive from others. Our personal relationships (my wife is my biggest support system and I owe so much to her!) and the social aspect of Kenzai are HUGE. But what I am saying that you don't lack anything to accomplish what you want to accomplish.

The energy, the willpower, the drive, the strength is in you, it's in me, right now. You just have to remind yourself.

It's works for me at least when I want to cop out and do a few less reps of Turbines to save some time, or when I don't think I can do another pull-up.

Alright that's about it guys! For those of you who made it this far, Thanks! And Thanks to Miranda and Angela for being so awesome, love you guys! Thanks to Patrick for an awesome program, Malia for being a great trainer, Chen for the awesome diets (you are a ninja!) and everyone else behind the scenes at Kenzai who work so hard. Also thanks to my Kaolin trainees, and my fellow KB2 trainees! You guys did great.

Peace out everyone! I'll be seeing you around!

For those of you not wanting to be tortured by my essay:

TL;DR - KB2 was awesome. It's been too long since a kicked my butt into shape with a whole 90 days of training, and it's only the beginning!

 
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12 comments

Kim BensonKim BensonKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 8 (Member)
Trainerabout 3 years ago

Congratulations Nate, you crushed it! "The _____ you need is in you now." I love this mantra. So powerful. Way to go Nate, it was an awesome 90 days.


    Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
    Trainerabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful words from a beautiful person! Thank you for always leading by example, Nate. And not just the awesome numbers you threw down in kgs and inches, but also in how you carried yourself throughout your 90 day journey - with total transparency and willingness to take a closer look for better self-understanding. Congratulations on rocking another 90 days and here's to what's next. You are COMPLETE!


      Leah GallieLeah GallieKenzai Member
      Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

      What an amazing graduation post! I've never met anyone quite like you and it was a privilege to work along side you on the Kaolin gang. I'm pumped for the Kettlebell program (seriously is there anything you can't do!?!) I'm totally going to use your mantra because I agree we have everything inside us we just need to unlock what we need at the time. Being 30 is a cool time and being 30 in the best shape of your life will be even better, great goal!


        Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 65 (Member)
        about 3 years ago

        Nice job Nate! Well done on being so focused about knowing what you want and setting out to achieve it whilst maintaining a great sense of balance and fun! What a great program you had - now go smash those final workouts, you'll love them!


          Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 2 (Member)
          Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

          Well done, Nate. You are living in a leaner and lighter body! The perfect baseline to start swinging some 'bells! And it isn't easy when you hit the end line rolling at anything less than 100. But you know that these 90 Days are just framework. Well being and self knowledge are life long pursuits. Keep that light shining bright, bro. Congrats!


            Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
            Trainerabout 3 years ago

            Congratulations Nate! Amazing final blog and very cool state of mind you are in. I love it! Great job :)


              Kate J.Kate J.Alumni
              about 3 years ago

              Congrats Nate! Thanks for keeping the motivation going in our (quiet) team Poplar. Even with the occasional stumble you kicked ass!


                Cecilia A.Cecilia A.Kenzai Member
                Trainerabout 3 years ago

                We need a final picture of the cinched waist and strong muscles in all its glory! Don't leave us hanging man. (Re)Discovering that inner well of ____ is always the most magnificent takeaway of Kenzai! KB2, slayed it.


                  Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
                  Trainerabout 3 years ago

                  Congrats on a great program, Nate! I think your program is a great one to look at because it gives reflections on the 8 years of the Kenzai world since your first program, as well as your personal evolution of fitness thru your 20’s. Many people (my hand raised high in the front row) took too much of our 20’s (and 30’s) putting fitness/wellness on the back burner. Great that you found Kenzai so early for you, but more importantly that you took it and made the fitness and wellness concepts such an integral strength for your life. Well done and looking forward to seeing those rest of 2016 goals!


                    Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Reach | Day 44 (Member)
                    Trainerabout 3 years ago

                    Wow, Nate! Look at you!!! Congratulations! You are right, at the end of the day it is only you there with the bands and rope or ___ and you know the way forward. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to all of us. Hope you enjoyed a well deserved craft beer or two :) over the weekend.


                      Angela S.Angela S.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 2 (Member)
                      about 3 years ago

                      Congrats Nate :)


                        Miranda Belle IsleMiranda Belle IsleKenzai Member
                        Developerabout 3 years ago

                        Great job honey:) I love you! On to some kettle bells!


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