Patrick Reynolds

Patrick Reynolds

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  • Mar 20th, 2019 at 6:02AM

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This was a training cycle in two halves. February was really strong and I could devote the right amount of time to flexibility training. March was much more packed, I did my best but definitely had some missed skillful movement sessions. Only missed morning stretches a few days and will continue to do them. They're probably the single most effective quality of life boost a person could do for themselves when you compare time put in for results that come out!

I can see how this program is hard for people. You have to let go of the usual workout rewards, there's not much hormonal feel-good-buzz for having a good stretch session, and you have to be really comfortable with discomfort every single day. It takes a certain kind of patience and I definitely rushed through some workouts and evening stretches. But the cumulative effect is so impressive, I hope trainees can see their way through the boredom.

Personally I gained about six inches on my forward bend, and improvement across every metric, especially shoulder mobility. Not feeling so rickety any more. Still feeling a bit of the "bison".

The last few weeks have been pretty stressful for me and my clean eating took a hit, but I'm feeling in a good place for a run up to my birthday with a few months of on point nutrition. The 2019 training plan survived its first skirmish with reality, just 9 more months of sticking with it and the year's done and time for a new plan!

Thanks for all the supportive comments and bearing with bird painting and other oddities. It was a great two months of reflection and figuring out what's important right now. I was also training a Kenzai Body group during this time and often was all blogged out by the end of the day, so apologies for being a lousy teammate this go around. The new Kenzai platform coming soon will make keeping up with your team a seamless experience. I can't wait to get it in your hands!

 
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3 comments

Jerry R.Jerry R.Kenzai Member
about 2 years ago

Iʻll sure miss the birds - this one is my favorite! Thanks - fun to have you on the journey.....


    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
    Head Trainerabout 2 years ago

    Congrats, P. And maaaaaaaaaan. The bison is eloquent as hell. I'm stealing this:

    "I can see how this program is hard for people. You have to let go of the usual workout rewards, there's not much hormonal feel-good-buzz for having a good stretch session, and you have to be really comfortable with discomfort every single day. It takes a certain kind of patience and I definitely rushed through some workouts and evening stretches. But the cumulative effect is so impressive, I hope trainees can see their way through the boredom."

    Those that walk through the fire of Reach always come out the other side with a profound appreciation for the merits of flexibility training. Cheers.


      Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Member
      Trainerabout 2 years ago

      It was my first time seeing you on the other side of the training fence Patrick and I have to say it's very helpful to all of us to watch you train like the normal human being that you are. We are so used to seeing your face on the app and on those exercises day in day out, executing the moves perfectly for us to follow, that we forget that you go through the same challenges as any of us when you're training. I know you have a ton going on with the imminent launch of the app, so thanks for engaging and not making me hunt you down for blog posts!! 6inch gain on your forward bend is a pretty nice outcome. Well done and hope you can get some downtime soon!
      So weird having to write COMPLETE here to the boss! haha


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