Chizeled The Sequel GRADUATION POST
I took this pic when I flew over Hong Kong in February, thinking there were Kenzai peeps some where near the watery wind farm below (wing bank). Just to keep it short and sweet - this team was pretty thin, thinner than my Chisel 1 crew, so I was good, I was seasoned, I was prepped to get it done in a singular fashion, and the coaching lead by the mighty Sharmali Arumugathasan ~ just saying that is an Awesome Exercise, like a Hindu chant ~ carried me through. Thanks to Kate (where'd Kate go?), Swanand and Jude... not much more to say... Happy withe the hardcore Chisel 2 run as its hard but well worth it and hoping to make HIIT a part of my repertoire after a bit of well-earned rest. Happy Summer All, with Yoga and Swimming and a few weeks of down-time ahead, hope to see you for a Kenzai circle up come early September. Namaste
That's me out in the cool waters of Lake Mishigama, an Ojibwe word meaning 'Great Water' aka Lake Michigan. The workouts are a bit brutal at this late hour, so I treat myself to a post pounding swim. The first time I did Chisel in the Fall of '18 I COULD NOT WAIT for it to be over, as it seemed so so hard. This time around? Not so bad, much easier, which I find encouraging. I AM looking forward to THE END though, as it'll be swimming, yoga and country road walks the rest of the summer. At this point I'm feeling like I really Earned it, and am very much looking forward to some pasta dinners and a beer or two. That said, I just bought 5 bananas, one to devour before each of the five final workouts, and will start salting my meals and drinking the apropos amount of water - whether a lot or little - to punk out that Final Photo per a lesson in Beach Blast. There may be a Chisel Lesson on prepping the body for photography, I forget, but I'm loving Kenzai right now, feeling grateful for my optimum health at age 52, and happy that every time I catch my reflection in a window walking about I can't help but smile wide. Hope everyone is feeling like all the abject suffering and pain is well worth the gains and see you all at the Finish line this weekend.
Loved today's lesson on the stair step pattern of Body Recomposition and hitting the wall... so true, as a week to ten days of combining diet and workouts has lead to visible and significant shifts on every Kenzai program, a bit more intense with Chisel... definitely on board (although it looks like I just got off the boat in this pic) and it was great to jump in Lake Michigan after those 30 double hang times.. 36 (3 sets of 12) coming next week, I peaked, yikes (!) so while "Exhausted and Not Having Fun" (You Are Here) may be accurate and "the devil has (indeed!) come to get his due", I'm finding the faith and muscle to make it through. Sending you all Strength and hope to stay connected with "Wiped out but the end is in sight" coming soon.
Going strong and feeling the Chisel. Two things I do when the going gets tough - I check the shoes I'm skipping in and try to schedule regular body work. A massage once a week in light of the Chisel ache goes a long way. Also picking up a new pair of kicks tonight as I was due. Hope all is going well - hope to hear - and hope to connect with some new team members per the re shuffle.
Abaddon - The Angel of Death, as Ἀβαδδὼν and then translated , which in Greek means The Destroyer ~ Love it. My name is Paul and I'm happy to be on board with you all, anticipating some serious Suffering. I actually enjoyed a successful Chisel run back in the Fall and it was tough from the go, very difficult and achey and by the end wanting it to stop I remember well Lol but I also achieved the fastest and best Kenzai results to date. I injured my leg and couldn't work out much through the Holidays but the results of a hot, fast and intense program were significant in 6 weeks and lasted for months. So I'm up, I'm in, on diet and thinking the workouts are really easy right now knowing how it gets! That said, hope to connect with you all, as my former Chisel team was very weak and so I hope with some team camaraderie I can recapture and even exceed those results. The picture is a Snapping Turtle about to give birth out on my front lawn - for some reason this spring I've seen half a dozen of these critters digging small dens like this and laying eggs all over the Michigan countryside, 2 hours northeast of Chicago. Thought it was worth sharing. Look forward to connecting and Chiseling with you all, and especially psyched to train with Sharmali A. the original dodgy paunch Destroyer herself. Did she say... "how Punchy it is"? Love it, as stated. A Solid Week 2 to you All.
Beach Blasted GRADUATION POST
Beach Blast was... a Blast! Loved a challenging, new, intensely short Kenzai program with a creative twist that offered results. I finished up the final week at this Spot - Casco Park Beach, on the shores of Lake Michigan, the place where the final workouts went down... and up, as I used that long set of stairs along with the rope for the 20 min cardio. sessions. Loved the 1:00 blast workouts and hope to work it into the repertoire... happy to finish injury-free although my right leg is tweaking a bit from all the intensity so hope to decompress with some yoga.... eyeing Chisel or another June program from here... hope everyone finishes strong and makes it a great summer.
How apropos! Had the pleasure of Training at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan last weekend. Good Morning America voted it the beautiful place in the USA a few years back and its a stunner, as you look out over 400 foot sand dunes to Lake Michigan - a rare fresh body of water that appears ocean-like, known as America's Third Coast- water and clouds stretched to the horizon. Loved the Deep Thoughts For The Beach Lesson that day, Sunday, as I contemplated my place in the cosmos scuttling down and up huge sand dune faces for my 20+ minutes of cardio, and then doing a sand-covered throw-down workout on the beach. Have you ever crab walked on a beach? it'll give you new-found respect for those decapod crustaceans! But stayed on diet for the most part in the decadent land of Leewanau County food and beer, which felt pretty Great. And definitely reaping Results, as I've been walking around feeling a little sleepy from the lack of carbs coupled with killer workouts but also half-euphoric, sore in a good way and feeling good in the body. Good stuff for June 1, as I'm a Beach Blast fan for life. Hope everyone has a good weekend & finishes strong, look forward to seeing those final beach bodies!
OK, maybe a little easier. I have not blogged much on this run... speaking of, I've done some running, some stair climbing, some skipping... as to the high intensity unpleasant Blast aspects - they HAVE had me gasping and shaking in a good Way. Hard when you're in it but Great when you Did it (Check Mark here). Hope to make some team connections to stay strong and on it for the big upcoming Memorial Day Weekend here in the states. Hope you're all doing well Let me know!
Hi All, my name is Paul and I am soooo happy to be back on a Kenzai team. I lost my brother Mark to Pancreatic Cancer May 2nd. The photo is of a fundraiser at this Saturday's PURPLE STRIDE in Detroit. Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN), the walk's sponsor, is dedicated to fighting the world's toughest cancer. Of the major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate ~ it takes 91% of its victims w/in 5 years and in the U.S., kills more people than breast cancer. PANCAN's vision is to double pancreatic survival by 2020. I'm not sure if any of you have been a part of the whole Cancer Fundraiser Fitness world but, it was a Wonderful thing to discover at this time. Everyone (or at least every team) has had their heart broken by losing someone to the disease, inspiring folks to band together and have a lot of fun bettering those busted hearts with a run or walk that allows for a lot of creativity on many levels. We raised over $32, 000 in a little over a week and I ran a respectable 31 minute 5K with no running ramp up. (I will crush that race next year in honor of!) As to Blast Beach Ready, I was on a reboot in March and just went down a crazy rabbit hole when things got bad with my bro. Dropping as much fat as possible on a short, hard-core jaunt is EXACTLY what I need right now , and with a better conditioned body and mind I'll make my summer decisions. I also live 7 miles from pristine, freshwater Lake Michigan beaches outside a summer resort town 2 hours to the northeast of Chicago in South Haven Michigan. That's about it, although I think my late start and waywardness have me still Diet-less, so I'm hoping a little admin kung fu can happen on my grinds. Got on the workouts and had a hard time even keeping up with the 1:00 minute movements all the way through. Good Stuff, really tough and feels as if I'm cutting into my dodgy paunch right from the get go. Psyched for that couple weeks on-diet and on-exercise transformation and look forward to connecting with you all for the needed support, given the short time frame & intensity. Abaka Unite! Thanks All.
Xin Loi ~ My Apologies GRADUATION POST
This would be my ridiculously overdue Graduation Post from the March Reboot. The final week I found out my brother Mark was entering Hospice after fighting Pancreatic Cancer the last 2 years and immediately went down a gaping rabbit hole. Being in bed not wanting to live my own life because of my brother's illness and looming loss is not a good thing, so I'm hoping to stay healthy and get re-Kenzai connected. The April Kettlebells weren't ringing so I'm eyeing a May Chisel, hoping to be outside for a Michigan Spring and am thinking I could use some High Intensity. btw, all the best to the March Reboot team all the way around and sorry for the last minute ejection. I haven't made the healthiest choices with everything happening since then and so my final photo is a long ways off Lol, scuttling the rock Hoodoos of Southeastern Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument on my 52nd Bday April 8th. Definitely Alive and working on well, Adios4Now.
Needed to get the Throwback challenge in & my weekly pic up as we head into the final week and the finish line looms.. My throwback does not take into account the embarrassment factor, as I didn't get we were looking for something old-school /fun/corny... in fact, my throwback has me looking pretty freakin' natty ha! Sand boarding on the Truro dunes of Cape Cod circa 1994, around snowboardings first big surge... my buddy and I did our best to negotiate the steep sand faces, w/ his pic being a product of me flinging myself off a high grassy tuft... pushing the creative-fitness envelope all the way back then..!!!! & w/ that hope to connect and end this month long reboot strong Together!
Yep Vietnamese Pho. pronounced Phở I know, as I know theres broth and uncalculable elements in this lunch but I couldn't resist the one lunch I was going to be in Chicago for had to be Tank Noodles, the city's most authentic Vietnamese grinds. I just went easy on the noodles for my 120 g of carbs, threw in a lil extra shrimp with brisket to nail 160 g of Protein, and chowed those sprouts onions and other greens for AMAYW veggies. I even stuck around & just worked on my computer to kill my fruit snack of mangoes and strawberries hours later. They whip all the fruit into smoothies but I just asked for a plate. I recently returned from my 4th trip to Vietnam - I'm really into VN as I have friends there from working in advertising but now Vietnamese folk, too. It was so funny the lesson mentioned how you treat your server because I tried speaking some Vietnamese to the staff and they were so NOT into it hi hi hi (that's how they script laughter in Vietnam) Anyhoot, happy to be rising to the challenges albeit a bit late and psyched to get on this weeks throwback although it will be tough to beat a Ponytailed Ward. Loved those side plank holds & the body felt GREAT in the two hour car ride to Chi. Chao Tam Biet!
Is anyone from Ireland on this team? I'm not the biggest St. Patty's Day fan nor a pub crawler but I love a good craft beer. And the Saugatuck Brewery, at the center of our cool Southwest Michigan community, is hosting a killer blueberry pancake breakfast along with releasing their barrel-aged Blueberry stout. I really want to go! I have many friends there.... arrrrgh! They are also releasing the barrel-aged version of Maggie's Irish Ale. Arrrghhh! To quote Cheryl Crow, "I like a good beer buzz early in the morning" and the barrel aged varieties usually call for an Uber ride home. That said, Cindy in the pic above said: "Just come and don't drink beer...." which I could do, but blueberry pancakes aren't on diet either, so I'm headed to the gym at the same time instead - 8:30 am. Hope everyone is having a Great Week! I have to catch up some sleep but look forward to commenting and reconnecting with you all. Shout me out and ask me about how the morning went so that I'm encouraged to stay the course! Oh and probably staying Home Saturday night, too. Arrrrgh! Erin Go Brau! Erin Go Olianders!!!
Just catching up on Lessons, never got to this and didn't want to "deal a motivational blow" to myself or the team and "be a Jerk" per the Lesson/Challenge. This is my Homeland, Lake Mishigama as the Natives called it, from Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan. If it looks like the Arctic Circle, that's how its felt, as February offered the least amount of sunshine for a month in Recorded History, so it was great to see it this weekend. I understand I'm supposed to be skipping or running or doing something in the pic; just imagine me out there swimming, as I'll be doing in a few months. As to overcoming challenges, I took an hour's drive to the town of Kalamazoo for a meeting Saturday. One of my favorite restaurants is there - Principle Food and Drink - and one of my favorite indulgences - A Smoked Sazerac which is bullet rye whiskey, demerara syrup, absinthe mist, peychauds and Anise smoke. I've won for "Best Indulgence" on a program, which is not something to be particularly proud of ha. As to pride, I did keep mine, thinking, "I haven't even connected with this team yet, so I can't come in with a Loss". Even though I'm rarely in Kzoo, I blew it off and didn't even go to Principle. I went to a place called Food Dance instead & had as compliant a meal as I could - Salmon, greens, side of cauliflower, no drinks except for hot water and lemon. Huge HUGE Win for me. Sending you all the Merit and hope you're resisting, eschewing and doing whatever it takes to make it a Solid week, wherever you are.
Hello! Hope everyone enjoyed a successful first Reboot Weekend all around. I'm Paul from Michigan in the USA, two hours northwest of Chicago. That's me on the left with one of my new friends met on a recent trip to India, Laos and Vietnam. Xin loi (Vietnamese sorry) for the delayed first blog post. I know its a short program so I hope to make it up!! As stated, I'm in South Haven, Michigan where I've recently established a meditation and spiritual retreat center called The Higher Haven with the hope of making some type of healing contribution to mankind's modern craziness. I'm spending my time Marketing my place this year Big Time. Happy to see the Kenzai Mind program and very curious! Hmmmm I'm not sure I'd use the word "Favorite" exercise because its quite challenging but I'm very grateful for Kenzai turning me on to the power and effectiveness of Jumping Rope. I found Kenzai and was inspired to take it on just months before my 50th birthday. I'd always been very active and FAIRLY fit but felt like I needed to up the ante, and Kenzai, skipping and a more disciplined diet definitely helped me do that, going from an average of 33% body fat to keeping it close to 20%. Love those fruit snacks, they keep the metabolism humming! I'm doing Reboot because I finished strong with Chisel (loved it) at the end of October and then pulled a leg muscle that had me unable to even exercise in November and through the Holidays, so I just watched my diet and stayed as fit as I could, even with down time. I was on the February Kettlebells program but had just returned from my trip and sort of botched the start, so I took a step back and looked to the March Reboot. I'll be back on the Kettlebell Team that starts April 8th - my 52nd Birthday! Good stuff, grateful for Kenzai and how it all works. Oh except Double Hang Times, definitely my least favorite exercise! My best Halloween costume is my go-to every year: I grow pumpkins, wear the vines all over my body, cut one into a Jack-O and then I'm the lantern inside. ha Ward is actually familiar with this nuttiness. Great to have you as our Trainer buddy and best to all, I look forward to connecting with each of you and hope you make it a great week and standout month of training.