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.
Shaped. Cut. Chiseled. GRADUATION POST
Awesome Program. I was NOT a fan of HIIT workouts prior — I get my Kenzai workouts done, but I make conversation at the gym, take phone calls, etc. None of that in Chisel! If I HAD an important biz call come through they'd get a breathy, "I'm in the middle of a workout - hit you right back in a half hour!" and back on it. I met with a trainer at the gym (as I always do post program) and I'm just over 200 lbs at 20% body fat. At the end of Body2 I was 17%, so more work to be done, as always. But I like it, as the fitness goals never end, and Kenzai has allowed for a steady climb and higher aim. We looked at the record and I was 227 pounds and 33% body fat in 2016, prior to Kenzai. That said, I wouldn't be an honest gent if I didn't say this team was the Worst blogging team I've ever been on, as I didn't receive 1 comment from over 50% of the team. Huh? Of course I turn it all to the positive as I always try to do -- I got it done without you ya bunk team (!) and remembered the informal definition of 'getting chiseled' -- to be cheated or swindled! Lol Many Thanks To Scotty on the Spot for being a great trainer, as well as Stephen H who was one guy I really connected with and felt inspired by. Thanks too to Patrick for creating a Killer program -- HIIT workouts will be a part of my training for the rest of my days, no bands, no push up stands, nothing else needed but a body and a willingness to suffer. Next up for me is yoga maintenance and some weight training at the gym with an eye toward Kenzai Iron in 2019, as well as HIIT WO's at least twice a week starting sometime Pre Tday. But right now I'm finishing up some work, donning my pumpkin and vines, and going to rock the kids in town who love my Great Pumpkin costume. Well-earned candy and beer will be involved. Happy Halloween all! God bless you guys, enjoy the Holidays, and see you up ahead on the road to better and better health and happy destiny.
The MV is when the tough HIIT Chisel workout is done, the sweat-drenched workout top is removed, wrapped in a towel, and donning a cotton top leads into the post-workout stretches. Good time! Chisel hurts, but in a hurts-so-good way... maybe sometimes love don't feel like it should? (sung to the tune). I'll take a one-legged burpee over a double hang time any day. And those scissor claps - ARRRGH! I can't wait for my phone to ding.That said, 1 of the last 4 workouts down and on diet 100% here. Halloween goes OFF in my town and Saturday night is the big parade that draws people from all over the state, especially if the weather is good. So getting ready to cut loose and have a late in the month, well-earned Octoberfest. Hope you all close Strong and see you at the finish.
Ha perhaps a fitting title for my four-day jaunt out to the Great American West. The good news is that Sunday's Free Cardio day was spent busting my hump out on some difficult desert mountain trails. The con column from this trip holds things like some seriously indulgent southwest fare and a visit to McFate's, one of my most favorite US Breweries and a taste or two of their Hatch Chile Gatos one of many great small batch beers. Probably not exactly what you want to report at Week 5 of brutal Chisel, but there's much on the table for me between here and day 42, so hoping to fess up and get the bit of over-indulgence out of the way, empty glasses off the table, and then back to Work. I'm going to hit that desert trail one last time now, do the back/tri midweek workout this afternoon and reconnect with the cycle workouts back at home tomorrow. Hope all is well with you All! Hope to hear!!
Cooked up a completely compliant feast consisting of talapia for 150 g's of Protein, 230 Veggie g's of beets and avocado and 140 g's of carbs in the form of Rigatoni with a bit of salsa, along with plum fruit snacks... on the workout front they are Hard but I'm loving the results, the body sore to the core... Lessons like the benefits of HIIT training and EPOC as well as landing soft with Ninja cycles are appreciated, as I was making quite the ruckus at the gym(!) so good to tone it down and dial it in Ninja style. NOT looking forward to Cycle A today but getting it done regardless... a wedding and some travel coming up this weekend so hope to stay strong at this crucial point in the program... Hope all is well with you all and hope to hear!