Ren Kuroda

Ren Kuroda

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Fizzle 

  • Dec 6th, 2016 at 8:42AM

As predicted, ended Reach on a fizzle. Work trip to Copenhagen, 12 hour flight home.

Reach was awesome, but one of the hardest kenzai programs ever, for the simple fact that it's NOT that physically demanding. It's trivial to slop through the stretches and poses, not pay attention to breathing, and just knock it out.
This works fine if it's jumps or resistance band exercises or push-ups, but doesn't do much if it's (supposed to be) calm and centered balance poses or deep stretches.
I think I was a bit naive as to how "easy" it would be to stick religiously to the program; it requires WAY more discipline because the feedback of sore muscles and thinning waistline aren't there. Gotta FEEL it internally.
Loved the long and slow evening stretches and the morning quickies. Had a hard time committing to three times a day for different sets. Often knocked out the main set in the AM right after morning wake up stretches, which really wasn't ideal.
Diet was all over the place but that was not my focus so meh.
Really great lessons; human body is pretty complex and the MECHANICS of flexibility is easily one of the most misunderstood things in the fitness community.
Also yoga hippies are cool.

Fun program, but should have approached it with more seriousness!

Still working on figuring out those bloody PNF strap stretches. Hurt so good.
Thanks to my fellow reachers - good times moaning and groaning through this and couldn't have done it without y'all
Specially Cheech.
When I grow up I wanna be Cheech and Ward's love child.

 
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9 comments

Jerry R.Jerry R.Kenzai Member
about 3 years ago

Great take on Reach and why its so challenging, and mindfully rewarding! Hopefully there will be more on this tack down the road in Kenzai - see you there!


    Helen B.Helen B.Alumni
    about 3 years ago

    You've been a great blogger to go through this program with, and your night time ruck runs and your money shots have been the comedy/drama that this program needs. Blessings on those beautiful babies, Renfield.


      Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
      Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

      Loving your work as ever Ren 😂😂


        Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
        Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

        Funny you should mention being Cecilia and I's love child. As luck would have it, she and I have been cast as Joseph and Mary in the First Parish Unitarian Church holiday nativity pageant here in Portland, ME. That makes you Baby Jesus, bro. I figured you'd be thrilled. We'll just need to work out flights and accommodations. And of course, feel free to pack your Soup Trunks!

        All silliness aside. Ren, you keep it real. When it sucks, you say it sucks. When you need to burn off steam, you toss up a few money shots (gulp) and bring down the house. And when you tell the team you are here to kick ass and take names, you follow through. Even when it means smashing a workout at your office.

        After 56 you'll walk away with the entire Reach routine to bust out any time you feel like you are getting too stiff (gulp). Plus, your Twister (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYrL4rdqojg) game should now be fully on point.

        Congratulations, friend. Can't wait to see you up on Kenzai Ranger in 2017! COMPLETE.


          Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
          Founderabout 3 years ago

          Don't give up the fight, PNF will love you if you love it back! Thanks for giving Reach a shot Ren!


            Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Graduating (Member)
            Trainerabout 3 years ago

            If Weirdo and Cheech had a lovechild, it would most definitely be Baby Jesus in Warhol tighties. You're such a riot to train with Ren- the humor, the guts, the glory, that third eye. You bare (and bear) it all. And we're all the wiser and better for it. Somehow. I don't know how, but it's true. We'll both figure out what to do with that strap one of these days (never thought I'd say that). Please do KB3 in January. xoxo. Cheech


              Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
              about 3 years ago

              Great analysis Renstein, something to think about as I ponder Reach around Jan...have I ever told you you're my hero?
              http://youtu.be/0IrACxiM_cc

              Bottom line: who doesn't love a good morning quickie?


                Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Member
                Trainerabout 3 years ago

                Hard to add to the accolades above, Ren. Congrats, thanks for the memories and ruck on!


                  Jeff W.Jeff W.Kenzai Member
                  about 3 years ago

                  Thanks, Ren, for a great post and for being, somehow, both inspiring and hilarious at the same time. I got both relief (comic and "I'm glad I'm not the only one") and education from you. Let's see how flexy we can get in 2017! Well done.


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