Scott H.

Scott H.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... 

  • Dec 11th, 2019 at 3:56AM

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This was a very difficult Program for me in several ways...so, let's review...

The Good -
1) First and foremost I found the Lessons to be invaluable, insightful and provided a sh!tload of good content and education. Who ever wrote them...thank you...I will be re-reading this entire program.

2) The Pace - knowing that most if not all people were not familiar with IRON and/or dumbbells/free weights the pace of the exercises, the thoughtfulness, the structure and the path we were all lead down was extraordinary. Myself being one that had NEVER lifted a free weight in any kind of consistency or forethought I found the pace of the Program to be well thought out and a smooth runway to introduce anybody to this kind of workout.

3) Variety - in a dovetail to #2 above...the variety of exercises I found to be excellent. Free weights to me have always been about the Bench Press, the (basic) Squat and the Curl. Other than the beastly moves on TV or the Olympics, IRON was a foreign workout entity to me...one I NEVER would want to do...now I do. ...and I will be adding IRON exercises into my daily workouts now and then.

The Bad -
1) My travel schedule is always getting in the way. That said, I always have managed to stay in between the white lines. Sometimes it's a two-lane road, sometimes a 4-lane road...but I have always managed to stay ON THE ROAD (pun intended). But this time around it was un-manageable...why? because hotel gyms do not have IRON...period! Not the way this program I believe is intended.
2) Diet - my apologies to Chen and the K-Leaders for being a slacker on the diet. As a K-veteran am I well aware of the significance of this swing and miss.
3) Blogging - I was a no-show too often. In my K-past I have occasionally been flagged by the Blog police but during this past 90-day stretch I was particularly non-Kompliant often being called out. For this I apologize to the Team. I'll see you all again I am sure and will get back to my old self. Too many distractions kept me from the Blogs but truth be told...I just could not stand any more whining.

The UGLY -
1) Due mostly to my travel schedule which frankly was slightly more intense than is usual I had so very few sessions where I could actually use a bar...and that was VERY defeating for me...and it put me in a whiny and sh!tty mood. I prefer to follow along to the letter and for me, at this time, it was impossible. Too many bands and body weight exercises for what was supposed to be slinging iron-sh!t. I will do this again and plan ahead.

2) Due to #1 just above not being able to follow along properly made me VERY frustrated which then knocked me off couse...in two words - no discipline. That said I did keep moving, keep exercising but it honestly IMHO did not resemble what this program is supposed to be.

Summary - another "good" is that I definitely feel stronger. ...and that I now have a more clear and confident understanding of the IRON-room at the gym...I like that! Another "bad" is that I also feel "bigger" … and bigger is not something I am interested in. I had been looking sooooooooo forward to IRON I am not satisfied with my performance and I will do this again. I'm thinking that when I do this again, cuz I will, I MUST be very disciplined and strict. Now having been though IRON one time I have some ideas on how to better navigate the pitfalls I fell into this time around. Coach Scott, I'll be back!

To ALL my IRON-mates...thank you for your patience. Thany you for putting up with my whining. ...but most of all...thank you for your comments of encouragement and for sticking with me throughout...it matters.

Merry Christmas everyone...see you in 2020. I have some different goals in 2020 and I'm anxious to get started.

 
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12 comments

Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
Head Trainerover 1 year ago

Good. Bad. Ugly. I'll take you any way I can get you, Scott. Wooooot! Now. Make me a promise. When things are calmer. Come back and give Iron the love and attention it deserves. Big Scott aka Burnsie and the rest of the Kenzai Illuminati (yeah that's me) demand it!


    David B.David B.Kenzai Member
    over 1 year ago

    Scott, I love the candor and honesty in your summaries. They are refreshing and helpful in so many ways. Every K program is going to have a mix of good and bad—along with some ugly—for all of us. The good news is the Kommunity is always there to listen and help us celebrate the good while providing encouragement through the bad and the ugly. Even though this program may not have been your best, you toughed it out in spite of a very challenging travel schedule and the challenges that posed relative to being able to get your workouts in as prescribed. I know that either of us can pickup the phone and just call to catch up at any time but I am hoping our paths cross soon in a 2020 program. Have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year! BYW, I love that final photo! Also, per your wine comment that was a pork chop it was paired with and I let Suzanne pick the wine!


      Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Member
      Trainerover 1 year ago

      My man! In Arnie's own words I am 100% sure you will be back to blow IRON into smithereens at some point. Not being able to get to a decent gym on this program is VERY frustrating, I totally understand. Using the bands just doesn't cut it, and isn't what you signed up for. However, if you walk away from this program with the confidence and desire to work the weights into your routine, then this is a HUGE win. Know that IRON the second time around is MUCH better. You know the exercises, you have the form down - this means you can hit those weights much harder and get better results. Well done on seeing this one through to Day 90 my friend. Enjoy the festivities with your family. Congratulations - COMPLETE!


        Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
        over 1 year ago

        Bro, despite the face plant you'll always be #coolestfittestgramps, but you need to EARN the BRO, and I have no doubt you will. DO IT DO IT!
        Have a very merry and a happy and see around in 2020!


          Brett KuhnertBrett KuhnertKenzai Member
          Trainerover 1 year ago

          Scott, you had a KILLER travel schedule, which made it all the more inspiring to see you take on this program as a relative newcomer to weightlifting. You pushed against the resistance of not just the steel, but your own comfort zone and a hectic work itinerary. THAT is damn impressive! As you note, this is just the beginning.

          And man, I'm looking forward to hanging out when you get up to this neck of the woods! There's a lot of great seafood, er, protein to be had in these parts...


            Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
            Trainerover 1 year ago

            Dumbbells and Iron can work...but a crazy amount of travel to hotels without even dumbbells and Iron aren't the best for continual motivation. Good work sticking to the end so that you know the whole program now, because like Ironman Burnsie says, the second time around can be way more effective. Have a Merry Christmas and end of the year with the family and looking forward to seeing those 2020 goals laid out come the new year.


              Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
              over 1 year ago

              @ Ward...I promise!
              @ David...hmmmmm, OK...a good Chard is best with pork...you get a pass.
              @ Coach Scott...THANK YOU Coach for all of your words of encouragement and for your patience. This Program did help me tremendously to break down some inner barriers around slinging Iron. And as you have said many times and I agree --- I can now walk into any gym and do some cool stuff with Konfidence.

              @ JFish...you always keep it real and this Gramps is very appreciative.
              @ Brett...I feel like I have made another kool K-friend on this Iron journey. You were a big inspiration. Viva-la-Portland!
              @ Matt...your always kind enough to look in on me and your words are always on the money...thank you. You might be surprised at my 2020 goals...stay tuned.

              Merry Christmas everyone!!


                Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
                over 1 year ago

                I just marvel at how successful you are traveling so much.

                I think about IRON - but, don't want to drive to a gym for 90 days in a row and worry that the compromise would be less than satisfying

                Great year - Get together in Boston next week?

                Go Team go


                  Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
                  over 1 year ago

                  Scott, your travel schedule is always intense at best, and it was even more intense the past 3 months from the sound of it. So well done to even attempt IRON. No doubt when you return the initial base skills you have put in place will allow you to build on them. Merry Christmas - hope you get more days at home with your wonderful family!


                    Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                    over 1 year ago

                    @ Watson...I can't make it up to Boston next week...sorry my friend. Enjoy!


                      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
                      Trainerover 1 year ago

                      2020 goals? One word, 3 syllables? Inspired by David? Stay tuned...I will be waiting for sure.


                        Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
                        over 1 year ago

                        Scott, I seem to recall 4 weeks straight on the road for you? All hotel gyms, with - maybe - dumbbells? To wobble over the white line is not terribly surprising. I am glad, however, to read that you plan to come back to Iron and get more power from it. Meanwhile, have a glorious holiday and all the best with your 2020 goals.


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