Thibault M.

Thibault M.

Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 4 (Member)
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Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready
Day 4
 
Program progress:
Day 4

Hi everyone, All good for today. I did 32 push-ups and then 3 breaks for the last 18 (which is not so good). No issues on other exercises and the endless purple session at the end! What is very cool is that I have included the Reach morning routines since the end of the Reach program. It is an awesome way to start the day. Tennis tonight and reading "The Inner Game of Tennis" at the moment that has a lot of wisdom I will share in a future post. My sleep is much better!
Have a nice day!


Day 3
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Hi everyone,
All good today. It was even easier than yesterday. I found it difficult to do all the exercises below one hour though (55mins today). I have been improving on pushups and the 48 ones are OK now. This was a good point of the day!
As for the presentation, I am Thibault, 39, from France living in Spore. I have been in Asia for 15 years, previously in HK and Tokyo. I am working in a bank. Is it my dream job? I never really thought about it. I am happy with what I am doing and I am trying to do it the best I could but I don't often think of being anything else. Over the last few months I have been focused on my consistency at work and Kenzai has helped me a lot on it.

As for my favorite beach, it is of course Ho'okipa in Maui (where I have been pretty consistent over the last 13 years). No girls in bikini, just wind and sometimes waves in summer (it is very big in winter). This is the most famous windsurf beach in the world. I go back in 3 weeks after almost 2Y (I was in Fiji last summer). I think Waikiki is a bit overrated.

Have a nice day!


Day 2

Hi everyone,
It is going to be a fun month I feel. If the beginning was OK until the gecko push-ups, second part was more challenging. So far 45 seconds is OK and not too long. I went with a friend tonight so it was easier to push. One hour is also perfect as I will be able to go lunch time. One more important thing is that I slept very well!
Have a nice day!


Day 1

Hi everyone,
I am Thibault from Singapore. It is my third program this year after KB1 and Reach. My second with FX and Sharmali!
Reach was cool but sometimes I was feeling like pushing it out and I think Blast will give me a run for my money.
A very cool thing is that I have started tennis again after 7Y of not touching a racket, so I will do both tennis and Kenzai this week.
I also feel like we are the super-motivated ones as everyone is a bit in a summer mood: "You should take a break, it is summer after all."
Have a great day!


Assessment
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Hi everyone,
Before I start my Beach program, please find attached some pictures from Reach.: Before / After! One week off, happy to be back to the routine.

Have a nice day!


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Day 56: Final 

Hi everyone,

Always feeling a bit sad when a program is over!

What to think about this one?
KB1 was easier in the sense that you knew (a bit) where we were going (look at final pictures from previous people) and results were more tangible (you can see yourself getting ripped). As well, transformation was from body to mind (you influence your mind by changing your body).
When I sign up for Reach, I knew it was going to be very different! Nothing spectacular will come out after 2 months. What was I really looking for? And the big lesson: flexibility is coming from your mind mostly and not by pulling like crazy on your muscles.

A few comments:
1/ Kim was very helpful throughout the program and I want to thank her for that. I keep being impressed by the professionalism and the dedication of Kenzai trainers. I have been meeting so many people who have no interest in their jobs that it is very refreshing to interact with people who love what they do.

2/ 3 combinations was very good and well-thought. I did the dynamic stretches this morning and I would like to keep on doing them. I am going back to yoga for skillful moves and would like to do evening stretches as well but it is not realistic. I will probably mixed the last 2 ones by alternating Yin and Vinyasa/Hatha.

3/ I am starting to really stretch using my breath. I used to do the stretches very quickly during KB1 and evening stretches made me realize how I can use my breathing to stretch. If I am still a bit skeptical about PNF (probably from misunderstanding it), I really really enjoy the evening stretches (and it reminded me how much I liked to go to Yin). At the end, I was not even putting any relaxing music to make sure I was in the flow.

4/ I am a huge fan of your "neurological" approach to sport and how you explain it. Please keep focusing on it. I went a lot to yoga in the past few years and teachers never explain it like that. It is always the same but mind-body connection matters and we tend to forget that a relax mind = a relaxed body. This is really what makes you different from any other training program.

5/ I was more relaxed on this program, I allowed myself a bit of drinking. Over the last 6 months, I have been extremely reasonable by my previous standards!!!

As I was telling in a previous post, this is just the beginning of the journey!

Have a nice day!


Day 55

Hi everyone,
All done for the day!!! I added a tennis lesson and the coach is very good so I will keep on training on that as well. Typical Saturday otherwise with Kenzai training and diet. Let's see how the assessment is going tomorrow. Feeling a bit sad that it is over!
Have a nice Saturday!!!


Day 54

Hi everyone,
Went to play tennis yesterday night. It has been 7 years! Forehand was terrible but I am going to work on it. I will do a new lesson on Saturday night. We played 2 hours and no issue in spite of the heat. Stretches all good!!! Finishing strong.


Day 53

Hi everyone,
Went to the gym and really wanted to get this skipping rope. So 45 mins skipping (he told me one hour yesterday, I did not complain about it) and second part of Reach! It went very fast and I have not lost too much stamina from KB1 which is quite positive. I will play tennis tonight (first time since....) and then evening stretches!
Have a nice day!


Day 52

Hi everyone,

A bit quiet until the end of the week with July 04th (I am going to watch the eponymous movie with Tom Cruise. I watched it when I was 10 and was probably underaged for this kind of movie :-)) . I am also not really satisfied with my trading these days (not in a flow state at all) and I will take a bit of a break to reassess what I am not doing OK.

I went to the gym lunch time. The mid-training is just long enough for lunch break. I still need to do the stretches but it should be all right. PNF is so much better now. They also have a very nice skipping ropethat I found very comfortable. One of the trainers told me he would give it to me if I do one hour of skipping.... I will tell you if I am up for the challenge! https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/sports-fitness/skipping-ropes-and-dodgeballs. Very light and comfortable.

Wednesday is Essay Day!!!! What activity consistently gets you into the flow state? Are you making some time each week to allow flow states to occur?

As I wrote in a previous post, I really liked the chart and the definition of flow: when you have enough skill and you are focused on something that is reasonably difficult, you end up being in a flow state.

When I am driving, I am clearly in flow state! I don't drive enough but I enjoy doing it. You put some music on, you drive in a nice place and you just enjoy. You don't think about anything else! It is also usually doing vacations so I am even more relaxed. I will never understand why people get so excited about electric automated cars!

What I really like in that state is that you make yourself available for many things. You see life from a different angle and you see everything clearly. It is really the opposite of operating under fear which I think has happened too many times in my life. Imagine the guy who is under stressed when he is driving. He is tensed, you cannot talk to him. He is scared of having an accident, does not really look at the road the right way and finally is creating all the conditions for this accident to happen. I can feel this in my trading as well. When a trade is not working my way, I get scared and it is very difficult to stop loss. My brain is also acting weird, ignoring all facts that identify this trade as a loser. I clearly need to work on this.

When I am doing my yoga, when I am reading, skipping, writing my Kenzai blog (yes!!!!) or doing my evening routine, I can also feel this very relaxing state. After the Reach program, I believe that, like in anything else, you can train to be more often in that state. This is easier now. You need to reduce your fear by either reduce the difficulty of the exercise or increase your skill level. The plan for next weeks is to look actively for that state in anything I am doing.

Have a nice day!


Day 51

Hi everyone,
Another good day, starting with Kenzai and my lesson!
Still struggling a bit on some PNF moves but overall it was OK today.
Late night stretches have become much easier.
Have a nice day!


Day 50

Hi everyone,
I cannot believe it is Day 50 already!!!
All good today. A bit out of the routine but I am done with all stretches. Not sure if its because of the last week but everything is much easier. I was surprised I could push my backbend that far and in control. I could feel my gluts, core and quads contracting at the same time I was bending backward. Yes I know, it sounds very skillful :-).
Lesson super good today (as usual). Why is it at the end of the program? Maybe better to learn about the different stretches before? Was just wondering.
I really think you should make a book out of all these lessons, especially the neurological parts that are very innovative. At least one guy is interested to buy it (I may know another one....).
Have a nice day!


Day 49

Hi everyone,
All done for the week. I even did a few extra flows and stretches as I found it was much easier than last week!
The flow graph was really nice and, surprisingly, I heard about the author from a financial writer! Quite funny how everything seems to converge after all these months.
I am now lying on my bed. I have done pretty much everything for this week and will enjoy the next few hours reading.
Have a nice Sunday !


Day 48

Hi everyone,
A bit tired today and I am not going to put this on the stretches! Much better now (kinda feel like going out :-)).
I really like the lessons today and I will try to add it more to my stretches. It is a lot I am going to add! Mantras, PNF....
Going to bed now to be ready for gym day tom!!!!
Have a nice day!


Day 47

Hi everyone,
I went out yesterday night! Not Kenzai compliant but managed to go home not too late and I am back on track this morning (shaved and morning exercises are done!). I wanted to come home earlier but friend stole my bag and said I had to go out with him. No choice! :-) Wil try to stick an extra yoga session today and I have subscribed to Beach Blast in 15 days!!!
Have a nice day!