Thibault M.

Thibault M.

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Day 90: Final Post 

Hi everyone,

Got a bit sick the last few days but now start to feel better and had a bit of time to start thinking about the past 3 months.

First of all, congrats to everyone for finishing the program, we were all starting from different backgrounds and different levels of fitness but we all finish it and in the process had time to improve what was not working very well and, hopefully, we keep it fixed for a while. I got very impressed by the moms of Centaurus group who had to juggle with Kids, Hubby, daily workout, food for everyone! What a challenge it must have been.

Like everyone, I am very happy about the program and would consider it "money well spent". Sharmali was very responsive, exercises were diversified. I really had the impression that Kenzai is run by serious, dedicated people who love what they do (which is very inspiring). The daily lessons are a very good idea and everything is very progressive so that you don't get hurt (BTW, shoulder and knee are OK so my condition must not be too serious :-)).

Something that I found awesome and totally different from what I was expecting is the importance trainers were giving to habit. I did some other programs but they never insisted on that and the only psychology most programs are carrying is: "No pain, no gain" or "Don't be a pussy" which I have always found a bit limited as a long-term fitness advice. We can feel that "good habit" is always underlying in all the lessons / comments but I feel the program would tremendously benefit about being more straight about it. One example is the blog. Clearly, when you have done your exercises, you have worked all day long... what a pain to spend some more time on your computer to tell everyone about how well you did your bicep curl. You may even think: "What is the point?". The point my friend is to use the same hacks as Facebook is using to get you hooked to their application. When you post, you may get a reward and it will be easier to do the workout afterwards (because you want to get your treat). So I would try to explain more about what you are trying to do and how you are trying to do it. I found that people usually enjoy understanding why they are doing things (and they are happier to do it).

This point about habit leads me to how I feel after the program. Well, in a nutshell, as a convict just out of jail! Not that I ever went to jail, but, usually in movies, when the guys get out after a long time, they feel lost and they don't know what to do (I think I saw that in Shawshank Redemption). I had a bit this empty feeling. What am I going to do next? As you managed the exit well, I will go for other programs with my friend FX soon. So it is not a big issue. I also felt moderately happy. After such a big effort, you should be very happy about your achievement but I was just a bit happy. When you think about it, a bad habit gives you a lot of joy immediately (even if you know that you are going to pay for it sooner or later). On the other hand, a good habit takes you a long time to build and nowhere you get the same kind of rush as when you binge on anything. So a few questions are left after this program:
+ Am I the only one not being super happy about finishing the program? Note that it is different from: "I am so happy it is over.", I am talking more the completion feeling that is less important than I was expecting.
+ Would a life full of good habit be just OK and a bit on the boring side? In other words, is it worth eliminating all bad habits?
+ Are there any good habits that can give you this rush? Is there a way to improve your pleasure when you do well?

Maybe answers in a new Kenzai program!

Have a nice Sunday everyone!


Day 89

Hi everyone,
A bit sick today but managed to go to the gym. Did not sleep very well yesterday and woke up super sore. I had to work and after had a coffee, did a nap and my workout. Managed to do everything but was painful. I am happy it is done. Going to bed straight away to make sure I am comfortable for the last day!

Have a nice day everyone!


Day 88

Hi everyone,
No motivation issue tonight. Went to the gym around 07PM and was home around 09PM.
Shoulder exercise, always a bit painful but overall was all right. The very good news is that I went through the entire program and my shoulder has not bothered me too much!

2 more days. What will I do next week ? :-)

Have a nice day everyone!


Day 87
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Hi everyone,
Well, it is your head!!!! Felt lazy and tired today and could not go lunch time so I had to go with the gym rats late... Did everything not to go and then you are on the pit and you need to work out.... and the magic starts! Difficult for the first 2 mins and then no issues until the end. This is the bicep part and the most rewarding one (you can see the results almost immediately! Clearly bigger than at the beginning!). Went home 0930 and was very hungry!

It was a good day !!!! And the workout puts me in a super good mood!

Have a nice day everyone!


Day 86

Hi everyone,
Seems like a quiet Easter week and I managed to sneak out and I am done for today! I think it is motivating me a lot to go lunch time when I know that I will have my entire evening to work or chill. Workout was all good, maybe need to push further as I was tired at the end but not completely dead :-)
Have a nice day everyone!


Day 85

Hi everyone,
Very good workout. I like the new "circuit" formula!
Everything was good and I pushed a bit more than usual. Took me a little bit over 1 hour.
9 mins are not too long as well (especially 2 rounds).
I really like the fact that you put the exercises in different order / sets. It kills routine!
Have a nice Monday!


Day 84

Hi everyone,
All done for today. 2 x 9 mins (that we can interpret as 2 x ( 7 mins + 2 mins) or 2 x 7 mins + 2 x 2 mins. I am able to do 3 x 7 mins every day so 2 x 7 mins should be super easy. As for 2 mins it is neglectable! So it was not too hard. I went outside like last week and it is very heavy today in Singapore, still sweating after 30 mins. I am going to the office for a few hours now. I watch a very nice documentary yesterday about climbing: "Free Solo". Alex Honnold talks a lot about perfection and performance. He is a solo climber (he climbs massive mountain without rope). When he makes it, he is achieving perfection and he knows it because he is not dead! He is scared from time to time but he explains very clearly that he keeps experiencing fear not to be scared anymore and increasing fear threshold. We can all apply that to our lives!

Have a nice Sunday everyone!


Day 83

Hi everyone,
All done for this week (Sunday is easier). Well a bit longer as everyone has noticed but we are near the end so I am just going to take the program day after day, exercise after exercise!
Strong finish!
Have a nice Saturday!


Day 82

Hi everyone,
Went to the gym 0744pm Friday night. Just done and going home. Toughest dessin so far, I am very glad I made it. Tired!!!!
Have a nice day everyone!!!


Day 81

Hi everyone,
Feeling a bit lazy and tired today but managed to go to gym lunch time so that I can have some rest tonight.
V Sit-Ups in failure mode was challenging and the session was a bit longer this time.
Only 10% of the program left today!
Have a nice day everyone!


Day 80

Hi everyone,
Gym done! Yesterday was cheat dinner and drinks. Too much to drink for sure but I was OK this morning and still managed to go to gym lunch time. I did not trip too much so I guess it was OK. No more alcohol for the next ten days and I know it will be easy.
Skipping becomes easier and easier, other exercises were OK.
Have a nice day everyone.


Day 79

Hi everyone,
Gym done for the day. Took me around 01:20 min to complete. I have to admit I am much more efficient lunch time! I am still struggling a bit for the push-ups. Everything else was all right.
Tonight cheat dinner with a colleague / friend from HK. I will try not to reproduce the last cheat day performance :-)
Have a nice day everyone!


Day 78

Hi everyone,
I managed to sneak out lunch time!!! Very high motivation today as it leaves me the entire evening to read... Skipping was very easy today as I was in the flow and motivated to be as efficient as possible. I have not even noticed the bell in-between rounds. Other exercises were ok. I need to push it a bit more on the failure mode! Sometimes it is just burning but I am tempted to declare it failure.... Today clearly more focused!
Have a nice day everyone.


Day 77
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Hi everyone,
Another week done!!! Went outside for skipping today was very nice and 7mins were not really that much difficult than 6mins. It is all in ur mind!!!! Slept another 12 hours last night. Read today. Recharged for next week. Bring it on!!!!
Have a nice Sunday!


Day 76

Hi everyone!
I like Saturdays. Woke up late, did all my admin stuff, watch a Clint Eastwood movie and went to the gym.
Clint Eastwood looks amazing at 88. I checked a bit his bio and he has been a fitness enthusiast his entire life. He also seemed to be a womanizer ("undefined number of children" on his bio). Either of them kept him in a good shape! I think it is fitness.
Only 2 weeks left. No déviation from the program this week. I will take my cheat day next Tuesday as one of my friends is coming to Singapore.
Have a nice Saturday!


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