Ward Willis

Ward Willis

Kenzai Member
Head Trainer

Bowing Out Of Run - But Not From Training

  • Feb 3rd, 2019 at 10:35PM

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So.....

I've worked out for a minimum of an hour every day since January 2nd. I've been running the diet tight since a week prior to Kenzai Run kicked off. There have been a few beer snafus along the way, but all and all, things on the culinary side are going great. My kitchen scale is my best friend (besides Jack the Dog). Tons of veggies are hitting my plate and I'm loving it.

But it's the Run based training that just feels like a poor fit right now.

Currently I'm nailing 4 out of 7 workouts as they are laid out in the program. 2 strength sessions (with Kettlebells), 1 cross training (Snowboarding), and the weekly distance run (I crank out 5 miles on Sundays). In addition, I'm mixing in 3 days of hoops and one more strength session. The routine is rugged. KENZAI even. But it ain't Kenzai Run.

This point was really driven home when I spent some time with Stephanie Doyle yesterday: https://kenzai.me/stephanied/blog. Her approach is air tight and I just don't feel right about collecting a badge in a few weeks, when I'm basically training....but not doing Kenzai Run.

How did this happen? Hmmmm. I spent the past 24 hours thinking about this.

I've worked really hard over the past several years to learn how to eat and train. I'm feeling the value of integrating that learning and this Kenzai stuff is 100% a lifestyle at this point. I have a rhythm right now and I aim to keep it.

I've spoken with so many of you over the years in the back channels that are itching to see a more responsive approach to Kenzai maintenance mode. In other words, building out Life workouts to include the many program features (Run, Reach, Iron, Bells) we've studied deeply over the years. The Kenzai Team couldn't agree with you more. Until it comes together though, I'll do it DIY style, setting myself free from the confines of a program.

To date I've completed 13 current programs and one retired course (Repeak anyone?). I've done a couple programs (Run 10K, Iron) twice. I'm going to march to the beat of my own drum (hahahaha, as if that's a new thing) for a while and just see how it feels. I'll flex my wit out on the blogs and stay accountable to the many community members - new, old, current, and alumni - by keeping my Kenzai game on point.

Thanks for listening.

Song of the Day: I gotta Be Me by Sammy Davis Jr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbLlCxK0pHY

 
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21 comments

Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
almost 3 years ago

If you have a rhythm of exercise that is working for you, go for it! Will you try Mind at some point? That allows you to set your own exercise program.


    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
    Head Traineralmost 3 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words. MIND is on the list for sure, Janet. I talked myself out of it in January. Still unclear to myself why.


      Greg V.Greg V.Kenzai Member
      almost 3 years ago

      chart your course Ward! see where it takes you


        Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Member
        almost 3 years ago

        This is what I say to the above: πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»


          Alexia M.Alexia M.Kenzai Member
          almost 3 years ago

          If you have found the rhythm that works for you then stick with it! When you falter and need a bit more structure to get you going, you can always get back into a Kenzai program :)


            Amanda EllistonAmanda EllistonKenzai Member
            Assistant Traineralmost 3 years ago

            grateful for your honesty, Ward! Keep pushing us all to find out whts best for us where we are.


              Peter F.Peter F.Kenzai Member
              almost 3 years ago

              Better to recognize and adjust than slog through half-assed. Way to go mate.


                Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                Traineralmost 3 years ago

                And this Kenzai March to Your Own Drum will be your BEST "program" yet! Integrity is the name of the game and you got loads of it!


                  Jennifer W.Jennifer W.Alumni
                  almost 3 years ago

                  Love it Ward!!!!!! Seriously, you've done more programs than anyone I know!! You rock!!


                    Sumanth C.Sumanth C.Kenzai Member
                    almost 3 years ago

                    all the best man. do what you got to do. see you on the blogs


                      Andy D.Andy D.Kenzai Member
                      almost 3 years ago

                      Exactly how I felt at the beginning of the year when I decided to just do KBMe for a while. It’s worked out ok so far. No doubt you will keep your beat.


                        Yukari K.Yukari K.Kenzai Member
                        almost 3 years ago

                        Because you do much more programs than us and know what KENZAI focus on, I have faith in you so much !


                          Sophie L.Sophie L.Kenzai Member
                          almost 3 years ago

                          I’m still a Kenzai newbie with only KB1 and two months of K-Life to my credit but interested in following your off-program journey and others’ developing Kenzai based lifestyles.


                            Stephanie D.Stephanie D.Kenzai Member
                            almost 3 years ago

                            Way to be Ward. A well thought out decision. I am sure it was hard to jump, but I am always impressed with your ability to know what the right thing to do is.


                              Jenn R.Jenn R.Kenzai Member
                              almost 3 years ago

                              Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to hear what comes out of all of this!


                                Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
                                almost 3 years ago

                                Jump on the KB ME train with Andy

                                I am on the train unti lMarch 2 - handstand pull up february


                                  Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                                  almost 3 years ago

                                  Seems to me you are doing exactly what Kenzai is teaching...how to sustain a healthy lifestyle and to integrate those foundational principles into one's everyday life! Always grateful to you Master Ward!


                                    Lakshmi K.Lakshmi K.Alumni
                                    almost 3 years ago

                                    As Maya Anjelou says β€œSuccess is liking yourself, Liking what you do, And, Liking how you do it. β€œ
                                    You have figured out what works for you, so go for it.


                                      Rory M.Rory M.Kenzai Member
                                      almost 3 years ago

                                      Inspirational stuff.


                                        Fiona S.Fiona S.Kenzai Member
                                        almost 3 years ago

                                        Sounds like you’ve grown out of the specific programmes and into lifeste integration. Look forward to hear how you’re doing!


                                          Ramkey A.Ramkey A.Alumni
                                          almost 3 years ago

                                          I'm seeing this only now....enjoy the break and looking forward to working out in another session soon.

                                          I completely agree that the maintenance workouts and diet needs to integrate the prior sessions rather than the "boring" ones at the moment.


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