Ward Willis

Ward Willis

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Emergency in Rochester, Respect the Architect 

  • Aug 21st, 2016 at 11:45PM

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The final week was a bit bumpy. I was on the road from Sunday to Sunday. I dropped off a kiddo at college, met Nate (and Jason!) in person for the first time, and celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary in sunny Rochester NY.

The kettlebells did not make the trip, so I leaned on the Emergency Workouts from KB2. No bands. Just rockin' the rope and doing body weight based workouts between parent student orientation activities, shopping missions, exploring the city, working remotely, watching the olympics, and sleeping. Kenzai has given me the gift of making the world my gym. Though, I did miss them bells and I did miss the usual routine on both the diet and exercise fronts.

The week culminated with a 9 mile pub run in the hills of NH. I took silver for the running and for the drinking, well, let's just say I am multi-talented! Crazy week.

In terms of the program, I couldn't be happier. By week five I was feeling super strong and hearing it from my pals. "Bro, you have put on some mass and you look lean." Most importantly, the 9 miler reminded me what it looks like to have the workouts show up during a favorite pastime. I crushed the 9 mile hill course after hitting an hour long hoop session earlier in the day.

Thanks to all the inaugural bell swingers. I would have loved to been a stronger presence on the blogs the final two weeks, but the work and family rock was on my chest and I struggled to make the rounds.

Final thoughts:
#1. Kettlebell based workouts will be my go to maintenance workouts moving forward. The power translates nicely to hoops, mountain bikes, and running. And I feel like a badass swinging them around.
#2. I would advise any and all Kenzai Body grads to take this course. Nate, I can't think of a better compliment. The program is that good, bro.
#3. Mad respect to Nate, the architect. You were open and honest through this process and that set such a nice tone. So much goes into getting to the Beta stage. Well done. Plus, cap tip to our Tech Team, Malia, Patrick, Thomas, and Jason for doing their bits behind the scenes to get these bells rocking.

Song of the Day: Respect the Architect by Guru ft. Bahamadia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC1Nzaj7l30

 
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18 comments

Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Body 2 | Day 11 (Member)
Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

Well done my man!


    Amy O.Amy O.Kenzai Member
    about 3 years ago

    Congratulations on embracing yet another Kenzai program, launching an offspring into the halls of higher education, and for making it all work in coexistence. Well done, indeed.


      Helen L.Helen L.Kenzai Member
      about 3 years ago

      Congratulations on graduating and making the world your gym. Fantastic.


        Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Chisel | Day 4 (Member)
        about 3 years ago

        Inspirational. I love how the benefits are magnified through your other activities including 9 mile Pub Runs!


          Rich C.Rich C.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 11 (Member)
          about 3 years ago

          Big congrats Ward, ace to hear of all your accomplishments & as always inspiring!
          I had to ask the dude in the gym the other day how the hell you use those kettle bells, i'm intrigued by this one.
          Guru, what a legend, saw him & Premier live in Manchester back in the day, great show!


            Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
            Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

            @All - Thanks for your kind words and support.
            @Rich - You catch GURU? Mental! So jelly.


              Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
              Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

              Congrats ! Looking pretty fly ( your words from my kb1 grad - still my most fave comment then)


                Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

                I will be crushing the final week of bells this week.
                @Sara - Fly, getting flyer!


                  Mark Read SmithMark Read SmithAlumni
                  Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

                  Nicely done Ward! Love the final pic!


                    Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Marathon | Day 31 (Member)
                    Trainerabout 3 years ago

                    Now that was a promo! I'm in this coming January!


                      Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Member
                      Trainerabout 3 years ago

                      Ward my man! Thanks so much for your support through this journey! As always, your sage guidance is invaluable!

                      It was great to finally meet you in person, and it was a blast having you on the team! You are looking mean and lean, and if you stick with those bells man, you are going to be fierce on the court.

                      Glad you enjoyed the program! Next I'll have to visit you and Thomas in Maine!

                      Congrats and COMPLETE sir!


                        Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Member
                        Trainerabout 3 years ago

                        Also, epic final photo. EPIC.


                          John O.John O.Alumni
                          about 3 years ago

                          Ward, your program may be too high-level for this trainee to comprehend, but your song selections have been on point. Congrats!


                            Jason P.Jason P.Alumni
                            about 3 years ago

                            Good to finally meet you in person. Glad you had fun in Rochester. Great job on completing this amazing program!


                              Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 32 (Member)
                              Trainerabout 3 years ago

                              Way to take on the inaugural bells session...and that 9 mile pub run! Looking lean and strong riding Pegasus!


                                Jonti B.Jonti B.Kenzai Member
                                about 3 years ago

                                Thanks for being a great part of the Kenzai leadership and adding your own special touches to this Beta. Great job.


                                  Rich C.Rich C.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 11 (Member)
                                  about 3 years ago

                                  Yup - v fortunate to get the chance! It was up there with J5 & St Germain gigs!


                                    Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 4 (Member)
                                    Trainerabout 3 years ago

                                    Make Esmeralda proud big man! Rock it!


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