Ward Willis

Ward Willis

Kenzai Member
Head Trainer
Ballin' Out
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You gotta stay humble. But....

Another week is in the Kenzai books. It was capped off by a super duper Sunday Funday. I rocked a 2 hour mountain bike ride in the am. Then bashed through a couple of house projects mid-day. Slapped some egg white enriched icing on the cake with a 2 hour session of hoops with the homies late night. Booom!

KB3 is wicked. But when you get out in the world, bang around a bit, you get a glimpse of what peak condition looks and feels like. Hazzah!

8MA Report: 14 days into the training cycle and I've manage 10 sessions of 8MA. Not too bad.

Change A Body Part: I ain't got love handles, I got thug handles! Naw. I got love handles. I try to make friends with them. But it isn't always easy.

PS. Great time hiking and hanging with this Kenzai fresh face last week: https://kenzai.me/robertha/blog

Song of the Day: Your Dog by Soccer Mommy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_v2OY6FHlU


Sneek to the Peak
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I banked the Week 1 cross train early. Hit a ten Mile climb with the Bros. The Fall air has arrived in Maine. It's hiking time!

Best Advice: I had this great yoga teacher. Dude once said, it's not that drugs don't get you high. It's that they don't get you high enough. You want to get high, try taking control of your biochemistry through diet, exercise, and spiritual practice.

Fuckin' A!

Song of the Day: Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAdtUDaBfRA


KB3 Intro Sizzle
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I'm Wardo. Weirdo. Recovering hippy. Step Parent. Child. Hubby. Puppy parent. Kenzai sheppard. Yahoo. Dingbat. I reside in Portland, Maine. Beast coast; where it's winter from October to May. Just the way I like it!

Kenzai is life. But when I'm not on the blogs, I'm with my dog, in the mountains, on a bike, taking in some serious cinema, looking at a book, or hoisting a beer.

Kenzai Founder Jason Block dragged with into this egg white covered craziness many years ago. And nothing has been the same since. I train, because it makes me feel gooooood. And I have a sneaky feeling we are at the forefront of a serious paradigm shift in terms of wellness.

Come Day 90, I'll be blasting Jef the Brotherhood's Sabbath ripoff Melting Place. This joint gets extra spicy around 1:30.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3cx8scXgU0


Embrace the Suck!
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The first week of KB3 is like jumping off a diving board head first into a pool with no water. And I f@#ing love it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC4KJ9Nd3EQ

Song of the Day: Strangest Things by the War on Drugs https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=43&v=bvmEYgFsgyg


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Team, I've labored over this decision, but I'm pulling out of this session of Bells II. It's weak sauce. I know it. But I'm doing it anyway.

I've completed every Kenzai course (some twice) but Silver and Run. I've taken Repeak three times and that doesn't even exist anymore. I've never had my heart half way in a program like this. Here's the truth, jumping in was ill advised and I need a fresh start.

Need proof. I haven't completed a workout since I put the plank challenge in the books. I can't tell you the last time I went 3 days, without a workout. Not to mention over a week.

Here's what I have been doing. I handled several epic house projects that were on the to do list following my successful completion of Chisel earlier in the summer. Head Trainer Thomas and I built a killer sliding door from 1970's hardwood I've had in our basement for six years! Plus, we re-modeled his shed. It looks dope!

This pill is super tough to swallow as I'll continue to be guiding the hand of my Bells II brethren, as a Head Trainer, no longer as a participant. I'll be hopping into KB3 today. And the next time they get a message from me, I'll be delivering it from a place of integrity!

To Jenn, Naoko, Maria, Raj, and Aalok, our small crew is getting smaller. Apologies. But I'm an adult. I gotta do me.

Angela S., I'm up to to 23 days hitting the 8 minute abs. Gonna be short of my target of 50. But I'm still fighting.

Ps. If 8 minute ab challenge crew aren't able to access the Kenzai 8 minute abs, hit this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNqrkGnkUWc

We are moving some content over to another application. Updated link: https://kenzai.wistia.com/medias/ga75cfotht

Song of the Day: Tuesday's Gone with the Wind by Lynyrd Skynyrd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFNbTdLfBwQ


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30 Days ago long-time Kenzai legend, Jason F., challenged the community to start planking: https://kenzai.me/jasonf/blog/...

And plank they did! On this, the final day of the Kenzai Ab-tastic August Discount Double​ 2018 Plank Challenge, a word from the man himself!

https://kenzai.me/jasonf/blog/booty-day-10-ab-aug-plank-8ma-ddc-day-30-i-plank-therefore-i-am

Plank you very much, Jason. If you participated and completed the challenge drop Jason a note to ensure your name goes up in lights...in what is likely the most frequented corner to the Kenzai-verse.

As for Bells II, the band plays on. Recently started to add in some juggling. Caution, weights are heavy.

Gonna be awhile before I master this one though: https://gfycat.com/gifs/detail/UnselfishFailingIrishwolfhound

Song of the Day: SpottieOttieDopaliscious by Outkast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXmqauitBkM


Indulgence!
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Go big or go home. I WENT HUGE!

Clearly, that's not my house, nor my car, nor my clothes. But that's my swag. Cultivated with Kenzai!

All right Bell II swingers, let's make the next half the best half! Wooot.

Song of the Day: Passenger Side by Wilco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkSlj8VUfE


9 miles...
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No problem! To roll out of bed, hit the pavement, and rock a hilly 9 mile run with little to no run training just affirms that this Kenzai stuff allows you to be a cut above!

To do it as part of your 11th Wedding Anniversary Celebration lets you know just how crazy the Kenzai love is!

And yeah, all those (young) kids in the photo, smashed the run too. Freaking New Hampshire. Breeds a strange brand of cool.

Song of the Day: Crazy In Love by Beyoncé ft. JAY-Z https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwtNLUqkMY


All Out
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The Kenzai Illuminati has been in Portland, Maine. You'd think we'd be passing the egg whites and veggies 24/7. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our team, in full, assembles in person about once every two years. It's been more bacchean than Kenzai clean. So it goes. Seriously, no drama here.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Following my anniversary this Saturday things will simmer and I'll be aiming for four perfect week's to close this chapter of training (I probably shouldn't have opened in the first place).

In terms of challenges. I'm on point with the planks (can't disappoint the Fish) and have locked down 14 sessions of 8 minute abs since July 27th. The goal is to hit 50 by October 6th. It's gonna be close!

Songs of the Day: MAH Live on KEXP by US Girls https://youtu.be/PGN3XBy_1m8?t=9m55s


All In
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I was on the fence about another training program. And then I thought two things:

1. Ward, you love being fit, you love the way eating right feels, and you know you have only begun to scratch the surface of what you are capable of.

2. You have road races coming up Aug., Oct. and Nov. You have a monster hike at the end of August: https://kenzai.me/ward/blog/trip-report

GET IN THE GAME!

So I've sign up for Bells II. I'm running the 1.5 miles to the gym and back every morning. I've hit the 8 minute ab and plank challenge. 4 for 4.

Song of the Day: Get in My Car by Broncho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ramIDfACLOg


8 Minute Ab Challenge
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In a program? In maintenance mode? In Alaska? In flagrante delicto? Whatever the case, you are invited, for the next 72 days, to take the Kenzai 8 minute ab challenge: https://www.kenzai.com/pulse/8-minute-abs-kenzai-style/

The premise is simple, do this - https://kenzai.me/angelas/blog - every day for 72 straight days. Well, do it as many times as you can and keep track. Why 72 days? That's when the Saturn session of KB3 ends. Angela S, up on KB3 now, started this adventure and I plan on keeping pace.

Who else is in? You can join us at any point along the way to see how many times you can get in an ab session by 10/6/18.

So far we have:

https://kenzai.me/ward/blog
https://kenzai.me/angelas/blog
https://kenzai.me/jenniferwi2016/blog
https://kenzai.me/sarap/blog
https://kenzai.me/jenny/blog
https://kenzai.me/kimm/blog
https://kenzai.me/jimm2015/blog
https://kenzai.me/kateo/blog
https://kenzai.me/sueba/blog
https://kenzai.me/karenl/blog
https://kenzai.me/watsonj/blog
https://kenzai.me/robin/blog
https://kenzai.me/jasonf/blog
https://kenzai.me/belinda/blog
https://kenzai.me/scotth/blog
https://kenzai.me/stephenhu/blog
https://kenzai.me/sandhya/blog
https://kenzai.me/tahera/blog
https://kenzai.me/cora/blog
https://kenzai.me/alan-j/blog
https://kenzai.me/helenl/blog
https://kenzai.me/katesh2018/blog
https://kenzai.me/louisal/blog
https://kenzai.me/jonathanb/blog
https://kenzai.me/brandy/blog
https://kenzai.me/danal/blog
https://kenzai.me/ellie/blog
https://kenzai.me/amanda-e/blog
https://kenzai.me/bess/blog
https://kenzai.me/thomas/blog
https://kenzai.me/davidmi/blog
https://kenzai.me/rahulgo/blog
https://kenzai.me/edc/blog
https://kenzai.me/jasonb/blog
https://kenzai.me/kathleenc/blog
https://kenzai.me/catherines/blog
https://kenzai.me/jimg/blog
https://kenzai.me/elizabeth-jane/blog
https://kenzai.me/geoffrey/blog
https://kenzai.me/silviad/blog
https://kenzai.me/barb/blog
https://kenzai.me/lakshmik/blog
https://kenzai.me/georginad/blog

I'd like to see this list grow. I mean who couldn't use a little more core strength and structure to their wellness game!?! And who can't make 8 extra minutes per day to get this in!?!

If you are game, drop me a note and I'll keep the list. My goal is to get at least 50 days!

Song of the Day: We are the Music Makers by Aphex Twin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIXYPjIWPGY


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Exit Stage Left 
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Chisel is in the books. And this shit works! The final workout was a nice glimpse of how far my fitness has come in 42 Days. I crushed it and considered imploring my lovely to do a 2nd cycle, but I was afraid she might never speak to me again.

My fitness is booming - on the bike, on the courts, and in a workout. I could still dial down my body fat a bit, but doing so requires a pretty complete commitment to hermitude. That said, I've seen some nice gains in terms of my biceps, chest, quads, calves, and belly. My surgically repaired left ACL/knee held up like a champ. One legged burpees were a blast!

I'll always be swimming upstream in terms of my DNA, but I've gathered plenty of "Dude, you are in monster shape this summer" to make Chisel more than worth while!

Cap tip to Patrick for snappy, succinct lessons, and workouts that blend a little fear with a whole lot of fun! I love training alongside my wife. She is a pistol and a peach. Wait 'til you see her final photo: https://kenzai.me/belinda/blog

Now, my house demands my attention. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, and building an interior wooden sliding door will be my cross training for the next few months.

The Kenzai big wigs will be rolling into town in August for some Maine fun. I'll continue to mix in Iron (x2) and Chisel (x2) workouts in maintenance mode in case those punks want to hit some workouts with the mistaken idea that they can keep pace with the 'Stache. #goodtimes #tonguemostlyincheek

I'll be back for another pass at Chisel in September and Reach in January. Of course, there might be a new program or two come then...so as my homie Klaus says...plans are for shit. I'll just take it a day at time.

Be well, Chiselers. Can't wait to start handing out those COMPLETE stamps and CHISEL badges.

Song of the Day: Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5kisPBwZOM


Fear
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Ward, what scares you?

Snakes.
Heights.
Your limitless potential.
Someone hurting your dog.
Double Hang Time.
Being smushed like a bug on your bike.

Kenzai, what scares you?

Song of the Day: Vortex by John Carpenter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YZ60mQA4Q8


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I was gearing up for my cycle workout this morning, when for the life of me, I just couldn't find my other sneaker. I was itching to get into the workout. But one shoe just doesn't cut it.

After a minute of looking around, I finally found it. Yup. It was already laced up and on my left foot.

You just gotta love the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that comes 5 Weeks into a rugged training cycle!

Song of the Day: Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPgf_btTFlc


14 More Days....
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Dang. Only 14 more days of this fun. Chisel is a repeater for sure.

Today, we're gearing up for a Sunday hike. Aiming for a super tight Week Five. That belly fat is starting to mobilize. Team Leviathan rising!

Song of the Day: Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World by The Ramones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6Xae9jsqxU


End of Week 7

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