Building the Path: Indepth #1



Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing at almost six kilometres tall, this monolithic summit is the largest mountain in Africa. Although most of the planned ascent is hiking, the trip up passes through snow, dangerous crags, treacherous bridges and narrow precipices.


It can be a dangerous climb. To mitigate as much danger as possible, I need to be in the best shape of my life.

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the components of my 3rd degree black belt test. Other noteworthy aspects include live knife defence –



and a brick break.


It will look something like this… but hopefully with hella better posture.

This test is shaping up to be the hardest thing I will have ever done, in my relatively short life. It is going to be mentally demanding, and – if I stay where I am now, physically impossible. I am not in the shape I need to be to tackle this challenge. I need to be stronger, I need to be more flexible, and I need to have more stamina.

Thus, this brings me to the point of this post: In-Depth 2015. As I began to realize that this year, I would not have the same amount of time or energy that I used on the In-Depth study last spring (refer to In-Depth 2014 posts to see that Poetry has consumed a large chunk of my life), I decided I would have to do an In-Depth that would fit into another area of my life.

Around this time, as I was considering my In-Depth topic, I was attempting to visualize a scenario where I could successfully complete the 3rd degree test – and I was failing to. Eventually, these two lines of thought intersected, and the vertex was: “Maybe I can combine my In-Depth and my 3rd degree test together! If I can use my In-Depth to get into shape, then I will be able to see if this test is even possible!” This realization sparked my passion, and eventual decision to do Strength and Conditioning as my In-Depth for 2015.

Over the next few months, I will be hitting the gym a lot more! Next week I am hiring a personal trainer to do an assessment of my current fitness levels. Following that, I will be using the trainer to help me set fitness goals that are in the stratosphere but still just obtainable. The plan is to hire that same trainer at the end of the project, so I will have concrete confirmation on whether or not I hit the targets I set out to hit.

One of the other paths I will be treading to gain some muscle and cardio endurance is through the ProFit Boot Camp, on Clarke Street.


This is a gym that I went to during the summer that really pushed me to my limits with their 90 minute classes. I will be attending around 4 classes a week, and I hope to make some connections that will allow me to find a mentor that can perhaps give me some personal workout plans.

Speaking of personal workout plans… have you heard of Neila Ray? She is a fitness instructor that develops online, 30 day intense workout regimens for different sports.

This is her Martial Arts codex.

I will be beginning this, one month into the project. Hopefully her promises come through!

Using all of these resources, I hope to really make a noticeable impact on my strength levels – allowing me to live a healthier, happier life!


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