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"I Don't Know If I Could Do Body Back."

I had a conversation with a mom last week after Stroller Strides that went something like this:

Me: "You've really been working hard in class. You're doing great. Have you thought about doing Body Back?"

Her: "I just don't think I could keep up. You guys work hard."

Me (smiling): "Well, none of us could keep up in the beginning. Trust me! We had to work at it."

Later I really thought about how I used to be in Body Back classes and what I can do now. It's been 1 1/2 years, 3 full 8-week sessions and many Boost classes. I'm a Body Back veteran and may or may not be a card carrying, flag flying HIIT addict at this point. (HIIT means "High Intensity Interval Training." "Boost" refers to our Body Back Boost program. Moms who are "boosting" or have bought a Body Back Boost pass can drop in to any Body Back classes after completing the 8-week program.)

Scroll back up to the top and take a look at the pictures from my Body Back journey...

See the girl in the first picture? The one who practically has a sign around her middle reading "My second baby was here and I just finished nursing." Yeah, she couldn't do very many burpees. She certainly didn't hold plank for 5:05 during assessments like the girl in the final picture did. This morning at a Body Back class I went hard in a Tabata workout and I honestly could've done even more reps. I remember doing Tabata during my first 8 week session and I thought those were the longest 20 seconds of my life and surely the timer was wrong and our instructor Christie was playing a cruel joke on us.

Christie called out to the moms in class today, "It's Week 2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!" I looked around at some other moms in the same place I was last year, I was not yet comfortable with the discomfort of a Tabata workout. That's not to say that HIIT classes got easier, I just got stronger.

I also wasn't comfortable eating clean(er) and being mindful of my diet. It took awhile to curb the craving of my favorite sugary lattes, but now I don't even think about ordering them. Drip coffee for the win!

Now I am much fitter than I have been since having children, I still get an intense workout with Body Back, even though I'm a veteran because again, it didn't get easier, I just got stronger. I can go faster and do more reps.

Carol, our Body Back coordinator said it best, "Body Back embraces all postpartum women at any fitness level. You are not there to compete against other women, but rather be supported by them as you challenge yourself to increase your own endurance, agility, muscle-tone and weight loss. Everyone starts somewhere different and there are modifications and adjustments available to every participant to keep her working in the safest and most efficient way possible to achieve the success she is there for."

Now, you want to hear something awesome? We have changed things up a bit. YOU CAN NOW TRY YOUR FIRST BODY BACK CLASS FOR FREE! What?! Yep. So go ahead and try it. I promise you're strong enough, if you don't think you are, you will be. Just ask this girl...

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