I will never forget the first time I walked into a Body Attack class. I sure didn’t know what I was in for… And it’s a good thing, too!
If I had known how much running, jumping, lunges, push-ups, squats, core work, and strength exercises I’d be doing in those completely exhausting 45 minutes, I probably would have run out the door!
Instead, I stayed.
I didn’t know how challenging it would be, so I didn’t know to be afraid. By the time the class was over I felt like I could conquer the world. I had to modify so many moves, and I was absolutely drenched in sweat by the end.
What’s incredible is that had I known about this class at the time, I totally could have taken it when I was 336 pounds. You can modify any move to meet your fitness level, and increase as you grow stronger. And trust me, you definitely grow stronger. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been! And now that I know how to work my willpower, I feel like I can keep my eye on the goal and make progress in my health journey.
As difficult as it was, I found myself right back in class a few days later. Surprisingly, I was actually excited to do it all over again.
I quickly became absolutely obsessed, attending a few times a week while also incorporating other classes that I enjoyed at our local YMCA.
It was a few weeks later that I realized that it isn’t just the feeling of euphoria that I experience after every class that makes me love it so much. It’s about so much more than that.
It’s about the new friends I’ve made along the way. Friends I get to smile with and say “We got here! Again!” on a Monday night after a long day.
It’s about the sense of community I feel when I hit the gym in the middle of the morning, and can enjoy a cup of fresh coffee while I’m waiting for class to start.
It’s about finding common ground with people of all fitness levels, and really, truly learning that I don’t have to measure up to anyone’s standards.
It’s me against me. Am I doing my best? Am I giving my all? Am I pushing myself? Am I stronger? Faster? Better?
It’s about learning from instructors who actually, genuinely care about my fitness journey. Instructors who show up ready to encourage, inspire, and push us to give our absolutely maximum effort.
Today the instructors launched Body Attack 100, a huge celebration of a long and incredible journey to what is now a well-known (and my favorite) class.
I absolutely could not wait to get there. I couldn’t wait walk through the doors. I couldn’t wait to celebrate with hundreds of people, and a dozen INCREDIBLEEEEEEEE instructors. I couldn’t wait to see my friends. To give high-fives. And sweaty hugs. And fist bumps.
I couldn’t wait to leave a puddle of sweat on the floor. I couldn’t wait to feel the ache in my legs when we did squats, and lunges, and everything else that I couldn’t do a few months ago.
At this point, I can hardly believe I did home workouts for so long. I absolutely cannot imagine my life without the community that I have found in my local YMCA. They are truly like family, and I am so thankful to have each on of them in my life!!!
I cannot end this post without thanking this incredible woman. Carol has literally looked me in the eye when I had almost nothing left to give at the end of a workout, inspired me to reach deeper and pull out more than I thought I could, and even made me shed a tear or two. She believes in me when I do not believe in myself. I have only known her for about a year, but she has made such a huge impact in my life, which she will never fully know. Thank you so much, Carol. I know you’re reading this. ❤
THANK YOU SO MUCH, Jason, Heather, Natasha, Amelia, Taya, Melissa, Lara, Jen, Lindsey, Shannon, Allison, and everyone else at the YMCA (including those who I rarely get to see!!!!!!! I wish I could take EVERY CLASS ON THE SCHEDULE!!!)
A Photo Gallery of Today’s Awesome Launch!
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