Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mom Status: Body Back

I have always had a hard time figuring out different things to do at the gym.  Whenever I would go, its pretty typical to find me running a mile or two on the treadmill followed by some abs and then calling in a day.  Not because I didn't want to do more, but because I was always challenged with exercises that were simple but effective.

When I was getting in shape for the wedding, my former high school Western Civilization teacher invited me to come try out this workout class she did.  She said it was a great workout that incorporated HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as well as everything you need to feel like you are getting a good workout.  Then she told me it was a program for moms that are trying to get their "body back". I was a little skeptical because I would be the only non-mom in the class, but I decided to go anyways and give it a try.  Let me tell you- IT WAS NO JOKE. These moms were kicking some booty! 

Body Back by Fit4Mom is a results-based workout designed for moms who want to get their body back, whether they just had a baby or had a baby 20 years ago! Like I said, in a typical class you will experience high-intensity workouts with a great group of women.  When you sign up you receive workout DVDs as well as help with meal planning and guides to eating the right food to be successful in weight loss and muscle gaining! Body Back is in tons of cities across the United States and if you go to the website,  you can look to see if there is one near you! 

A Typical Workout at Body Back Norfolk:
7-7:10 warming up talking about the question of the workout.
7:10-7:55 Rounds - a typical round will include 1 cardio move, 1 strength move, and 1 core move.  Each move is 1 minute and we do each move twice.  That consists of one round.  We typically have time for 5 or 6 rounds any given day.
7:55-8 Wrap up with a meditation.  They range from very inspirational quotes and stories to completely silence to reflect on your day.  

At the beginning and end of each 8 week session, we did an assessment that tracked certain exercises and how many we could do in one minute.  It was a great indication that the class actually creates results! Not only in the increase in exercise reps, but also in your weight and measurements! 

I was fortunate enough that when my teacher moved and was no longer a member of the class, the other mom's welcomed me with open arms and it's great to have a predictable workout every Tuesday and Thursday.  Over the past few sessions, I have found my favorite workouts as well as some amazing people to work out with.

Favorites Workout Moves:
+ slow, wide burps
+ Beast Reach (even though its seriously impossible at first!)
+  Cards Workout - this is a different workout that we typically do.  Each card in a standard card deck is paired with a workout.  Each person draws a card and we do the workout then we continue on for the rest of the hour!
+Tricep Dips - hard, but worth it.

Not-so-favorite Workout Moves:
- Tuck Jumps - I think this is because the moms that I workout with make this look so simple and I can't keep up!
-  Resisted Monkeys - can never get all the way through without taking a break!
- I'm sure there are many more workout moves that when they are announced I say UGH, but all in all, they make me stronger and it's for my own good!

These moms push me to my max and make me a better person.  I know that when I do have the honor of becoming a mama, these ladies are going to be my go-to people for advice!  As we are getting ready to start up the next sessions, please take a look at the Norfolk/Suffolk Body Back Facebook page to get more information on times and prices! 

I promise you, it will be the best and most rewarding money well spent on yourself, your children, and your family!!! And since all these ladies are mom's and have little ears around all the time, this is a little quote I feel best describes my experience with Body Back!
Get out there and get moving people!!


  1. This sounds so great!! I really need to start exercising for the wedding…. But I just don't know what to do with myself at the gym! But you're making me feel a little motivated to get going with it!

  2. That's awesome. I need to get back in the gym. I need to find more gyms around this area.


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