Improving My Fitness With FIT4MOM

Back in January we had a Stroller Strides class where we did a sort of fitness test to see how many of each exercise we could do in one minute, or how long we could hold an exercise. There were nine exercises: sit-ups, squats, burpees, running stairs, push ups, step ups (right/left leg), plank, wall sit, and side plank (right/left side). We wrote our results down on note cards and the instructor saved them so that we could reference them when we repeated the test mid-way through the year. I started Stroller Strides classes in November and already felt in better shape than when I had started, so I was curious to see my results.

Today, five months later, we repeated the test to see how we have improved. I was a little nervous. Would I see any improvements? Would I do worse? As we began our warm up, I banished these thoughts from my mind and focused on the task at hand.

Exercise January 2015 June 2015
Sit ups 32 34
Squats 36 43
Burpees 20 24
Stairs 5 3/4 5 3/4
Push ups 30 26
Step ups R/L 34/32 40/38
Plank 4:00 4:12
Wall Sit 4:00 4:16
Side Plank R/L 1:31/1:36 1:33/1:35

I noticed that my legs felt a lot stronger than they did back in January; squats don’t kill me anymore. I was able to move a little faster when doing squats and step ups. I was surprised to beat my wall sit time since my legs were tired from doing squats, step ups, and running stairs prior.

When doing side plank my shoulders started to shake and my wrists gave out on me.  My shoulders probably had enough after holding regular plank and doing burpees, but I’m happy with the times I got. I’m also pleased to report that burpees aren’t as intimidating as they used to be.

Not only am I proud of myself after today, but I am proud of all of the moms. The only competition that existed was with themselves. It was so inspiring to see everyone push themselves and congratulate themselves (and each other) on a job well done.

There are a few lessons that were reiterated for me over these past seven months since starting FIT4MOM classes:

  1. Keep going when you feel like giving up – you will surprise yourself.
  2. You will see results when you put in the work and don’t opt for quick fixes or shortcuts.
  3. Five months may seem like a long time, but you will feel so proud of yourself to see how far you have come. You will have gotten farther in five months putting in the work than you would have not starting at all.
  4. Having an exercise routine that you actually enjoy makes the time that goes by irrelevant. Having fun while staying active will keep you on track.

I will have been with FIT4MOM for a year this November. I’m very thankful for the instructors kicking my butt several times a week. I am certainly in the best shape of my life and I am so grateful to be able to model an active lifestyle for my son.

We are going to repeat the test again in December. I don’t think I’m looking forward to trying to beat my 4:12 plank hold in 6 months, but I’m certainly up for the challenge!