Jane Kantz | The Fitness Asylum

Jane Kantz

Winter has a way of making one feel like the Pillsbury dough boy. Unfortunately I had been feeling that way all summer long and into the winter. I had seen my younger and fitter friend compete in the FA Bikini Challenge and was astounded by her transformation. Inspired by her, I started to peruse the FA website and found the Winter Body Challenge staring me in the face. It must’ve been fate. I was not looking for a bikini body. Heck, when I was in my 20s, I had a bikini and a friend said “Almost perfect!”. At that point I decided I could die right then – that’s the kind of exercise enthusiast you’re dealing with.

Back to the present, I was overweight, out of shape, with medical issues and approaching retirement age. What the heck was I thinking? Was I going to join a class with a bunch of bikini bodies when I get out of breath just climbing a flight of stairs? But something about the body challenge seem to call to me so without thinking too much about it I signed up.

Listen, I hate vegetables, crave carbs, hate to cook and loathe exercise but the challenge is special. And here I am a cook, counting my proteins and spiralizing my veggies!

No one is ever alone here. Bonnie is watching over everyone and everyone supports everyone else.

In the boot camp, if I couldn’t do an exercise the instructor gave me a different way to accomplish the same until I grew stronger. This gave me confidence. If you didn’t do it right they showed you how to do it right. In another gym, I would’ve spent months doing the exercise the wrong way and being foolishly proud.
The entire challenge, I avoided the pull up. I was petrified I would fall and afraid the band would break. I got to practice them on the floor. I got to do semi-pull ups without leaving the platform. Last week I did my first real pull up with the band. This is how this gym works.

And I lost weight and I grew stronger. I used to have trouble climbing a flight of stairs. Recently a friend of mine wanted to show me his art studio on the fourth floor of Symphony Hall. No elevator, panic time! And I did it. It felt amazing!

This is a challenge, and there are smaller challenges within your teams, but the real challenge is within you and you are worth this.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.