Motivated Mama Works Out

October, November and December are like the Bermuda Triangle of food. October means Halloween Kit-Kats and cavities. And isn’t November simply a synonym for Thanksgiving butterball turkeys and bowling ball bellies? Seasonal favorites like deep-fried latkes and frosted sugar cookies are December’s diabetes-on-a-plate.

To fight this three month bacchanalia will take the determination of a Navy SEAL. Leave it to Beverly Hills trainer Lesley Goldberg, owner of At Your Side Private Exercise, to give me a workout developed by former Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick called TRX (Tactical Suspension Trainer). Lesley is well-acquainted with my preference for the outdoors over a crowded gym so she took my workout to a new level. Ten minutes on the TRX and Lesley coached me into sucking in my gut and leveraging my bodyweight against the straps while doing lunges.

The cool thing is, when I’m not at the gym, the TRX straps are so lightweight, I can take them with me on my walks, sling them around a tree branch and get in a full workout. While the sweat beaded on my brow and my arms began to burn, I felt myself channeling my inner Demi Moore from “GI Jane.”

Demi Moore in GI Jane, Courtesy Hollywood Pictures
Demi Moore in GI Jane, Courtesy Hollywood Pictures

Demi Moore and I have a lot in common; we both suffered short hair in the eighties and we’ve survived our 30-year high school reunions. Lucky for me, Lesley specializes in training moms like Demi and me.

TRX courtesy

It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot into a gym but I have to confess the time flew by. I feel confident that when I make my champagne toast on January 1, I won’t have to layer myself in multiple pairs of Spanx.

Author Description

Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

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  1. 16th November 2012 | Beth Stewart says: Reply
    I love Lesley Goldberg and At Your Side. She whipped my butt in shape for a backpacking trip earlier this year using TRX and other techniques. In a few short months I had the core strength and flexibility to hike up a mountain with a heavy pack...and keep up with my teenage sons! Sometimes working out indoors motivates you to get outdoors.
    • 16th November 2012 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Lesley makes you work hard yet somehow she keeps it fun. She's the best trainer I ever had, I tell her. (Who cares if she's the ONLY training I ever had:)
  2. 10th November 2012 | Carpool Goddess says: Reply
    Can I do the workout from the safety of my couch? I'm afraid. Very afraid.
    • 10th November 2012 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      The prospect of something free might help diminish those fears. I always find free gifts a plus.
      • 13th November 2012 | Mom says: Reply
        BHMom, I could not maintain my strength and happy outlook on life without the guidance of the owner and trainer of "At Your Side". She is wonderful. My Guru.
  3. 8th November 2012 | Alexandra says: Reply
    I may have to go check them out!
  4. 8th November 2012 | Donna Tetreault says: Reply
    Love this... bottom line, if you can find an activity that inspires you to work out--- DO IT! I know that when I'm in my work out groove, I am better in so many ways, physically, mentally--- everything!
  5. 8th November 2012 | Elaine says: Reply
    There you go again making the rest of us look like a bunch of lazy sloths. First the composting, now Navy SEAL workouts! I'm impressed - and motivated - but I'm sure that will pass. Keep up the good work!
    • 8th November 2012 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Admit you're a tad intrigued with Navy SEALS - even if it's just for their pecs. And if you attempt the training - even just once - your bragging rights will be undeniable.
  6. 8th November 2012 | sandy says: Reply
    way to go MOM.... keep up the sore muscles... sandy
    • 8th November 2012 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Like many things in life, sore muscles love company. Don't make me go it alone, @Sandy!
  7. 8th November 2012 | lauradennis20869230 says: Reply
    Good for you, you're a better person than I. Not only am I adverse to gym workouts, I'm adverse to exercise altogether! I thought maybe I'd get my butt in gear, but ... not so much so far! I love these straps, it reminds me of exercise bands we used to do in dance conditioning ...
  8. 8th November 2012 | Dorothea Shefer-Vanson says: Reply
    Way to go! Keep up the good work!
  9. 8th November 2012 | Sarah Maizes says: Reply
    Oh boy. I need to nap just reading this. Very impressed you tried it though. Bravo!.
  10. 8th November 2012 | Hayley says: Reply
    Impressive! Good job surviving a workout created by a Navy Seal and then living to tell the tale I'm in beginner yoga class and this week I got dizzy and nauseous after a few "Downward Dogs" with a couple of push ups. Guess I have a long way to go. I'll live vicariously through your accomplishments. Way to go, BH Mom.
    • 8th November 2012 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Can I just say? I'm feeling muscle soreness in places I didn't know I had muscles.
  11. 8th November 2012 | Christina Simon says: Reply
    This workout is JUST what the holidays call for!

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