On July 9, 2016 I walked into Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Maple Grove for the first time. After five months of restricted activity I finally got to start working out again. I was looking for a well rounded program that would get me back to where I was prior to my accident. I thought I knew what I was getting into but I only knew a small part of it.
Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping (FXB) it is a fitness program that alternates kickboxing and resistance training using bands six days a week. In the beginning you join as a “10 Weeker”. After your initial ten weeks you have the option to become a Farrell’s Infinite Transformation (FIT) member. It is the same program you are now just a monthly member.
“10 Weekers” start by having their initial assessment. It is comprised of a before picture, weight, body measurements, body fat, sit and reach, one minute of sit-ups, one minute of push-ups, and a mile run. I was so overwhelmed when I walked in the door for the assessment. However, everyone was so nice. I dreaded the assessment because I knew my traumatic brain injury had dramatically impacted my fitness level and weight.
I didn’t love the initial assessment results but I knew I had to start somewhere! After the assessment I met with my coach as well as the other “10 Weekers” in my group. We did introductions, discussed nutrition, and got our gloves and wraps. I would have to wait until Monday to actually start the program though.
There are a lot of class times but I choose the 5 am class. I thought it would be best to ensure I actually had time to go and it didn’t interfere with work. When my alarm went off at 4:15 am on Monday I questioned if I was sane to get up that early to workout. I had butterflies but I knew I needed to go to class. Monday is a kickboxing day so I felt comfortable with that since I already had boxing experience. It was fun and exciting but harder than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the class and looked forward to resistance training on Tuesday. Resistance training was great as well! I grew to love the program!
At the end of my initial ten weeks we repeated the same assessment we had done on the first day. I was excited to see my results. I ended up losing 6 inches all over my body, 4 of them being from my waist. My body fat went from 43.5 to 37.8! During my initial assessment I did 15 push-ups and 9 sit-ups at the final assessment I did 44 push-ups and 27 sit-ups! My mile went from 13:11 to 12:08! There are no words for how happy I was with the results!
Here is the thing, I LOVE THE PROGRAM! It is hard but it is super rewarding! I love that you alternate kickboxing and resistance training, it keeps it fresh and new. And the people! I didn’t go into Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping to make friends but I did. In fact, I found another family! Some days I wonder if I go just to see everyone verses getting a workout in!! It wasn’t even a question as to whether or not I would become a FIT member, there was no way I was leaving Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping!
I was telling a friend about the program and she joked that it sounded like a cult. It is so not a cult but I would drink the Kool-Aid! Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping was exactly what I need to get back to where I was before my accident. I am not 100% there yet but I know I will get there with this program!
Have you tried a new fitness program recently? Have you found a program you love?