Ninja Robert

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MFF will not only change your body, it will change your life! Run your own race and keep showing up. - Ninja Robert

I came into Snatched with pretty modest goals. I wanted to walk away at the end of the six weeks with a bit more confidence than I walked in with. At the end of the six weeks I wanted to be able to remove my shirt, look at myself in the mirror and say “that is a good start.” This might sound trite, and even somewhat falsely modest, but having struggled with confidence and self-esteem issues for most of my life, I wanted to protect myself by not aiming too high.
The workouts challenged me a bit more than I had imagined. I quickly discovered that I did not have the strength and endurance that I had when I was younger. A week or so into it, I started to doubt whether I would be able to do this. My lower back hurt and then my knees started to join my lower back in the quest to show me that I had bitten off way more than I could chew. I kept hearing instructors say, “run your own race” and I was determined to do that. As long as I could walk through the front door, I was going to show up, do what I could do and feel better for it!

At the end of week five, Staci suggested that everyone should remove an article of clothing at the last class. To say that I was intimidated by the prospect of that would be an understatement, so much so that I came to the last class wearing two shirts (okay maybe three). We were about two sets in to the workout and there was no mention of removing anything. I assumed she had forgotten. I went ahead and went down to the tank top. I sweat A LOT, and needless to say the extra clothing was not helping with that.
And then, it happened. “Remove a piece of clothing,” she said. I think every man (and some women) removed their shirt. I did not. I started to reflect on the bond that had developed over these six weeks with my fellow ninjas in this class. The love and the support were so palpable that I knew I could do it and join in the celebration of what we had all achieved. I removed the tank top and Staci asked us to come to closer to the mirror to see everything we had accomplished. “Look in the mirror and say to yourself, I love you,” she said. I definitely have learned to love myself more at MFF, but those weren’t the words that came to me at that time. As I looked into that mirror all I could think was THAT IS A FUCKING GREAT START!
MFF will not only change your body, it will change your life! Run your own race and keep showing up.

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