Strength, Confidence and Peace

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After feeling lost, Bridget took up strength training. She saw a transformation in herself, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Seeing those changes have influenced her whole family to build strength together.

Bridget Jacks

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I am a 41 year old mom to two daughters ages 10 and 13.  I have always been active and played a variety of sports but strength and weight training were never something I had much interest in; I always thought just being active was enough.  But I have always had poor self image and I struggle with depression; between the two liking myself physically and emotionally has always been difficult.

About five years ago I weighed almost 160 pounds (I’m only 5’4″).  Even though I played ice hockey and worked in an environment where I was constantly moving, I knew I wasn’t in good shape and having parents who suffer from diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure motivated me to try to start getting back into shape.

But I have always had poor self image and I struggle with depression; between the two liking myself physically and emotionally has always been difficult.

I started running with a friend and within six months I completed my first half marathon.  I lost almost 25 pounds after two years which was wonderful but I still didn’t feel like I was in good shape.  Then I discovered two years ago that I had fractured two bones in my foot that had gone undetected for so long they had become necrotic and as a result running would be difficult for me.  So in November I told my husband I wanted to start swimming laps at our local gym; he suggested that I also look into working out in the gym.

I have always been intimidated by weights and the machines at the gym seemed confusing; I had no idea where to start.  I made my husband go with me the first few times, I was so embarrassed that I could barely lift a barbell without any plates on them.  I almost quit that day but because I’ve had other injuries that probably could have been avoided if I had more strength, I decided to try to find a simple workout plan to get started and just happened to stumble upon the Spitfire app.
I made my husband go with me the first few times, I was so embarrassed that I could barely lift a barbell without any plates on them.
Over the last few months; but especially within the last six weeks I have seen a huge transformation in myself; not just physically but emotionally too. To me; the strength I have built so far is so many components.  For the first time in my entire life, I am proud of my body; I have almost tripled the amount of weight I can lift on almost every exercise I do.  On the dark days when my depression hits hard and it takes every ounce of strength to get out of bed; knowing it’s a gym day gets me motivated.

The strength I have built so far is so many components.  For the first time in my entire life, I am proud of my body; I have almost tripled the amount of weight I can lift on almost every exercise I do.

Most of all; my husband and daughters notice the confidence and peace I am gaining. I love the example that I am setting for our girls; our oldest just completed strength training in her PE class and she was excited that she was getting to do some of the same workouts I am. I am also motivating my husband to keep going to the gym so that he can keep up with me; I love that we push each other to keep going.

I love the example that I am setting for our girls; our oldest just completed strength training in her PE class and she was excited that she was getting to do some of the same workouts I am.

It also carries over to the other activities I participate in.  I am a first degree black belt in a Korean Martial Art called Kuk Sool Won; it is a fantastic workout but I often found myself not able to practice to the level I would like to; now that I have built up some strength I find that I am able to perform techniques with more control and ease; my endurance has increased greatly and I get more out of my classes.  I have begun running short distances again in addition to swimming and I am planning to participate in several triathlons this year.
I completed the Champion workout on Tuesday and this morning I started the Fearless program.  I cannot wait to see how much more I gain over the next few months; I couldn’t be happier with the results I have gotten so far!
I would say that if I have learned nothing else over the last couple of months it is finding a good workout routine to get started is a must; I think over time I will probably take pieces from the different ones I’ve tried and maybe make my own workout.  But had I tried to just go into the gym and workout without Spitfire I would have probably failed and never have discovered the joy of feeling strong.
I would say that if I have learned nothing else over the last couple of months it is finding a good workout routine to get started is a must.
It wasn’t easy to put how awesome this has been for me into a few simple sentences; it’s been life changing and I’m thankful for it not just for myself but for my family.

Driven, Persistent, and Determined

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Bridget trained with The Fearless and The Champion.

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