The Fit Advantage (+ Barry’s Bootcamp Giveaway)

In a sea of SLC snow.

In a sea of SLC snow.

A few years ago, Isaac and I went snowboarding in Salt Lake City with good friends. It was amazing and we scored more fresh snow than we knew what to do with. But really, I had no idea what to do with all the powder. It was like learning to snowboard all over again. It took me forever to get down the first run, while the rest of the crew zipped up and down the hill with no problem (darn SLC natives/athletes/pro snowboarders).

As I lay on my back in two feet of snow, after struggling to get up for the 17th time, two things went through my mind: 1) Can I get a snowcat up in here? and 2) Gosh, I’m glad I’m in shape. Because, when you’re at 11,000 feet, struggling to stand up in 2 feet of fresh powder while strapped to a 48 inch board, your heart rate responds.


Life is physically demanding. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest surprises to me about motherhood is the sheer physicalness of it all. There’s not much difference between a sherpa and a mama. Truly.

There's no difference between a mom and a sherpa.

Sherpa for hire. Accepted forms of payment: Bloody Mary’s.

Being fit is an advantage. Whether it’s an activity you opt in for (ex. snowboarding) or an unexpected physical situation you happen upon (ex. moving a king size mattress up three flights of stairs with your life partner), fitness makes a difference. It prepares your body to deal with physical stress, so you can rise to the occasion, both in the gym and daily life.

I keep this reality top of mind when I’m engaged in a difficult workout – it gives purpose to my effort. During long runs, I think of the endurance that I need to keep up with my kids. During yoga, I remind myself that the balance I’m gaining will support my sporadic surfing attempts. And during training sessions, I focus on the strength, speed and endurance needed for my everyday active life.


Barry’s Bootcamp is my go to studio for grueling training sessions. Every single workout makes me stronger, faster and more fit. I leave feeling confident that I will do life better because of my workout. I’ve gushed about Barry’s before; in summary, its a 60 minute workout that mixes intense cardio drills with serious strength training. I love it because the trainers challenge me beyond my assumed capabilities. Every. Damn. Time. I leave feeling like a crazed she-woman hyped up on endorphins and sweat. Oh, and the music is pretty fun too. It’s such a great feeling to know that I am proactively equipping myself for a life of fitness, both inside and outside of the gym.

Barry’s Bootcamp is gifting one lucky winner with a free 3-class class bundle good for the Irvine location! I am VERY excited about this giveaway. Really, Barry’s kicks the booty like nobody else.

To enter for the chance to win the 3-class bundle to Barry’s Bootcamp Irvine, leave a comment answering the question below by September 3rd.

What is one area of your life that requires a level of fitness from you?

P.S. Barry’s Bootcamp is also offering a new student special right now – 10 classes for $100… which is a total score! Visit their website for more information.

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26 Comments

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    Kristen Howerton
    08/26/2014 at 4:27 pm

    Oh yeah!! Love Barry’s. And for sure, running after my kids requires me to stay in shape.

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    Kayli
    08/27/2014 at 2:19 pm

    Ummm my 38 hour labor and this new mommyhood definitely requires me to be in shape and at my best mentally!!! I need a good ass kicking after this 12 month hiatus! Pick me pick me! 😉

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/27/2014 at 2:29 pm

      Be sure to empty those knockers before you hit the tread! 😉

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      hellodaynatalie
      09/04/2014 at 6:27 am

      Winner winner veggie dinner!! It was your name I picked out of the hat! Congrats!!

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    Micha
    08/27/2014 at 2:28 pm

    I love Barry’s! My athletic A.D.D. requires a lot of athleticism/fitness. I want to race/compete in everything…well except any sport requiring hand eye coordination or heavy weights!

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/27/2014 at 2:50 pm

      We should hit up Barry’s together soon! How is your little girl?!

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    Laura
    08/27/2014 at 2:39 pm

    Lifting my two giant toddlers in and out of their car seats every day requires fitness for sure!

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/27/2014 at 2:50 pm

      Amen! And keeping up with your mini runner on the trail.

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    dreamdoacheive
    08/27/2014 at 4:19 pm

    Staying physically fit and for allows me to do the things I love to do with my family and friends all why towing three kiddos and their gear with me! Physically fit = more fun adventures!

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    Blaire
    08/27/2014 at 7:26 pm

    I think traveling with a baby is an athletic endeavor…I wear work out gear to the airport now and feel pretty justified with all the bending squatting an lifting it requires hahah

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    Melissa Burton
    08/27/2014 at 9:02 pm

    Every frickin’ day requires a level of fitness from me. My 7 year old is active, my business as a SAHWM is fluid and with a husband who travels, one needs to stay physically and mentally alert (at least somewhat).

    Barry’s is killer! Took it in NYC with Natalie Raitano and she kicked my ass hard!

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    A Corner of my Heart
    08/30/2014 at 7:30 am

    Love this perspective! Being a nanny is definitely a huge area of my life that requires a level of fitness for me! Keeping up with all the energy is crazy.

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    Lisa
    08/30/2014 at 7:39 am

    I NEED Barry’s Bootcamp to help kick start me back into a healthy workout routine. I was told not to workout for 10 -12 weeks (I was very ill). I’m back! I’m ready! I was a 5 day a week workout gal!! Can’t wait to try Barry’s!

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    Colleen
    08/30/2014 at 3:36 pm

    Gurl…. Chasing after these munchkins/hell raisers and keeping a clean house I’m constantly moving. Like seriously. Constantly. I’m stoked I have my health and a mobile body that let’s me be as active as I am. Sometimes I don’t even know where I get my stamina from. Jedi forces maybe?

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/31/2014 at 1:13 pm

      And how about your double days at Disneyland with two in tow?

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    Jennifer
    09/01/2014 at 2:33 pm

    Life with 3 boys requires a level of fitness: picking up toys, running upstairs for the wipes I forgot the last time I ran upstairs to get them, sprinting to save the toddler who is about to jump off one of those openings at the top of the playground, being the “big bouncer” on the trampoline with the boys and jumping until my thighs feel like they will burn right through my clothes, going down the water slide with my toddler so many times my bathing suit starts to pill up like I’m 10 again, pushing the jogging stroller uphill with an injured 6 year old on the front and the bike he just fell off on top and the crazy 2 year old in the back yelling, “faster Mommy!” You know- normal mom stuff.

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    Allison Sanden
    09/03/2014 at 7:25 pm

    I thought I was active when I was running in college…and then I had two toddlers. I was wrong. Would love to try Barry’s!

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      hellodaynatalie
      09/04/2014 at 6:26 am

      Ha! I hear you. Let me know when you’re ready to hit up Barry’s and we can go together. xo

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