Sometimes when you feel you can’t…you can!

So Ms. Big Belly (me) is back in total body class. It’s a miracle!

A little history:

Ever have that one class that you hatehatehate, but love at the same time because it gives you amazing results? Well, that class is total body for me! This is a lot of insane plyometrics, and advanced weight training. I never knew I could actually lift 24lb body bars with ease until I began taking this class. This class is probably THE most popular class at my gym, and the instructor…well…he is a very very good trash talker. I consider myself the queen of smack talk myself so it is never a dull class!!

Even though it’s one of my toughest classes, I miss it. Simply because it hurts so goooood! I feel incredibly strong in that class, and my instructor, as annoying as he is, pushes me further and further so I never ever stall or get bored in a routine.

Since this is the first pregnancy where I am actually working out throughout, I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to exercising. I figured, somewhere in my head, at six months I’d stop going to total body and walk on the treadmill and keep it nice and safe. I hadn’t been to class in about 7 weeks.

Until today!

Even though I am super round, achy, and yes super round, my instructor saw me and the bestie today and pretty much demanded that I go despite my protests that I “can’t” do anything.

He was right!

Class was awesome, I did dead lifts, lunges, squats, a little bit of pushups, lots of bicep curls and so much more! I mean my quads are going to h-u-r-t in the morning but it’s all good, it was a fantastic workout. (please don’t tell my instructor that, I’ll never ever give him the glory!)

I gotta say, after having not so nice feeling days, today was a good one. Just holding the body bar made me feel normal again.

I even have another regular who is preggo like me (a certified personal trainer), and she taught ME tips on how to weight lift in modified ways. Score!

My confidence in my body is back, and I learned a lesson never to count myself out even before I give myself a chance…Let’s just see where the workout journey goes!

Workout Log:

45 Minutes of Total Body Class



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Wow. You sound amazing.
    I am afraid to go to my gym because I am so fat.
    I am glad you loved your class. Hope your pregnancy continues to go smoothly. I love your blog header. What a great picture up there. Very cool!

  2. Hi!

    Seriously please don’t be afraid of *anything* much less your gym because of your weight! The gym is a place of transformation (at least for me) regardless of what size I am. Thank you for the blog love.

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