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12 Get-Healthy Success Stories

Meet FITNESS readers who overcame obstacles in their lives to successfully lose weight and become healthier. Get motivated to become your own success story!
April Sargeant I Enrolled in Circus School at 35

April Sargeant, stay-at-home mom, Bothell, Washington

Motivated Mama
"Having three babies in four years really took a toll on my body. On a lark I went to trapeze school with a friend."

Flying High
"After one session I was hooked. When the director invited me to join the adult intermediate fly team class, I couldn't say no. Now for two hours a week I swing on the trapeze and do knee hangs without safety lines."

In Show-Off Shape
"I wasn't sure I'd ever have stomach muscles again, but I do now! My back is also stronger than ever, and I can do seven pull-ups. I used to hide my body, even from my husband, but today I don't mind walking around the house in my underwear."

Get a Hard Core
We asked Sara Haley, creator of the Expecting More prenatal-fitness DVD, for crunch-free ways new moms can sculpt abs like April's.

Punch Combo: Keeping your abs tight, alternate one minute each of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts.
Woodchop: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a single dumbbell in both hands above your right shoulder, elbows slightly bent. Bring the dumbbell diagonally across your body to the outside of your left knee, rotating your torso. Reverse the motion back to the start position. Do 10 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Plank: With your abs tight, balance on your forearms and toes with your elbows under your shoulders and legs extended. Hold for 15 seconds; add five more seconds daily.