I’m in my second half of a 60-day workout program BBL (Brazil Butt Lift) and still loving it. Yay! Or rather, loving it more, since I’ve now gotten the hang of it. It wasn’t easy in the beginning because of the intensity. Unlike Tony Horton, the author and trainer of P90X, this instructor, Leandro Carvalho, doesn’t give you any breaks between various exercises—to take a sip of water or wipe the sweat off your forehead—and neither does he explain the moves, expecting you to just imitate the girls on his team, as if you’re a natural. So I struggled to keep up with their fast tempo, falling out of step, losing balance, falling onto my knees, feeling clumsy and downright ridiculous. But I laughed it off and kept shaking and wiggling my butt and lifting and swinging my legs and arms, and my efforts have paid off: I’ve finally memorized, if not fully mastered, all the moves and am doing much better. Yes! My perseverance is not the only thing that has helped me stay the course. Teaming up with my Beachbody coach, Galina Morrissett, who did BBL before and has picked it up again, has been invaluable. We discuss our progress on the phone and on the Internet, and keep each other accountable and motivated. It’s fun!