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Bergenfield Mom To Other Women: We Can Do More Than We Think

"That's my back," Kirin Hart wrote on an Instagram post. She says progress takes patience.
"That's my back," Kirin Hart wrote on an Instagram post. She says progress takes patience. Photo Credit: Kirin Hart
Kirin Hart of Bergenfield is a Teaneck Spanish teacher and mom by day... and a ninja at night.
Kirin Hart of Bergenfield is a Teaneck Spanish teacher and mom by day... and a ninja at night. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Hart climbs anything she can.
Hart climbs anything she can. Photo Credit: Kirin Hart
Hart takes a break from lifting to climb around Retro Fitness.
Hart takes a break from lifting to climb around Retro Fitness. Photo Credit: Kirin Hart
Hangin' around in the squat rack.
Hangin' around in the squat rack. Photo Credit: Kirin Hart
Hart makes her way through the mud pit.
Hart makes her way through the mud pit. Photo Credit: Kirin Hart

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Kirin Hart usually sticks to jump ropes and pull-ups when she trains at Retro Fitness Hackensack.

But an insensitive comment about her body from a man got Bergenfield mother so angry that she took to scaling a beam in the gym.

A comment similar to that of the one at Retro got her moving is the one that got her moving five years ago.

"One of the things I've noticed about myself, and most women would, is that we can do a lot more than we think we can," Hart said.

"We can do hard things, we can do weird things and we can do fun things. The 'I can't' is in our heads."

It started in 2011 when Hart was sick and tired of hating her body.

"My husband gave me an option," said Hart, a middle school Spanish teacher in Teaneck. "I could either stop complaining about my body or start working out and keep complaining."

She chose fitness.

The athlete spent her first year in the gym walking on the treadmill before wandering into foreign territory and lifting weights.

The movements became increasingly more unorthodox and Hart noticed a change in her body and confidence.

Two years and a half years ago, Hart ran her first obstacle race.

She won the Vikin Double obstacle race over the summer and came in 10th at the Civilian Military Combine in September in Brooklyn.

Most recently, Hart was an American Ninja Warrior course-tester and raced the Obstacle Course Race World Championship.

"Grown-ups don't get to have much fun — and this is fun," the mother of two said. "If time was no concern I'd train all day."

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