Strength Center Re-Invent Yourself Challenge: Week 2

Aaaaannnndd we’re off! Okay, I’m off but you can be too!* (See below)

Remember last week when I mentioned I was starting a fitness challenge? As expected, week 1 kicked my ass. On Monday afternoon I started with Russian Kettle Bells, a challenging workout that gets to your core. Our trainer; the fabulous Sheri, informed us that the workout burned 22 calories a MINUTE. Yes, you read that right.

Let me tell you: Picking up an 8-10 lb weight and swinging it between your legs several times or squatting and standing up fast with it in your hand is one hell of a workout. I knew it was going to hurt afterwards but I had no idea just how much.

When I left the Strength Center around 2 p.m. that day, my legs felt like jelly. I wobbled and was in a little bit of pain but not enough to utter the line I said I would in last week’s post. The next morning though, that famous line was uttered. Actually, it was more like, “What the f**k was I thinking?!My legs were stiff and so sore that I winced just trying to hobble around my apartment. Squatting to use the bathroom was damn near torture.

I pressed on though and continued to push myself with a yoga class at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a private session on Wednesday, and an ass-kicking class called AMP’d on Thursday. Each class pushed me to my limit and then some. I pushed myself harder than I’ve ever been pushed. And it was all worth it. My body may have been in a lot of pain but in my mind I knew it was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed every workout.

What helped most though was the trainers themselves. Each one of them brought energy to the room and to the workouts that kept each one of us motivated and feeling encouraged. When I heard something like, “Great job, Kim!” or “Yes! Awesome! You’re doing fantastic!” it was the extra push that kept me going.

And of course, the ladies as well who are also participating in this challenge. We encourage each other and motivate each other. One of the girls said to me after Kettle Bells, “I feel like a bad ass”. I replied with, “You ARE a bad ass” which led to a high five and a smile.

It’s now the start of week 2 and I am fired up for this week’s workouts. I have a feeling my arms and legs will hurt again but I am ready for it. Positive thinking, right?

I’d like to give another huge thanks to Adam and all the trainers for this awesome opportunity. Here’s to continuing with re-inventing myself and creating a better, stronger, and healthier me.

* Live in Vegas and want to check out the Strength Center? Drop-ins are $10 per class or you can get unlimited classes for $75 a month. If you’re wanting to get in shape, toned, and have a great time with amazing people then I strongly encourage checking it out.

Also, check out the Strength Center on Facebook for class times and more information.

Disclaimer: The Strength Center has compensated me with free participation in the Re-Invent Yourself Challenge. The opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.


  1. Ashley Collingwood says:

    WAY TO GO!!!! Keep it up. Very inspiring, badass!

  2. Hey I remember that comment, high five and smile! You made my whole day! :) Looking forward to feeding off of eachother for the next 8 weeks my friend! We can do it and we are worth the effort and soreness! :) Keep it up!

    • Aww! Glad I was able to put a smile on your face! Thanks for all of your encouragement! You are so right it’s worth the effort and soreness. No pain, no gain..right? :) Keep up the awesome work!

  3. Kim you are amazing!! So glad you are giving this your all. I know it’s tough but it feels so good! Inside and out!!! 7 more weeks to go!

    • Thanks, Stefanie! It’s a major confidence boost and really makes a difference in the day and life in general. I am so thrilled to be a part of this.

  4. Go Kim!! OK now seriously, could you please come kick my ass onto my treadmill? Please??

  5. Yayyy! I’m excited you did the kettle weights- I’ve seen them on TV and wanted to try it, but I don’t think I’d be able to just jump into doing them. haha
    And I’m SO GLAD you wrote about “squatting to use the bathroom” b/c in my head I was thinking “darn it must have hurt for her to pee!” and when I say that to people after my thighs hurt they always look at me like I’m crazy. But, seriously- crouching to get to sit on the toilet hurts your thighs SO BAD after you’ve worked out.

    • They’re hard! To the point of me thinking, “Uh, I need to wait until more of this weight comes off before I even think of doing them again”. I can do them and do like it but it was very uncomfortable for a woman my size.

      And oh yea, it hurt like hell for me to pee. I swear I needed handrails for a few days. Getting up and down was a killer. I’m still hurting a teeny bit as of this comment but not nearly as bad.

  6. Wow! Good job pushing through & meeting your fitness goals. You inspired me to get to the gym today :)

    I totally want to try a kettle bell workout someday!

    Found you through SITS :)

  7. That sounds awesome. Keep pushing through! I’ve heard a lot of great things about working with the kettle bells. I may have to try that.

    • Thanks, Jennifer! Those kettle bells are hard and when you’re carrying a lot of extra weight like I am it’s even harder. I may do it again eventually but for now I’m sticking with workouts that are a little less difficult for me.

  8. Hi Kim, visiting from SITS, great minds think alike, my blog has a coffee named theme too!

    You leave a nice comment on my blog– and LURE me over here and BAM– exercise post.

    We cannot be friends.
    I just ate 6 pieces of pizza.

    You. Me.
    Not friends.

    • LMAO! How about this…

      I’ll forgive you for scarfing down pizza and you can forgive me for an exercise post. Deal? Whaddya say?

  10. You go girl!

    I’ve been TRYING to exercise on a more regular basis but it is so hard to get myself motivated. I do NOT like it…lol! I think maybe I need a class? Or a trainer? To kick my butt!

    • Find the RIGHT trainer and class and I can almost guarantee you’ll start enjoying exercise. And it’s so worth it too. I sometimes wake up in the morning not wanting to get in my workout but once there, I LOVE it no matter how hard it is. The trainers we have are incredibly awesome and motivating.

  11. That’s amazing, Kim!! Good on you, can’t wait to see your bad ass self at the end of the challenge.

    • Thanks, Alison! Already seeing some great changes both mentally and physically but I still have a long way to go. It’ll all be worth it when I no longer have to wear jeans that have a 2 and a second number next to it (ie 22, 24, etc).