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.