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Silver Linings and Sweaty Accomplishments

The last several days have been great in some ways and not so great in other ways, but today I’d like to talk about a silver lining.  Last week during one of my interviews, I spent some time working out at the fancy gym that I’ve referred to in past posts.  The gym, which is actually called Peak Performance, is the nicest gym in the area, and several months ago I had to make a decision about whether I’d join that gym or not.

Ultimately, I knew that I couldn’t because it didn’t make financial sense I’m gone too much, but since then I’ve paid for a day pass on several occasions because I’m obsessed with the ladder.  If you read my blog or follow me on twitter then you’re probably already keenly aware of my love for this machine.

The ladder (aka Kenlie's favorite workout ever!)

Anyway, when we were trying to settle on a location for one of my interviews, I told the (charming and utterly handsome) reporter that I’d love to do the interview at my favorite gym!  And the folks at Peak were happy to oblige.  They were so gracious. I walked in expecting to do an interview, maybe use the ladder then move on with life, but what happened instead was pretty fantastic.

I walked into that gym and made friends with people who understood my struggles and my goals before I even explained them.  They welcomed me and accepted me just as I am, and they pushed me to test my own limits.  (This happened over the course of about 24 hours.  How cool is that?!)

Rocking the Arc Trainer...

When you’re my size (or any size really) walking into a gym can be intimidating to say the least.  I do it, and if you know me, you know that it hasn’t always been lovely.  I go to different gyms more often than the average person because it seems that I travel more than the average person.  But to walk in and feel welcome and accepted?  That doesn’t happen very often.  In fact, I’ve only had that experience in one other place, Richard Simmons’ studio in Beverly Hills.

Richard makes everyone feel welcome too!

Sunday afternoon I walked into Peak to talk with the owners about a few cool things that are happening, and approximately 3.5 hours later I left…sweating to the core.  My long time friend, M, was there with two of my new, super cool friends L and D.  They invited me to do a little circuit training with them, and they forced me to believe in myself even when I was unsure.  (These girls are tough, man…)

Old friends and new friends...all awesome...

After a few circuits featuring the ladder, the rope, the bosu ball, the arc trainer, the vertical wall and crab walks Meg suggested that I try a plank.  My immediate response was “Oh, I can’t plank yet.  I’ve tried it a million times.”  She said ” Yes you can…Try it a million and one times.  Just try.”  I tried and O-M-G I did it.  I didn’t just do a plank, I did lots of planks!  Suddenly I realized that I could do it so I tried doing it over and over, holding the pose longer each time until I was up to 12.8 seconds.

Making assumptions about me based on how I look would be a big mistake...just saying.

While a plank may not seem like a big deal to some, it was a dream come true for me.  And now I can check one more thing off of the list of “Things Kenlie Wants To Accomplish” even though I plan to get much stronger and fitter.

When I started my journey I exercised because I had to; now I do it because I love it.  I love how working out makes me feel.  My body craves it, and my heart loves it.

The good news is that I’m heading back to the gym today because one of the owners has offered to show me a thing or two, and based on what I’ve heard about her workouts I’m a little scared (in a good way.)

When I’m at Peak, I leave everything else outside and crave long, heart-pounding, sweat-inducing workouts, and that’s exactly what I need today.





Giving Away One of my New Favorites Today

I love to hit the gym, but there are times in which it’s just easier or more appealing to workout at home.  And if you know me, you know that I adore Richard Simmons and his workout DVD’s, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up.  And after meeting Nicole from Spark People last year, I was excited to try her new 28-Day Boot Camp workout DVD.

Coach Nicole and Me at IDEA in LA...

And I love this picture too much not to include it because my lovely friend, Leslie, is standing next to me. =)

Back to the DVD…The 28-Day Boot Camp DVD is excellent for people at any fitness level, and I love it because combining strength and cardio always makes me feel athletic (even when I have to modify the exercises.)  And over the last month, I’ve been reminded that it’s so important to feel good about what you’re doing and that confidence plays a huge role in success.  And I also like that I can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.  You can workout for 10 minutes, 30 minutes or whatever you feel like doing, but you’ll definitely feel the burn.

Do you want to try the DVD?  You can buy it online or at your local Target, but Nicole is going to give one away to one of my readers too.  If you’d like to win it, leave a comment telling me that you want to win.  You can also follow @thecoachnicole on twitter for an additional entry.  Tell her @alltheweigh says hi! =)

Nicole is awesome, Sparkpeople is awesome and her DVD is awesome too so check it out.  And don’t forget to enter to win your own copy!  The winner will be chosen Monday at 9pm central time.  Good luck friends!  Let’s get fit together!

*All opinions in this post are mine, and I have not been paid to endorse this product. Nicole from Sparkpeople will provide the DVD to one winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond from the time the e-mail is sent.  Resident must be 18 years or older and live in the US.