No Pain, No Gain

Last night before I fell asleep the muscles in my butt decided to start twisting around each other. The fact that I could feel my glutes ache before I went to sleep didn’t bode well with me.
I knew today would be a long day when my alarm buzzed and I felt my tush cramp before I even turned over to hit the snooze button. My butt ached before I even moved. OUCH.
Despite muttering “ow, ow, ow, ow” this morning during the warm up, my husband and I completed our Kenpo X workout (a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and
kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility, and
), and I actually enjoyed it. My muscles relaxed and warmed up during the workout—thank goodness—but I can only imagine how my body will feel later tonight. 
Despite feeling muscles I haven’t felt in years, I’m LOVING this. I love the feeling I have after a great workout—sore butt and all!

What’s your workout motivation? What pushes you to go for that one extra rep or 10 extra seconds? 
*thanks for your questions from my last post. I’ll answer them in a few days!*


  1. Good job, girl – way to go!
    I usually push myself through a hard workout by thinking that one more rep, 50 more yards or whatever is not that much more. When I run or ride my bike, I often pick a next milepost, tree or whatever that I need to reach, when I get closer, I pick another and so on…

  2. You're kicking ass, Jess!!

    Try a foam roller (bought at any sporting goods store or on amazon) to roll out those sore muscles. Or a cheaper option is just a tennis ball. Lay down and place it under you, on a sore spot, start with very little pressure and roll gently on it, increasing pressure as the muscle loosens up. It's amazing how well it works!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my site, Ms. Adventures in Italy! Since you're moving here, and you're health conscious, you'll probably like the site I recently launched, Food Blogger on a Diet ( – it's about healthy living and some of it is particular to Italy 🙂

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