March 19, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
The new season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars hasn’t even premiered yet, but one contestant already has an injury.Â The Bachelor‘s Jake Pavelka has pulled three muscles in his back, but the sexy pilot is working through the pain. Keep reading for more details on his injuries, his support from Vienna, and his partner Chelsie Hightower’s secret weapon…
ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars‘ new season kicks off on Monday, March 22nd, butÂ The Bachelor‘s Jake Pavelka will be performing in pain.Â ”Right now, I have three pulled muscles in my back,” Pavelka says after his rigorous dancing schedule. He’s not willing to let a little injury set him back though.Â ”You just ignore it. I also have two blisters on my feet,”Â The Bachelor says. “I am not a woe-is-me guy, who plays the sympathy card. It is just what it is.”
Aside from the setback, Pavelka says he’s been working very hard to do well onÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars and his new disciplined schedule shows it. After waking up at 5:30am everyday to pray and meditate,Â The Bachelor fixes aÂ 800-calorie shake made from oatmeal, eggs, a banana and blueberries, and studies dance videos for almost an hour before meeting up with partner, Chelsie Hightower.
Hightower doesn’t seem to think all that extra work is necessary since she has a plan of her own.Â ”He doesn’t know it yet, but my plan is to make this our secret weapon,” she says while gesturing to Pavelka’s ripped abs. Injured and shirtless or not, one person will be rooting Pavelka towards victory onÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars: fiancee Vienna Girardi.Â ”Vienna is my number 1 fan,” Pavelka says. “She has been incredible through all of this. She will be cheering me on. It might surprise everybody that she might have a couple friends in the audience that people don’t know are friends.”