Lisa Vanderpump Bruises: Tough Work ‘Dancing With the Stars’

March 25, 2013 Updated: March 28, 2013

Lisa Vanderpump Bruises: The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star is now a “Dancing With the Stars” star, and she’s found training “so much harder than I thought.” From Vanderpump’s bruises, to Jacoby Jones’s post-Super Bowl knee surgery, “Dancing With the Stars” training has proved challenging for this season’s contestants.

Lisa Vanderpump, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, told Access Hollywood that her training for “Dancing With the Stars” has left her battered and bruised, but she remains optimistic, saying if you “screw up, that’s the journey isn’t it?”

“I look OK on the outside, but inside I’m falling apart,” Vanderpump, 52, told Access Hollywood on March 22. The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” (DWTS) began March 18, with the customary three or more weeks of training preceding it.

“I’m covered in [bruises],” she said. “I mean, it’s so much harder than I thought it would be! I have to be honest. It should come with a health warning.”

Her dance partner, Gleb Savchenko, tweeted on March 21, “Practicing the lift with @LisaVanderpump just been dropped on the floor.” The photo attached to the tweet is, however, of him lying on the floor smiling with Vanderpump bending over to help him up, not the other way around.

Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens had his troubles with training for this season’s DWTS. He had to have knee surgery after his team won the Super Bowl.

His dance partner, Karina Smirnoff wrote in a Fitness Magazine blog post on March 19: “As most of you know, training and rehearsing for a dance is extremely challenging both physically and mentally. This, coupled with the fact we only had a solid week to prep, made us have to fast track what is normally 3-plus weeks to rehearse.”

“Even though time wasn’t on our side, we dug in and gave it our all,” Smirnoff said. “I am extremely excited to have such an  athletic, charming, and hardworking partner in Jacoby.”

Figure skater Dorothy Hamill told Access Hollywood earlier this month that her challenge has been moving on shoes instead of skates, and balancing on the dance floor instead of on ice. She’s also usually a solo skater, and now she has to follow the lead of partner Tristan MacManus.

DWTS performer Derek Hough described the training atmosphere to Entertainment Weekly in 2010: “You don’t think about being eliminated actually. You concentrate on nailing your routines and for the most part everyone really is supportive of everyone else. It’s always competitive, but healthy competition.”