This past week, I started the first week of the Tone It Up Summer Tone Up.  And despite my legs feeling like jelly, I’m so glad I signed up for this program.  Below is an overview of my week, my pros and cons and how I performed over the week.

Brief Overview of My Week

After one week, I can definitely say the program is tough.  I was able to complete most of the Weekly Schedule provided and even incorporated some additional workouts.  I really loved the live workout the TIU girls Karena and Katrina held on Monday night.  I’ve wanted to do one of their live workouts forever.  And it totally didn’t disappoint.  The workout was fun, challenging and overall a great way to work out with other TIU girls

I skipped the workouts on Tuesday due to helping my sister work on her upcoming home decor subscription box (if you are interested, check out @my_charm_box on Instagram for launch details).  Instead, I just doubled up the workouts on Wednesday evening.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw I spent Thursday night running in a 5k-ish race through the streets of Indianapolis.  It’s a great race series called Run (317) where you run 3.17 miles through different neighborhoods in Indianapolis.  This race was through the Massachusetts Avenue area and the Old Northside of Indianapolis.  It was beautiful scenery to run through, but the 90+ degrees temperature made it hard to really enjoy it.  While this counted for my 30 minutes of cardio, I did not do any of the required abs workout (mostly because I thought I was dying at one point).

The workouts for Friday and Saturday were both full body workouts, including one that incorporated yoga moves.  Sunday was supposed to be a 5k run or walk and 5 stretching moves.   However, we had 2 birthday parties and I was exhausted from a busy Saturday so I decided to take a rest day.

Overall, it was a really good week.  Luckily, my schedule allowed for me to do each workout right when I came home from work.  I also kept my eating on track (not including the giant nachos I ate after my race).

Pros and Cons of the Program

As with anything, there were some pros and there were some cons.  The live workout on Monday night was so much fun and was such a great workout.  One thing that makes TIU shine is the personalities of their lead gals.  Katrina and Karena really know how to make the workouts fun and challenging.

The workouts are tough.  Even though some of them are short (15 minutes or less), they really are a hard workout.  I also ways appreciate a workout that does not take very long, but makes me feel completely exhausted.

My only complaints come mostly because of the time zone difference and my own laziness.  Because I am in the midwest, the timing of the live workouts is not always the most convenient.  The workout on Monday  night was at 8pm, which is a little later than I like to workout.  But, there isn’t a lot TIU can do about this being there is a 3 hour difference.

I could also do without the toning moves.  Not that I don’t like them and they aren’t great moves.  But because they are separate, I have a tendency to skip them.  For example, I did not do them on Friday and cut some of them out on the other days.  Now, I admit this is partly due to my laziness, but it would be nice if the moves were incorporated into the workout for that day.

Update to my stats

Prior to starting the program, TIU made you record a certain number of stats.  In my post last week, I listed my starting points for some of those stats.  Here are my results after week #1:

Stat Start Week 1
Weight 184  N/A**
Push-ups (per minute) 27  35
Sit-ups (per minute) 20  20
Jump Squats (per minute) 30  33
Burpees (per minute) 15  18
Plank (how long held) 62 seconds  70
**Please note that I did not weigh myself at the time of this post.  I always weigh myself on Tuesday mornings before work.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I did make some improvements in the number of push-ups, burpees, and jump squats I can do.  It is always hard to see a difference after one week of a fitness program, but I did start to notice some definition in my biceps muscles (now if I could just get rid of that old lady flab underneath!).

Probably the biggest change I’ve noticed is my sleep.  Two weeks ago, my sleep was super restless, to the point I wasn’t actually getting much sleep.  But my sleep seemed to do a complete turn around this week.  I slept like a baby most nights and felt pretty refreshed the next day.

Looking forward to this week

Well, this week will be interesting.  I am trying a barre class on Tuesday night.  I. Can’t. Wait.  I’ve wanted to do a barre class forever, but it’s either been too expensive or just not convenient.  This class, though, is being held at one of my favorite wineries, Mallow Run.  So not only am I going to get a good workout, I’m going to get to drink some great wine afterwards (pretty sure that probably negates the workout, but meh).

If you are doing the Summer Tone Up, let me know how it is going!  Let’s support each other in our quest to be healthy and happy people.  Follow me at @beyondthecubicleblog on Instagram.