Over the past year or so I have really been working hard at expanding my fitness knowledge base and trying new workouts. I have seen a lot of workouts from Tone It Up, but have never tried any of their workouts until today. Due to a mix of curiosity, some workout boredom, my lingering cold, and plenty of muscle soreness, I decided to try the Tone It Up Sunset workout in place of my normal weight lifting for today.
One of the things that I struggle with almost constantly is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Sometimes I end up missing a day’s workout because I am too sore and stiff from the previous workout. Very irritating, but something I haven’t been able to get rid of yet (even after 9+ years of weight lifting). I determined to add some more recovery workouts into my routine so I can exercise daily but still recover adequately.
Today I did the Sunset Workout, but decided to amp it up a bit by adding more reps and rounds. And I moved through the exercises at a good tempo so I could elevate my heart rate, but slow enough to perform each rep with control and purpose to activate all of my muscles.
I enjoyed this workout as a change of pace: I still got to exercise but allowed my body time to recoup (granted, I still increased the intensity). My favorite move was “Praise the Sunset”, which is a mini yoga sequence moving from plank, to chaturanga, to up dog, to down dog, and back to plank. It is a great upper body move that I love!
You can find the original workout and details here. Here are my modifications:
- Warrior Lunge x 15
- Praise the Sunset x 10
- Heehaw with a Twist x 15
- Warm Hug x 15
I repeated this sequence for a total of 4 rounds, with minimal rest between moves. This took me about 30 minutes to complete all 4 rounds.
The Sunset Workout is nice for low- to moderate-intensity days, or as an add-on to my other workout routines. I would like to try some of the other Tone It Up workouts on my weekend rest days (with some additions if needed). Ciao for now : )
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