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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Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist