Event Recap: Tone It Up Tour

The fitness world seems to have exploded over the last week with all the fun and excitement of the Tone It Up Tour! TIU is a huge online fitness community and the two co-founders have taken the sweaty fun and brought it on the road. Obviously, we had to go! The first 4 stops of the tour were DC, NYC, Boston, and Philly. Pam attended NYC on Friday evening then we both traveled with our girls to Philadelphia for some meetups on Saturday and the tour on Sunday. Definitely recommend going to a meet up the day before- especially to go hang out in a new city!

Since there are still 11 more cities left in the TIU Tour, we wanted to give you our inside scoop to make sure you have an amazing time just like we did 🙂 Whether you are going GA or VIP, it is going to be so much fun. Just remember, this fitness festival is going to be what you make of it ❤

Step 1: Getting in line. Honestly, the line moved so quickly that it was smooth sailing into the venue. The line will get long though, so don’t wait to arrive until the doors open. We brought cards with us and played a few rounds of “Asshole” to pass the time. Once you get in, you’ll get your swag bag & bracelet then head to the stage and put your yoga mat down so you and your girls have a good spot together.

Step 2: Choose your activities strategically so you don’t have to wait in line. Zeel has massage tables set up for a nice 5 minute back massage 🙂 The line was short so we hopped on it immediately. Keep in mind there is also a braid bar (that line got super long and stayed that way all afternoon) and merchandise for sale. If you want merch then that has to be your first stop because they have a limited supply of sizes/colors of each item.

Step 3: Each tour stop has 3 workouts which are about 25-30 minutes long. Core Power yoga, an ass-kicking by Jillian Michaels, and some booty/core work with K&K. Feel free to skip workouts, branch away from your squad, and do your own thing! We skipped the yoga session and took that opportunity to hit up the photo booths, sample Krave and kombucha, make rose quartz beaded bracelets, and more! Pam and her cranky hamstring didn’t do much of the workouts at the NYC stop and had the best time ever! Partially due to the rose garden and in part due to all the amazing women who were all hanging out!


Step 4: If you have a VIP ticket then the rose garden is going to be a blast! They stamp your arm for meet & greets then call you by groups- aka no crazy line. In the meantime, you get to chill with your friends, drink rose, and hit up the denim bar. You can also come and go from the VIP area back out to the festival and peruse the vendors that are set up.

If you go in just looking for K&K, you’re going to be disappointed. This tour is all about the girls and the TIU Community. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with girls who may not live in your city or you have only spoken with through Instagram. Because Philly & NYC are so close, there were a bunch of girls we knew and also so many opportunities to make new friends!

PS: Bring snacks! There are food trucks stationed among the vendors, but if you’re ballin’ on a budget, you can bring in food. We brought almonds and protein bars to hold us over after all those workouts 🙂

Who else went to the TIU Tour this past weekend?! We would love to connect with you! Share your favorite part of the festival below ❤ Who is going in the next few weeks? Where? What are you most excited about?!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

Running Sucks, but only for 5 Minutes

IMG_0565Okay, your shoes are tied and new playlist is lit, it’s time to go for a run… you can do this. *Insert some mantras about being strong* Music starts and you’re getting yourself warmed up. Let’s go- one foot in front of the other. Your heart rate starts to pick up and you begin breathing a little bit faster. Keep moving those legs… heart rate is still climbing as you’re trying to catch your breath. OMG. Why am I running? It’s only been one minute?! Keep going, keep moving. As you continue running it doesn’t seem to be getting any better… Only 2 minutes?! How can I keep moving *I am strong* How does anyone do this for miles and miles?! You approach the three minute mark and start to fall into a rhythm. Your heart rate is up but you don’t quite feel out of breath anymore. What is this magic?!

Your cardiovascular system is especially crucial during exercise as oxygen demand and waste production in your active muscles increase. The initial responses of your cardiovascular system allow your body to meet the increased demands placed on it with exercise. The average resting heart rate is about 60-80 beats per minute. At the onset of exercise, your heart rate and breathing rate begin to pick up to meet the increased demand for oxygen by your body. Your heart rate is proportional to the intensity of the exercise- as intensity increases, so will your heart rate. Going from walking to a high intensity activity such as running will quickly increase your heart rate.

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Side note… is anyone else running the Beach2Beacon on August 5th??

As you settle into a rhythm and maintain your pace, your heart rate will even out at a certain number of beats per minute. Your breathing rate will follow suit while both remain elevated above resting levels. This plateau is referred to as “steady state” and is the optimal heart rate for your body to meet the demands of the work (running) which you are doing. Steady state takes a few minutes to achieve and is not the same for everyone. For elite athletes, their bodies may be able to adapt to these physical demands quickly and reach steady state under 3 minutes. For those who may not be as physically fit, it could take upwards of 4-5 minutes to reach this plateau. Those who are not as conditioned may also have a higher heart rate at the same exercise intensity (in this case, running pace).

Let’s be honest, those first few minutes of running might suck. As you continue to run for a little bit longer with each week, you will continue to build your endurance. Increased cardiorespiratory endurance (heart and lungs) relates to the body’s ability to sustain prolonged, dynamic exercise using large muscle groups. In this case, we are talking about running longer distances and being able to deliver oxygen rich blood to those working muscles. Being able to maintain this level for longer periods of time shows improvements in aerobic fitness.

Anyone out there new to running? Any of our experienced runners have a story to share? Maybe something about your fitness or training journey! Share it in the comments below!

❤ Louise

 

5 Rules for Strength Training

Running, swimming, and biking are all great forms of aerobic exercise. But what about anaerobic exercise? How do you incorporate strength training into your workout regimen or marathon training? As much as we love going out for a long run, strength training is such a critical part of our routines and has helped us become better runners! From body weight exercises to Olympic lifts, we have tried it all! But what is best for someone may not be appropriate for another person.

Let’s take it back to the basics: here are my 5 Simple Rules for Strength Trainingimg_4190

1. Strength training is for everyone. It is so important for your exercise routine because increasing your lean muscle mass helps increase your metabolism a.k.a turning you into a “metabolic machine.” In addition, lifting weights gives you increased bone strength, better posture, and decreased back pain. The same workout routine of a bodybuilder, however,  is not appropriate for everyone; it is specifically formulated with heavy weights and long duration. Make sure your workout is appropriate for you and your goals!

2. Challenge Yourself. Toning and building muscle are the same thing, it’s just the degree to which you stress your muscles. Lots of people want toned muscles, but fear becoming bulky. Rest assured, this is not the case! While men have a greater hormone availability and lean muscle mass, everyone’s muscles can only do one of two things: either get bigger or get smaller. When you lift weights that challenge your muscles, you actually create small tears in the muscle fiber. This is why you may feel sore the next day! Your muscles repair themselves, allowing them to grow stronger and a little bit bigger.

3. Rest for 48 hours in between. You know that soreness you feel the day after lifting? Lifting weights breaks down muscle fibers then they rebuild themselves a little bit stronger. Not everyone needs to have a “shoulder/leg/back day” but it’s important to let your body rest between strength training sessions of the same muscle group. If you are lifting back to back days, then start by dividing your workouts into upper and lower body days followed by rest.

4. Abs are the same as every other muscle group. Meaning that the same way your legs become sore and need rest after a day of squats and leg press, your abdominal muscles are no different. Choose quality ab exercises instead of performing “all of the crunches.” Just like your other muscle groups, make sure they get a break before completing another abdominal workout. Remember that increasing the total lean muscle mass in your body- not just abdominal muscles-  will help you burn more calories throughout the day, shed the layer of fat over your muscles, and achieve the look you want- “toned.”

5. Form is important! This is probably the most important rule of all because you don’t want to end up hurting yourself. Properly executing exercises will help to avoid injury and ensure you get the most out of your workout. When you’re getting to the end of a set, don’t sacrifice your form just to finish out the repetitions. Many people worry about starting a strength training routine because they are unsure of how to lift free weights or use the machines at their gym. Start by doing a little research or join a friend for their workout!

Bottom line: whether your goal is to lose weight, become stronger, or add muscle mass, strength training needs to be a part of your exercise routine.

❤ Louise