YearOfFit – Why I’ve Already Failed the TIU Bikini Series

This is a bit of a rambling post if I’m honest, and in no way am I slating the Bikini Series, I just want to talk about why it hasn’t worked out for me.

I love Tone It Up. Karena and Katrina are so inspiring and I’ve loved their videos for a while now, so I was really excited to sign up for this year’s bikini series. It’s an 8 week programme that is totally free to join, with daily workouts, check ins and support from all the other participants, and even healthy recipes to get you on your way. Its a fabulous programme, and I was so excited to be a part of it.

I lasted a week.

Here’s the deal. Yes, its an great programme; the workouts are perfect and the videos are so much fun to work along with, but it just didn’t fit in with me and my regular workout schedule and my lifestyle, for these reasons:

You have to follow it to the day

This may have been my own misunderstanding, but I thought it was an 8 week programme that you could start whenever you fancied, but because the daily workout moves are only available on the website on that day, then *poof*, new ones appear the next day. This meant that given I was in Disneyland Paris in the first week of the series and planned on starting the following week, I ended up having to check the workouts, write them down, and then do them the following week, which was a bit silly.

I have my own running schedule

The programme includes a running planned called 100 by Summer, which I think is great; running is so good for you. My run training schedule, however, is something that I carefully devised for myself based on my upcoming races, and as an existing runner, not all of my run days matched up with the TIU run days.

I don’t have equipment at home

Again, I reiterate: I love the Tone It Up workout videos, they’re ideal for doing at home. The problem I had with them, however, is that often they include equipment such as dumbbells and kettlebells, which I have access to at the gym, but not at home, and personally, I think I’d feel a bit silly doing a YouTube video in the corner of my gym.

I train a lot

I already visit the gym 3-4 times a week, and do at least half an hour with a personal trainer each week, so sometimes my leg day doesn’t link up with leg day on the programme etc. I’m also stupidly injury prone, so I know that I need a rest day every week or two; I could easily take a rest day on the programme by just skipping a day, but there aren’t any particularly stated, so I’d just kinda feel like I’m cheating!

I live in England

The weather here sucks sometimes. I’d love to get down the beach or out in the garden to do the workouts, but when its bucketing down in the great British summer, its not exactly appealling..

I really hope this post hasn’t come across as too negative about the programme; I do honestly think its great and I’ve seen so many amazing transformations through it, it just didn’t work out for me. I wish it did because its a lot of fun, and I have and still will be using some of the videos and workout moves in my regular fitness regime, but I’m taking it more as inspiration than a routine!

Have you tried the TIU Bikini Series?

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Friday Favourite Five – Fitness Brands

Today is such an exciting day for me. If you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen me harping on about The Happiest Fitness Co, which is my new fitness brand, and today is the official launch day, yay! I’ll tell you all more about it tomorrow, promise!

So keeping on theme, today I’m sharing my top five fitness brands!

1. Fabletics

I love cute workout clothes and Kate Hudson is a huge idol of mine so of course I’m in love with Fabletics, and I really struggle to press that ‘skip this month’ button sometimes, to the pain of my bank account..

2. Sweaty Betty

Some of the most beautiful prints and gear ever, and such a wonderful workout ethic behind the brand!

3. Blogilates

Originating on the YouTube scene, Cassey Ho and her Blogilates brand are one of my latest obsessions. As well as fun workout videos, there’s pretty workout clothes and accessories, yay!

4. Tone It Up

Another, more recently discovered by me, YouTube fitness sensation, Tone It Up also has some incredible workout videos, and more amazing gear, apparel and also nutrition!

5. Asics

As a runner,¬†finding the right shoe is a pretty big deal, and after retiring my Nikes, my new GT-1000s are it for me. The staff at Asics stores always take the time to make sure everyone has the right shoes for their feet and running style, and that’s super important in my eyes.

Do you have a favourite fitness brand?

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Another Fitness Wishlist

Its been a little while since I shared a wishlist with you, and you know they basically go one of two ways: Disney or fitness. Today is the latter!

Keeping fit is such a huge part of my life now, and I’m forever looking for new ways to stay motivated, whether it be new workout clothes, adding something new and different to my routine or finding some great new healthy recipes, and I’ve found myself once again making lists of things to blow my hard-earned cash on..

Wishlist

I love how colourful this one is too!

So first up we’ve for the Eco Yoga Towel from Yoga Design Lab, which is so beautiful and bright I fell in love! I know its not a proper yoga mat, but I’ve got one of them and I think this would be great to take down to the beach in the summer and I miss doing yoga so I think a new toy will get my butt back into gear with my inner self.

How cute is this pastel foam roller and band set from Tone It Up? You might be familiar with their Youtube workouts, but they also sell cute fitness gear! I’ve been thinking about getting my own foam roller for a while now, and this mint/coral combo is perfect! Another recovery item, after having issues with my knee for a few months now, I’m looking to get a trigger point massage stick in the near future.

Ok, another fitness craze that I’m kinda wanting to get into is the weighted hula hoop. Now I’ve always been awful at hula hooping, but I still wanna try it and I think this multi-coloured hoop is the prettiest!

A relatively new fitness brand to the scene, Pink Soda clothing is available from JD Sports, and I’m crushing on this mint/black reversible sports bra big time! Rounding out this wishlist, I’m a real sucker for a cookbook, and Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw looks like its going to be packed with healthy, wholesome foodie goodness.

Are you gearing up for a summer of fitness fun? Don’t forget to follow my #YearOfFit series!

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