Week 1 of Madeline Moves' new #TIGHTERTOGETHER program is officially in the books!!! I can hardly walk, but hey, it's DONE!
Since this is a brand new program that just launched, I figured I'd write a review for those of you wondering if it's for you or not.
First off, Madelin Moves is a teach by day and a fitness guru by night. She's the creator of Move Sweat Shred and now Tighter Together. Go give a girl a follow ... she's the cutest, most down-to-earth girl on the planet. Her real-ness, sweetness and passion to connect and make others better sealed the deal for me.
The last time I saw something like this take off like it has was BBG (Bikini Body Guide) with Kayla Itsines. One thousand people joined this challenge in one week. Girls are creating Instagram accounts just to document their #TT journey. I have a feeling this is a start of a beautiful and powerful movement. And I'm so glad to be a part of the beginning.
WHAT IS TIGHTER TOGETHER?
WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Madeline personally calculated each person's macro requirements (carbs, fats and proteins) based on the goal of fat loss, height, weight and age, as well as daily activity (not including the program workouts). Macronutrients are basic components of every food and are grouped by their highest content (chicken=protein; pasta=carb; butter=fat).
Before the program, we all received our macro counts for both "Low Carb Days" and "High Carb Days." To make sure you stay within your allotted amounts, it's crucial to weigh and track ALL OF YOUR FOOD! I feared this process as I thought it would be obsessive and bring back my eating-disorder food mentality, but it has actually given me food freedom. If it fits in your macros, then go for it! Hello, glass of wine ... or 2 ;)
But, know that learning to weigh your food and counting your macros is a LEARNING PROCESS (and a definite headache when just starting). You have to be patient with yourself.
Quick story: the first night of prepping my food, it took what felt like hours and I literally threw my hands up, dropped it all and walked out! No joke.
It has gotten better since then (6 days ago, ha). But to be quite honest, I've been relying more on my Fitness Pal to help track my macros. With that said, I do use the food scale when I need to get an accurate measure, like when I cooked sweet potato fries or needed to measure out the right portion of black beans for each tupperware container.
Since this challenge is a shorter version of Madeline's 8 Week Coaching Program, we are expediting the fat loss process while maintaining or building muscle with cycling carbs.
The science behind carb cycling: your body will be depleting it's carb sources over the course of two to three days and then replenished for the purposes of energy during more taxing workouts (leg and glute days) and restoring healthy hormone levels. The process helps your metabolism to stay fueled during a caloric deficit and prevents plateaus as your body isn't able to reach a homeostasis due to the carb manipulation.
The carb cycling coupled with the type of circuit training in this program gives us the most "bang for our buck" in a 30-day span.
To effectively track my macros, I am using a meal-tracking app—Fitness Pal. Each piece of food I put in my mouth also goes in my Fitness Pal! I used to despise food journaling or meal tracking, but it takes the headache out of weighing food and helps you to know where you sit with your macro count. I've even been planning my days ahead and putting my meals into Fitness Pal so I'm sure to meet my macro needs. If I go over or under, I know ahead of time if I need to add certain macros to my daily intake. As obsessive as it sounds, it motivates me and gives me peace of mind that I'm on track.
Who would have thunk that I'd be an advertisement for Fitness Pal?!?! If you know me, I'm more about mindful eating vs. tracking. But, I have to say, for the purpose of this challenge, it's a super helpful tool
After purchasing the #TighterTogether app, you automatically get entered into the BEST Facebook accountability group ever. Little did I know that this community would extend to Instagram and Snapchat, too. Many of the girls created new Instagram accounts to track their #TT journey (much like BBG or TIU girls do) and a good 50 of us have an ongoing Snapchat group chat to share our daily struggles (alcohol, weekends and negative body image), wins, and daily life (our dogs, boys, etc.). It's the most unique fitness community I've ever experienced and I'm so, so grateful for them.
Each week, Madeline gives away prizes based on completion of the program, engagement in the Facebook group and sharing of our experience on other social media platforms. Prizes include $100 Lululemon gift card, other cool fitness products and a $1000 grand prize (I'M COMING FOR YOU .. WATCH OUT GIRLS!)!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED (this program is MINIMAL which is AWESOME!)
WHAT I'M ADDING TO THE PROGRAM:
Pre-workout, my Herbalife supplements and shakes, as well as my typical multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, calcium and green tea supplements.
I work the shakes into my macros (2 scoops of Herbalife Formula 1 is 11C/1F/9P with 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk mixed in: .3C/.8F/.3P). Pre-workout is my God-send—it gives me maximum energy and fires up fat burning (cha-ching). If you haven't tired a pre-workout to amp up your fitness routine, I HIGHLY suggest you try one. My recommendation is Cardio Cuts by NDS Nutrition (not just for cardio—no one knows why the company titled it that!) or C4 Ripped. The Green Tea and Herbalife Cell-U-Loss supplements increase fat burning and water release throughout the day. My multivitamin and fish oil is a staple for every day—multivitamin ensures I fill all my nutritional voids (vitamins and minerals) and fish oil provides Omega fats which help with fat loss, but also are good for the brain (hello mood & mind booster). Magnesium and calcium I take for muscle recovery, relaxation and better sleep.
MY ONLY FEEDBACK
My one struggle with this program is how long the workouts are . With cardio AND 3 circuits, I'm averaging about 2 hours of working out a day. With that said, you can mold the workout plan to work for your schedule. I'm launching a business and am always on the go and it's hard to go from start to finish in one sitting. So, I break it up—usually fasted cardio (LISS or HIIT) in the morning and circuit training in the evening. This way, I can also plan my carbs for the first part of the day so I have enough fuel to sustain the long circuit workouts in the evening (when my energy is usually low and I just want to plop on the couch).
I'm down 2.5 pounds in 6 days and am feeling tighter than ever. Side abs are even popping out. WOO!
HERE'S to the next 3 weeks #TT ladies! Let's do some work!
Thank you, Madeline. xoxo
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