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How Tempo Member Evelyn Irving Trains in a Week

From the mat to the courts — how she ups her tennis game

Date August 23, 2021
Author Patrick Wong
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Our Tempo Diaries series takes a deep dive into a week in the life of one of our Tempo community members. We get a look at why they train, how they train, and what they get from their Tempo workouts.

Here’s a week in the life of Evelyn “Ev” Irving based in California who after discovering a love for tennis has been consistently using her Tempo to train for her many tennis matches and tournaments. According to Ev, her teammates have noticed a huge change in her on-the-court abilities. Here’s how Ev trains to be an ace on the court and helped take her team, the Ball Busters, to win the San Diego Women’s Tennis Championship.
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Having never played any sports growing up, I found the game of tennis at the age of 47. Within three years I began competing and soon learned that tennis is a rigorous sport. I learned that cross-training was vital but basically struggled with consistency in exercise. For years — before COVID — I had a personal trainer, but now, with my Tempo, I have a smorgasbord of Trainers. It’s like having Lobster Buffet one day, and prime rib the other. And with my turning the big “6-0” this year, it is important that I do everything I can to stay fit. Especially since I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 16 years old. My motivation has always been to play great tennis and avoid injury, and at 60 years old, I want to last! Tempo has given me this and so much more!

My weekly Tempo flow is dynamic and very much driven by my tennis activity for the week. As I am on several tennis teams I typically practice and/or compete 3-4 times per week. Along with my tennis activity, I obviously also train with Tempo. I am currently enrolled in Coach Natalia’s Kickstarter (or as I called it “Kick-my-butt Starter”) program. I aim to take two program classes per week alongside a couple recovery, mobility, or yoga classes to help me recover (both mentally and physically) after tough workouts on the mat or on the court. Overall I try to hit a weekly workout goal of four classes.

It works for me!



Monday – Rest (Look at the Tempo and procrastinate)

Tuesday – I’ll continue one of the programs that I started. Right now, I’m in Natalia’s Kickstarter program and I’ve finished the first three weeks. I will finish, but at my own pace.

Wednesday –I know that I need to get a class in so that I’m not trying to play catch up towards the end of the week in keeping my streak. On this day I typically have a 1-hour private tennis lesson followed by a mobility class. If I’m having sciatica issues I love doing Melissa’s Mobility 101: Unlock Your Hinge” 7-minute quickie. I found and fell in love with Colby’s 30m Recovery: Athletic Release class, too. With those two classes I just slayed sciatica pain!

Thursday – Weekly Tennis Team Practice – My team has team practice every Thursday for 1.5 hours. After practice I enjoy classes like Clarence’s 20 Full Body Recovery: Filling the Tank. Clarence always gets me right!

Friday – I usually go play “Friday Night Live” – our weekly tennis mixer. I will pick up a class if I’ve missed a day, otherwise, this is a rest day after the mixer.

Saturday – I really enjoy spending time with Cole and Mr. Foamie Rollout (20m Full Body Recovery: Foamie Rollout), especially if I hit the courts in the morning. If I don’t hit the courts, it’s the perfect time to pick back up on the Kickstarter program. If I happen to miss more classes during the week, I may throw in another class.

Sunday – Team Tennis Match Day. Post-Match Mobility Class is typically where I’m going. I will initially look for something 20 minutes or less. One of my favorites is Bryan’s 13m Full Body Mobility: Meet Mo Bility. After a sip of Bryan, I will usually follow that with another class like Jeremy’s 7m Full Body Energizer – boy did the family run and hide after that! By today, I usually have at least 4 classes in, often more, and the steak is alive! I love watching it roll over to the next week! Bam!

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Author Patrick Wong
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