Tone It Up

Karena, Katrina, and their massive Instagram following (#tiuteam) convinced me to try the Tone It Up Bikini Series.  If you haven’t heard of Tone It Up, here’s a clip from their website:

Karena and Katrina, the founders of the Tone It Up have brought a fresh approach to fitness with their fun, energetic, girlfriend-to-girlfriend method of getting fit.  Since founding Tone It Up, they have built a brand of fitness products, community, retreats, nutrition plans and have graced the pages of Shape, SELF, In Style, Women’s Health and featured in Forbes and People.

Their Tone It Up Nutrition Programs and beach workouts inspire millions of women to live the life of their dreams every day.

Happy So Far

The 8-week Tone It Up Bikini Series started 2 weeks ago and I’ve enjoyed it so far.  Karena and Katrina, two energetic Southern California beach babes, can be a little overwhelming at first.  But you quickly start to fall for them when you start to realize how positive they are, how much they motivate you, and how hard they kick your butt each day.

The first week, I was barely able to do any of the workouts because I was working until 8pm or later every night and was on the road for two days.  I typically try to work out on the road but when you stay up until 1am working on a presentation for the next morning, sleep becomes more important.

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Live Workout on Saturday 5/6 with Karena and her hubby

This past week I really got into it.  I was in town all week and my schedule was manageable.  I was impressed by how challenging the Tone It Up workouts were.  When I woke up to work out Tuesday my legs were a little sore from the HIIT workout the morning before.  After finishing the 35-minute Coachella Booty & Abs Workout that morning (I’d subbed this for the live workout, unsure I’d still be motivated to work out at 7:30pm), I was nervous I wasn’t going to be able to walk.  I then still had to do 15 minutes of totally toned with Katrina.  And to be sure, Katrina’s workout included more glute and ab exercises!

While there are no rest days in the Bikini Series (I know, I’d never heard of this either!), Karena and Katrina did give me some breaks later in the week.  Thursday I was finally able to let my legs recover with some yoga, and on Saturday part of the workout was just a “walk with friends.”

The Downside

The biggest complaint I have so far is the Tone It Up website.  There is content everywhere and I find it difficult to navigate.  Sometimes I even find myself googling “Tone It Up + (whatever I’m looking for)” because that gets me their more quickly.

Also, I reached out to their customer service over a week ago and still have not heard anything back.  I accidentally created two accounts using different email addresses.  My downloads are on one and my profile is on the other.  I’d really like to merge the two but can’t seem to get in contact with anyone!*

*Update: Two days after originally posting this article, Tone It Up support reached out to me and fixed the issue with no questions asked!

Looking Ahead

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My Simple Tone It Up Workout Setup

Despite the website challenges, I am excited for the next five weeks of the Bikini Series.  I am already thinking about how the Daily Workout will be a great resource for me even after the Bikini Series on days that I am just not sure what I want to do for exercise.  I love that most of the workouts only require a light set of hand weights.  I can squeeze them in at home or on the road.

Now, whether or not I can continue to fit in a Bikini Series workout everyday is the big question.  The fact that the workouts are only posted for 24-hours helps motivate me to get them done, but it also doesn’t leave me with much flexibility.  I’m not sure how I’ll fit all the workouts in during crazy work weeks.

While I continue the daily workouts, I am also planning to look into their Nutrition Programs.  I’m not sure I’ll sign up for the full nutrition plan just yet, but I’m sure I can find some good inspiration from their Recipes.

Stay tuned for more updates on my experience with the Bikini Series and Tone It Up!


  1. I’m following the bikini series, too! I started posting the workouts on my blog since they only stay up for 24 hours. You can check them out there if you ever miss a workout and want to catch up.

    YES, the daily workout is something I’ve used ever since I found TIU last summer. It’s so nice to just log onto the site and not think about what to do for exercise that day. Especially since I like variety.


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