What I’m Loving – Tone It Up

Hi there! I’ve been getting a few questions about the Tone It Up Plan so I thought now would be a great time for me to do a quick update about how I got started with the program and what I love about it.

After finishing the Body for Life 12 week training program this summer, I was disappointed with the results and ready to switch up my routine. During this time I saw a lot of talk about Tone It Up (TIU) on Twitter and started following the TIU workout videos and blog. I had already began adding more cardio back into my workouts and doing more full body routines. The TIU workouts were the perfect way for me to change things up because most are short (about 30 minutes or less) and require little equipment. Plus I love Katrina and Karena’s (K&K) positive attitudes!

I was enjoying the workout videos and quickly became curious about the nutrition plan. I consulted a few ladies I knew who had previously bought the plan and with their recommendations decided to go ahead and spend the $$ on it, even though it was a little pricey. At the time I bought it there wasn’t a pescatarian plan (now there is) so I went with the vegetarian version. I love reading about nutrition and studying different diet plans so I was excited to read their guidelines and advice.

A lot of the information in the plan was stuff I already know (or already do), but it has a ton of great information for people who are just starting out with trying to move toward a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re making those first steps so it’s nice that the plan lays out everything in a way that’s easy to understand. Plus, there are a few nuggets of new information, like the 7 Day Sim Down, which is great for getting ready for a big event.

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What I like about the plan is that it’s more of a lifestyle than a diet and focuses on eating clean. The basic principles are similar to Tosca Reno’s and as you all know, I love her and her books! The plan pretty much aligns to how I try to eat regularly, but I have picked up a few tips and new recipes that help keep me on track. If you’ve been reading EBF for the past few months you’ve seen my new love of protein pancakes, a recipe I was introduced to through the Tone It Up plan. And if you follow me on twitter and facebook, you’ve probably noticed my mentions of Tone It Up there as well. (Just so you know, those tweets about waking up for a #bootycall are a Tone It Up reference to waking up early to get in a workout. ;))

Typically I’m a morning person so I’ve always liked to exercise in the morning but lately I’ve been staying up too late and sleeping through the little bit of time I have before work to workout. The Tone It Up plan stresses waking up and doing some sort of workout- even if it’s just walking or running 15 minutes from your house and then walking or running the 15 minutes back. It’s a different way of thinking for me because I used to think I needed to get my whole workout in at one time. Since buying the plan I’ve been switching things up a bit by squeezing in 30 minutes of cardio in the morning and doing strength training or core work later on in the day. It works out great for those days I just can’t get myself up early enough for a trip to the gym.

I also really love the community aspect of the being a member of the Tone It Up team. The team is full of supportive people (mainly women) that all have the same goals of getting healthy or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Come to think of it, I have never seen a negative comment on the TIU facebook page or in the online community. Having people to check in with (even if it’s online) can be super motivating and help you realize that you’re not alone in your goal to be a healthier, happier you! I’ve even seen local groups formed from the TIU team where the group plans meet-ups for meals or workouts.

Speaking of which, I have yet to find any TIUers in Richmond. If you’re out there, let me know. πŸ™‚

K&K upload a new workout video every Tuesday (that’s today!) and post other check-in videos throughout the week. The online community, workout videos and emails are all free so I highly recommended checking them out! Some of my favorite workouts are the RUSH, Itty Bitty Bikini, and Shredmill.

To top it all off, I’m going to be working with Katrina and Karena as a Tone It Up ambassador and will be collaborating with them in the near future. I’m totally pumped about this opportunity as I love the Tone It Up girls, the team and the overall mission to help people get healthy. This blog is about helping others realize that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge and that working out can be fun so the collaboration seemed like a natural fit!

I think that’s all I have for today. Have a lovely Tuesday and don’t forget to check out the Tone It Up Tuesday workout that will be released today.

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  1. Love the Tosca Reno books πŸ™‚

  2. YAY! I’m so happy you’re going to be collaborating with them soon! I love the TIU lifestyle. All the girls are so supportive of everything, not just healthy eating and workouts. I can talk to them about anything. I wish I had TIU girls in my area! There are none πŸ™

  3. Sounds interesting. Maybe I missed it, is there a specific goal you are shooting for or are you just trying to rev up your diet? Do you find the recipes are worth it so far as someone who already creates a lot on her own?

    • Hey Kelly – I don’t have a specific goal in mind, I bought the plan primarily out of curiosity but I think it’s helped me to stay on track health wise, just with changing up my workouts and with new recipe ideas. Even though I come up with my own recipes I am a recipe lover so I take any chance I get to see new recipes (on blogs, in cookbooks, magazines or what have you). πŸ™‚

  4. Great post! I’ve been on the fence about whether to invest in the plan. I’m leaning towards the vegetarian plan and am wondering if there are many dairy free options? I’m also wondering what results your seeing with the program (and as Kelly asked, whether you had specific goals in mind)? Finally, I’m wondering if you need to follow the TIU workouts along with the nutrition plan? I have a work out routine that works for me, but can need some help in the eating department. Thanks for the information.

    • Hey Laura – I’m not sure if there is a dairy free version, but you could inquire about it. They post inspiration stories all the time on the TIU blog and facebook page from people who are seeing results with the plan. Since I’m at my goal weight I haven’t set any specific goals (although I would still like to have a six pack :)). You don’t have to do the specific TIU workouts to see results. How we look is 80% nutrition 10% genetics and 10% exercise, so you would probably see results by using the nutrition plan even if you don’t follow their workouts. Especially if you’re already doing your own stuff. Hope that helps.

    • I purchased the vegan plan last week for the same reason that Brittany did! I just wanted to switch up my routine a bit. I’m so eager to learn about new routines for future client recommendations and thought the TIU plan would be a worthy investment for this. It definitely is worth it! Like Brittany said, it’s great for beginners who simply don’t know where to start! There are recipes, workouts, and an amazing community that can all keep you right on track. πŸ™‚

      If you keep a steady workout plan balancing 3 strength workouts per week with 5 days cardio, you should be okay and not need to follow the TIU workout exactly.

  5. Great post! I am a huge fan of the TIU girls, and I am looking forward to hearing more about your future collaboration with them!

  6. Ah! I love K&K but I don’t think I would ever pay for a diet plan.

  7. I miss our morning TIU workouts!! I can’t wait to get back into them, as soon as we get moved into our new apartment – I’ll have my own workout area in our new office. Can’t wait to hear about your collaboration, if you get the chance to visit them out here in CA let me know!! πŸ™‚

  8. I purchased the TIU plan last week for the same reason that you did, Brittany. We must be kindred spirits. πŸ˜‰ Becoming a TIU Ambassador…what an honor! K&K are amazing and so are you – what an awesome collaboration!

  9. Thanks for the review! Ever since you first posted about TIU I’ve been curiouser and curiouser. I’m about happy with my weight but I can definitely stand to tone up some. I love their attitudes too.

  10. I’m so glad that you posted this. I first heard about the TIU girls from YouTube (3 months maternity leave leaves very little of the internet unturned) and seeing your review made me bit the bullet and spend the money to get the program. So January 1st I am starting the 7 Day Slim Down and am super pumped about it.

    I’m not in Richmond, but I work in Charlottesville (and live in-between both cities πŸ™‚ )

  11. So would you say if you are well versed in clean eating and fitness that this plan may not be the best option? $150 is a lot of money and I’m already very farmiliar with clean eating and balancing protein/healthycarbs/fat etc so although I’m really interested I think it may not be right for me. Your thoughts?? Thanks in advance

  12. I’m a TIU-er and I’m from Fredericksburg! Not quite Richmond, but we’re neighbors πŸ™‚ Love TIU tho! I bought the diet plan last year and I just recently got more dedicated to following it. I saw some recipes from you in their Holiday edition of the plan. So awesome! πŸ™‚

  13. Jessie McStay says:

    I have just started following Tone It Up and after two babies, am really trying to change my lifestyle and flatten my belly. I’m so hesitant about making the change, since it’s a HUGE lifestyle change and I’m not sure if I can make myself wak up 30 minutes earlier in the morning or if I can cut out starches after 3! Do you have any before and after pictures about your progress?

    p.s. I am in Richmond too. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Jessie, Thanks for your comment! I love “meeting” fellow Richmonders. I don’t have any before and after photos yet, but I’m working on them right now. πŸ™‚

      • Wow, I’m from richmond too. How did this plan really work? i feel a but skeptical to buy it for 150$ i seem to fail in the eating aspect and was thinking it might be a good way to learn.Di it help?

  14. Could I ask you to give me an example of a week of Tone it Up exercise? (How much running per day, amount of resistance training per day, etc. would be so incredibly helpful!) I’m trying to decide whether to purchase the program or not because I feel like I am doing too much cardio, but I don’t want to lose the level of endurance and running fitness I’ve built up by replacing too much with resistance training. Do you think the plan is good for someone who is used to HIIT training and craves breaking a sweat? Thank you so much!

  15. Yes, this is a review of the Plan itself but not a review of the ToneItUp Company. Based on their customer service alone, I would never give this company any money from my pocket. When you place an order with them, the only form of communication that they allow is email. Did anyone else notice they do not have an exact phone number to call them regarding discrepancies with your order or concerns that you have? They recently refused to issue me a refund of my money even though they never sent me the DVD set I’d placed an order for. After numerous e-mails back and forth explain my side of the story, I decided to call them to explain since they were completely ignoring my viewpoint and complaint through email. I quickly realized that email was the only form of communication between them and you, as a customer. Personally, I will never work with this company again and will continue to spread the word of my horrible experience with ToneItUp to everyone that I know. I would highly recommend that you do not supply your personal information or credit card information to this company!

  16. Yay! I just started the TIU plan! Im so excited to get started πŸ™‚
    xoxo, Cristen

  17. I realize this is a super old post so you may not see this but, I’m considering buying the plan but am torn between the vegetarian and vegan plans. I’m currently a vegetarian who just basically doesn’t eat much dairy. I don’t eat yogurt, or cottage cheese, and try to avoid cheese. I eat eggs tho. If the veggie plan is laden with dairy, I should maybe just get the vegan one. If you have any insight on this I would greatly appreciate it!

  18. Hi All! I’m in the same boat as you Katy. Considering buying the plan and torn between the Gluten Free Vegetarian and Vegan option. My question is does the Vegetarian and/or Vegan option have a lot of Soy? I avoid Soy too since it’s a phytoestrogen. I’m also wondering if the Vegav option has a lot of gluten in it? I’d hate to spend $150 on a plan and find I wish I would of went with another option. Any insight is helpful! Thanks!

  19. Hello! I am in the same boat as you Allison! I just want to figure out if the vegetarian option contains eggs? Does anyone know if the vegan option has a lot of gluten in it??? I don’t want to spend 150 on a plan that I can’t really use.

  20. was wondering if this plan makes sense for someone who already eats clean (paleo)?

  21. ewelina says:

    Hi everyone – Ive been with TIU since 2012 and I bought the regular diet plan. In general these are the guidelines: almond milk (not soy), greek yogurt, eggs, cheese to a real min. Dairy isn’t a huge factor. Im lactose intolerant so I make sure to avoid those types of foods and the plan doesn’t really include them. The plan is really about what to eat and WHEN to eat it – and then how to exercise and WHEN to exercise. I love absolutely love it!

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