Three Questions With Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up

Katrina and Karena- Tone It up

A few weeks back I got invited to attend the Tone it Up Retreat (an event people fly to from all over the world, btw) and then, naturally, I threw my back out a few days before…so I had to drop out. My luck, always.  Normally I don’t get very excited about the idea of exercising but I’ve been a big fan of Katrina and Karena for a few years now- I find them both to be super genuine and, most importantly, NOT cheesy or annoying AF.  My sarcastic New Yorker-self does not do cheesy and annoying (especially when it comes to doing something I don’t exactly LOVE to do).  I think the moment I realized these girls were legit was when I was watching/struggling to do one of their YouTube videos and Katrina made a comment like “yeah, I’m dying…this is super hard” it was then I was like “ok, you get that this sucks!” and I’ve been a #TIUGirl ever since.  Here’s what my favorite YouTube trainers/business badasses have to say:

P.S., this ended up being four questions with, mostly because I love K&K and their answers are just as amazing as they are.

What are your favorite beauty products and why? 

For beauty products, we love Yes To Cucumber Facial Wipes (Karena takes them with her when she travels and uses them post-workout),  Coola travel-size SPF (Karena keeps it in her bra during outdoor workouts!), Tarte BB Cream, Bronzer and Cheek Stain (Kat uses them for a faux glow). We also love Coconut Face Toner and Lavender Face and Body Mist (Karena keeps them in her bedside table), and of course our Sea Salt Spray and Masque!
Girls who run for wine? My kind of people…

What advice would you give your 22-year old self?

Katrina: Be honest with yourself on what you really want out of life, then work your hardest to get it. Just follow your heart and do what feels right to YOU – and don’t give up!

Karena: Take a deep breath. You’re going to make mistakes, but you’re going to learn from them and become an even better person because of it.

What motivates you and why?

Karena: My family, my husband, the #TIUteam. Everything that gives me love and support motivates me to be the best person I can be everyday.
Katrina: Same as Karena! When I scroll through the #TIUteam hashtag each morning, I get so inspired by what everyone is working their booties off for, and achieving! It’s incredible to see how this team loves and supports each other through all of the ups and downs.

When was the moment you knew you had something “big” with Tone It Up and your brand?

Katrina: We started seeing just how much Tone It Up was affecting people’s lives from their Transformation stories. Each one brings tears to our eyes!
Karena: We also started seeing TIU girls across the world having meet ups, making new friends, and working out! Fitness is what brought Katrina and me together, so it’s incredible to see girls around the world brought together the same way!
Editor’s note: P.S.- this is my all-time favorite Tone It Up smoothie- I sometimes sub out cherries for strawberries, just depending on my mood 🙂


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