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Tone It Up: 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous Paperback – May 5, 2015
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About the Author
Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn are certified personal trainers, nutritional coaches, and best friends living a healthy, active lifestyle in Southern California. Together, Katrina and Karena founded Tone It Up in 2009 and have built it into a vibrant community based around friendship, accountability, motivation, and inspiration. They live in Manhattan Beach, California. Follow them online at ToneItUp.com and @toneitup
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Top Customer Reviews
First some background:
I have been following K&K for a few years now but without spending any money by doing their free workouts on youtube. I bought the second beach babe dvd and LOVED it. I debated and debated for at least a year on buying their nutrition plan (as it was incessantly shoved in my face all the time) and when the 2015 bikini series was about to start I thought, “what the heck” and spent around $200 to get it and some other products in a bundle. I thought that once I spend this money I’d be “in” (like they promised) and things would be laid out and easy to follow (with some work of course, living healthy isn’t easy. I understand that). But I found out that this was not the case. Yes, some of the recipes were at least good but many were disgusting and I couldn’t even force myself to eat them. I was so disappointed although still tried to keep a positive attitude about it. Following the bikini series plan made me waste so much food and spend so much money on groceries because the weekly menus and grocery lists were not well thought out. Also, I spent SO MUCH TIME prepping and planning. It was so stressful. I had to give up partway through because my wallet and my stress levels were suffering. I also had zero social life because a) I was constantly planning, prepping, etc. and b) because their rules are so strict. Barely any carbs, no fruit in the evening, and the concept of “wiggle room” which allows you to eat certain foods like some pieces of dark chocolate and 4 oz of red wine. Um.. sorry but that ain’t living to me. I commented on one of their instagram posts in a mildly critical manner (mostly asking a question) and I was immediately flagged as an abuser and could no longer post to that conversation. Really?! No wonder I never saw any criticism towards these gals, they don’t ALLOW YOU TO! Sneaky. K&K are great salespeople. They look hot, they take awesome photographs and they tell you to BUY BUY BUY! All. The. Time. Even if you’ve already bought every last one of their products you won’t feel satisfied.
On to this book:
I bought this book around the time I bought the nutrition plan. I concur with many of the critical reviews here, it is way basic and way too "shooting stars, rainbows blasting outta my eyes, sunshine and lollipops.” But I was expecting that because that’s how they normally talk. I get that they’re trying to instill us with all these warm fuzzy feelings but dang it’s just too much sometimes! I did appreciate some of the overall motivation advice and some recipes but that’s about it. It was very minimal in progressing my knowledge about exercise and nutrition. The workouts in the book also don’t add much to their already free printables on their website. Again, there was a lot of advertising in this book. BUY BUY BUY!!!
Take home message:
Please don’t get me wrong, some girls are really successful following K&K’s advice. I was not one of them. I still plan to continue following them and doing their workout videos but I’ll just have to remain diligent to push out the marketing voices from my head. I don’t plan on following their nutrition plan any longer. It just doesn’t work for me (duh, we are all different, why didn’t I realize this before?). If you haven’t bought the nutrition plan and you are really intrigued, this book might be a cheaper starting point to feel out the TIU world. They do give some basic nutrition advice that goes along with their plan. If you love it, go for it and buy the plan. If you’re iffy about them after reading this book, it’s probably not worth spending the money to buy the plan.