Tone It Up: A Retreat That’s Good for the Body and Soul

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Tone It Up 5K and Rosé

Did someone say 5k AND rosé? Count me in! That was my reaction when I received an invitation to attend one day of the Tone It Up three-day retreat in Dana Point, California. Women from across the country traveled to sunny SoCal to experience the positive energy and support of Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, wellness experts and fitness fanatics. Their Tone It Up community they have created can be found on their website, social media accounts, and by following the hashtag #TIU. Scrolling through the posts you can see the loyal following Karena and Katrina have built is not a passing fad, but is a health and fitness movement that has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of women.

Attending their retreat I was able see this online movement in action.

I arrived at the hotel at 6:30 am to a stunning view of women gathered in matching pink tank tops ready to run a 5k. The horn blew and off I went jogging with 100 women in my very first 5k. As we ran through the streets cheerers were stationed along the way to keep us motivated and headed in the right direction. I appreciated them, but what happened next was powerful to experience. Runners who had reached the halfway mark and were turning around to run past us towards the finish line, cheered us (the stragglers) on as well. Each of one that ran past us holding out hands to be high-fived and cheering positive reinforcement – “way to go!” and “you’re doing great!” As someone who is not an experienced runner, I was insecure about my pace, but my spirits were truly lifted by each smile and cheer these women gave. When women support one another, we can do anything.

At the finish line, there were Karena and Katrina, cheering each one of us on, handing out medals, and again providing every woman with positive reinforcement… and a glass of rosé!

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For the rest of the day we broke out into workshops: nutrition, food styling, kickboxing, yoga, and HIIT. I was exhausted after one day, but these women did this for three! The most touching part of the day came when both women shared their background of struggle and how they overcame it. Best of all, they were able to move forward by finding strength in moving their bodies, which is how TIU came to be.

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Later, K&K sat down for a few question from the attendees. Here are a few highlights:

  • Connections: Most people think they just work out for their job, but most days these ladies sit in front a computer at their desk. Which is why they enjoy making videos and going on retreats so much because they can connect with their followers in person. Best of all, the attendees get to connect with each other. (They are even split into groups based on location so they can meet new friends in their area.) This goes to the heart of the TIU community — creating connections between women who can hang out, support, and hold each other accountable. “There are 700 times in the past 7 years that I wouldn’t have worked out if not for her.” Katrina said about Karena.

Mood management: It’s hard to be positive all of the time. When the negativity hits, try to make small choices in your life that you know will make you feel better. Pick up a journal, close your computer, get away from your phone, and take a minute to ground yourself. 

TIU Legacy: As we mature and create a positive environment for women, each of you will take that knowledge as a way to raise your children and connect with other women.

That’s the true impact of what they’re creating.

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