I’ve been following Tone It Up since 2012 and I’ve tried a lot of their workout videos, meal plans, and fitness plans. While I don’t typically follow the meal plans, I enjoy their recipes and their approach to nutrition. I also love their workouts. Back in the day, most of their workouts were available on YouTube with a handful of premium workouts available for purchase. The premium workouts were usually incorporated into their 2-3 month fitness challenges. 

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I’ve purchased their DVDs, premium videos, nutrition plan, fitness bundles, and most recently, their mobile app. I was hesitant to purchase the app at first because the recurring monthly fee almost turned me away. But at $12.99 a month, it’s much cheaper than a gym membership. I’ve now been using the app for over a year, so I thought it was time to write a review!

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What is the Tone It Up Studio App?

The Tone It Up Studio app is a subscription-based app that has on-demand workout videos. Each day, they have a featured video (the workout of the day) as well as 5 daily moves. You can either do the featured video, three rounds of the 5 daily moves, or you can pick a video from the on-demand library. The app is set up like a virtual “studio” so you can sign up for classes that start a specific time and virtually “check-in” with other members.

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What kind of videos are on the Tone It Up App?

The app has hundreds of on-demand workout videos that are categorized by type. Here are the categories:

  • HIIT
  • Booty
  • Abs/Core
  • Total Body
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Cardio
  • Yoga + Stretch
  • Kickboxing
  • Kettlebell
  • Meditation
  • Pregnancy
  • Postnatal

When you click into the categories, each video tells you how long it takes to complete, and what equipment is needed. It makes it easy to choose a video that can fit into your schedule, with the equipment you have at home.

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What does the app look like?

Here’s a quick video to show you what you can expect inside the Tone It Up app!


Who are the Tone It Up Trainers?

Tone It Up was started by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott. Over the past few years, they’ve added other trainers into the mix, and now their videos feature a variety of women that specialize in different styles of workouts, from kickboxing to yoga! 

What equipment do I need to do the Tone It Up App?

The app can run on a phone or tablet, so if you like a larger screen, I recommend trying it on an iPad! Other than that, the most common equipment used in their videos includes a yoga mat, dumbbells, kettlebell, “booty bands” (these look like a large rubber band) and resistance bands.

I have three sets of dumbells, 3lbs, 5lb, 8lb, and 12.5lb. I typically alternate between the 5lb and 8lb depending on the move, but you typically won’t need anything heavier than 10lbs. The workouts tend to be higher reps with a lower weight.

A lot of the workouts are bodyweight only and you don’t need a lot of room for the workouts. I have a 5×7 rug in our sunroom that I keep clear, and that tends to be enough room for most videos!

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Is the Tone It Up App good for beginners?

Yes and no. Because they have such a wide range of videos, it can be a great place to start if you’re trying to get back into a routine! With just 20 minutes a day, you could start to get into a solid fitness routine!

My only caution is that working out at home means you don’t have a trainer there you help you learn the movements. If you’ve never worked out before, I’d recommend a few sessions with a personal trainer. I got my NASM personal training certification back in 2018, so I’m really comfortable working out at home. But if you’re not used to the movements, you want to make sure you avoid injury!

How much does the Tone It Up App cost?

Right now, they offer auto-renewing subscription options of $12.99/month and $83.99/year. I think it’s a great value because they have a huge library of videos, so you definitely won’t get bored. I’ve been doing the app for over a year and they release new videos regularly so I rarely do a video more than once within a few months.

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What else is in the app?

The Tone It Up Studio app also includes a few healthy recipes and nutrition ideas! You can sort by meal types and view some of their best recipes from the Tone It Up nutrition plan. The nutrition plan is sold separately so this is only a sample of recipes, but it could be good if you need a little inspiration!recipes in the tone it up app

Is there a Tone It Up App discount code?

I haven’t seen any discounts, but you can get a free 7-day trial when you first sign up! I was skeptical that I’d enjoy working out with an app, but I really do love it! 

How often should you use the Tone It Up app?

With the Tone It Up app, I workout almost every day. The workouts are typically only 20-30 minutes, so it’s easy to squeeze in, even on a busy day! If I’m really short on time, I’ll pick a lower impact video so I don’t have to worry about showering or washing my hair. If I have a little more time, I’ll go for one of the HIIT workouts! Even if you just sign up for a guided meditation or stretching sequence, it’s nice to get into a daily habit of movement!

If you want to learn more about Tone It Up, you can read about my first experience with the 7 day slim down! If you’re considering other fitness apps, be sure to read my review of Kayla Itsines’ BBG program!