This underrated fitness trend is about to blow up
Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott have seen it all when it comes to fitness fads. Both have been active trainers and motivators in the workout space, and have led millions of women to their own fitness success through their Tone It Up videos and nutrition plans. Over the past seven years, they've figured out what works and what doesn't in terms of workouts and there's one major trend that's caught their eye: social fitness.
The duo claims that going to classes and hitting the gym will be a more social occasion -- you'll bring your friends, break a sweat, and then grab a green juice after. And the more people you get involved in the process, the merrier. It's already starting to pick up now (think about how many times you've planned yoga or spin classes alongside your BFF), but Karena and Katrina think it will soon completely revolutionize fitness.
We talked exclusively with the powerhouse team behind Tone It Up about how to get motivated to workout even if it's not your forte, the biggest misconception people have about fitness, and the trend they foresee exploding this year.
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What words of advice do you have for someone who is hesitant to start working out or who is doing it for the first time?
Karena Dawn: Just take one step with the Tone It Up community and you'll have an entire team supporting you. It's all about being accountable and once you hashtag #TIUTeam you now have millions of women cheering you on. And I think that fitness has even become more about community because women want to have a team behind them.
What's the biggest misconception people have about working out?
Katrina Scott: That fitness can't be fun or that it's too hard. I think fitness is intimidating for anyone who hasn't worked out before but once they try out the right workout for them, they always realize it's fun. I think fitness has totally gone in the direction of why doing anything unless you're going to have a great time and leave it feeling better than when you went in. There were too many workouts that feel like work. Your body is a temple and you need to respect it, treat it great, and make sure that everything is balanced too. Fitness can be fun -- it doesn't have to be torture.
Whats the one fitness trend you think is going to explode this year?
Katrina Scott: Social fitness. We have seen this trend but it is going to get so much bigger! Even within our own community, so many girls are getting together through fitness, doing classes, and trying new things because they have each other. They're going to a new studio with five other girls they met through the Tone It Up community, or going to a yoga class and afterwards meeting new people. If you look at fitness now, people don't just get in and get out, it's not a gym mentality anymore. It's social -- you do it for the whole experience and to meet other people. You then enjoy it and end up with amazing friends. It's something that we've noticed as a huge trend it's going to just blow up.
Karena Dawn: It's what girlfriends are doing now for their girlfriend dates, like going to a class and then grabbing lunch after!
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By BANU IBRAHIM