Sorry fellas, this one is for the ladies…
I have to admit, when I see infomercials for many of the at home workouts programs like P90X3, T25 or Insanity, it seems to be geared toward the gentlemen who want to build muscle and “blast fat!” While some things are pretty universal like losing inches from our waistlines and getting more definition in our arms and abs, I understand that some of these male-focused workouts aren’t always what women want in an at home workout.
So, with my wife’s help, I went on the search for the best at home workout program for women, and came across two popular series: Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines. Since I wasn’t the right guinea pig for these workouts, I asked my wife to try them both for twelve weeks apiece and give me her thoughts and to determine a winner. I even jumped in for a few workouts and can honestly say that both Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines workouts were no joke! In the end, my wife came away with a clear cut winner for which workouts were most effective for her — as well as came away with some amazing results we’re BOTH happy with!
Tone It Up vs Kayla Itsines: Basic info
My wife first tried Tone it Up’s “Beach Babe 5” workouts. The workouts are hosted by Karena and Katrina on a beach in California, which my wife said was a constant bikini bod reminder and good motivation during the workouts.
- 8 workouts plus bonus “stretch it out” video
- 20-30 minute workouts
- Workouts downloaded to phone, tablet, or computer
- Does require some light weights and bands for resistance
After Beach Body 5, my wife went right into three months of Kayla Itsines’ BBG (Beach Body Guide). While each exercise is clearly laid out in the digital ebook (as well as video demonstration), my wife did most of the work to her own soundtrack, as the workouts we’re led by the trainers like it was in Tone It Up.
Tone It Up vs Kayla Itsines: Cost
Neither Tone it up vs Kayla Itsines are going to break the bank, provided you stick only to the workouts and don’t buy into their nutrition plans (many of which are free anyway). The cost of both programs also includes access to the community that both programs have grown over their years of social media success. The costs are reasonable, especially compared to programs like P90X3 and Core de Force.
- Tone It Up – $34
- Kayla Itsines – $15/mo or $41 for 3 months
Kayla Itsines vs Tone It Up: Effectiveness
The biggest thing my wife said to me about each program’s effectiveness is that you have to enjoy the workouts, but also the environment each program creates. Tone It Up does a great job at putting you on the beach and working out with Karena and Katrina. These girls have great energy and make you want to get a quick session in even when you don’t feel like it. Kayla Itsines depends on you for the motivation, and it’s much easier to blow off a workout here and there. While there are similar moves in both programs and, if you really stick to both of them, you will see the kind of results my wife did. However, having a visual on screen and enjoying the trainers is a huge part of these programs, and Tone It Up is the best option here.
And the winner is…
Tone It Up! One of the best ways to really utilize everything both Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines have to offer is to immerse yourself in the online community. Now more than ever it’s easier to connect with other women does these programs and learning how to modify, amplify, and find new tricks to the workouts. Tone It Up trainers Karena and Katrina are very involved in this community and really gets you excited about getting the “beach babe” body everyone is looking for.
Kayla Itsines does a fantastic job too with her program and community, but she doesn’t offer the same quality video as does Tone It Up, and if you are only going to buy one program and dedicate yourself to it, the best choice is Tone It Up.
Check out Karena and Katrina in action:
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