The Tone It Up Girls Reveal Their All-Time Favorite Leggings, Sports Bras, and Sneakers
Steal Katrina and Karena's picks so you can feel your best at the gym.
Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, the bubbly duo behind Tone It Up, have taken the wellness scene by storm. Since the fitness and lifestyle brand’s inception in 2009, Tone It Up has amassed a devoted fan base, including more than 1 million Instagram followers. But with many similar brands competing for visibility in such a saturated space, what makes theirs stand out? It could be the fun and energetic workout plans and protein-packed recipes. Perhaps it’s the accessibility of their do-anywhere fitness videos, often filmed outdoors in front of sunny California backdrops, or their down-to-earth personalities that make tough workouts feel more approachable. Whatever it is, it’s clearly working.
If you’ve ever watched one of Tone It Up’s workout videos, chances are your attention quickly moved to Scott and Dawn’s activewear. Though their approaches to fashion differ, they complement each other well. Scott describes her personal style as “sofa chic” (read: cozy), relying on comfy, soft staples in neutral tones, while Dawn defines hers as “street chic” because of her love of street style and “cool, edgy, dark” looks. (Related: The Tone It Up Girls Share Motivation Tips for Reaching Your Goals)
Whichever style resonates with you, there’s no arguing that both of their athleisure collections are something to envy. So, when I got the chance to sit down with the Tone It Up duo, I had to ask about their favorite brands and where they shop to assemble such fashion-forward gym-ready looks.
Their go-to retailers for workout apparel are Carbon38 and Bandier because they “have everything,” said Dawn. On Carbon38's site, in particular, the girls can shop a ton of their favorite brands—which include Avocado, Beach Riot, and Alo Yoga—all in one place. While many fitness pros of their caliber would take advantage of pricier designer picks, Scott and Dawn’s outfit choices are as relatable as their personalities. They gushed over Adidas’ new collaboration with Beyonce’s Ivy Park (same), chatted about how cute and cozy Free People’s Movement line is, and debated the best no-show underwear for workouts (the answer: Victoria’s Secret’s seamless thong).
From colorful leggings and strappy sports bras to trendy sneakers and beyond, their looks offer serious style inspiration both in and out of the gym. Here, check out their all-time favorite picks for workouts, lounging, and everything in between, along with some of their beauty and travel must-haves too.
Leggings, Sports Bras, and More Activewear Picks
Dawn calls Lululemon’s Wunder Under leggings her go-tos. “These are my favorite to work out in, they never get old,” she says.
Both ladies love Carbon38’s best-selling line of Takara leggings. They even wore this high-waisted pair for their recent Love Your Body video series.
Scott called out this bold cheetah-print two-piece set from Beach Riot that she’s loving right now.
“Onzie sports bras are really cute,” says Dawn. “I feel like any time I wear an Onzie bra, people are like, ‘oh my gosh, where’d you get your bra?’”
Dawn and Scott have been “long-time fans” of trendy apparel brand Avocado. Dawn says its leggings and tops are great for “fashion and fit”, while Scott adds that “women will love the way they feel.”
Dawn and Scott say they’re fans of anything Adidas, especially the brand’s classic track jackets.
Scott swears by the Adidas Ultraboost sneakers for preventing shin splints. “They’re so good for running,” she said. “I don’t run a lot, but I go to Barry’s Bootcamp and they make you sprint. If I wear these I don’t get shin splints, but if I wear anything else I will.”
Scott and Dawn say they “love” APL sneakers, the comfy shoe brand that’s gained a slew of celebrity fans.
Beauty and Travel Must-Haves
Since many of Tone It Up’s workout videos are filmed outdoors, sunscreen is an absolute must. Dawn uses Coola’s organic BB cream because “you can just put it on and it makes your skin pearlescent, and it has SPF in it.” She says she wears it on its own on her face and chest or mixes it with foundation, along with Coola’s mineral spray sunscreen on the rest of her body, to ensure her skin’s always protected.
Scott’s a fan of Coola sunscreens, too, and also uses vegan sunscreen brand Sun Bum.
Both Dawn and Scott use the hydra-gel under-eye patches from Peter Thomas Roth while they travel. These soothing eye masks work to reduce puffiness, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and hydrate skin.
Scott swears by this vitamin C serum by Sunday Riley. “I have to be careful about what I put on my skin because I have really sensitive skin,” she says, but this brightening serum is gentle enough for her.
Both say they never travel without the Tone It Up booty bands. These compact resistance bands are great for “hotel room toning,” says Dawn. Scott adds that they’re “perfect for when you go on vacation and you don’t really want to work out, but want to do a quick little something to make you feel good before you head to the beach.”
Scott uses Oribe’s texturing spray as a dry shampoo to achieve her signature voluminous, beachy waves.