For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.

At Brit + Co, using the phrase “crash diet” is on par with uttering Voldemort at Hogwarts, a perfect bikini body is simply a body with a bikini on it and our favorite cleanses require guacamole. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re health and fitness adverse — it’s quite the opposite! We just believe in maintaining a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable, enjoyable and kind to our bodies. That’s why we’re so excited to join Tone It Up’s Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn for their 2017 Tone It Up Challenge, which kicks off today!

The six-week fitness and nutrition plan, designed by the fitness queens themselves, aims to “get women in shape and help them achieve their goals to a happier and healthier lifestyle,” in a way that is safe, effective and fun (we promise!). In addition to a daily workout plan, Scott and Dawn explain you’ll also get “deee-lish recipes and amazing workouts, ranging from high-intensity interval training to fine toning and more.” You can sign up to join the Tone It Up Challenge here. In the meantime, Scott and Dawn dropped three bonus moves you can add to any workout to boost your core workout to J.Lo status in a jif, exclusively for the Brit + Co community.

Down dog tummy toner


What: Tones obliques, core, shoulders and booty

How: Begin in down dog with your left leg lifted behind you. Shift your weight forward so shoulders are directly above hands and bring left knee to meet right elbow. Return to starting position. Complete 42 reps then switch sides.

Side plank hip dips

What: Tones obliques

How: Begin in a side plank with left hand directly below left shoulder and feet slightly staggered. Lift hip into the air then slowly lower down toward the ground. Complete 42 reps then switch sides.

Jump tucks

What: Raises heart rate and tones lower abs

How: Begin in a squat position. Make sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Jump into the air and bring knees up to meet elbows. Complete 42 reps.

Hundreds of thousands of women worldwide participated in last year’s TIU Challenge with seriously inspiring results. Check out the transformation stories from the 2016 TIU Challenge here.

Are you ready to join the Tone It Up Challenge? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us your favorite playlist songs that make you sweat!

(GIFs and images via Tone it Up)