Tone It Up “Try It Thursday”: Buti Fitness

As many of you Tone It Up ladies know, Thursday is known as “Try It Thursday” (and “Thirsty Thursday” too) – which means you try something new in your workout, e.g., a class, a new circuit, etc.!

Since I came across BUTI Fitness in my recent copy of Self Magazine I thought I’d give it a go.


That’s Bizzie Gold (above) doing her ‘thang as the founder of BUTI Fitness!

To give you an idea of what BUTI is comprised of, I snagged a quote (and the best explanation) of how the workouts are:

BUTI is a high-intensity workout that fuses yoga and dance with circuits of plyometrics and conditioning. Classes range from 60-90 minutes and consist of deep stretching, BUTI shaking and heart-pounding cardio. BUTI dance moves are taken from various styles that focus on an intense shaking of the hips (and BUTI) including Miami Booty Dance, Brazilain Baile Funk, Hip Hop, Crunk and African Tribal. BUTI is sure to get your energy high and your abs tight …

You’ll definitely be moving in ways you never have before, and if you’re not used to dancing (like I am) expect to feel a little awkward. I definitely closed the blinds during one of their workouts, ha!

If you’re less bashful and love to move, then expect to have a lot of fun! Which is what I was having when the initial awkwardness subsided.

The workout I did was a sample “Tone” video which is a hybrid between yoga, dance, and plyometrics (embedded below). Although I didn’t feel strained during each movement I did realize afterwards I was sweaty and out of breath! That’s a definite win in my book :)

BUTI Fitness does have online videos to stream, or if you live in Colorado, California or Hawaii they have regular classes. Their online video packages also include nutritional information as well, which is helpful if you’re looking to maximize your BUTI workouts.

If you’re looking for a harder workout, BUTI does also have a “Sculpt” version of their routines. Essentially, the “Sculpt” videos are extra workouts in addition to the”Tone” videos that are HIIT (high intensity interval training).

Here’s the aforementioned “Tone” video you should check out!

Have fun and move your BUTI!

– Emily


My Favorite YouTube Trainers for Working Out at Home

If you’re a fitness enthusiast like me, you like to try new things to keep your fitness routine different and interesting.

When I first started developing my love for exercise I was looking for free ways to workout without committing to a DVD or a gym membership. It just so happened that YouTube was one of the places I came across that offered a lot of knowledgeable trainers with full workouts to watch or replicate for free (how awesome!)

Here’s my compilation of YouTube channels/trainers I recommend you check out:

Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up!

These two gals are my absolute favorite, and they’re the trainers I chose to follow/join because I am a member of their lifestyle plan. Trust me, I have not regretted my decision to be a member of their plan once either – I’ve lost 15+ pounds with these ladies! K&K post videos every Tuesday through Livestrong Woman (see below) and the workouts are always free and challenging!

Livestrong Woman

Livestrong Woman is a combination of female trainers, nutritionists, etc. on YouTube (the Tone It Up! gals are on there too) with free workouts and advice. They post videos all the time, plus they’re fun to watch and well made.


BodyRock’s channel self-defines itself as the “Home Workout Movement,” meaning you can do all of their videos at home and still get an effective workout. Of the workouts I’ve done with their varied trainers I always found myself out of breath or sweaty ;)

Susan of Strong Like Susan

Let me just say, Susan is strong. Her workouts are beastly, especially if you’re doing her 30 Day Ab Challenge (be prepared to modify her moves a lot)! Aside from the tough workouts, she combines different moves that you don’t normally see to her workouts, which means you’re not bored.

Tara Stiles of Tara Stiles Yoga

Tara Stiles is one of the coolest yogis you’ll ever come across, I promise. She’s got a really awesome presence about her and her videos are always relaxing and fun! I enjoy doing her yoga moves when I want to mix things up a little bit, such as on an active rest day. Tara’s more refined videos are also a part of Livestrong Woman.