Londonderry native co-stars in new fitness series on Bravo
Katrina Hodgson, a graduate of Londonderry High School and Keene State College, is co-host of the new Bravo series "Toned Up," which premieres Thursday.
"I figured I'd end up in New York City someday, maybe writing a column of some kind," Hodgson recalled with a laugh. "I never imagined actually being (profiled) in the magazine."
Hodgson's rise to nationally recognized fitness guru began with exercise sessions with friends at the Londonderry Workout Club and cooking sessions in the family kitchen, where she whipped up healthy baked goods for her teammates. By the time her senior year rolled around, Hodgson had her sites set on Keene State, which had recently opened a state-of-the-art athletics facility.
"I really didn't have a solid business plan, but I enjoyed sharing what I did with others," Hodgson said.
Around the same time, she decided to follow her then boyfriend to Southern California after he received a tempting job offer.
Working as a personal trainer for the Equinox Fitness chain of workout clubs, Hodgson met Karena Dawn, a sports model, tri-athlete and Indiana native who shared Hodgson's passions.
"We just had so much synergy," Hodgson said. "So we began working together towards a common goal. It began with a blog that we hoped would encourage other women trying to meet their goals."
These days, Tone It Up has seven full-time employees, and the company has produced two DVD series of its own. Among Hodgson's credits is work as co-designer of Jane Fonda's "Prime Time" series of fitness DVDs.
When Bravo approached the duo about doing a series, she and Dawn were surprised, Hodgson said, but they soon realized a television show would provide an excellent opportunity to reach out to other women.
"People come up to us all the time like we're already their friends," Hodgson said. "They don't ask us for autographs; they hug us and say 'Thank you.' I feel like we have thousands of friends."
Hodgson's parents, Jane and Chris, now live in Hollis, where they're already planning a viewing party to celebrate the "Toned Up" premiere.
Jane Hodgson can personally attest to the benefits of healthy living.
"She never tried to talk me into losing weight," Jane Hodgson said. "She just kept talking about a healthy lifestyle and 'Tone It Up.'
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