Supplements of various types seem to be a staple at most fitness gyms and yoga studios. The spectrum available to purchase include healthy snacks and coconut water (claims to be better than most manufactured electrolyte products), pouches of various protein or electrolyte powders, protein bars, vitamin-enhanced drinks, and pre- and post-workout vitamin packets.
I do have a few supplements that I take regularly. Emergen-C vitamin powders are a staple for me, as a preventative immune boost and also as a basic vitamin supplement. Overdrive is a performance enhancement pill that was recommended to me by a friend who is a Physician’s Assistant and a marathon runner. There are a lot of ingredients in it that aid in muscle recovery and repair and I totally believe these supplements help me recover from a really strenuous workout faster than I would without them. I’ve also tried the VegaSport Pre-Workout packets. They are a bit ‘earthy’ tasting, but it appeared to keep me energized during a long weekend of running and yoga.
My niece Tana has been posting on Facebook for quite awhile now about IT Works supplements. IT Works is a multi-level marketing company founded in 2001 in Michigan. They do not have any retail stores, instead products are sold through distributors, similar to Herbalife or Juice Plus. Currently they offer 30+ products ranging from skin care, supplements, a few snacks, energy drinks, and they recently started offering essential oils.
I had a few questions for her so that I could understand more about the company itself and the supplements that they sell.
Carrie: Why did you start using IT works products?
Tana: My Fiancé and I had just gotten engaged and purchased a new house. We wanted to change our eating habits and exercise regimen to begin living a healthier lifestyle. I had heard about It Works products and decided to look into them a bit more. The thing I love about It Works products is that they compliment a healthy lifestyle, and they also let you still see results on your cheat days.
Carrie: What is your favorite product and why?
Tana: Our staple product is the Ultimate Body Applicator, also known as that Crazy Wrap Thing. It is definitely one of my favorite products as my fiancé and I both saw amazing results after a full treatment! I honestly would say that is my favorite, but I drink our Greens Berry on a daily basis and I know that my results would not be as good as they were without the greens. They are a drink additive that help to detoxify, alkalize, and promote pH balance within the body. Not only do they make me feel a million times better on the days I drink them, they also have my daily servings of fruits and vegtables in just one serving!
Carrie: What kind of exercise routine do you currently have and have you ever tried yoga?
Tana: I practiced Hot Yoga in college and I absolutely loved it! I do not currently do Yoga, but would love to get back into it. Michael and I go to the gym for about an hour four days a week where we focus on full body conditioning and we try to do some mild cardio on the off days.
Carrie: What is your favorite aspect of being an It Works representative?
Tana: There are so many aspects of this company I love! It Works represents Friendship, Fun, and Freedom. The friendships I have made in such a short time being with this company are beyond anything I could have expected and absolutely has to be my favorite part. My team gets together once a month for team meetings, and it is so nice to be in a room filled with 100+ like-minded people, who not only share your dreams and goals, but push for you to achieve them as well. We focus on helping people achieve their health and wellness goals, as well as their financial goals. The support system within my team is beyond amazing and I am truly blessed with amazing people on this journey with me.
Oh, one thing I wanted to mention was that we have 30+ products ranging from skin care, supplements, a few snacks, energy drinks, and our new essential oils! We are a growing company and are adding new products regularly.
Carrie: What is your main target demographic and how do you reach them?
Tana: I would say my demographic is a wide array of people. Anyone 18-100 can use and benefit from these products. People in sports fields, business fields, health fields, stay at home mothers or fathers, we really have something for everyone. The use of social media has help my business grow ten-fold, but I also just talk to people about it. I listen to others and hear what they need in their life, whether it is $50 extra a month for gas, or to lose weight and feel better on a daily basis. I will also do vendor shows and that helps reach a new audience but my favorite way to reach out to my demograpic is by talking to people and meeting knew people.
Carrie: Do you offer supplements that are Vegan or Gluten Free?
Tana: Most of our products are gluten free, however Greens-Orange, Greens-Berry, Fat Fighters, and Wow do contain Gluten. Our Essential Bars, Confianza, New You, Ultimate Thermofit, and Fat Fighters are considered Vegan.
Carrie: What is your least favorite product and why?
Tana: Personally, my least favorite product would be the Greens-Orange and it is simply because I do not prefer the taste. I love that they offer them in a Berry option, because I am in love with those. They both offer the same benefits, and a lot of people do prefer the Orange over the Berry, just not me!
Carrie: What is your best selling product?
Tana: I would say our best selling product is our Ultimate Body Applicator because it is our staple product! It Tighten, Tones, and Firms in as little as 45 minutes, and you can see real results really quickly.
Carrie: I read an article that claims most distributors don’t actually make any money. What is your personal opinion about this?
Tana: My personal opinion on this is that many people sign up thinking it is a get rich quick thing, and that is not the case. In order to make money, you need to give it some time and effort. I have seen people join, try for a month, and give up. You will not make money that way. This company is a Risk Free company, meaning you can quit whenever you’d like, however the one thing I am certain of is that you will never be successful if you quit. I promoted rather quickly reaching Ruby level within my first 2 and 1/2 months, and I have remained there since then. Ruby is an average of $599 a month. Averages are based off Distributors who have maintained that rank for at least 6 months. I will attach an average income chart for you as well. It can feel defeating when you aren’t signing up new people, however at that point you just need to try a little harder, and come up with new ways to reach new people! I have no doubt in my mind I will become successful within this company, whether it take me a year or five! I read a quote from an unknown author that said “It is sad that most people think 2-3 years in business is a long time to ‘get rich’, but don’t feel that 40 years at a ‘job’ is a long time to stay broke.” This spoke volumes to me and keeps me pushing everyday for my business.
To be successful in this business, it is based on 3 easy steps that It Works calls the Steps to Success. Do these steps over and over and you will be successful. It’s really that easy. I have gone to a few coporate events since starting May 19, 2015 and when our top money earners Stefani and Joel Dunn give advice, they say follow the Steps to Success. The only difference between them and me, is that they have done them more times than I have.
Carrie: What is your long-term career goal?
Tana: My long term career goal is for my fiancé Michael and I to be full-time stay at home family because of It Works! My goal as of now is Triple Diamond by the end of 2016 and then Ambassador by December 2017. It will take a lot of hard work, dedication and passion, but I alsolutely love everything this company stands for, and could not be more proud to be a distributor for them. I have seen it done time and time again in this business, from people I actually know. Being able to be a full time family means we are not missing any holidays, milestons in our future childrens lives, and are able to travel and do the things we want, when we want.
Carrie: I read an article on WebMD about body wraps. I feel like the body wrap is an alternative for those who do not want to pay high prices for spa treatments. Thoughts?
Tana: Our body wraps are designed to Tighten, Tone, and Firm excess or unwanted skin! So typically when people go to the spa, they are looking for relaxation and to come home feeling refreshed, but not necessarily for any change in their physical appearance. I will attach photos of Michael’s results from 4 wraps which is considered a treatment and mine from 6 wraps. 4 wraps come in one box. The wraps definitely improve skin texture and tightness, which can be accomplished at spas but I feel as though it does so much more, and is much more affordable than cosmetic surgery for similar results. The results are also progressive over 72 hours, so you only have to wear the wrap for 45 minutes, but after 72 hours, you will see the most results!
Carrie: How can my readers contact you if they have questions?
Tana: They can reach me at my website tanarichelle.itworks.com or they can call or text me at 319-240-9798.
So, I thought I would order some of the body wraps to see if they would be something I want to add to my health regimen. They aren’t cheap, at about $25 each. I got on the website, where I was initially confused by the prices. I later realized that there are two different prices for each product. If you want to buy a single item, like myself, then you pay the retail price, whereas if you sign up to buy items on a recurring basis, then you pay a a lot less for each item (the price that is highlighted).
Once I get the wraps and try them, I will let you know what I think of them…
What supplements or health products do you use? Please share in the comments section below!