My name is Gina- I’m so happy you’re here.

On this blog, I like to share some daily happenings, as well as quick, effective workouts and healthy recipes.

Lunge and lift

I started writing The Fitnessista when we were living in Valdosta, Georgia. I was in maintenance mode after losing 40 lbs, but healthy options were pretty scarce. Going to Whole Foods in Orlando was a vacation in itself, and the little things, like being able to harvest my own organic produce made me scary excited. The blog was a little way to share healthy recipes and workouts with some of my personal training clients and since the beginning, a lot has changed:

Caprese salad

-My eating style. I started off the blog eating “diet foods” and eventually transitioned to more whole, unprocessed foods. I also experimented with pescatarianism but went back to eating chicken a couple of years later. Today I like to focus on lean protein, fruits, veggies, grains (I prefer to eat gluten-free), chocolate, wine and all the fun stuff sprinkled in.

-Our location. We travel and move fairly often and are currently stationed in Tucson, AZ. Our next stop is San Diego, CA!  It’s been a fun and exciting adventure to see new parts of the world. Oh, and the honeymoon feeling? It never goes away.

Us at airport

-Our family. We started off as The Pilot (the love of my life I met at Starbucks), Bella (our maltipoo) and myself. In January 2012, we welcomed our daughter Olivia into our family. After dreaming about her for years, meeting her and having her in our life was even better than we imagined. You can read more about our family adventures, the pregnancy, birth, and musings as a new mom over on the family page.


-My jobs. Since we move so frequently, I’ve changed jobs along with our location. I currently teach group fitness classes at a world-renowned health resort, in addition to being a full-time mom, puppy wrangler, wife and blogger.

Liv and mom



AFAA certified group fitness instructor

NASM certified personal trainer

NASM weight loss specialist

Zumba licensed, Aqua Zumba licensed and ZIN member

Les Mills BODYPUMP certified instructor

Level 1 Raw Foods Chef (105degrees)


I try my best to respond to every comment and email I receive. If I happen to miss yours, please leave a comment on a recent post, send me a tweet or hit me up on Facebook! I apologize that I’m unable to create personalized workout training plans and provide nutritional consultations at this time. If that’s what you’re looking for, be sure to seek out the help of a local personal trainer and/or registered dietician. My workouts are designed with the average gym-going Jane in mind- if you’re injured, or just starting out, please be sure to modify/omit exercises as needed.

Occasionally I will do sponsored posts or giveaways on the blog if it’s a company/product I truly love. Sponsored posts are rare, and if a post is sponsored, I will clearly label it. As always, all opinions are my own. You may see some Amazon affiliate links or ShopStyle links on the blog. These do not affect the purchase price and allow me to earn a very small commission. Thank you so much for supporting this awesome community <3 

Interested in sponsoring or banner advertisements? Send me an email at fitnessistasponsor at gmail dot com for a media kit and current rates.

You can “Like” The Fitnessista on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more updates and pictures. Also, check out my eBook here for all of my blog-related tips, + my first health and fitness book, “HIIT It!” (Demos Health 2015), available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you so much for reading!




  1. Hi Gina, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and think you totally deserve it! If you’re interested in participating, just visit my post and read the rules, I look forward to reading your post!! :) http://asunshinyday.com/inspiring-blogger-award/

  2. Hey Gina,

    I’m just starting my blog ( with a two month old! What am I thinking!?). Any tips? You’ve got a great blog here and I see that you post very frequently and consistently. Thought you could give me some good advice!


  3. Leilani Chavez says:

    So inspirational :)

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Hi Gina-Is there a way to send you a PM? Today I saw a recipe that was so similar to your berry chia jam recipe that I wanted to be sure that you knew about it in case there was some un/intentional sabotage of the recipe. Thanks! Mary Beth

  5. If anyone is going to the fitness conference in Anaheim, I’m looking for a roommate. Please let me know. Thanks!

  6. Hi Gina — I was wondering if your AFAA group fitness certification is what allows you to be a spin instructor? I am interested in becoming certified to teach, but there is an overwhelming amount of stuff online and varying ways to be certified. It seems like AFAA would allow me to teach other classes, not just spin? Thanks for the info!

  7. Hi Gina :) I just wanted to say thanks so much for all the handy info in your recent ebook. I stumbled upon it initially through Erin Motz’s website as I haven’t had much time to catch up here in a while. I read through it last night and am finally more excited than daunted at the prospect of overhauling my own and perhaps most importantly, finally finding some time to get it and myself out there. Yours has always been a great inspiration to me! Congrats on all your success! You deserve it.

    oh and the new look is fab:)

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, rebecca! i’m so thrilled you enjoyed it :) thank you for the sweet comment and hope you have a lovely week! xoxo

  8. Hey Gina,

    Just wanted to tell you how much a loved your honesty about life as a new mom. I am a long time reader of your blog and a new mom to an almost 4 week old. I was just reading through your family page and it really hit home. Thank you for saying how HARD it is but also giving such great advice as to sllloooowwww down and enjoy it. I also have been reading Secrets of the Baby Whisper based on your recommendation to try and get some kind of structure in our day. Again, thank you! Its great to know I’m not as crazy as I feel.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much for reading, and congrats to you and your family!
      being a mom is HARD, and you’re in one of the toughest parts. hang in there!! you are not crazy at all. almost all of my close mom friends felt the same way! hope you guys find a rhythm and routine <3 xoxo

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I asked a question on the White Plum post about your black wedge boots but never received a reply. Would you kindly let me know where you got them? Thanks!

  10. Hi Gina,

    We are currently casting a new fitness show at Eyeworks TV. We are looking for people with unique and exciting workout programs or fitness inventions that they believe to be the next big thing in fitness! Please apply to fitnesshowcasting@gmail. or spread the word! Please feel free to call or email with an questions.

    Thank you!

    Michelle Ghossn
    Casting Associate
    Eyeworks USA
    424-236-7500 Ext. 7630

  11. Hi Gina –

    I am Chris from the company Fitmoo, which is a large social media platform and e-commerce marketplace built entirely around fitness, health and wellness. We have identified you as a leading influencer in the fitness space and would like to get together to discuss a partnership with Fitmoo.

    Let me know if you’d like to learn more about what how we can help promote your brand. I’m happy to explain everything in detail if we can set up a time to speak!


  12. I know this is totally of topic. I have been following you for a year and half. I found you when I moved from Florida to Ft Lewis. I’m a veteran and Army wife. I’m also a newly former runner. My injuries sustistaned in oef 07 caused nerve death to lower organs and legs. I awaiting a tricycle from the veterans affairs (need that versus a rucumbant due to children stroller issues). Is there any way you can help me find a company that may lower the price of these bikes from the almost 300 to any lower for me? I m sorry to ask but you seem so good at it and I have no one else to turn to.

    • Fitnessista says:

      hey girl, thanks for reaching out to me, and thank you for your service. i always want the best for our military veterans. please send me an email and we could discuss this further: fitnessista at gmail

  13. Hello Gina,

    I’m Stacey and I’m writing on behalf of Insoles and Beyond, a family-owned small business based in North Carolina. We would like to offer you any item from our stock for your review. We could also arrange a giveaway and 15% off promo code for your readers.

    We carry insoles, plantar fasciitis night splints and calf and foot compression garments.

    Please let me know if you are interested.


    Thank You,

    Insoles and Beyond

  14. Carah Counts says:

    Hi there! Love your blog… Just wanted to give you a heads up your blog is featured in one of our recent posts “15 Wellness Blogs to Follow in 2015″


  15. Hi Gina!

    My name is Sarah and I’m the publicity assistant at Chronicle Books. Great to meet you!

    We’d love to send you our forthcoming spring title, 7 Minutes to Fit. In this inspiring workout book, award-winning personal trainer Brett Klika provides 50 illustrated interval circuits that only require a chair and your body weight to complete.

    If this is of interest to you, please send me the best shipping address for you and we’ll send over a copy right away!

  16. Hi Gina — I’m a huge fan of your site and workouts and wanted to reach out to you about a possible partnership (I run e-commerce for a premium denim brand).

    I was looking for your email but wasn’t able to locate it, so I figured comment is the next best thing.

    Hope to speak to you soon!

  17. Hey! Just wanted to say, you are an awesome blogger and I really appreciate all of the materials you provide for you readers! When I first moved to college, I was shy and didn’t have many friends. Your blog inspired me to be more active and reach out to people and now I am so much happier. So thank you, Gina! You may not know how many people you are able to influence by your posts, but you are really inspiring and I just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated!

    Thanks so much!!

  18. Hi Gina,

    Love your blog, approach to life and fitness (as well as your cute family). I’m helping my friend with some part-time BD and marketing and seeing you are into fitness, I was wondering if you may be interested in testing out his new product range – the CoreX and RipFit Trainer. CoreX is an improved version of the TRX (better price too) whilst the RipFit Trainer really helps with the abs and minimising those annoying muffin tops. Let me know and I can see if we can offer you a discount or something (if you are curious).

    Thanks! Keep up the good work :)


  19. Hi Gina-
    Don’t forget to teach us how to read on the treadmill! I’m very interested as I struggle with that! Thank you – LOVE the blog!

  20. I am picking up your book soon. I also have a question. I am super interested in kettlebell workouts. Do you know any good videos/DVD’s for this? Or do you have a workout for kettlebells that you can suggest???

  21. Jean Baptiste Lammoglia says:

    AWESOME BLOG! Had to retweet you!

  22. Hi Gina

    I love your blog and have been following you for a few years. I am currently almost 6 months pregnant and during my pregnancy I fell in love with Zumba. the session I am currently in is almost finished and i really want to sign up for the next session.

    i wanted to ask you how far into your pregnancy were you doing Zumba? Do you think its ok to do it in the 3rd trimester ( i am pretty physically fit).

    Any suggestions or thoughts would be very greatly appreciated!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, aneta! :)
      i did zumba until about 37 or 38 weeks. i would just modify; watch the twisting (avoid that) and any crazy jumping :) i wore a belly support thing too that helped a lot

  23. Michelle Kickham says:

    Hey Gina!

    I don’t know how I’ve missed this blog the past few years! You have such a great lifestyle, and fabulous recipes! I love that you make some gluten free recipes too – many people are “afraid” of gluten free! I’m a fellow gluten-free baker, and have recently started to do some weight training to build myself some muscle (I’m too scrawny!).

    Love the site – will definitely be following!
    Just thought I’d share the love :)

    Best Wishes

  24. Hi Gina! I’ve loved following along with your inspiring posts. Thanks for always bringing honesty + humor + energy to this little fitness blog world of ours! I’d love to add your San Diego fitness class reviews (Focus On column) to my worldwide map of fitness class reviews. They’d be a fantastic addition for anyone visiting San Diego and needing a little “where to sweat” help! Thanks and keep up the great work!


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