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.


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 San Diego, CA. Living here is absolutely dreamy, and we’re having fun exploring and living like tourists until our next move in 2016 or early 2017. So far, we’ve lived in Fayetteville, NC, Valdosta, GA, and Tucson, AZ.  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

We’ll be headed to Tucson for a few months this winter, then BACK to Valdosta Spring 2017.

-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.


In October 2015, we welcomed our second daughter, Penelope, into the world. Our family is complete with our two little ladies, and I feel so lucky to be their mama.

004 baby girl p sneak peek {photography by jacquelynn buck}-My jobs. Since we move so frequently, I’ve changed jobs along with our location. I went from working in retail management to personal training and group fitness instruction, which is my passion. I’ve taught at a world-renowned health resort, private training studio, at brand events, and at local fitness clubs and studios. My #1 job is being a wife and mama, in addition to wrangling puppies and blogging my little heart out.



AFAA certified group fitness instructor

NASM certified personal trainer

NASM weight loss specialist

Barre Body instructor

200-hour RYT yoga instructor

Zumba licensed, Aqua Zumba licensed and ZIN member (2008-2015)

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 Dietitian. 

Occasionally I will do sponsored posts or giveaways on the blog if it’s a company/product I truly love. It helps me to support my family and cover the expenses to keep this blog running. 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.

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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. My full postpartum fitness plan is available here. 

Thank you so much for reading!


Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or Registered Dietitian. The information presented is purely to share my experience and for entertainment purposes. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site. 


  1. Hello,
    I am interested in trying piyo but after reading your comments, I’m unsure. I truly loved the piyo live class but with school and work I need a workout I can do at home, low impact with great results. I love to dance and have considered cize and zumba but really need some guidance. I am just trying to maintain my weight and tone up. thank you for reading my message and have a wonderful day.

  2. Hi there- do you have an email address I can reach you at about a new healthy energy product? Thanks!

  3. Hello! My military family just moved to San Diego in December (yes – dreamy for real!). Since the move and staying home with 2 littles (ages 3 and 1), I’ve struggled to squeeze in real workouts most days. Do you have any tips for how to do it? I walk with the stroller most days, but I don’t always feel like that suffices for a “real” workout. I subscribe to a very active lifestyle but I’m still interested in toning up. Also, I’ve heard that workouts are only 20% of how a body can change, and that 80% is a healthy diet. What are your thoughts/opinions on that?
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi! I’m trying to become a certified cycling instructor, but I’m not sure which program is best. For AFAA, do you have to become a general Group Ex Instructor first and THEN take the specific course for cycling? What is your best recommendation?

    • Fitnessista says:

      yep! usually the gym will want you to have a group fitness certification as well as a cycling specialty cert. i did AFAA and then schwinn πŸ™‚

  5. Kristin says:

    Hi!!! I have been reading your blog for a while now! It has actually inspired me to possibly vacation in AZ for my honeymoon! I am actually wondering if you have any idea for honeymoon locations or places to stay in AZ for a honeymoon.

  6. I’m from a small town and am going to a bigger city this weekend and was wanting to try out a Pure Barre class. I’ve never done barre before and was wondering if you have any tips?

    Thank you!:)

  7. Diane Harding says:

    Hi Gina,

    Haven’t checked into your blog in a few years, but I’ve been a fan since the GA days! I was cleaning out old bookmarks and found you again. Glad to see you’re well, have another baby and have continued your success (book, new site, PBB site, etc)! The new website is great and I’m happy I can get blog posts to my email now so I won’t lose touch again. I used to live in SD for years…enjoy it while you’re there! I go back often to see friends and still love it. Looking forward to reading back-posts and seeing if I can catch up to where I left off. Congrats on the new little one.


    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, diane. so nice to see you around here again πŸ™‚ hope all is going well with you!

  8. I have an on-line course The Taste Bud Boot Camp: https://a-well-run-life.thinkific.com/courses/taste-bud-boot-camp

    Would you offer an article or video on postpartum fitness? We would love to share your wisdom and promote you!


  9. Holly R. says:

    Hi Gina! I’ve been reading your blog for YEARS and it’s one of the very few that keeps me coming back for more. I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and have always been an avid gym go-er. Leading up to getting pregnant I was doing mostly heavy barbell type weight training with some lighter Crossfit style workouts on occasion. Now that I am pregnant I’m still lifting, just a little bit lighter weight and higher reps. I’m finding a new love for cardio though and doing circuit style training, spin bike, and rowing. I’m considering getting Insanity, P90x or something of the like as a way to mix it up because I am struggling to find the energy to write my own workouts like I used to do.

    As a Momma, and someone who has tried a TON of different types of workouts, is there a series of Beach Body DVD’s that you would recommend over the others for someone who is pregnant (but still maintaining their workout routine)? I workout by myself in our basement gym so motivation is going to be something important. Would also be good to have something I can transition to post baby.

    Thanks so much, hope you had a great Fourth of July!

    • Fitnessista says:

      congratulations to you, and thank you so much for reading for so long!
      i’m trying to brainstorm for you, because it sounds like you are super fit and need a challenge, BUT going in to second trimester, you’ll be getting into some workouts that have exercises that aren’t super safe for second and third trimesters. i really loved the T25 workouts while i was pregnant. i modified a lot (especially towards the end and to minimize jumping) but they were pretty easy to modify since they have a low-impact modifier. i’d just make sure you can talk in sentences (so don’t take the intervals too hard). let me know if you need help modifying any of the exercises!
      hope this helps a little. xoxo

      • Holly R. says:

        Thanks for the recommendation! I just took a look at a sample workout for T25 and I think I will really like it. I like that there is a modifier in there. I did a sample of Charlene’s Lean Extreme this AM and liked that one too for days I want to do some weights, but I think T25 will be good when I am looking for shorter burner!

        I’m already not loving the jumping, so the modifiers in both of those are perfect. Thanks Gina! Working out while pregnant feels like I am learning how to work out all over again, but it’s also a fun excuse to try some new (less intense…not adding intensity) things and just make it fun!

  10. Hi, Gina, nice to find your blog here, I really love your story, your healthy recipe inspired me very much. As a fan of your blog, I have featured your blog as a top blogger here, http://www.10greatest.com/30-health-care-blogs-follow-2016/

  11. Hi Gina! I love your blog. I’ve been reading for quite some time, mostly for the great fitness and nutrition information, but I’m also fascinated by your life as a military spouse – it’s always seemed like a bit of a crazy, stressful life that honestly never really appealed to me. And then, a few months ago, I met a guy in the army, and that totally changed my opinion (funny what love will do, huh?). Anyway, I sadly met him at the very end of his time at the base near where I live, and he’s moving to another country for the next year. We’ve decided to try keeping in touch and see where things go, but sadly, I think that’s going to be limited to email, hopefully snail mail, and maybe some Skype sessions. So, I was wondering, as a vet at this whole military spouse thing, any tips for helping us stay in touch and connected? Anything that they love to receive while they’re away, and anything that I should stay away from because it tends to make them homesick, etc? Thanks!

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