About

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.

Bellandbaby1

-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

 

Certifications:

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).

Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi Gina,
    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I love it….I’m just curious do you ever do any personal training online instead of just in person?
    Thanks!
    Meg

  2. I love your blog and you! I am also a military wife (AF), and I know what it’s like to find yourself in an area where the healthiest restaurant is smothering everything in cheese and the area itself is so not workout friendly (no sidewalks!?!). Anyway, great articles, great recipes. I love eating veggies and healthy, and my hubby loves meat and taters. Oy. Happy to see other active mil. wives who work toward a healthy lifestyle instead of complaining about where they are and blaming their double-digits sizes on the area!

  3. Hi Gina,

    I am a big fan of your blog and I’m interested in breaking into the fitness teaching industry. What type of job do you have? It seems like its almost like you have a full time teaching gig at a gym but I wanted to know for sure!

    Thank you and keep up the motivating and educational posts!!
    Kim

  4. Great blog! I’m semi-comatose on the Face Book, on my girlfriend’s laptop, and I noticed she’s got you faved, so I read some posts. Even though we live in Europe, we can totally relate to your family, and your situation. We both love to cook, but she’s got a lot of quirky dietary preferences, and I eat whatever’s stupid enough to lie down in front of me, even better if it used to walk around mooing, and she’s an instructor at a gym near the army base, too. Although you’ve got more crazy sounding classes than she has to hold, hahaha

    Cheers!

  5. I wanted to buy your zumba video you have, but before I buy it I want to know if the music is actually latin music. I have bought videos before and the music is horrible! Thanks!

  6. Hi Gina,
    i found your blog through an old Cleo magazine, i had ripped out the page about your blog and saved it for a rainy day, well, i guess its that rainy day:) so excited to read your blog! I’m getting into a fitness schedule slowly but surely…started gym and I’m loving it! so reading your blog is going to keep me motivated! I’m also moving into my own place so the cooking tips will be beneficial!
    thanks so much, so far, love your blog!!!
    Candice

  7. Hey Gina! I love your website! I see that you like to juice; what do you think about Naked juices? I often will drink the Green Machine as part of my lunch and wondered what you thought about it nutritionally. Thanks for any input.

    • Fitnessista says:

      hey i love them! i think they’re a little bit of a sugar bomb, though, so i’ll drink half (which is one serving) and save the other half for the next day

  8. Hi Gina! I absolutely love your blog. Love it even more now that I am 14 weeks pregnant; it’s great to read about your experiences with pregnancy and parenting. I had a fashion-based question. If you can recall, what style Lululemon pants are you wearing in one of the pics on the BOB revolution SE review post? http://fitnessista.com/2012/09/review-of-the-bob-revolution-se/ The purple ones when you are pushing Liv in the stroller around town? Thanks so much!!!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, michele!
      they’re the studio pants… i have 5 pairs now- they’re my absolute favorite xoxo

  9. Any particular workout pants/shorts you prefer that hide sweat and any extra flaws? I have a problem with some of the nice workout pants being a tad bit too thin! Thanks!

  10. Gina:
    I have been following your blog for about 2 years now. I love it and really like your attitude and approach to fun, fitness, food and family. I have created a daily journal/calendar that I think you might like. Its called “Keeping it Together – A Girls Guide to Living Life to the Fullest”. Would you consider emailing me directly so I can send you a copy? I am not requesting a review or anything – just trying to spread some good karma and help all the gals I love make 2013 their best year yet!

    Thanks!
    Jessica Locke, R.D.

  11. Love the updated About page! :)

  12. Hello Gina!

    I learned about your blog from Cathy Trails and I must say I made a very good choice by taking Cathy’s suggestion and visiting your blog. You seem like hell of a fun and organised person who’s living her life in delightful and healthy ways. Hope to be a part of your daily adventures through your blog posts. Looking forward to a wonderful experience! Stay blessed. Keep writing :)

  13. Hi Gina, I just found your blog and its really interesting thank you :) You look amazing after your birth…I have scanned your blog for pregnancy exercises etc but I can’t find them…. did you post anything? I will keep hunting for them….

  14. jackie7288 says:

    hi! LOVE your blog. just wondering if there was any way you can make searching previous posts easier? when i enter a search term, i can only see one blog post at a time. I wish there was a way to see a bullet list of all blog posts that contain the search term rather than having to go through post by post.

    i was looking for ways to workout on vacation when there isnt a gym if you have any recommendations!

    thanks!

  15. Gina, Is there a way to recieve your posts via email vs RSS feed? Maybe I’m stupid :-) but I can’t find anywhere to subscribe via email on your blog.

    Thanks-

  16. Hi Gina! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but I can’t find anywhere to subscribe via e-mail either (I see a few people have commented about the same problem). Is there something we are missing on your blog page or do you not have the option to subscribe via e-mail? Thank you for your consistently awesome workouts and blog posts! I look forward to reading everyday!

  17. Hi there! Just want to let you know how much of an inspiration you are to me! I love reading your posts about life as a fitness guru, mother, wife, and working woman. I really hope to be as present in my everyday life as you are! For that I nominated you for the Sunshine award! Thank you so much for sharing yourself for us peoples on the interweb!

    http://fitandfeistyfelipe.blogspot.com/2012/11/letter-to-my-health.html

  18. Hi! just found your website and I’m obsessed!! I did a search and couldn’t really find anything about protein shakes. I feel like I should start drinking them, but they are intimidating!! Do you have any beginners suggestions – when you should be drinking them etc? Thanks!!

  19. Looks like your blog got a new look! I like the new look. Very nice.

    Keep up the great posts. :)

  20. Hi! Love your blog. I just read the entry where you spilled the salad dressing in your car…all you need to do is put a bunch of orange peels in the car! Orange peels will soak up any disgusting odor. We used to throw them in our son’s room when it smelled like a gym sock.

    Whenever we eat oranges we just leave the peels on the kitchen counter for a while, it makes the house smell really nice!
    julie

  21. Hi this is my first time visiting and i look foward to following your fitness journey. I have a question about energy and motivation. I want to shed some weight and get fit and tone. I i have the knowledge i need to get there but i am really struggling to find the energy to get up and start working out i honestly dont think its laziness i have a history of anemia and supplementing with iron or b12 injections do not work for me. Any tips you can give me? I also am a stay at home mom with 4 daughters on a budget so a gym membership is not an option. Thanks in anticipation

  22. Hi Gina! I’ve been a follower for a long time and remember a few posts you did back when you were first pregnant that mentioned the foods your midwife recommended you eat while trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. Do you have more info on that or is there a link to a post with that information? Thank you!!!

  23. Seriously love your blog. I’ve been reading and following you for more than a year…and I absolutely love it. Your enthusiasm on family, life and health is inspiring…and motivates me! So thank you!! Keep them coming. Definitely a loyal fan!!!

  24. Laura@Forging Fitness at Forty-something says:

    Just found your blog – love it. I’m a big Turbo fan, too.

  25. Hi Gina,

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I LOVE it! I’ve also worked as a trainer, have a maltese poodle (Gabriella ♥ ) and (was) in a long-term relationship with a man in the military :) I really want to receive email notifications of your new posts… but I can’t find anywhere to subscribe (I’m probably looking right at the button and just not seeing it!) ..If you could, let me know where I can subscribe! Thanks so much! ♥

  26. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog while mindlessly pinning and just completely related to all your pregnancy posts.
    I’m in my second trimester and find it SO hard to stay motivated with just the right shoes and time — I read your belly band post and the others that followed that and just got so motivated!
    I’m sure you hear this a lot, but it’s really neat that there’s someone out there who had the same struggles I am having and is not making fun of me for wanting to stay fit. Thank you for your ideas and inspiration – pregnancy and post pregnancy!

  27. Hi! Found you via Blush, Bows and Tangelos! I’m your newest follower and am LOVING exploring your blog!

  28. Hi Gina,
    I’ve been following your blog for about 3 years now and love it! My husband and I are currently in Hawaii visiting a friend who so happens to be an A-10 pilot. He mentioned something about moving to Tucson and it made me think of you. When I asked him if he knew “the pilot”, he wasn’t sure at first, until I showed him a photo of you guys from your blog. Immediately he knew who you were and I was completely shocked…it is a small world. My friend is Buddy Joca and he says hi : ).

    Thanks,
    Jen

  29. Hi Gina,
    I have a four-year-old son and I have made a resolution to involve him in one community service project a month in 2013. I want to make a care package for the troops with him this month. I have seen quite a few websites that explain where to send the package. What I’d like to know from you is if you know a reliable organization, and what is it that the troops really like in their care packages? We may invite some of his friends over to help us, too. Packages from home, any soldier, and give 2 the troops are three websites I have found. has Tom had any experience with any of them?
    Thanks!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i love this idea so much.
      i asked tom and he suggested the USO. some ideas: magazines, gum, homemade treats, homemade trail mix, joke toys (like little nerd guns), they also love DVDs and video games (i’ll get the super inexpensive ones at target or walmart in case they don’t make it there)

  30. Hello Gina
    I’ve followed your blog for a while now, trying some workout and always getting to tired and quitting. Through most of my life I was denying being fat. I always thought I was just a little larger than everyone else, but now fat. Well now I’ve finally realized I’m just plain old fat. I want to make a change for myself, I have in the past but always failed due to workouts beginning to difficult and that got me discourage thinking I will always be this size. Well since discovering that we are going on a cruise in 8 months, I’ve decided I want to lose weight and actually feel in the clothing I wear. I want to feel confident in a short dress and not have to worry about my cellulite showing or my thighs rubbing together. I’ve never been able to wear jeans because I’m so self conscious. Right about now in my life I have no self esteem. I’m 20 I’m 5’6’’ and I weight a whopping 185 pounds. My GOAL is to lose 40 pounds in 8 months, is that possible? But I have a dilemma right now. I recently had surgery on my foot and can’t do any exercise till the end of the month. So I’ve come up with a meal plan I can start to follow to jump start my weight loss without exercise, this is where you come in. I’m wondering if this is a good meal plan or not. Here is goes:
    Breakfast
    Meal #1 at 9 AM English Muffin with Peanut Butter
    Lunch
    Meal #2 at 12 PM 1 cup of Vegetable based soup with pepper slices and cucumbers
    Snack
    Meal #3 at 3 PM baby bell cheese or a yogurt
    Dinner
    Meal #5 at 6 PM– Large Salad with veggies, a chicken breast or a packet of garden rice that is 2.5 grams fat and only about 160 calories or ¼ the package
    Snack
    Meal #6 at 9 PM–Yogurt or Air Popped Popcorn

    Does this seem like it was start my weightloss while I cant exercise? And do you have any tips for my meal plan? Thanks so much. Oh and Happy New Year to you, Olivia, and Pilot

    • Fitnessista says:

      hey girl,
      thank you so much for reading <3
      #1 goal for you: to stop saying you’re fat. fat is a state of mind and has nothing to do with body shape. think about how you want to get healthier and take charge of your fitness- ditch the “f” word, mmm k??
      i also think it would be beneficial to seek the help of a local rd or personal trainer. i can give you a couple of ideas, but there’s very little liability-wise that i can do from afar. i will tell you that your meal plan is way too low in calories (i guessed about 800 and you’ll need at least 1500 which will support weight loss but also keep your body from hitting starvation mode). don’t be afraid to add in more proteins and fats than what i’m seeing.
      you can do amazing things in 4 months, but endeavor to make some changes you’ll be able to keep with you from now on. slow and steady wins the race. keep your head up, remember i’m cheering for you, and sending lots of love to you.

  31. I LOVE your white dinner plates (2 pic from top.) Where are they from?

  32. Hi there!

    I have been following your blog for about two years now. I am pregnant (currently 17 weeks), and was looking for some good pregnancy workouts to follow. I see on your workouts page, you have one listed (which I love!), but I was wondering if you had any more. I know you kept in shape during your pregnancy, but can’t remember if/when you posted any workouts for pregnant women. I was just wondering if you could point me in the right direction?

    Thanks so much and love your blog! You are such an inspiration to me :)

  33. Nicole Matier says:

    Gina! It’s Nicole from the spa desk at Canyon Ranch! How are you girl?
    So I was Googling how to become a certified fitness instructor with the key words “military spouse” and I got your blog! I’m over in England and I know there are a ton of certification programs that are suppose to be internationally accredited for military. I was wondering if you knew anything about them, and what program you used.

  34. Hi Gina!

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time and just wanted to say how wonderful it is. I’ve been looking into protein powder lately and have narrowed it down to Sun Warrior and Garden of Life. I just wanted to know your thoughts on both (I know you love Sun Warrior…and I’m sorry if this question has been asked before!), or maybe you have other brands you can suggest that are nutritionally great, taste good, and worth the money.

    Thank you :)

    – Yin

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, yin!
      i like the sun warrior because it tastes amazing and doesn’t have any weird ingredients. it’s also vegan, raw and gluten-free
      i haven’t tried garden of life, but i also like the vega protein powders. they have a fun mix of plant protein (hemp, pea, cranberry, etc) and while they don’t taste quite as great (stevia and cocoa powder helps), the nutrition stats and ingredients are fantastic
      hope this helps a little!

  35. hi! i am planning to get the turbofire advance dvd. i was wonderin if i can jump straight to the advance workout dvd without doing the regular turbofire? i finished insanity and am lookin for a workout that is not as intense as insanity

  36. Jenny Varghese says:

    Hi Gina,

    I just love your website and your tips with workouts. I love to do the tabata ones you post in particular but wonder if it is at all possible for the videos you’ve made to be on one list/page? I have found that as I am looking for the videos to do I cannot get to them very easily? I know you are so busy, but I just wondered if maybe somewhere down the road that could be an option? Unless maybe I’ve missed something somewhere you may have already something like that on your site but I just can’t seem to find it….let me know whenever you can!

    Awesome 1st b-day party too! What a special family you have!

  37. Cassie Vaughn says:

    Good afternoon! I just stumbled on your website via eatinglikeabird on twitter. And I’m so glad I did. I am newly a clean eating, health nut convert thanks to a dairy allergy that I self diagnosed.
    But I was an army wife (my husband did 5 years active duty, 2 deployments, 1 major change of duty and now is in school). And we also met at Starbucks, which I thought was a cool coincidence.
    I can’t wait to dig more into your site!

  38. Hi! I just found your blog yesterday and I just wanted to say how awesome you are for being a military wife. My husband was an air traffic controller (did LOTS of controlling in the middle east) in the USAF for 6 years. He is out now but those deployments are so hard! Stay stong, you are amazing!
    ps wouldn’t it be funny if our husbands had deployed together?

  39. I’m in the military and so is my husband…I completely understand your life! Is there anyway to receive your blog via email??

  40. HollyDoesHealthy says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award x
    http://hollydoeshealthy.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/beautiful-blogger-award/

  41. Hi Gina,
    I love your blog! I’ve started reading the beauty detox solution by Kimberly Snyder. Do you have any thoughts on it?

  42. I love your blog and have been following it for about a year now. Just curious, do you have any pregnancy workouts? Just found out we are expecting again and I want to stay in the best shape I can this time. Right now I am lifting weights 2-3/week and running HIIT 3/week. I didn’t see anything pregnancy related on your workout page. If you don’t, could you point me in the direction of a good system? I will really appreciate your help! Thank you :)

  43. Love your blog. Great stuff here.Keep sharing what you do to keep motivating others. sjs

  44. Hi Gina,
    Love your blog! I was wondering if you could recommend or post some good workout moves to tone your upper back. (That lovely fat that hangs over the bra area). Thanks!

  45. Great blog. LOVE that striped top you’re wearing with Olivia. Want it!

  46. Hi Gina! I wanted to stop by and say what an amazing blog you have here! You motivate and inspire people to make healthy changes everyday. I am getting ready to start a new journey myself, as I have enrolled in a yoga teacher training. Hearing your stories of life, love and food are a breath of fresh air for me! Wishing you and your family many happy adventures. Namaste.

  47. Hi! Love your blog! How can I get e-mails when you update your blog, daily?

  48. Where did you get those pink Nikes!? I love them!

  49. Hey, Gina! Love your blog– been a reader for many years. I have an off-topic question… hubby and I are planning a trip to the Phoenix area in mid-May for our 4 year anniversary (awe) and would love some local recommendations! We are also scoping out the area as a potential new home spot (currently in Chicago), so we want a combination of touristy and local flavor. Thanks!

    -Amy

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