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All-new barre burner

Hi friends! How’s your morning going? Is it the weekend yet?!

We have some fun things to look forward to this weekend: Friday morning play date with the girls and their kiddos, “Thanksgiving” at the squadron, family pics, brunch, yogaaaaaa, and tonight, my work friends are throwing me a little shindig. I know it will be a blast πŸ™‚

Yesterday, I (finally) took my NASM CPT test. Life kind of got in the way -turns out that producing a DVD takes up a lot of time that I wasn’t spending being a mama + wife, working, blogging, etc.- so I kept putting it off because I was horrified of failing it. I really cracked down this past week and decided to go for it. I was so glad, because the exam ended up being much more manageable than I anticipated. (Let me know if you guys want me to post a study guide + things that helped me — similar to what Julie did here. If you have specific questions, let me know, too!) I was done in 25 minutes, the sweet ladies working at the test center told me I passed (wahoo!), and I went for a little walk at Sabino Canyon to clear my brain out. 

It was a wise choice: 

Sabinooooo

Lunch at was Beyond Bread with the fam, and then Livi and I went to let Luna out for Kyle and Meg. They chased each other around the backyard… so stinkin’ cute. They love each other so much.

Playing with luna

This morning, we’re going to make some sweet potato casserole (swoooooon) and heading to a Thanksgiving brunch.

In the meantime, here’s an all-new barre burner video if you’re looking for a complement to today’s workout. You only really need two pieces of equipment for this workout: your body and a sturdy chair or countertop. No excuses πŸ˜‰

Barre burner

Sasha and I go over a standing thigh burning series, followed by a glute burner. The whole thing is 10 minutes and would be a great addition to legs day or “dessert” after a cardio workout.

Some tips:

-Be especially mindful if you have knee, hip or joint considerations. We do some deep plie squat movements, so it may be advantageous to skip this one or modify as needed. Always honor your body.

-Remember to keep your hands lightly on your base (chair, couch, countertop, barre), chest lifted, shoulders relaxed and core tight.

-Also think about letting your hips be neutral, instead of sticking your booty back. Aim to maintain an aligned spine.

-As you perform the exercises, visualize your muscles contracting and working to perform the movement. Mind to muscle!

-Combine with clean eats and cardio for the best results.

Hope you love it! 

 

Have a very happy Thursday <3

xoxo

Gina

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50 Comments

  1. Jackie on November 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Can’t wait to try it!

  2. RunEatRepeat on November 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Sweet potato casserole is my favorite!

  3. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on November 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Congrats on passing the NASM test! That’s the cert I’m going for next, too. I’m currently ACE certified, but it never hurts to get another perspective πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

      i’m trying to slowly get as many certs as possible πŸ™‚

  4. Brittany on November 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    what is your sweet potato casserole recipe?

  5. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on November 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    You guys are such a great team! I love all your videos!

  6. Sylvia on November 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Yes, please post a study guide! things you should concentrate on knowing more so then others etc. I’d appreciate it!

  7. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Love the video! I’m a dancer, so I definitely love feeling the barre burn! πŸ˜‰ I am so looking forward to the weekend. This whole week I’ve been thinking it’s the day ahead of the actual day…

  8. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Congrats on your exam! I think a study tips post would be fun and appreciated by many!
    Thanks Gina!

  9. Alli on November 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hi Gina,

    Congrats on your exam!

    If you could post some study tips/guide to what helped you, that would be awesome. I’m taking it in a few weeks and I’m nervous!

    Thanks πŸ˜‰

  10. april on November 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    congrats on passing the nasm exam!

    sweet potato casserole sounds so delicious right now πŸ™‚ hope you enjoy your thanksgiving brunch!

  11. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on November 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Barre classes just opened near me and I can’t wait to try them out! πŸ™‚

  12. Julie on November 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

  13. Amy on November 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I work next to Physique57 and go there regularly. Great instructions, Gina!

  14. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats on passing!! That is Awesome! I would love to learn more about it!

  15. Taylor @ Singletrackedmind on November 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’d love to see the study guide! Congrats on completing the test!

  16. Jenni @ Fitzala on November 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Congrats on passing! I take mine tomorrow morning and can’t wait to get it over with πŸ™‚

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Ooooh, my legs feel sore just watching the video — can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your exam!

  18. Lucie@FitSwissChick on November 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats on your exam, nice!!
    And I totally going to try the Barre Burner, thank you!!

  19. Livi on November 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    congrats on the test!!

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      thank you!

  20. Abi@AbsofSteel on November 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Congrats on passing the NASM test!!! I passed mine a couple months ago and I was so happy

  21. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on November 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Awesome! I love barre but can’t find any classes near me that don’t require a gym membership. I can’t wait to check this out!

  22. Holly on November 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hoping to get your sweet potato casserole recipe and your overview and tips for the NASM test as I’m hoping to accomplish that certification in the next year!!

  23. Bethann Wagner on November 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    This looks like something that will render me incapable of climbing up/down stairs for a day or two. I must try it out! Thanks, Gina!

  24. Christie @ http://Kissesandkale.blogspot.com on November 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to try this video!

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      let me know how it goes! πŸ™‚

  25. Karissa on November 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Congrats on your exam, woot woot!

  26. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Congrats on passing your test!! That is so awesome!

  27. Danielle Helena on November 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    That was such a great workout, thank you for always sharing your awesome videos! As soon as I scrolled down to see it I immediately pulled up a chair and gave it a go since my daughter is napping! Can’t wait for the next one! πŸ˜‰

  28. Mela Tircuit on November 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Would love to have some pointers for studying for the NASM certification! I get so overwhelmed! Was suppose to take mine last year, but life got in the way. But I’d really like to get it done in 2014!

  29. Purelytwins on November 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    congrats on NASM!!! Michelle is currently studying for ACE. fun times

    and this workout looks great, we must try it!

  30. Britt on November 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Great video, definitely have some shaking quads! πŸ™‚

  31. Cassie on November 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats on passing your NASM! I would love to have a full recap of your study plan…what you did, what you recommend, etc… I am studying right now (do not have the background like you) and feel a little overwhelmed with all the information. I am curious what is the most important aspects to focus on?

  32. Dede on November 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats on passing the exam! I’ll bet it was hard getting that pic of Luna and Liv. Puppies do not stand still! ; )

  33. Dominique @ That's What Domi Said on November 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    LOVED this!! So fun and my quads were on fiyaaaah! Thanks πŸ˜€
    Do you think this would work as a simple-but-complete leg workout if you went all the way through 3x or 4x?

  34. Shaina Anderson on November 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I was terrified of the exam too and found myself way over-prepared. Congratulations!! <3

  35. Paige@FitNotFad on November 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Congrats on passing the exam!! Would love a review of the test πŸ™‚

  36. sarahf on November 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations on the exam! This is a great workout, I will be adding it in, for sure!

  37. Alex @ Kenzie Life on November 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Love it! I’m a pure barre addict and I love what the classes/exercises have done for me! They’re so effective! Have a great weekend!

  38. Maryz on November 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I did this yesterday morning and I am hurting today! This is the first time I tried the Barre work outs. I think I’ll be doing more of them! Thanks for posting!

  39. cely on November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I dit the workout yesterday after my spinning class and I loved it! No need for any piece of equipement and the instructions were easy to follow but the moves were challenging!
    the only thing is that in the second part of the video your start the move on the left but the camera is facing your right side. I didn’t fully understood the move until you switched side.

  40. Neil on November 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    LOVE this. Did my first Bar workout last Saturday. Can’t believe how bad my legs were shaking while doing those pointy toed squats. ROUGH. I’ve been training dancers (Utah Jazz Dancers, University of Utah Dancers and more…) for years. Need to learn more. Will be here often – also sage dance fitness!

  41. Caroline on November 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’d love to hear about the NASM exam, congrats on passing! I signed up for the self-study course towards the beginning of October. My biggest question, one that I asked Julie and need to follow up on, is how prepared did you feel at the end? You’ve already been in the industry, so you’re probably better off, but as far as putting together actual workouts how well does it prepare a person? I haven’t been putting in the time I should so I’m not very far into the material, but I plan to buckle down again now that a major life distraction is out of the way.

  42. Kristen D on November 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Would LOVE a study guide – I’m studying right now!

  43. Gabbi on November 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Love the barrer burner video. This would help my body, especially my legs because I hate how my legs look. I am definitely doing this so thank you for sharing.

  44. Jade on January 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Ah, I just did this barre burner as a quick workout at home. Loved it!!! Thank you so much for posting! It flew by and i definitely feel the burn πŸ™‚ You guys are really fun!

  45. Jade on January 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Ah, I just did this barre burner as a quick workout at home. Loved it!!! Thank you so much for posting! It flew by and i definitely feel the burn πŸ™‚ You guys are really fun!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      so awesome! glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  46. Florence on December 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Bookmarked! I will definitely will try this video. Thank you!

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