Back in the spin of things

Hey! Happy almost-Friday! What are you up to this weekend?


(Succulents runneth over. Thinking it’s time to clip and replant?)

I got to teach cycling last night and am STILL feeling the endorphins.This week I’ve taught Zumba, barre and cycling so far, and surprisingly, cycling felt the best even though I haven’t taught in at least a year. It was a fun little blast from the past; cap it off with an Indian Food Wednesday dinner and we’re right back to 2008 😉

Class was packed, the energy was fantastic, and it was a blast. It’s amazing what a killer playlist will do, along with convincing yourself that it’s just like riding a [spin] bike. You hop back into it and pick up where you left off. I’m pretty sure I haven’t been on a spin bike for an hour in a while, so the legs are definitely feeling it today.


It looks like Zumba, cycling and barre are going to be in the usual teaching rotation until I get my BodyPump certification finished up. If you’re in San Diego and would like to take a free BodyPump class that I’ll be filming for certification, please let me know! It will probably be the weekend of July 10th.   

Dinner was my uncle’s famous bolognese sauce + pasta

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+ roasted broccoli (that was still cooking when I snapped a couple pics). 

The sauce was put together during nap time,


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so all we had to do was roast the broccoli, boil the noodles and uncork the wine. 

Today I have a meeting and then am off to take Summer Shape Up pics for Week 3! Don’t forget to check in with your workout today here (<— click to enter!) for this week’s giveaway. It’s an awesome prize pack with fun gym near + a Jawbone Up.


SSU 2014 Logo copy

Make today amazing <3



Something to do: this stretch series. It’s perfect if you’re following the week 2 schedule and taking an off day!

Two random things about today:

-It’s NBA draft day, and I’m super nervous/excited for two of my favorite U of A players from last year: Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon. I’m predicting Celtics and Lakers, respectively.

-Apparently it’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. Let’s celebrate!

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  1. I hear ya on those spinning endorphins Gina! Whenever I teach, they always make me feel fabulous in the hours/day that follows. Good luck with your Body Pump certification! When I did my RPM cert, I didn’t love the video part but it definitely makes you see what some of those little things are that you do unknowingly when you teach. I’m sure you’ll ace it!

  2. I think my hubby was a week early with draft day because he was flipping through the channels last Thursday haha. Overanxious a bit??

  3. Debbie from WBL says:

    Do you have the recipe for the sauce?

    • Fitnessista says:

      kind of. i watched him make it, so i know how to replicate it, but have yet to measure everything. i can ask him for the exact measurements to see if i can post them!

  4. You’re seriously superwoman, I don’t know how you do all that you do Gina! Tell me your secrets! 😉

  5. That sauce looks AMAZING! Enjoy your day 🙂

  6. I used to teach spin on the side way back when. i miss it!

  7. That sauce looks amazing!

    What method of barre did you train in- Pure Barre, BarreAmped,etc? There seem to be so many options.

    Good luck with your Body Pump certification too!

    • Fitnessista says:

      you have to be trained at the studio where you want to teach, since each place has their own unique method. i did barre body, so they trained me in their method, but it was a little easier since i’ve taught barre for a year and a half. when i taught barre at the resort, we were trained through a workshop.
      thank you!!

  8. Woot! I haven’t been to a spinning class in forever. It used to be a staple, and a killer playlist always makes it better.

  9. I love spin!! It definitely gets those endorphins going!

  10. Ohhh that pasta dinner looks to die for!

  11. So glad to hear another lady is super excited for the draft. I set it up to record on the DVR a week ago! We can’t wait to see where our favorite player from Creighton University, Doug McDermott will end up! 🙂

  12. Chrystal J says:

    I second the request for the sauce recipe…would love it!!! 🙂

  13. I am in SD and would love to do the class! I might have a few other girlfriends who would as well! Keep me posted! 🙂

  14. Please tell me you’ve tried Sundara for Indian Food Wednesday (or any day except Tuesday when they’re closed)…SOOO good! They’re on Sunset Cliffs Blvd, but they deliver too 🙂

    I’d love to take the class! Keep us posted!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you!
      ok so i pass it all the time and keep thinking we need to get takeout! maybe we’ll finally do it tomorrow night 🙂

  15. The Celtics are my team and I’m really hoping we get some good picks! It’s been a rough few years losing Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, KG, and Doc Rivers. And Rondo didn’t play for a good chunk of the season so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this next year is way better!

  16. I did the Summer Shape Up workout week 1 on Monday night one final time and my legs are STILL feeling it. Oye!

  17. Is it bad that sometimes I forget to water my succulents and cacti… like in weeks? Once I killed them all because there was a terrible rainstorm.

  18. Way to rock your spin class! I love that feeling of awesome energy in a class!

    I’m working on getting ready to film my BODYPUMP assessment video in the next few weeks too. I kind of hate being on camera, so it’ll be a huge relief when it’s all over! Wish I could come take your class! Do you have a gym you’re planning on teaching BP classes at yet? I know you said the SD area can be pretty competitive!

  19. Happy national pudding day!! Haha I wonder if that includes tapioca? I love that stuff.

    I love spinning. Its been a while since I’ve done it.

  20. Love spinning!

  21. Wow! Your succulents! I think you’ve always had a green thumb…you just weren’t aware it was specifically for succulents 😉

  22. ilovefetacheese says:

    Do you still use gluten free pasta? I still can’t find a type I like…Trader joes was a bust…tasted off.

  23. Would love to take one of your classes! Too bad you’re not still on Tucson. 🙁

  24. Love teaching spin! I used to take some good classes in SD. Hey- is Racho’s still in OB? That was one of my fav Mexican places!

  25. I wish I could take your BodyPump class! I think I should get certified to teach a cardio class to help balance out all my Pilates teaching. That sounds like a good mix of things to teach!

  26. I used to be a BodyPump junkie…would love to take your class in SD! Let me know the details 🙂

  27. Love that you’re geeking out over draft day. 😉 Everyone I know is going berserk over the World Cup, and I’m like, “Soccer? Meh.” Basketball, on the other hand…now THAT’S something to get excited about!

  28. I would love to take your BodyPump class if you have room! Thanks for thinking of us in SD and I’m sure it will be great! You’ll forget you are being filmed as soon as the music starts…

  29. Would love to take your Body Pump certification class in SD! Let me know the details 🙂

  30. Looks like a super fun–and intense!!–teaching schedule! So nice you’ve found your groove and are settling in to your new locale!

    Good luck with the Body Pump Cert!

    I know it’s draft day….but did you watch the USA World Cup Game??

  31. Ahh I wish I could be a fitness instructor but, while I am excellent at motivating 2nd graders, I just don’t think I could have a strong command over a class of adults:)

  32. can you post your bodypump certification video on youtube so i can pretend i’m taking a class with you but i’m really in my living room? 🙂

  33. In San Diego near you and would live to take any of your classes 🙂

  34. Margaret says:

    I’m in SD and would love to participate!

  35. Where are you teaching spin? I’m in San Diego and would love to come!

  36. I freakin love spin! I hadn’t taken a class in like 10 years cause I thought I hated it. Finally tried it again this year, hooked! Biggest endorphin high. Would love to see your play list. I always find good running songs from spin playlists.

  37. I am in SD and would love to help/participate in your body bump training! Let me know the deets when you know more (also July 10th is a Thursday…)

  38. Hi! I live in San Diego and would love to attend your class

  39. I’m going to be in San Diego later this month and would love to come take barre with you! I started about a month ago and am IN LOVE. Good luck with Body Pump! Another one of my favorites 🙂

  40. Kate M. says:

    I live in San Diego and would love to take the body pump class with you. I have done it at my mom’s gym in Maryland but haven’t found a class here in SD that I like yet so would love to do another class! Please let me know the details once you know more.

  41. Hey lady! Let me know about pump! I’m going today actually. 🙂 Also, where are you teaching spin — at a private studio or on base (i.e., at MCRD.. I’m not sure of any other base gyms around here w spinning…)?

  42. Chanel Casares says:

    Good luck with Body Pump! I live in SD and take Pump pretty often, so I’d love to be a part of it!

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