Summer Shape Up Wrap-Up + Throwback Spin playlist

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Mine started off with a sweaty BODYPUMP class, and then I came back home for breakfast with the madre and Liv, and a trip to Nordstrom Rack to ride the train outside.

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(I was like, “Woooo!” and Liv was like, “Mom, stop.” haha.)

It was a great day to replace my sad lost sunglasses; Nordstrom Rack always has awesome deals. (They’re very similar to these ones!)

Later tonight, I teach spin and am going to make a little salmon dinner for the fam. I’ve been trying to think of new ways to enjoy salmon -my all-time favorite way is the maple orange salmon from the book– but I’m going to switch it up a bit tonight. We’ll see how it turns out. With salmon it could go one of two ways… there is no in between. 

So today is Monday, and it’s also the official end of Summer Shape Up! Yesterday was the last day, and it’s hard to believe that it went by so quickly. I’m so happy that so many of you followed along and saw awesome results from your hard work. The check-ins were my absolute favorite. It makes me so happy to see your beautiful faces 🙂

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Thank you again for all of your feedback for SSU! I’m always working on making the challenges better for you, so if you have any ideas for Winter Shape Up, please leave them in the comments below, or shoot me an email (fitnessista at gmail dot com subject: SSU!). I’ll be sending along some ideas for the rest of July to my newsletter subscribers, as well as monthly fitness calendars and meal ideas in August if you’re looking for inspiration until then. And of course, I’ll always be posting as many workouts, videos, tips and playlists on the blog as I can for ya!

Congratulations to our Week 4 winner, who will be getting a new fitness tracker (either a Fitbit or heart rate monitor; their choice!) a lulu tank top and a copy of “HIIT It!”


  Grace G.!

The lucky lady has been emailed! Stay tuned for another giveaway coming up this Wednesday. 🙂

Since it’s spin night tonight, I spend some time in the afternoon brainstorming some new playlist ideas. I came across a 90s playlist a couple of weeks ago, and it was the first “old” playlist that I LOVE. Usually they’re just a compilation of songs that were overplayed and I now despise. (Ok, so “Mambo #5” falls into that category but I like the rest, and “Come On Eileen” is my favorite song ever.)

I was inspired to create my own throwback playlist. I’ll probably put a couple of these on tonight’s playlist -I try to avoid “all or nothing” type playlists because I want to have something for everyone in class- and am excited to use them for my own workouts. 



Is there a Top 40 song you can’t stand right now? Favorite song of all time? What was today’s workout like?

Hope you have a great night!



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  1. I’ve been checking back waiting for the wrap up ;D congrats to the winner! i’m looking forward to the august calendar too! (Ah! August! School starts then D’: )
    and i like that you mix it up for spin! and “all throwback” playlist would be a bit much for me, but there are definitely some songs that are just the best to get you going 🙂

  2. All the Taylor Swift songs are on my can’t stand. I love them when they come out until they’re over played like crazy. Is it weird that I still listen to Push It by Salt ‘n Pepa daily?

  3. I love the throwback playlist idea! I’m all about 90s music. I have to say for songs on the radio right now that I’m sick of – Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood would have to fall into that category. I liked it at first but wow have they played that song into the ground!

  4. I love that Nordstrom Rack! My friends and I always want to ride that train, but we figure we are too old and without children for it to seem normal.

  5. Working in a gym where Top 40 is on constantly, I can’t stand most of it! 🙂 Haha, but one I still seem to find myself singing along to is Talking Body by Tove Lo…it’s too catchy!

  6. Ooh girl. Short skirt, long jacket is my jam. I had a jazz recital number to this song WAYY back in the day. Good memories!
    Thanks again for the shape up! I’m looking forward to WSU!

  7. Yay! Thanks so much for all your work putting the Shape-Up together! Tonight I did a full body workout found on Pinterest from Peanut Butter Runner. I didn’t feel like it but I got it done!

  8. There is nothing I can’t stand that immediately comes to mind. If I don’t like a song I always remember it. Fun playlist! There are some old favorites of mine here. Smooth Crinimal indeed!

  9. I have an awesome and super easy salmon recipe that we make all the time. (I actually can’t remember the last time we had salmon another way!) All you do is mix soy sauce and maple syrup (slightly more syrup than soy) and reduce it somewhat until it thickens. Brush it over the salmon and bake or grill. We take it out halfway through and brush with a second coat so it’s extra gooey and crispy! it’s the perfect mix of salty/sweet and tastes kind of like a teriyaki i guess. SO good! 🙂

  10. The Jessie J song where you says really really really really really really like you. Over and over and over again.

  11. I missed SSU last week because I was volunteering, so I’m back on schedule this week- a week behind. Thanks for some great workouts! Quick question- I’m debating changing up my workout routine. Do you recommend total body circuits or an upper day and lower day?

    • Fitnessista says:

      my perfect world is one upper body day, one lower body and one total body with cardio only in between

      • Okay, so what do you think about: one upper body day, one lower body day, 2 spin days (my cardio of choice), and one total body pilates/barre/core fusion day? I enjoy a lot of your tabata workouts. Is it good to also do those with the upper & lower body days? I like 2 days off.
        Thanks SO much. I work out at home, so I don’t really have anyone to ask!

        • Fitnessista says:

          i would be careful sandwiching spin with tabata since many spin classes do hiit style intervals.
          something i would put together: upper + tabata, lower and easy steady, spin, off, total body + easy cardio, spin, off

  12. I have a fail-proof salmon recipe from Giada. Mix together some lemon juice, EVOO (about 2 tablespoons of both) with chopped tomatoes (I usually use cherry tomatoes for more flavor) and some herbs & spices. Place the salmon in enough foil to wrap it up then spread the juice/EVOO/tomato mixture over the salmon. Wrap up the salmon into foil packets. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes. It’s a winner every time!

  13. Yay for spinning playlists! After our cert tomorrow I’ll have to go back and find every one of your playlists to use . Xoxo!

  14. Any song by Taylor Swift or Meghan Trainer…. can’t handle! Overplayed to death!

    Give us an update on the salmon! It’ll be hard to top your usual recipe!

    • Fitnessista says:

      both so overplayed, and i like their music!
      i ended up doing a honey lime salmon. it tasted delicious but i overcooked it 🙁 wild salmon is harder to gauge!

  15. O my goodness…I don’t even know what is on the radio nowadays. I have been so out of touch since coming back from our honeymoon, and I can’t remember the last time I listened to top 40s hits on the radio. It is usually tuned to country 🙂

  16. Blackened salmon. Yummmmmmm

  17. Hey Ya reminds me of going out with my friends when I was in university. I graduated in 2006 so it’s definitely been awhile!

  18. ahh thanks for the playlist suggestions! i’ve been using the spotify workout playlists and can i just say how i am officially over “sugar” by maroon 5?

  19. Erika S. says:

    I love that D.Cox song…my fave! I love themed playlists and usually try to find 1-2 songs that might appeal to others.

    My typical playlist usually includes a “throwback song”…any genre…but usually pop, hip hop, old school rap or R&B…

  20. Cheerleader….ugh. Such an earworm.

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