4th of July + a red, white and BOOTY circuit

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica!

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I’m proud and thankful to live in this country <3 Sending gratitude and love to those who sacrifice their lives to protect the many freedoms we enjoy.

What are your 4th of July plans? Grilling? Chilling? Working? I’ll be teaching most of the day, but I’m so excited for a family BBQ later tonight. Since July 8th is Liv’s 1/2 birthday, I always thought it would be fun to have a little celebration at the house in honor of  4th of July and her 1/2 birthday (1/2 cake, 1/2 burgers, etc). We’d use it as a time of year to focus on giving, since full birthdays often involve a lot of receiving. Half birthday is a great time to  go through her toys and decide what we can donate/store, and when she’s a little older, we can do something to “give” together.

I’m already working on the 1/2 birthday cake:

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I’m going to make this post short and sweet, but I hope that your July 4th is filled with:

-Lots of grilled, delicious summer foods


-A nice cold one.. whether it’s a kombucha or a beer… beers…

-Those you love

-Maybe a fast and furious workout? This one is heavy on the booty work. Maybe when you’re finished, you’ll be able to balance that mocktail or cocktail right on the middle of your backside 😉

Hope you enjoy! <3

Red white and booty




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  1. Ksenija @ Health Ninja on July 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Did my run today already, your workout still sounds fun. So I might just replace the 400m sprints with 2 minutes on the equalizer and still do it. Happy 4th of July!

  2. Lucie@FitSwissChick on July 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I love the idea of 1/2 birthday!! So sweet.
    And I just pinned that workout, love it. Happy 4th of July!!

  3. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I wish my mom celebrated my half birthday every year ;)! I love the idea though, so cute!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Kaycee St. Pierre on July 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I think that’s the cutest idea, a 1/2 birthday meant for giving! gosh Gina, you’re just full of them aren’t you! ha. Even though I’m a Canadian girl I wish you a happy 4th of July, be happy and stay safe!

  5. purelytwins on July 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Happy July 4th!!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful day!
    love the 1/2 birthday cake 🙂

  6. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on July 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Happy 4th Gina! Love the idea of the 1/2 bday celebration! Sounds like fun!

  7. Tracy on July 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I love the idea of 1/2 birthday celebration of giving. My twins were born June 7th so they have always celebrated their half birthday at school since they’re out for summer on their actual birthday. We’ve never really paid attention to my other kids’ half though. I like it!!

  8. Christine @ BookishlyB on July 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I think as long as the 1/2 birthday remains a day to reflect and give away old toys it’s a good thing.

  9. mi-an dela cruz on July 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    went to crossfit today to do 4th of july wod and then going to a wedding tonite! yayy!

  10. Kelly@KellyRunsforFood on July 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    That workout is right up my alley! I’ve already hit the gym today, but I’m definitely saving this for tomorrow. Happy 4th of July!

  11. Cassie Vaughn on July 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love the idea of celebrating a 1/2 birthday by giving!

  12. Lisa on July 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Looks like an awesome booty workout!
    I’m all for half birthdays, I used to celebrate mine;)
    Have a great Fourth of July!

  13. Miranda @ Miranda Runs on July 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Such a cute idea for Liv’s half birthday! Love 🙂 Happy 4th!

  14. Christina on July 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Just did the circuit and I’m a sweaty mess!!! Thx! 🙂

  15. Krystina on July 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Happy 4th to you and your family (and happy 1/2 birthday to Olivia)!

    Today has been a low key, but nice day. Watched some Twilight Zone, went for a run, and laid by the pool for a few hours. Later we’re making burgers and maybe getting some ice cream.

  16. Jenny on July 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I thought my mother was the only mom who celebrated half birthdays! My brother and I are exactly 2 1/2 years apart so on each others birthdays she always got us a little gift! Even at the ages of 21 and 23! Happy half birthday to Olivia!

  17. McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped on July 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Great workout! This is a perfect workout to do outside, and finally the sun is shining in Nashville today so this could be a fun one 😉 thanks for sharing!

  18. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on July 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Looks like a super fun workout!! I’ve put it in my archives for future butt kicking. 🙂

  19. Caitie @ twentytwofit on July 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Wow – LOVE the half birthday idea. The cake and burger 1/2s are cute, but the focus on giving rather than receiving? Genius. Saving the idea!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on July 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I pinned this workout – looks great! Happy (late) 4th!

  21. Krystal on July 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Loved the booty workout. It was short & sweaty. I got it in before work yesterday! My booty is on fire today. I think I will do some light cardio and a few upper body tabatas today.

  22. Amanda on July 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Love the circuit!

  23. Olivia @ Gluteus To The Maximus on July 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Well, the 4th of July is (almost) here again. How about it if we all tweet this BOOTY circuit workout to our Twitter followers or share it with our Facebook friends.

    Everybody could use a super fun workout to start the holiday right. Happy 4th!

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