5-minute booty burner

 Hi friends! How’s the day going?? DON’T FORGET to enter the Owlet giveaway on the Family page and check in with your workout here.

This week is flying by and I’m not complaining. I’ve been having the usual fun and adventures with the girls, writing like crazy, enjoying dinners here at home, and taught two barre classes last night. We’ve also transitioned Miss P to the crib, and while it’s bittersweet, it’s fun to actually use her room now! (Before, it felt like it was just for decoration haha.) While I definitely think she’s teething, she seems to be liking her new digs. She was officially too big for the bassinet and angrily kicking the bottom of it. It was time. Plus, I can read in bed again at night without worrying about the light waking her up.

Snoozing in the crib with her Owlet on, sans swaddle since she’s a rolling machine!

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While Livi was at preschool, P and I went on a mission to get her a dress for the Parent-Daughter dance this week. She insisted that she wanted a green dress, and I had no idea where I’d be able to find one. Target to the rescue! Now I just have to find some cute little shoes to go with it. 

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(Does she wear tights with this? What color? Halp me. I have no idea what to pair with green haha)

So today, I have a workout for you! Yesterday was one of those days where I had to get in my workout in bits and pieces. I did some cardio, split up the PBB strength, and got in this quick 5-minute booty burner. 

Here it is if you’d like to give it a try!

5 min booty burner

Wearing: Tank // Bra // Tights // Shoes 


Form cues and tips:

(warm up with 5-7 minutes of cardio beforehand. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.)

1) Curtsy lunge, side to side: angle your front foot out 45 degrees and step your opposite foot back and around. For example, if your right foot is forward, when you step your left foot back, your left foot should be in line with your right shoulder. Bend your knees and sink your hips straight down, keeping your chest lifted and shoulders relaxed. Squeeze and exhale to rise, before switching to the opposite side.

2) Squat and calf raise: start with your feet at least hip distance apart and toes out. Keep your chest high and core tight as you sink down into your squat with your weight in your heels. Exhale to rise, and lift up onto your toes. Repeat, slowly and with control. Challenge option: hold a dumbbell at your chest, and press it overhead as you perform the calf raise.

3) Lateral lunge, plie squat, switch. Come into your lateral lunge with one leg bent, and the other, straight out to the side. Keep your core pulled in and touch the floor. Keeping your hips low, move to the center in a low plie squat, trying to keep your thighs parallel to the floor. Your knees should go out towards your toes, but not past your toes. Lateral lunge on the other side, and keep moving, side to side, with low hips.

4) Hip raise: my ALL TIME favorite booty move! Start on your back with legs bent and feet flat on the floor. Squeeze your glutes to lift your hips, keeping your upper back pressing into the floor. Lower down towards the floor (don’t touch it!) and exhale to rise back up. Continue for the minute. Challenge option: lift one leg off the floor for 30 seconds, and switch to the other side.

5) Dumbbell hamstring curl and lift: reach back and place a dumbbell in between your feet.

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Keep the dumbbell there (start with a light one) as you take your gaze towards the floor and rest your forehead in your hands. IMPORTANT: keep your gaze down and spine straight as you do this one. Extend your legs and gently bring the dumbbell towards the floor. Exhale to bend your knees back in. Take an inhale, and as you exhale, tighten your core and squeeze your glutes to lift your knees off the floor. Lower down, and repeat.

What is your all-time favorite booty or leg exercise? 

When you don’t have a lot of time, do you split up your workout? If you only have 5-10 minutes, what do you do?

Here are some faves if you’re looking for ideas!

Plank burner

Ab burner

Booty burner video

Arm burner

What to do if you only have 20 minutes to work out

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you later on the Family page with new Livi-isms. 🙂



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  1. Kristen on February 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Cute dress! I had a little girl in my preschool class wear a green dress the other day and she had a pink hair bow and pink shoes. She also had patterned pink,green,and white tights. She looked adorable.

    It’s bittersweet when your baby moves to the crib, isn’t it? It means they’re growing up but it’s also a tiny step to having some of your life back! I never paid attention to all the mindless things I did in my room until I had my son and he was sleeping in there.

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

      oh love the idea to pair it with pink!
      yes! very bittersweet. i also have piles of laundry in there that i couldn’t put away because she was sleeping, so now i have no excuse haha 😉

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 4, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I can’t believe how big P is already! The months just fly by don’t they? As for the kiddos, I have no clue. Maybe white or pink? Something springy!

  3. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on February 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    My all time favorite booty exercise is hip thrusts…especially when I load up the weight and use a barbell. They’re the best thing for isolating the butt exclusively!

    • masala girl on February 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      oh love the idea of usinng a barbell!!

  4. Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things on February 4, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I’m so used to telling myself I need 30-45 minutes for a “solid workout.” I need to get into a better habit of fitting in quick workouts when I can’t go for a run or go to the gym. I love strength/circuit/HIIT workouts so much!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      i’m the same way! now i take what i can get though haha

  5. Nicole on February 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    So great P is in her own room! How did you get her to sleep out of the swaddle? My boy is 5 months, is about to roll and will not sleep without it:(

    • Robin R on February 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Try the Magic Merlin! Worked absolute wonders for my daughter. We ordered from amazon. Used them until she outgrew all their sizes.

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      we’re still having some problems haha. she’s been waking up 283748 times a night. i’m hoping she gets used to it over the next couple of nights

  6. Sky on February 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Super cute dress. I think white or pink would be adorable.

    This workout is perfect for me right now because I am confined to at home workouts and I just got cleared to work out again after having a baby. I can’t wait to give it a try. Leg day is always my favorite and I actually enjoy doing different variations of squats.

  7. Cara's Healthy Cravings on February 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I am sure Liv will look precious in that green dress, I would go for white tights.
    I love a good targeted booty burner workout and yours are always great. My fav moves are usually hip thrusts done with a stability ball…oh the burn!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      k i got some white tights today! so cute 🙂
      love those, too!

  8. Amy S on February 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I love that Liv insisted on a green dress – what a little fashionista! The one you picked out is super cute – God bless Target, LOL. I agree that pink or white tights will look great!

  9. Anna @ THE POSH BODY on February 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I’d definitely go with white tights or light coral for a pop of color 🙂

    I LOVE 5 minute workouts. No way I can talk myself out of it because “I don’t have time” 😉

  10. masala girl on February 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    i love your burners! I do yours, or Shaun T’s (on facebook!) or hasfit abs if i need an extra sumtin sumtin! or just anything, at the end of the day 🙂
    and you literally picked my favorite leg/booty moves! but my #1 fav is when you’re in table top, then pulse the back leg!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      oh i love that one, too!

  11. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    What cute dress!

  12. Amy W. www.funfoodiefamily.com on February 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I LOVE my Pilates class. If you are ever in Atlanta, Georgia, you should check out Rainbow Pilates in Suwanee. They have a class called Shhhh! I take Pilates. It is a siller workout. AND at the same time my girls go to a kids class! They LOVE it!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      i will definitely check it out- thank you!

  13. Krisanne on February 5, 2016 at 1:55 am

    White or cream tights would be great 🙂 lovely dress too! How old is P? My little one is 14 months and I still haven’t had the courage to put her in her own room – its so sad!! 🙁

  14. Shayna on February 5, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Gina, I’ve been reading your blog for years and I just had to send you some love. Whenever I feel like I’m in a slump and need some motivation to move, I make a little visit to fitnessista.com and your dose of positivity is all I need to get going! So thanks for everything you do to keep me and thousands of other women moving and motivated. Keep on keepin’ on! Happy Friday!

  15. Fee Rice on February 5, 2016 at 5:34 am

    White tights and gold shoes! (But then, I am Irish so might be biased!)

  16. Missy on February 8, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Love this little, quick, anywhere workout. Pinned!

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