My name is Gina- I’m so happy you’re here.

On this blog, I like to share some daily happenings, as well as quick, effective workouts and healthy recipes.

About The Fitnessista


I started writing The Fitnessista when we were living in Valdosta, Georgia. I was in maintenance mode after losing 40 lbs, but healthy options were pretty scarce. Going to Whole Foods in Orlando was a vacation in itself, and the little things, like being able to harvest my own organic produce made me scary excited. The blog was a little way to share healthy recipes and workouts with some of my personal training clients and since the beginning, a lot has changed:

Caprese salad

-My eating style. I started off the blog eating “diet foods” and eventually transitioned to more whole, unprocessed foods. I also experimented with pescatarianism but went back to eating chicken a couple of years later. Today I like to focus on lean protein, fruits, veggies, grains (I prefer to eat gluten-free), chocolate, wine and all the fun stuff sprinkled in.

-Our location. We travel and move fairly often and are currently stationed in San Diego, CA. Living here is absolutely dreamy, and we’re having fun exploring and living like tourists until our next move in 2016 or early 2017. So far, we’ve lived in Fayetteville, NC, Valdosta, GA, and Tucson, AZ.  It’s been a fun and exciting adventure to see new parts of the world. Oh, and the honeymoon feeling? It never goes away.

Us at airport

We’ll be headed to Tucson for a few months this winter, then BACK to Valdosta Spring 2017.

-Our family. We started off as The Pilot (the love of my life I met at Starbucks), Bella (our maltipoo) and myself. In January 2012, we welcomed our daughter Olivia into our family. After dreaming about her for years, meeting her and having her in our life was even better than we imagined. You can read more about our family adventures, the pregnancy, birth, and musings as a new mom over on the family page.


In October 2015, we welcomed our second daughter, Penelope, into the world. Our family is complete with our two little ladies, and I feel so lucky to be their mama.

004 baby girl p sneak peek {photography by jacquelynn buck}

-My jobs. Since we move so frequently, I’ve changed jobs along with our location. I went from working in retail management to personal training and group fitness instruction, which is my passion. I’ve taught at a world-renowned health resort, private training studio, at brand events, and at local fitness clubs and studios. My #1 job is being a wife and mama, in addition to wrangling puppies and blogging my little heart out.



AFAA certified group fitness instructor

NASM certified personal trainer

NASM weight loss specialist

NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist

Barre Body instructor

200-hour RYT yoga instructor

Zumba licensed, Aqua Zumba licensed and ZIN member (2008-2015)

Les Mills BODYPUMP certified instructor

Level 1 Raw Foods Chef (105degrees)

I try my best to respond to every comment and email I receive. If I happen to miss yours, please leave a comment on a recent post, send me a tweet or hit me up on Facebook! I apologize that I’m unable to create personalized workout training plans and provide nutritional consultations at this time. If that’s what you’re looking for, be sure to seek out the help of a local personal trainer and/or Registered Dietitian.

Occasionally I will do sponsored posts or giveaways on the blog if it’s a company/product I truly love. It helps me to support my family and cover the expenses to keep this blog running. If a post is sponsored, I will clearly label it. As always, all opinions are my own. You may see some Amazon affiliate links or ShopStyle links on the blog. These do not affect the purchase price and allow me to earn a very small commission. Thank you so much for supporting this awesome community <3

Interested in sponsoring or banner advertisements? Send me an email at fitnessistasponsor at gmail dot com for a media kit and current rates.

You can “Like” The Fitnessista on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more updates and pictures. Snapchat: fitnessista

Also, check out my eBook here for all of my blog-related tips, + my first health and fitness book, “HIIT It!” (Demos Health 2015), available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My full postpartum fitness plan is available here. 

Thank you so much for reading!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or Registered Dietitian. The information presented is purely to share my experience and for entertainment purposes. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site. 


  1. Jeneen on February 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I am interested in trying piyo but after reading your comments, I’m unsure. I truly loved the piyo live class but with school and work I need a workout I can do at home, low impact with great results. I love to dance and have considered cize and zumba but really need some guidance. I am just trying to maintain my weight and tone up. thank you for reading my message and have a wonderful day.

    • Refentse on May 9, 2020 at 7:03 am

      Thanks this is something

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  3. Angeles on March 22, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Hi there- do you have an email address I can reach you at about a new healthy energy product? Thanks!

  4. Lisa on March 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Hello! My military family just moved to San Diego in December (yes – dreamy for real!). Since the move and staying home with 2 littles (ages 3 and 1), I’ve struggled to squeeze in real workouts most days. Do you have any tips for how to do it? I walk with the stroller most days, but I don’t always feel like that suffices for a “real” workout. I subscribe to a very active lifestyle but I’m still interested in toning up. Also, I’ve heard that workouts are only 20% of how a body can change, and that 80% is a healthy diet. What are your thoughts/opinions on that?
    Thanks! 🙂

  5. Talia on April 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Hi! I’m trying to become a certified cycling instructor, but I’m not sure which program is best. For AFAA, do you have to become a general Group Ex Instructor first and THEN take the specific course for cycling? What is your best recommendation?

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      yep! usually the gym will want you to have a group fitness certification as well as a cycling specialty cert. i did AFAA and then schwinn 🙂

  6. Kristin on May 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hi!!! I have been reading your blog for a while now! It has actually inspired me to possibly vacation in AZ for my honeymoon! I am actually wondering if you have any idea for honeymoon locations or places to stay in AZ for a honeymoon.

  7. Kelsey on June 15, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’m from a small town and am going to a bigger city this weekend and was wanting to try out a Pure Barre class. I’ve never done barre before and was wondering if you have any tips?

    Thank you!:)

  8. Diane Harding on June 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Haven’t checked into your blog in a few years, but I’ve been a fan since the GA days! I was cleaning out old bookmarks and found you again. Glad to see you’re well, have another baby and have continued your success (book, new site, PBB site, etc)! The new website is great and I’m happy I can get blog posts to my email now so I won’t lose touch again. I used to live in SD for years…enjoy it while you’re there! I go back often to see friends and still love it. Looking forward to reading back-posts and seeing if I can catch up to where I left off. Congrats on the new little one.


    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      thank you so much, diane. so nice to see you around here again 🙂 hope all is going well with you!

  9. Peter M Deeley on June 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I have an on-line course The Taste Bud Boot Camp:

    Would you offer an article or video on postpartum fitness? We would love to share your wisdom and promote you!


  10. Holly R. on July 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Hi Gina! I’ve been reading your blog for YEARS and it’s one of the very few that keeps me coming back for more. I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and have always been an avid gym go-er. Leading up to getting pregnant I was doing mostly heavy barbell type weight training with some lighter Crossfit style workouts on occasion. Now that I am pregnant I’m still lifting, just a little bit lighter weight and higher reps. I’m finding a new love for cardio though and doing circuit style training, spin bike, and rowing. I’m considering getting Insanity, P90x or something of the like as a way to mix it up because I am struggling to find the energy to write my own workouts like I used to do.

    As a Momma, and someone who has tried a TON of different types of workouts, is there a series of Beach Body DVD’s that you would recommend over the others for someone who is pregnant (but still maintaining their workout routine)? I workout by myself in our basement gym so motivation is going to be something important. Would also be good to have something I can transition to post baby.

    Thanks so much, hope you had a great Fourth of July!

    • Fitnessista on July 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      congratulations to you, and thank you so much for reading for so long!
      i’m trying to brainstorm for you, because it sounds like you are super fit and need a challenge, BUT going in to second trimester, you’ll be getting into some workouts that have exercises that aren’t super safe for second and third trimesters. i really loved the T25 workouts while i was pregnant. i modified a lot (especially towards the end and to minimize jumping) but they were pretty easy to modify since they have a low-impact modifier. i’d just make sure you can talk in sentences (so don’t take the intervals too hard). let me know if you need help modifying any of the exercises!
      hope this helps a little. xoxo

      • Holly R. on July 6, 2016 at 5:07 am

        Thanks for the recommendation! I just took a look at a sample workout for T25 and I think I will really like it. I like that there is a modifier in there. I did a sample of Charlene’s Lean Extreme this AM and liked that one too for days I want to do some weights, but I think T25 will be good when I am looking for shorter burner!

        I’m already not loving the jumping, so the modifiers in both of those are perfect. Thanks Gina! Working out while pregnant feels like I am learning how to work out all over again, but it’s also a fun excuse to try some new (less intense…not adding intensity) things and just make it fun!

  11. Raymond on August 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Hi, Gina, nice to find your blog here, I really love your story, your healthy recipe inspired me very much. As a fan of your blog, I have featured your blog as a top blogger here,

  12. Megan on September 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hi Gina! I love your blog. I’ve been reading for quite some time, mostly for the great fitness and nutrition information, but I’m also fascinated by your life as a military spouse – it’s always seemed like a bit of a crazy, stressful life that honestly never really appealed to me. And then, a few months ago, I met a guy in the army, and that totally changed my opinion (funny what love will do, huh?). Anyway, I sadly met him at the very end of his time at the base near where I live, and he’s moving to another country for the next year. We’ve decided to try keeping in touch and see where things go, but sadly, I think that’s going to be limited to email, hopefully snail mail, and maybe some Skype sessions. So, I was wondering, as a vet at this whole military spouse thing, any tips for helping us stay in touch and connected? Anything that they love to receive while they’re away, and anything that I should stay away from because it tends to make them homesick, etc? Thanks!

  13. Patty on December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I’m looking at your detox diet. Are the recipes for one serving, or two? Same question for all your other recipes, such as the breakfast cookie. I want to make sure my portions are correct. Thanks

  14. Cindy Childers on December 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Hey Gina! Long time blog reader here 🙂 I’m sorry I”m writing in this space but I didn’t see a “Contact Me” spot anywhere 🙂 Just a quick question. I have not received a post of yours in over a month. I do get the Newsletters you do (the last one I got was December workouts)….do you know what’s happened? It’s so weird…i was getting them and then all the sudden not any more. Can you fix that? I miss having the come in my email inbox 🙂 Cindy

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  16. Peter Hassan on December 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Here at Common Thread Collective we are putting together a gift box for the holiday season that promotes celebrating healthy. We wanted to send one to Gina because of her place in the healthy community. There is no ask on our end, we just want Gina to have one! Let us know if there is a good address to send that to! We are looking to send out the boxes on (12/21) so would love to get one out to you all as soon as possible.

  17. Amanda Ryan on January 7, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Hi! A friend recently introduced me to your site, and I’m enjoying looking around! I’m hoping to get pregnant again sometime this year, and am interested in trying your PBB program after. I’ve lost almost 40 lbs in the past year or so with Beachbody programs, and want to continue that after baby, but want to do so safely (Beachbody never talks about or considers core issues in postpartum mamas … it frustrates me).

    We recently moved to Valdosta ourselves (we’re clergy, not military), and I totally relate to going on “vacations” to Whole Foods! We moved from Atlanta, and I SO miss WF, Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, and all the restaurants! We make trips to Jacksonville regularly to get our fixes. 🙂 Anyway, hope to run into you when you’re back in Valdosta!

  18. Lindsy on January 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Wow these new photos don’t even look like you! Are they photoshopped?

    • Fitnessista on January 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      probably- most photographers edit their photos in photoshop.

  19. Diane on April 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Gina! I love your blog and have been a reader for a long time. 🙂 I recently had a baby and have had a rough time breastfeeding for various reasons and am moving toward mostly pumping. Have read your postpartum posts and would love to email you about your experience with finally taking some medication for postpartum anxiety/depression – I have always been against meds and like to do things as naturally as possible so would love your take on things since it seems like you have a similar philosophy. Would love to ask you a couple questions via email for advice – thank you!!

  20. Anna on April 11, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Hi Gina, Inspired by your blog every single day!! So much of useful and helpful information, thank you very much for creating such an informative source and sharing it with us!!! I would be extremely happy to collaborate with you, please let me know if it is possible. Will be waiting for your response and continuing to admire your blog ^_^ have a good day 🙂

  21. Tammy on June 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I have been following your website for many years. My passion is health and fitness and have some questions re: your certifications and what you think are best for someone wanting to make a career of it. Not full-time but part-time.

    Thank you if you could take the time and email me with some words of wisdom.


    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      thank you so much for following for so long! what are your favorites? i can give you some certification ideas if you let me know hat you want to teach!

      • Tammy on June 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        I would love to teach the most sought after and upcoming class in your opinion. I want to get certified in classes that your able to find employment if that makes sense? What is your experience and opinion of what gyms or fitness enthusiasts are looking for?

        Thanks for your input Gina! 🙂

        • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

          i really think you should get certified to teach in something YOU love and want to share with others!
          boutique studios are hot right now and don’t seem to be going anywhere: orangetheory, soul cycle (or any boutique cycling studio), yoga, pilates, barre

          • Tammy on June 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm

            Thanks Gina,

            I think I would like to start with yoga although running is a passion of mine. What certification do you recommend if I want to teach yoga?


  22. Gina White on June 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Gina – can I make your Morning Detox Drink in a batch leave it in fridge and just warm it up every morning?

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm


  23. Tammy on July 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I know you teach a lot of different classes and just curious, and have a couple questions, but don’t want to post them here.

    Do you have a blog email address I can send my questions to?


  24. kristen on August 25, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hi Gina,
    I love your blog! Can you recommend any resorts or all inclusive’s to travel to with children? There would be 3 kids under 3.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      i wish i had a tip for you, but i’m just starting to research and explore this! i have a friend that’s an amazing travel agent if you want to go that route- i’d be happy to pass along her info <3

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  25. Jennifer Settles on August 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hi! I am trying to figure out what shoes I should be wearing for my HIIT workouts. I love your black Nikes! What are your favorite Nikes? There are so many versions of Nike. Thanks!

  26. Natalia on October 24, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hi! I have been a loyal reader of your blog for 8 years already!!! Have not been here for a bit and glad to be back! I love your organized approach to everything, I feel so comfy and cozy on your blog.
    I would love to know where you got the quilted tote bag on your homepage picture from (where you are sitting in a pink dress and the bag is on the floor nearby). It looks soooo perfect for juggling my studies and work! Thanks in advance!!! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      thank you so much for reading for so long! it means so much to me <3
      it's an older marc by marc jacobs tote. here's the link to one:
      i used to use it like a diaper bag, and now it’s just a fun tote. it would be perfect for work and school stuff!

  27. Anna on January 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Hi! I love your blog and have been reading for awhile. I am interested in your Post Baby Bod plan (currently 4 weeks postpartum) but haven’t really worked out in a few years. I’m wondering if this plan will work for me or be too advanced. Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      congratulations to you!! yes, it would be a great way to ease back into it (when doc says it’s ok and all that good stuff)

  28. Carina on January 17, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Just bumped into your blog googling about breast implant removal. I actually joined that same group about four days ago. Still trying to gain courage to remove mine. I have only had mine for 2 and a half years, and I believe to have a capsular contracture :/
    Thanks for your positive words, I enjoyed reading your post.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      thank you for checking out the blog. i’m so glad i did it! sending you lots of love and good vibes as you make your decision <3 hang in there

      • Carina on January 18, 2018 at 12:25 am

        Thanks so much! I am glad I am not the only one who gets freaked out by going under anesthesia, think that is what scares me the most haha
        Thanks for all the love and good vibes <3

  29. Jennifer H on January 27, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve seen you use Moon dust/beauty dust everyonce in a while. Can you tell me your thoughts on it? Do you notice a difference when you take it? What are the benefits? Any other thoughts on this product? Thanks for your help!

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      i definitely feel a little bit of an energy boost! it’s a blend of herbs that my naturopath had me taking anyway. it’s good stuff!

  30. Armida on July 3, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Please share the details about the charm bracelet shown on the July 3rd post where you’re wearing the embroidered shorts. It would be a lovely gift for my dear friend. Thank you!

  31. Ingrid on August 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Have you ever done a post about the name Fitnessista? Embarrassingly, I only learned to pronounce it properly through your podcast! I generally consider myself well read, but had to look up the suffix “ista” and am curious if you intended that meaning or another. 🙂 Have loved the blog for years and am really enjoying the podcast!

  32. Sheridan on August 15, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Your search feature doesn’t work. It will pull up the first page of tags but if you try to go to another page, it says nothing is found (even if the first page shoes multiple pages of search results). It’s annoying, thought you should know.

    • Fitnessista on August 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      thank you for letting me know. my developer is working on getting it fixed!

  33. Lauren on September 21, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hey Gina – I’ve been following you FOREVER…. our kids are both the same age and my second had severe reflux the same time as P so I felt like I had someone going through all my mom struggles in a parallel universe ;c).

    Now that I’m done with kiddos I’m reallllly debating a tummy tuck for diastasis repair and having my implants removed and a lift. I’m pretty fit and at my ideal weight. Just wondering how your experience has been since the 15 week update? Swelling, weight, workouts, scarring… I’m just wondering if it’s really worth it or if I should just deal with that pooch after dinner and try to suck it in or if I’d be upset if I had some swelling for a year after the surgery…. Will I be able to do crunches? I have SO many questions and I think I really want one, but hubby questions how extensive the surgery and recovery is just so I don’t have a pooch at the end of date night. Any info, advice is so appreciated! I feel like you are so down to earth and give it straight up which is what I need from someone who is also into fitness. THANK YOU!


    • Fitnessista on September 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      hey girl,
      thank you so much for following for so long!! i’m sorry you went through the whole reflux thing, too. so glad we’re out of the woods with that!
      honestly, i would do it all over again tomorrow. i’m SO happy i did it, even though recovery is really rough, especially the first 2 weeks. it feels so amazing to have everything back together, and my loose skin wasn’t going anywhere with diet and exercise. the scar is also intense but the embrace strips helped a ton. it was all so worth it. i still swell if i eat a lot of salt, but it’s nothing compared to the severe bloating i had before surgery. i can’t do crunches, but i couldn’t do the with my DR anyway. also, i don’t really want to do crunches anymore if that makes sense? i just do safe ab modifications for the most part and finally feel comfortable planking and doing more intense ab work. it really takes a year until you feel 100% yourself again.
      i hope this helps a little! please let me know if you have any more questions.

      • Lauren on September 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

        thanks Gina! everything makes sense. if i have anymore questions I’ll definitely reach out. you are so sweet to respond so quickly!

  34. Jen on November 3, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Hi Gina,

    I love your posts about family and life with kids and trying to make everything work. I would love if you did a post on school life with your children. Experiences of adjusting to new teachers, any rough patches in handling school issues etc. and how you handled it. My son is having a rough time with his teacher this year, and I would love to know of your experiences so far with your children and schooling. Thanks so much!

  35. Jeanne on December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Hi Gina, can you give me the name of the Atlanta surgeon who performed your explants? I am seriously thinking about this. It is time. Thank you.

    • Fitnessista on December 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

      dr Ghazi. He’s amazing!

  36. Liz S on February 27, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Hi Gina! I hope all is well. I tried emailing you, but it came back as “undeliverable” to your email address 🙁 Just wanted to say that, I’m listening to your latest podcast episode right now (with Bethann), and I just heard you read my review of your podcast! I’m BlondieSugar, haha 🙂


  37. Laura on April 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Hi Gina,

    This is an odd question, but did you request to be connected to me on LinkedIn? I’m asking before I accept your invitation because the internet is a weird place and I wasn’t sure if it was really you.

    Thanks 🙂

  38. Colleen W on July 15, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Hi! I was hoping you could share the certifications or resources you used for any pre/postnatal fitness education. I’m looking to get a certification for that, but was wondering if you had a recommendation for which resources to use.


  39. Adnan Sabanovic on September 28, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Do you have any experience with fasting especially when you are physically fit ?

  40. TJ on November 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading and taking notes about your breast/tummy surgery, and am so grateful for your tips and honesty about the process. It is so helpful. I am scheduled for the same surgery in a month, and am absolutely scared out of my mind…but really want to do it at the same time. My question for you is…are you glad you did it, and would you do it at age 55? (I am in good health, and exercise regularly…but still am not completely satisfied with my body. I am doing the explant, and thought I’d add the TT since I’ll already be on the table) I am in Atlanta, GA…

  41. Jamie Rinaldi on September 28, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Gina, I’m an RD/foodie/wine-o looking to start an online practice to help women like myself lose weight and keep it off without restrictive dieting or hours in the gym…… Do you accept any guests contributing to your blog or podcasts? If not, any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated! I’m not the most social media savvy and struggle with reaching people who I want to see what I have to offer.

  42. rja on July 27, 2021 at 12:31 am

    You have a wonderful family. If you need a VA, just let me know. Thanks

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