Back in the (spin) saddle + a CORE40 giveaway

 Hi friends! How’s the morning going?? Hope my friends up in the northeast are staying warm. <3

After traveling, it always feels nice to get back into the routine, and teaching is a huge part of that. BODYPUMP was packed since we just launched the new release. It was my first time teaching these tracks, and I looooove this release so much. The biceps track is my favorite, which is rare because I’d had yet to find a biceps track that excited me. I LOVE IT. I felt hyped for a few hours after teaching because it was so much fun, and the class had awesome energy.

Livi and I went to her dentist’s appointment (thank goodness for Sesame Street on the TV above the chair— she sat completely still while they cleaned her teeth!)

to gymnastics

Tiny gymnast

(my little monkey)

and Trader Joe’s to stock up on some essentials. I made a variation of these bliss balls and we enjoyed them for a snack.

Pre-spin meal:

Sp snack

 (large sweet potato with sautéed spinach, two eggs and salsa)

During class, I played a POSH podcast, and then about 4 songs from my usual playlist. I kind of felt like I was “cheating” because I didn’t make the entire playlist myself, but it was such a fun way to change up class and my usual playlists. We did some music cardio with a variety of sprints, hill climbs, interval work, tempo and steady state. 

Cool down song:


For dinner, we had this potato-crusted salmon with lemon green beans. I was kind of skeptical about the potato on top of my fish, but it was the perfect complement to the buttery salmon. So good!

Wild raw salmon


Potato salmon

This morning, it’s Bell and Caro’s turn to get their teeth cleaned. Poor pups don’t know what’s about to happen, even though I tried to give them a pep talk earlier.

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CORE40 giveaway: 


Today, I’m really excited to share a giveaway for my local and San Francisco friends, courtesy of CORE40. You can read my recap here; it’s one my favorite current workouts. I took the spin/CORE40 combo a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed the cardio element with the Megaformer burn. They kindly offered a free unlimited membership to a local reader! If you live in San Diego or San Francisco, please leave an extra comment with your giveaway entry. (Just tell me why you’d like to win!) I’ll pick a lucky winner this Thursday night and announce in Friday Faves.

Studios in San Diego – Little Italy, Carmel Valley and Solana Beach.

Studios in San Francisco – Nob Hill and SoMa


If you’d like to check out CORE 40, the first class is free. You can register here! If you love the class as much as I do and decide to explore membership options, here’s an offer code to get $25 off an unlimited monthly membership ($124 instead of $149): GHVIP25 (code expires January 31)

They also have a 110% guarantee. If you don’t see the results you’re looking for after taking 12 classes, they’ll refund 110% of the package price. Pretty amazing.


Hope you have a lovely morning! <3

I’ll see ya later today.



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  1. Sara! on January 27, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Core40! Something I’ve been wanting to try! I know we have two studios here in San Francisco, but I’ve been a bit intimidated (plus it’s hard to squeeze into my college student budget), so I haven’t gone! My main workouts consist of interval circuits and yoga, but I’ve been wanting to branch out more. I recently went to a few spinning classes and loved it and I’ve been doing Pilates for years, but haven’t ever had the chance to use a reformer. Regardless of whether I win, I’m inspired to get my butt to a class just to try it.

  2. Morgan on January 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    i am obsessed with bar method and have been dying to try a new workout like core40! I’m going to hawaii in March and was actually thinking about doing their month unlimited for February to tightin up a little. I live in San Francisco and the SoMa location is extremely close to my office

  3. Rochelle on January 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I live in sacramento and I venture to SF once in a while to try out the awesome fitness classes they have! I would love to try out core40 there!

  4. Ms on January 28, 2015 at 12:04 am

    id love to win bc I work right next to one and it sounds effective!

  5. brenda a on January 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

    This sounds like an awesome work out. I will have to give it a try,

  6. Allison on January 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I’m local and would be over the moon excited to win this giveaway!! Was I supposed to comment here to enter or on your HIIT It gratitude post?

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

      this is the right spot! 🙂

  7. Allison on January 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

    In San Diego, I mean (:

  8. Juliana on January 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I’m in SF, I would love to win! I tore a muscle in my hip reallllllly badly last year while running a half marathon, and my physical therapist recommended this type of program to prevent that from happening again (next race is coming up– Blue Angles half in March 🙂 ). I wish I could afford a membership but in this city all of my money goes to rent!

  9. Whitney on January 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I am DYIIIINNNNNG to try Core40! Leygoooo! PLEASE.

  10. Ali on January 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Isn’t that song/video AMAZING?! That girl is just out of this world. <3

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:24 am

      it’s incredible!

  11. Ashley on January 28, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I’m new-ish to San Diego and havent yet found a usual fitness routine. This would be great motivation to get one started!

  12. Allison on January 29, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I would love to try out Core40. Lately I’ve been really caught up doing the yoga thang but I’d like to start mixing it up more in 2015. Core40 sounds like a fun way to do that. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! 🙂

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