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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

Sauce

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: 

Core40

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

Core402

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.

Core401

Hope you have a lovely morning! <3

I’ll see ya later today.

xoxo

Gina 

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95 Comments

  1. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 27, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Little girls at gymnastics! Can it get any cuter?!?! Enjoy your day Gina!

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

      the best! thank you, you too!

  2. Brynn on January 27, 2015 at 5:12 am

    My dentist has tvs as well and I love it! Such a brilliant idea to distract us from some not so fun visits. I always watch HGTV, ha!

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

      looove hgtv!

  3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 27, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I always love getting back to a routine after time away. The salmon looks delicious!

  4. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on January 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I’m in the Northeast! We’re staying warm. I got to work from home today, but I’m not looking forward to shoveling out my car later. There’s already a few feet of snow out there. Yikes!

    Awesome giveaway. I wish we had some CORE40 classes near me. Have a great day Gina!

  5. Cassie Vaughn on January 27, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love potatoes with everything!

  6. Rachel on January 27, 2015 at 5:47 am

    That sweet potato looks amazing! A combination of so many of my favorite things. Have you ever topped with a sprinkle of black beans?

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

      yes! so good!

  7. Elizabeth on January 27, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I live in San Diego and would love to win the CORE40 unlimited membership! I’ve recently decided to branch out from my Pilates obsession and think CORE40 would be perfect!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Elizabeth!

      CORE40 is definitely addictive, so you may be trading one obsession for another, lol. The first class is free, so check out the studio closest to you. We look forward to welcoming you to CORE40!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  8. Carly M on January 27, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I live here in San Diego and would love to win. I’m getting married in June and trying not to be that girl that goes on a crazy eating/workout schedule. But- I do want to look good and this would be an awesome little butt kicker! 🙂

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Carly,

      This workout is PERFECT for a pre-wedding “tone up!” We have had a multitude of brides at our studios over the years doing just that. We look forward to welcoming you to CORE40!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  9. Paula on January 27, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Killer playlists may be what I miss most about spin! Is Sia the best cooldown music ever? Possibly.

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

      the best 🙂

  10. Ann on January 27, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I would love to try the core40 – I love yoga and Pilates and it would be a great compliment

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Ann,

      We’d love the opportunity to welcome you into our CORE40 community! The first class is free, so come check us out!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  11. Liz on January 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I’d love to win this!!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Liz!

      Best of luck in winning the giveaway! And in the meantime, the first class is free, so come check us out!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  12. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 27, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I’ve been wanting to try core40. Need to check out if they are in Phoenix.

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Megan,

      Unfortunately CORE40 is not in Phoenix; however, there is a studio called The Body Lab in Phoenix that also teaches the Lagree Method, so be sure to check them out!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  13. Heather on January 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I LOVE Core40! I go in San Francisco, and it kills me every time. One day I’ll be able to make it through the ab series without stopping…one day!

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

      i feel like i will never be able to finish a whole class

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks so much for being a part of our CORE40 community! Just keep at it — I promise, you WILL be able to make it through an ab series without stopping if you commit to coming 3 to 4 times a week (we recommend every other day).

      All the best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  14. Caitlin on January 27, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I just have to say, I teach gymnastics and NONE of my 3 year olds can do that! She’s talented! So sweet 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

      aww no way! she loves it so much, and i love watching her 🙂

  15. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on January 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

    East coast, wommmp womb. CoreSNOWallday is basically what we are having a special on right now.

  16. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on January 27, 2015 at 7:05 am

    That sweet potato combo looks delicious!

  17. Katherine on January 27, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I live north of SF and would love to win this. It would be nice to add a class to my day when I’m in the city! I’m 8 months postpartum with my second baby and after winter shape up this could keep my motivation strong!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Katherine,

      Best of luck on winning the giveaway!

      Where “north of SF” do you live? FYI we are exploring the possibility of a Marin studio in the coming months… 😉

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  18. Autumn (@Beautifully Gray) on January 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I always see sweet potatoes with salsa on top, but have never tried it! Honestly, I am a little skeptical, but I’ll have to test it out some day 😛

  19. Lizzie @ The Magic Tree on January 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Since when is Shia LeBoeuf a dancer?!?!

  20. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 27, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m thinking happy puppy teeth cleaning thoughts! We have to brush our cat Punkin’s teeth because he refuses to eat the medicine and is showing signs of plaque. 🙁 For some reason he seems to prefer the brushing! haha He’s an odd duck.

  21. Casey on January 27, 2015 at 7:28 am

    That’s so Awesome!!!! I’m local in San Diego and would love to win the Core40 membership…ever since you blogged about I put it on my must-do list because it sounds right up my alley…I used to do reformer Pilates about 10 years ago and it was one of my favorite exercise things ever, so when you wrote about Core40 I have been just dying to try but it’s pretty darn pricey and haven’t had the funds to do it, so winning would be super rad!
    P.s. I’m definitely making that sweet potato/spinach/egg dish for breakfast today, it sounds like a yummy combo! 🙂

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Casey!

      Best of luck on winning the giveaway! In the meantime, the first class is FREE, so come check us out. Also, if you get onto our mailing list, we occasionally run promotions. We hope to welcome you to CORE40 very soon!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  22. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on January 27, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I’m with you on the newest BP release – it’s so awesome. And heck yes to the biceps track…one of my favorites too! I don’t often like the bicep tracks either, but this one is super catchy and a great workout too.

    That potato crusted salmon sounds delicious!!

  23. Charlotte on January 27, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I’m in San Diego and I would love to try Core40. Looks so awesome and a good variety to my routine!

  24. Lauren Szabo on January 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I just tried my first reformer class last week (think I am still sore)Moving to San Diego this Friday (to la jolla!), and I would be thrilled to continue my new fitness obsession at core40 as well as make some new friends in San Diego (don’t know anyone)!!!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Lauren,

      Welcome to San Diego! CORE40 is definitely an obsession for many, lol. And, we also have an amazing, connected community of inspiring people that you will definitely want to meet! We look forward to having you check us out soon!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  25. Stephanie K. on January 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I live in San Diego and I used to take proformer classes in San Clemente so I’d love to try out the megaformers at Core40!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Stephanie,

      We’d love to have you try out the revolutionary Megaformer, and then give us your thoughts on how it compares to the earlier edition Proformer! The first class is free, so come check us out!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  26. Linda @ TheFitty on January 27, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Were you sore, coming back from the retreat and going into bodypump again?

  27. Amber on January 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

    That salmon dish looks amazing! I first got introduced to Core40 about a year ago and have since turned all my friends onto it. It’s the first workout that I’ve really noticed a difference in my core and I LOVE it! I live in San Diego and go to the Little Italy studio. Have you tried Alona’s class? She is killer!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Amber,

      Thanks so much for your kind words, and for the referrals! So happy that you love CORE40! And yes, Alona is a killer… in the best kind of way…

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  28. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Gina! I miss teaching when I’m away from it too. I wrote my recap and review of BODYPUMP 92 today, and my overall feeling is that the music is great and some of the tracks are super challenging, including back, triceps and shoulders. I’m also a fan of the biceps tracks because the moves really go with the music.

    I tried CORE40 here in San Francisco and loved it! I would LOVE to win!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks so much for trying CORE40! So glad to hear you loved it! Best of luck on winning the giveaway!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  29. Laura P on January 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I am local in San Diego and would love the Core 40 membership! I do pilates and spinning separately but would love to combine them!! and I live Downtown which would make it easy for the little Italy studio. Thank you!!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Best of luck on winning the giveaway! The Little Italy studio is very cool, I think you will love it. The first class is free, so come check us out soon!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  30. Sara Butler on January 27, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Core 40 Giveaway! I would love to try it and live in Nob hill so it would be great to walk to the gym!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Sara,

      Good luck on winning the giveaway! After a month of CORE40 you’ll be absolutely amazed at the results, guaranteed! The first class is free, so come on it and check it out.

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  31. Christine on January 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I just moved to San Diego in May 2014 and had a baby in June so it would be wonderful to try something new! I absolutely love Pilates and spinning and really miss taking those classes!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Christine,

      Congratulations on your love and new baby! Hope you are enjoying every magical moment. Our workout is hands-down the best way to get your pre-baby body back. And our CORE40 community is really awesome too – a great way to make new connections in San Diego. The first class is free, so come check it out. Hope to welcome you to CORE40 very soon…

      All the best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  32. Sarah on January 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m in SF and would love to try out Core40! I’m training for a SF half marathon (oh the hills!) and would love a new strength/muscle endurance workout (post winter shape-up) to balance out my cardio training. Mostly though, just because I’m such a better person person when I workout in the morning 🙂

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      CORE40 is excellent cross-training for the SF half marathon! In fact, we have dozens of clients who do marathons, triathlons, ultra races, etc. who rely on CORE40 to strengthen their bodies for racing. In fact, we have a client who shaved almost 30 minutes off his Boston Marathon time. When I asked him what made the difference, he told me that around mile 19, when he usually gets fatigued, he was able to “dig into his core” and allow it to carry him powerfully through the end of the race.

      The first class is free, so come check us out!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  33. Emily Fridell on January 27, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Awesome Core 40 Giveaway! I’m local in San Diego and would love the opportunity to try out a new fitness class!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Emily,

      Best of luck on winning the giveaway! And in the meantime, the first class is free, so come in and check us out. You will LOVE IT!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  34. Cara's Healthy Cravings on January 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I have only done the lastest BodyPump release twice, but I am loving it so far. My legs were crying after the squat and the lunge track.

    Also, sweet potato with spinach and egg = best meal ever! I eat some variation of that every day.

  35. Kristen Iriarte on January 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I’m in SF and I would love to try Core40! Those machines are intimidating but I’ve heard such good things.

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Kristen,

      Don’t be intimidated! I know, they look a little like medieval torture machines at first, but believe me, the workout is great! And the spring system is designed to offer as much support (or as much challenge) as the client needs. The instructors will take great care of you, don’t worry. The first class is free, so come in and try a class!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  36. Maria Maria on January 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

    CORE40 giveaway:

    Good morning Gina!

    I’m so excited I found your blog! I was encouraged to try OTF & in researching it came across your blog (then went on IG & started following). This is my first time commenting or even entering a giveaway on a blog so here it goes:

    I would absolutely love to win because I’m A. Obsessed with spin! I call it my happy hour & B. I’m looking for something to step up my fitness game. I’ve lost about 45 lbs. just eating healthy & doing spin 3-4 days a week at MCRD here in San Diego. I work for Department of Navy & am fortunate to have access to all military gyms but unfortunately group fitness is becoming less available. I’m very motivated in a group setting & Core40 sounds awesome! I started focusing on my health/weight when my fertility came into question after seeing my Doctor last year. My health has become my priority & I am excited for a new fitness challenge! If I win I will take full advantage of Core40 & its offerings!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Maria,

      Congrats on your fitness gains, and thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Best of luck on winning the giveaway! Indoor Cycling is a great way to shed unwanted pounds, and cross-training with CORE40 for strength, endurance and tone is a great combination. The first class is free, so please come in and try a class on us!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  37. Annie B on January 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

    After reading your Core40 review I have been dying to try a class here in SF! Would LOVE love love to win! 🙂

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Annie,

      Best of luck winning the giveaway! Which studio in SF is closest to you? They are both beautiful spaces. The first class is free, so come on in and take a class!

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  38. Annie B on January 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Posh podcast is my new HIIT workout standby to get me energized for those sprints! Thanks for the awesome recommendation! 😉

  39. Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner on January 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

    The potato on that salmon looks amazing! Is it wrong that I want it for breakfast now? 🙂

  40. Laura @SheEatsWell on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This is an amazing give away, thank you for sharing! I’d love to win. As a student full-time right now, I have to be mindful of finances so it would help me out a ton to be able to have that as a work out option!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Laura!

      Wishing you the best of luck on the giveaway! Being a full-time student definitely impacts your wallet, which is why we offer a 15% discount off our regular pricing to all students with proof of registration. And, the first class is free, so you can come check it out! Hope to welcome you to our CORE40 community very soon…

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  41. Karen on January 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I love all things potatoes and salmon, so that recipe sounds amazing…however whenever I click on the link it crashes my internet. Would you be able to copy and paste or something into your blog? Thanks!

  42. Kavitta on January 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I live down the street from the Carmel Valley Core40. When we moved to SD, we built ourselves a home gym in the garage since going out and managing our new born was tough. I do what I can – mostly with your website’s help. Thank you! But I love classes… I miss classes…

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Kavitta,

      We would love to help you get your group class fix! The Carmel Valley studio is great too – light and breezy, with huge west-facing windows and a peek-a-boo ocean view. The first class is free, so please sign up and try one soon!

      I completely understand about the time constraints of a newborn. When my now 4-year old was tiny, it was so hard to carve out time for myself to go to classes, even as the studio owner, lol! But my husband would say, “Honey, it’s only 40 minutes. You deserve it – go take a class!”

      Hope to welcome you to CORE40 soon.

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  43. Gina on January 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I live in San Francisco, and I would love to win because I love trying out new fitness classes, so I can avoid getting into a rut! I’ve been working some long hours as of late, and I would love to fit in a new workout in the mornings! I love HIIT, running, and take the occasional SoulCycle class whenever I have time (and some extra cash, if we’re being honest…) 🙂 🙂

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Gina,

      Best of luck on winning the giveaway! I look forward to having you try CORE40 – you will love it! And it’s impossible to get into a rut doing our classes – there are so many exercises and combinations, that you will never take the same workout twice. The first class is free, so come try us out!

      All the best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  44. Allison on January 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I would love to win the Core40 giveaway! The Nob Hill location is convenient, and I’ve been looking to switch up my routine.

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Allison!

      Good luck on the giveaway! The Nob Hill studio is great – a beautiful and inspiring place, and very conveniently located on the corner of California and Larkin, on the same block as Trader Joe’s! You can get your workout in AND do your grocery shopping… 😉

      Hope to welcome you to CORE40 very soon.

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      CORE40 Studios

  45. May on January 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to try Core 40! Never tried it before, so something new and fun sounds great!

    • Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Hi May,

      You will LOVE it! It is extremely fun, and definitely addictive. The first class is free, so please come in soon, try a class, and let us know what you think!

      And best of luck on the giveaway…

      Best,

      Lisa Grafos
      Co-Founder
      CORE40 Studios

  46. Arielle on January 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I live in San Francisco and would love to win the CORE40 unlimited membership! I’m a cardio junkie — run after run after run — and am so ready to try something else to switch it up with and get results!

  47. Lisa Grafos on January 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Arielle,

    CORE40 is incredible cross-training for runners! Not only does it strengthen your entire body in a completely non-impact way, but it builds endurance as well. In fact, we have lots of competitive runners who make CORE40 part of their regular routines when training for races. The first class is free, so come check it out!

    Best of luck on winning the giveaway!

    Lisa Grafos
    Co-Founder
    CORE40 Studios
    Co-Founder

  48. Staci on January 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve been going to Core40 in SF for over a year and I love it! It’s the first fitness class I haven’t grown bored of because every class is different. I recently moved further away from the studio and logistics-wise it’s hard for me to get to the studio so I haven’t been able to go as often :(. Fingers crossed they open up on my side of town soon so I can get back to my 3-4 times a week schedule!

  49. Erika on January 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Ahh the newest bodypump release is killer! That squat track makes my legs tremble, lol.

    How did the teeth cleaning go? I think I need to make an appointment for my dog. How old are your pups?

  50. Stacy on January 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Too bad there’s no CORE40 in Pittsburgh…what a great giveaway! I don’t think I’d ever miss a gymnastics class…too adorable! Hope you have a great day!

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