Barre Bootcamp- join the fun!

Hey hey! How are you? Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Before I hop into the usual weekend recap, I wanted to announce that Fall Barre Bootcamp registration is officially open! Spots will go quickly, so if you’d like to join in the fun, grab yours here.

Fitnessista's Barre Bootcamp

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Here’s a little bit more about barre bootcamp:

What is it?

A 4-week full workout calendar (plus options if you have less than 30 minutes to work out)

5 videos to watch and follow from anywhere (Barre Strength, Total Body Barre, Lower Body Burn, Barre Blast + BONUS Pilates Abs, led by my incredible Pilates instructor friend, Katie Surridge)

Daily motivation and inspiration through daily emails and a private Facebook group

Modifications for beginners and low-impact

Live Facebook parties and check-ins (with 2 bonus LIVE workouts)

An amazing community of others who are committed to this effective and FUN workout!

These are some of the awesome comments from our last challenge’s Facebook group:

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Each video is available separately for $12:

Barre Blast

Total body barre

Barre Strength

Lower Body Burn

(Videos are yours to keep after purchasing. You can download the videos, or stream them directly from Gumroad after logging in with your account)

Or for $34, you can join in the full challenge (and receive the 4 videos + a free BONUS Pilates Abs, along with all of the benefits above). Click here! The price will jump to $39 on Friday if we still have spots available.

Barre bootcamp videos

If you have any questions, please send me an email or comment below. I’m so excited for this one, and it will be the last challenge of this year. Let’s start off the fall and holiday season feeling strong and energized. 😉 Can’t wait!

Weekend recap:

This weekend started off with a literal bang, when I walked outside with the girls and realized we had a flat tire. I had promised them a trip to Wild Adventures, and felt awful when I told them we couldn’t drive anywhere. Thanks to roadside assistance, my tire was quickly changed within a couple of hours, and we went to get ice cream with the donut tire on. It wasn’t Wild Adventures, but they were pretty stoked about it.

They love ice cream

Saturday, we relaxed here at home, and the Pilot and I had plans to head to a formal event for his work. I love the rare opportunity to get a little fancypants, and had ordered a red dress from Rent the Runway. When it didn’t arrive Friday night -I had ordered it for Friday-Monday- I called customer service to see if they’d mind checking into it for me. Turns out that the hurricane delayed the shipping, and there was no way it would make it on time. (It would have been awesome customer service to send an email with a heads up so those who were affected could find back-up options, but nope.) I didn’t have anything else on hand since I usually rent dresses for things like this. On the rare occasion that I buy a formal dress, I’ll end up giving it to a friend who needs a dress or will consign it.

I did a quick run to the shops here in town -shopping is… limited… in Valdosta- and could only find short, sparkly homecoming dresses. So, I texted our friends to let them know what happened, and said we might go out for cheese board and wine instead. Before I knew it, they were rallying to help me find something. I got a text from my friend Sam that said, “Come outside” and she drove up to drop off a gorgeous black option (it ended up being a little too small), and a friend of a friend (whom I’d never met before!) dropped off this grey dress that fit perfectly. I feel like I’ve mentioned it so many times on the blog, but the girls here are so awesome and wonderful. 

Grey lulus lace dress

Steel’s Jewelry had mentioned that we could borrow jewelry to wear to the event. So, Liv went with me (I had wet hair and a hoodie on since the event started in 2 hours and I’d just gotten a dress from the friend-of-a-friend dress fairy) to pick out some last-minute bling. I was shocked when the girl at the counter was like, “Pick out whatever you’d like in the store.” WHAAAAT. So I got to wear a ridiculous diamond necklace and diamond earrings for the night. It felt very How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days haha. 

Tom and me

I was so glad we ended up getting to go, because it was so much fun. We had a blast with our friends, and the DJ was amazing. I hate to call it old-school, because it makes me feel old, but he played the best old-school hip hop and rap, and the dance floor was packed. 

Loved hanging out with these gorgeous girls. 🙂

with friends

 It was an amazing night.

Sunday was a treat -the girls slept in until 9, so we got to sleep in!- and the usually weekly rituals of laundry, chores and grocery shopping. 

We made a little stop at Wild Adventures,

Wild Adventures

the fam at Wild Adventures

I went into the garage for a 30-minue Peloton class,

and we had Salty Snapper takeout for dinner. 

Salty snapper takout

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too! 

What was the highlight of the weekend?

Last time you got a little fancypants?

Are you joining in barre bootcamp?!

Have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya in the morning with a new recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. 🙂



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  1. Bethany on September 18, 2017 at 6:38 am

    awe.. the ball looked like fun! We are not going this year because child care did not work out for us. I do look forward to going to the next one though.

  2. Brynn on September 18, 2017 at 7:10 am

    What a crazy situation with such a happy ending (and 9am wake up on Sunday!). How incredible someone you don’t know well lent to you their dress. It looks like you guys had a great time!

  3. Cassie on September 18, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Amazing! I’m so glad you got to go to the ball… hmm… party. Haha. Definitely my highlight was last night when the little laughed so hard she shed a few tears. It’s priceless when fir a minute she’s not hungry, tired, demanding mama play, and just laughing like a banshee.

  4. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on September 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

    So pretty! Do you find that it’s different shopping for dresses since you’ve had your surgery? My sister is larger chested than me (okay fine much larger lol) and she’s always jealous that everything fits me so much easier with a smaller chest.

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on September 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Glad it worked out that you got to go to the ball, sounds like a blast!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I can’t remember the last time I dressed up like that. You look gorgeous and you have REALLY GOOD FRIENDS!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      the girls here are seriously the sweetest <3

  7. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, Gina, that is such an awesome story of the girls pulling together to help you out in your time of need hahah! Southern Hospitality at its best perhaps? I haven’t had a fancy event since a wedding in May, but that’s okay — no need to stuff myself into anything tight for a little while longer, you know. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      yes, southern hospitality here at its best!
      hahah. i can’t believe that baby will be here soon!

  8. Tracy on September 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    For being a last minute outfit you sure pulled it off! You looked beautiful! I bet that was fun picking out bling to wear!!! Sounds like a fun weekend. We had a blast football tailgating at the Univ of Missouri 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      thank you so much! yes, picking out some bling was fun 😉
      sounds like you had a good one, too!

  9. Jacquelyn on September 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Gina!! I just want to make sure I’m on the list! I paid the $9 since I already have purchased the videos from the previous challenge! XOXX

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      hi! i just resent the link – please let me know if you got it 😉
      so happy you’re joining in again!

  10. Erika S. on September 21, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I love getting all dolled up but it rarely hapoens…especially black tie events. But I take any opportunity to do a full face of makeup & throw on lashes… Hahaha! That dress looked great on you!

    The carousel pic is so cute…will you start posting P-isims soon? She seems like a ball of energy with a big personality.

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