Battle Rope Arm Burner – Workout Your Arms and Elevate Your Heart Rate!

Hi friends! Happy humpday. <3 I’ve got a battle rope arm workout for you below that I hope you love!

New post is up on the Family page here. We leave for Tucson TOMORROW. Gimme those tamales, margaritas, late nights at madre’s house and time with the fam. I can’t wait. In typical Gina fashion, I’ve done zero packing, and today I’m taking P to music class, going paddleboarding with Lindy and getting my eyebrows done. #priorities  


(pretty flowers at Whole Foods!)

I also have get Easter goodies in order since we’ll just take everything with us. I usually do a swimsuit, sandals, and towel in Liv’s Easter basket with whatever small cute goodies I can find. She requested a chocolate bunny, but that will be easy to grab in Tucson. With Miss P, I’ll probably get her a teether, book and baby doll. 

Some Pics From Lately

Family walk last night

Livi on her scooter

(Pilot stayed home with sleeping P, so it was just me, Liv and Bell)


Honey dijon salmon

Monday was honey-Dijon salmon with asparagus and brown rice. For the salmon, I just seasoned the wild filets with salt and pepper, and pan-seared them before transferring to a baking dish. I whisked up a sauce (equal parts honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and seasoned well with salt, pepper and garlic powder) and poured it on top before baking.

Fresh Salmon

Honey Dijon Salmon 

Last night, we had chicken tortilla soup. The recipe is here! It’s SO easy, and is one of those go-to meals I know Liv will always crush.

Making tortilla soup

Chicken tortilla soup on the stove

Macaron cheers with Liv. I’ve cut way down on sugar, but I’m not made of stone. 😉 

macaron cheers

Gym-wise, I’ve hit it hard the past few days and am taking today as much “off” day, even though I teach barre later tonight. (I usually just demo the moves and do a few reps before walking around the coach and adjust.) Something I’ve fallen in love with lately? The battle ropes! 

Battle Rope Arm Workout

It’s funny because I’ve taught battle ropes for a while -we used them at the resort- and would use them in my clients, but I rarely used them in my own workouts. When I went to use the ropes for the first time, I was like sh*t, this is actually really hard haha. They are intense! Plus, the sculpt your arms in an entire different way, and elevate your heart rate so you burn more calories. Here’s a little arm burner I put together for ya. 

Battle rope arm workout - sculpt your arms and elevate your heart rate so you burn more calories!

Links to Battle Rope Exercises

Double arm rope beats

Hammer curls

Single arm rope beats


Side to side rope beats

Bent-over rows

You can do this in conjunction with your arm workout, or as a burner before/after cardio. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. This would also go well with this squat burner and this plank burner.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later.



PS I am loving Snapchat, even though it’s real proof that I’m a giant nerd in real life. (Username Fitnessista) Thank you to those of you who have sent me snaps, too! So much fun to see your faces.

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  1. Julie on March 23, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I just tried a macaroon for the 1st time on vacation a couple weeks ago because you talk about them so much. Yes, I understand the hype now. 😉

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

    My gym used to have battle ropes but they got rid of them. Probably because I was the only person using them! I wish I could visit my family for Easter, but they’re in Wisconsin. A little too far to visit! Enjoy Tucson for me. I need to get down there to visit friends.

  3. Katie on March 23, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I loved your dongle Snapchat from yesterday, hahaha. Seriously, WHO CAME UP WITH THAT WORD?! We looked up the origin at work once, and it kind of seems like a group of guys were sitting around a room and were like “let’s call it a dongle” while laughing awkwardly to themselves.

  4. Erica on March 23, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Just got on snaochat this week and love it! Unfiltered, real time sharing is where it’s at.

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      yes! i follow youuuuuu 🙂

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on March 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Have a great time visiting family!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      thank you! hope you’re having a great week

  6. Jayne C. on March 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Oh sweet! Thanks for putting together a battle rope workout for us. I’ve been wanting to try them at my gym but haven’t really known where to start. This is great!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      let me know what you think! xoxo

  7. Sam @ Barrister's Beet on March 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Oooh! Can’t wait to try this battle rope routine. It looks great. I love them and totally agree about them sculpting your arms in a different way than other arm exercises. I like doing jumping jacks with them, too : )

    Have fun in Tucson! Your trip sounds like so much fun. And the eats aren’t half bad, either! : )

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      thank you! let me know if you try the workout 😉

  8. Daniela S. on March 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Gina! The tortilla soup looks yummy. Have you ever made it without chicken and did you like it?

  9. Sarah on March 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Please do a review on this diet it seems like a great weight loss system, but I would love to see your opinion about it 🙂

  10. Ashley on March 24, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I think you may have convinced me that battle ropes need to go in my amazon cart! I feel like other girls are off spending too much money on shoes, and I’m over here like – “oooh what kind of workout equipment and food can I buy next?” lol 🙂

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on March 24, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Salmon, asparagus and brown rice is my “go to” dinner. Your tortilla soup looks fabulous. Enjoy your Easter. We are all ready for Spring!

  12. Sara @ saralouyoga on March 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    As a yoga teacher who uses body weight to workout, I’ve never worked out with ropes before…but now I’m intrigued!

    Totally ready for spring…it looks much warmer where you are then here in Toronto. Happy Easter!

  13. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on March 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Battle ropes are hard! Good for you for tackling them! That salmon looks awesome by the way. Have a lovely Easter!

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  14. Heather @ Life In Leggings on March 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Battle Ropes … AGH! Hate to love them 😉 Also, have a great vaca. Enjoy some sunshine for me!

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