Blast and burn circuit

Hi! How’s your day going? It’s a good one over here because we’re about to pick my mom and nana up from the airport. I can’t wait to see them! I’ve been getting things ready around the house, we went to Liv’s yoga class, and played with a few of the thousands of cats that live in our neighborhood.

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Even though we’re both deathly allergic, I told the Pilot I’d love to get a cat.

His response, “You already have about ten, just walk out into the yard.” Touche. 

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Sure enough, we walked outside and were greeted by four cats (I think from the neighbor’s house?) that all wanted to be scratched.

Speaking of cats, my tuna salad wrap from lunch:

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(No matter how much proverbial lipstick you put on the pig… it still looks kind of like cat food)

Today is also an off day from the gym, which is much-needed after last week’s craziness. I took a barre class yesterday as part of my training, and my quads were crying after Saturday’s long run. They’re thankful for a little R&R today, before it’s back to the grind (and Zumba!) tomorrow 🙂

Here’s a quick and intense circuit if you’re looking to change up your workout routine this week. All you need is a pair of dumbbells, your own body weight, and a kick of motivation (crank up that playlist!).

Hope you enjoy!

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How this workout works:

-Make sure to warm up before starting with cardio of choice, about 5-7 minutes of moderate intensity

-Start with block one. You’ll set a timer for 5 minutes, and go through the exercises in block one as many times as possible in that 5-minute block

-Next, you’ll do the exercises in block 2 for 5 minutes. 

-After you’ve finished your strength blocks, you’ll go on to cardio. (20 minutes). If you’d like, you can repeat the entire workout one more time through, or combine with an ab burner.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Have a wonderful day <3



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  1. Ann @ Annie's Simple Life on May 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hey girl! What wrap are you using in your lunchie?! Is that Udi’s?

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      it’s the trader joe’s brown rice tortilla

      • Stacey @ Binge Free Me on May 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

        Do you heat these up? Mine always seem to crack and fall apart?

        • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

          yes. i keep them in the freezer and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave

  2. Kim on May 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Just an FYI: there are feral cats that live along the river between Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. I know plenty of people who have out door cats that roam around, so they could be the neighbors. but they could also be wild.

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      good to know! these ones came out of my neighbor’s pet door 🙂

  3. Livi on May 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I was just thinking of a workout to do at home (while I watch the Bachelorette tonight!) Can’t wait to try this one!

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      let me know how it goes!!

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Love Tuna! It never does look appetizing but it is so so delicious!

  5. Hilary on May 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Enjoy the time with your family! I totally had something that looks exactly like that tuna wrap today too! And thanks for the killer workout idea!

  6. Domi @ Eat Pray Lift on May 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Sounds like a good one to get sweaty fast! I’ll have to give it a shot. 🙂 Completely unrelated: Are you watching The Bachelorette tonight??

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      i didn’t know it was on, but i’m recording it now!

  7. Tia on May 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Aww, those cats are cute! How do Bella and Caro react around the cats?

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      they’re pretty neutral about them. bella grew up around cats -my mom has one and they play- and caro is totally submissive to all animals

  8. Jackie on May 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I did need a workout for tomorrow thanks for sharing!

  9. Jennifer on May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Have so much fun with your family!! Is that siracha on your wrap? It looks awesome. Rest day today and so excited to try this circuit tomorrow. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

      let me know how it goes!
      (and yes on the sriracha ) 🙂

  10. Crystal on May 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Oh, CATS!! Lol, how cute that they just hang out outside, waiting to be petted.

    This workout looks like it would be perfect for me to do tomorrow morning before work! Thanks 🙂

  11. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I eat tuna all the time. It’s a regular in my lunch bag. I’m glad you posted this recipe to remind me to try it. The cat thing is creepy!

  12. Lucie@FitSwissChick on May 20, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I love these circuits! I will take this with me on my vacation to Spain next week!

  13. Laura on May 20, 2014 at 7:19 am

    That’s so awesome that your mom and nana are there-family is absolutely everything and it’s so fun to show off a new home to family once it’s all set up. Enjoy your time! Also-love the cat food reference! I always say I’m opening a can of cat food when I eat canned tuna or salmon but I love it anyway. 🙂

  14. Amanda on May 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Ummm thats my absolute heaven- cats roaming all around me! Except I would try to feed them and take them all (and my husband would not be happy hah!)

  15. Mackenzie on May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    This workout looks fantastic! Question, when you say to crank the incline, do you mean while continuing to do 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy?

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

      no; keep a steady a pace for that section. sorry about that– i should have clarified!
      let me know if you try it 🙂

  16. Colleen on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Great workout! Just banged it out during my son’s naptime, and I feel sweaty strong and energized!

  17. Tracy on May 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Oooh! I love the idea of blocks for 5 minutes each! Looks like a great workout! Planning on trying it Thursday morning!

    Sounds like you might have a crazy cat lady for a neighbor?! Or a couple of them! Haha

  18. Rachael on May 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Love the workout. Going to try it this week. Is that your Flex I spot? I was just thinking about buying one. Do you still like it?

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      i’ve been wearing the polar loop and love it! the band of my flex got too gnarly teaching sweaty classes

  19. kalaeigh on May 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Gina! What should I do for block 3 if I don’t have a treadmill to increase my incline, any suggestions? 🙂

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