Dance Cardio Combo (video)

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope it was lovely <3

We went over to my aunt and uncle’s last night for a little Hannukah celebration. Growing up, a lot of my friends celebrated Hannukah, so I was surrounded by the beautiful culture and traditions of the holiday. This was Liv’s first bit of exposure to Hannukah, and of course, she loved the music and the candles. (Every candle is a “Happy Birthday” and she wants to blow it out.)


We spent the afternoon doing some stuff around the house, then I took Livi to the park and (our other favorite place) Costco for a few necessities.

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(See, brain? We can still have pine needles all over the house)

Our trips to Costco go a little like this: we walk around sharing samples and pick up random but necessary bulk items. (A 15-pack of guacamole?! Sure, why not.) We ran into Sasha and her husband Matt while we were midway through a sample and meandering around the cheese section.

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I was also planning on shaking my legs out a little with a run/walk. As you guys can probably imagine, I’ve been feeling the itch to run since I had to drop out of my half marathon. I was fully trained, ready to rock it, and was a giant klutz and hurt myself. Long story short: I fell down the stairs in our house, tweaked something, and running distances longer than 6 miles became painful. I stopped running to let it heal, and finally got to see a couple of docs (one at urgent care, one at flight med). Since then, getting a referral for an MRI has taken quite a while, as I was anticipating. I thought it finally went through, and when I called to book my appointment, they said they need a “doctor’s orders” on file. Even though it’s been in process, it looks like the end is near.

When I got to the park, it was dark and empty… another to sign to wait it out until I know what’s going on. Depending on the prognosis, I’ll either have to stop running for a while or they’ll give me the “ok” to ease back into training. There are a few more half marathons coming up, and I was really hoping to do at least one this season. Fingers crossed <3

Something that always feels good: dancing.

Here’s a little dance cardio video Sasha and I put together:

Dance cardio combo

Dancing is my all-time favorite way to work out; it never feels like “work,” just fun.

This one is fairly short, and we break down all of the steps. After you’ve learned the combo, turn on your favorite song and bust it out a few times– you’ll be surprised how quickly it gets your heat rate up!


Today is also the LAST DAY to take advantage of our Soli Beat Black Friday sale. Use the code “shakeit” to get the DVD for $9.99 ($17 off the MSRP). These things have been flying off the shelves (aka Sasha’s living room floor)!

Holiday copy

Thank you so much to those of you who have picked up a copy for yourself or a friend. We are so thankful for your support and hope you have as much fun with the workout as we did putting it together. We broke even with the DVDs, so I’ll be able to use some of my part to pay Grant to film the Winter Shape Up videos, which will be free, full-length workout videos on YouTube. I can definitely say it’s going to be the best Winter Shape Up yet 🙂

Have a very happy Monday!

See ya later today with the first giveaway of the 10 Days of Giveaways.



Did you try the dance combo? How’d it go?

What’s on the workout plan for today?

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  1. Captain Competition on December 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Awesome that you were successful with the DVD and can use that success to finance other videos.
    Costco is great, I too just randomly pick up things and eat all the samples. It never fails that I spend at least $100 every time I go. That guac never goes uneaten in my house either.

  2. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on December 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wah! I love dancing as my cardio, it seriously makes me feel super sexy and it gets my heart rate up! Thanks for the fun combo <3

  3. Becca on December 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I hope your knee situation gets better soon!

    Some kind of winter cold/flu is trying to creep up on me so I nixed my workout plans for the past few days. I’m ready to get back into it, hopefully today.

    I bought a copy of SoliBeat for my mom! I’m terrible at anything dance-related, but she’s much better than me and I’m sure she’ll have fun with the DVD. I really like all your (non-dance) workouts so I wanted to support the blog/your hard work somehow. 🙂

  4. Lisa on December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    That’s so nice that as a family you can experience both Hannukah and Christmas traditions, I think that’s so special.
    The dance cardio looks so fun, if only I was a better dancer;)

  5. Jackie on December 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I’m hoping I get solibeat for Christmas!

  6. Ali on December 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Careful with that knee! I killed my knee and foot last fall and kept going at it even though it hurt (which I knew was stupid but I just wanted to get through a race, which I was never able to run). I damaged it further and ended up not being able to workout on that leg from January through last week and I am still not allowed to run on it. Skipping one season of half marathons is 1000x’s better than skipping a year of them.

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      that is very true! patience is not my virtue, but i’m trying to be good and wait it out

      • Ali on December 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Patience is not my virtue either – it’s been rough! Good luck!

  7. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on December 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I’m excited for the dance cardio video! Yay! I hope your knee is starting to feel better. Injuries are no fun!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      thank you, friend. it feels fine for now, so fingers crossed!

  8. Laura B @ Fit Mama Love on December 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Not so much a fan of dance cardio (I was embarrassed for myself trying your belly dancing one), but I think I might give plank and burn a try today and maybe some Pilates moves for a booty burn since my kids have too many boogers to leave them in the gym child care. *maybe* after hubby gets home! I’ll try to squeeze in some jump rope HIIT in the backyard. Mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do.

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      amen to that! hope your kiddos feel better soon

  9. Anna @ Fitness à la Anna on December 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I got my cardio in this weekend by dancing the night away with some of my girlfriends – I totally agree that dancing is the best way to work up a good sweat, but not feel like you’re ‘working out’. Loves it!

  10. Ashley V on December 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t handle dance cardio because my coordination is just abysmal. I enjoy dancing in general, but if it involves choreography of any time I’m a lost cause. I did some strength this morning-a ChaLEAN Extreme video. Yesterday I did two quick workouts from the Nike Workout app, and I loved them! That app may be my new way to get in some cardio in addition to my running. I’m sorry that your knee is still a hindrance. I’ve been very blessed not to have injured myself in the two years I’ve been running. I’m training for a February half and pray my health will continue!

  11. Anna @ Your Healthy Place on December 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Thank YOU for the video! I love dance – took it on and off all through high school but never well enough to get into a team or anything so now that I’m in my 20s my dance is almost always in my living room ;). I really enjoy it for fitness so thank you for sharing…and please keep them coming!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      <3 :)!

  12. Tracy on December 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I did a gym elliptical session and yoga earrrrly this am!

    Thanks for the fun video…can’t wait for WSU!!!!

  13. Lindsey A on December 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Just orderd Soli Beat! I’ve never really been very coordinated for dance type workouts but you make it look so fun…I’m totally willing to give it another try. And I thoroughly enjoy your blog and am happy to do what I can to help support. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      thank you, lindsey- we appreciate it so much!

  14. Shaina on December 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Today’s workout plan is a Bikram class, so I’ll add the dance cardio video with tomorrow’s lifting sesh. 🙂

    I’m excited to see this 10 Days of Giveaways! I’ll just start calling you Ellen haha.

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      i’m dying for a bikram class! let me know how it goes 🙂
      hahaha she has much sweeter dance moves than i have

      • Shaina Anderson on December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        I have free passes to the Irvine studio! Come with me! Tonight is the nuggets second class. <3

  15. Jamie on December 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I just ordered Soli Beat!! I’m so so excited to try it!!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      yay, thank you so much for ordering!

  16. Abi@AbsofSteel on December 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    My grandmas jewish so I’ve also had the pleasure of celebrating both hanukkah and christmas. I have a lot of great memories growing up with both holiday traditions 🙂

  17. Tania @ Run To Radiance on December 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Haha I am a huge Costco fan too! That guacamole always does look tempting but it turns brown and icks me out after opening. i know there’s technically nothing wrong with it at that point but I just can’t get past it!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      they’re smaller packs, though- liv and i can easily finish one together, so i don’t think we’ll have to worry about this browning issue

  18. Lauren on December 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! Excited for your Winter Shape Up!

  19. Jennifer on December 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Gina! Thank you for the email with workout info and today’s post! I hope that your knee situation improves and appreciate your positivity regarding the lengthy “diagnostic experience” – a good reminder that we can learn patience from injuries. Looking forward to trying the dance video!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      thank you! <3

  20. Shannon on December 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I need to order your video ASAP! What I love about your dance videos is they’re not super intimidating. I’ve done videos and classes where the instructor was such an amazing dancer and just looked so incredible doing the moves that I felt like a complete goober trying to keep up. Your videos are so accessible because you just look like a regular woman getting a good workout instead of some crazy good pro dancer. So much more fun!

  21. Jay on December 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

  22. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on December 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Oooh, I might try the dance combo this evening — my husband won’t be home to laugh at my flailing limbs 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      let me know how it goes! 🙂

  23. Shoshana on December 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Bought 2 copies! One for me and one to give to my sister as a Christmas gift. Got her a belly dancing bell skirt to go with it too. So excited to give it to her!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      awesome, thank you so much! hope you both enjoy it! love that you got her a belly dancing skirt, too 🙂

  24. Liz on December 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’m so excited for the winter shape up videos!

  25. chrissy on December 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    i’m looking forward to winter shape up on youtube! I like taking my tablet and doing whole workouts at the gym–this will be very convenient!!

  26. Lucie on December 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Dancing is the BEST Cardio!
    Cross fingers for your knee, hope all goes well!

  27. Heather on December 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hey thanks for another video! Just for future filming, I’ve noticed in the last couple of videos that they have filmed out your feet which is kind of tricky for the especially uncoordinated like myself who would like to see what your feet are doing, so I can follow along. It’s free so I’m not complaining, but just a heads up…not sure you noticed.

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      i didn’t notice until it was posted- sorry about that! you can see sash’s the whole time though

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