A collection of my favorite workouts. I design them with optimal fat-burning, effectiveness and time in consideration- I like to keep things no-nonsense with the busy Fitnessista in mind. All workouts are free and always will be.

For help on setting up a fitness plan, check out this post.

(As always, talk with a doc before making any fitness or nutrition changes. Honor your body and your injuries.)

Ab Burners -add these into a weights routine, after cardio, or before bed at night for a little extra burn

Arm Burners

Bridal Bootcamp

Bun in the Oven Workout

Workout Move of the Week:

Elliptical Workouts

Schweaty Workouts – posted monthly and include a combination of strength and cardio. You can follow these workouts if you’d like on non-consecutive days for about 4 weeks before changing it up. Remember, change creates change <3




Spin Workouts


Summer Shape Up PlanA total-body fitness plan with nutrition recommendations and meal ideas to help you feel good and bikini-ready all year long


Everything you need, including the full workout calendar, meal ideas and grocery list is here. 




Treadmill Workouts

Strength Workouts

Winter Shape Up




Workout Quickies

Zumba and Dance Cardio Videos:


  1. Sophie on December 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    What is your opinion in pilates rings? I have very stubborn inner thighs that I am not seeing a difference in. I recently lost 60 pounds and have very flabby upper thighs, so I was wondering if it would be worth it to buy a ring and incorporate it into my routine.

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      it might be a good idea to work on inner thigh strength. just make sure to focus on strengthening the entire leg and continuing to eat clean + get in good cardio. congratulations on your weight loss success! that is amazing

  2. Cindy Childers on January 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I am a also a military wife (of a Navy guy πŸ™‚ and have recently found your blog. I’d like to subscribe to to your blog via email especially since I see through Anne’s blog that you guys are doing a 28 day workout/food plan coming up later in the month. Can you direct me on how to sign up to receive your daily postings. I may just be totally being the blond I am and just not seeing it but usually there’s a link on blogs on the left or right side that say “Click here to subscribe” but I’m not finding yours. Thanks for the help! Cindy

  3. Rachel on January 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I’m in the middle of Week 3 of WSU 2012 (I guess I never googled 2013 because it’s out there, just not on this page).. Anyway, I’m so excited about this next one. It coincides perfectly with the end of the one I’m doing. I just have a quick question because of my schedule.

    I work two 12-hour shifts every Sunday and Monday with a one hour total commute, so exercising on those days is pretty much out of the question. I’ve been doing five days in a row, three alternating days of HIIT (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and the other days (Wed, Fri) I’ve been doing cardio and/or yoga. Just took my first barre class today!

    Is this okay? Should I be doing more cardio? Am I putting myself at risk for injury by doing five day stretches? You think I’d know all of this being a nurse, but I swear this fitness world is its own unique animal. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Also, I’m sure you get this every single day, but your blog has literally changed my life.

  4. Jamie on February 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Gina!
    I’m writing from ELLE Malaysia. We’re interested in fitnessista for a future story and would like to connect with you. Can you please email me back?


    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      just emailed you πŸ™‚

  5. Tony Rykers on February 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I am really impressed with all the positive, supportive comments.

    Gina what you are doing here is wonderful.

    Congrats on a wonderful site that is bringing happiness and health to a sizable population.

  6. Alyssa on March 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so glad I found your site. I love how you have everything in one place. It’s so convenient! Like you, I’m always looking for ways to make the most of a workout routine in a short amount of time. I love you list and will certainly check it out. I’ve been using Michael Blauner’s 12 minute routine currently.

  7. Jen on March 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hey Gina – love, love, love your blog!! I have a question for you about postpartum fitness. I have a 9 week old baby girl and started the long journey of getting back in shape a few weeks ago. I’m having some, ahem, bladder issues, especially when I do burpees/jumping jacks/jump squats or run. It’s annoying and embarrassing!! My doctor said the only real cure for this is time and/or surgery when I’m done having kids… any advice? Did you have any issues after Olivia?

    Thanks so much πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      first of all, congratulations!! so happy for you <3 your baby is still really young. it took a LONG time for things to go back to normal *down there* for me.. like almost a year. as far as jumping goes, i found that i could comfortably jump/burpee/sprint around the 3 month mark. kegels and time are your friends πŸ™‚

  8. Phyllis on March 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    please add me to your email list. thanks

  9. Julia Davis on April 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I just found you while looking for a review on Turbo Fire. You have a great site and I will check out more of it after I send this. Please add me to your newsletter.

    All the best!


  10. Jean Walter on April 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Gina! I just want to thank you for sharing your collection of very awesome workout! Everything I need is here, thank you again for making this more convenient for me. I found your blog in the 50 Nominated Health & Fitness Blogs of 2014, no wonder your blog got nominated. I voted for you by the way. πŸ™‚

  11. Jaimie on May 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    When you fist started loosing weight and getting in shape what were you doing for workouts and how long did it take you to build up the endurance you have now?

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      i walked each day (starting for 15 minutes and worked up to a half hour and then 45 minutes), from there i added in a little bit of running and strength training. my cardio endurance was always pretty high since i grew up taking and teaching dance classes. the nutrition aspect helped to make a huge difference in my weight loss success

  12. Courtney on June 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Thanks for the great work outs! I just ran my second 5k but ended up with hip bursitis πŸ™ I hate to take cardio out of my work out completely because I want to keep up my endurance that I have built. Do you have any suggestions for low impact cardio? I read some where that people with hip issues should stay away from the elliptical and stair master…ahh! I don’t have access to a pool, so I’m not quite sure what to do…

    Also, do you have any great IT band stretches?

    Thanks πŸ™‚ I love your blog!

  13. Julie Smith on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Hello Gina. I’m really impressed with all your articles. You really inspire and motivate all your readers. I can’t wait to try the workout plans you posted. Thanks!

  14. Justine Mckenzie on August 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I want to know more about your food/workout journal, and any tips you might have for someone starting up. I know you’ve blogged about it before, but I cant seem to find the posts.



    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      here ya go! hope this helps a little πŸ™‚ let me know if you have more questions!

      • Justine Mckenzie on August 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Thanks for the reply Gina. I may not have phrased my request right, I was looking for posts on getting started on food/workout journaling. I already work out regularly (marathon training/running mostly) but I wanted to know more about journaling. Thanks! – Justine

        • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm

          gotcha! i break it all down in the book (with sample sheets) but if you send me an email, i can send it your way. xoxo

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  16. Stephanie on January 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for all your recipes and tips (specifically personal trainer exam study tips!) You are such an inspiration!<3

    I am a health and fitness blogger currently taking my PT course and hoping to be as inspirational as you are!:)

    xoxo Steph

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      thank you so much for reading!

  17. Nicole on February 2, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I wonder if you can give me your opinion on the Turbulence Training program? I reviewed it on my site but was wondering what you thought about it. I reckon its a pretty great program πŸ™‚
    If anyone wants to check out my write up its here:

    Happy training guys πŸ™‚

  18. Tobias Jackson on February 9, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Gina. I found your site in a Top 14 Fitness Blog list. Congrats!
    I’ve got a bunch of posts on personal training over at If you’re ever interested in contributing I would love to have you as part of a featured post!

    Let me know πŸ™‚

  19. Gary Bowers on October 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Hi Gina. I found your site on Google with the search words “workout blog”. You were in the top 3. That’s awesome. I think our new product – Phone Wear 360 armband at – would be a great fit with your audience. I’ve been working out ever since college and I’m almost 50 now and still working out. My partner and I came up with a great armband that let’s you use your phone while you wear it! It allows for your phone to have a 360 degree rotation to 8 positions on your arm plus a lock and release feature to take your phone on and off the armband as well. It’s the only way to listen to music during a work out, make sure you don’t miss a text, call, or e-mail.

  20. Linda on January 15, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’m so glad I found your blog! Very informative. My goal this year is to lose at least 50 pounds.

  21. Lovisa Karlsson on April 22, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Hey! You have written very nice blog. Thank you for giving so many tips. We are also providing tips and training to make your body healthy and fit.

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  25. Richard Myles on October 25, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Gina,
    This is an amazing collection! Seems like I don’t have to look around the web for any more fitness tips. Really love it. My plan is to reduce 8 lbs in next 2 months. Wish me luck!

  26. Damian Campbell on December 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Gina! What a nice collection you have there! I’v noticed that you have an amazing feedback from your readers. Congratulations! Your collection is so helpful for me since I’m starting my personal program to be fit and to make my stomach flat again. I used to go to gym but stress just came to me and I start stress eating. So this coming year, motto would be β€œNew Year, New ways to be healthy.”. I badly want to eliminate my back fat because it is so uncomfortable. I will definitely try these workouts. Thank you for creating this! I feel more inspired to be healthy and fit again. These are valuable to me. Cheers!

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