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. Liz on March 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Hey Fitnessista!!!
    I’ve been following your blog daily for a little over a year now and I LOVE it!! Congrats on the healthy and beautiful baby ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve currently been studying abroad in Paris for the past three months and have three more months left to go and have found it to be difficult to maintain my regular fitness routine while here. I try to get in a run at least three times a week but other than that I have not been able to do anything compared my normal workouts when I was back home. I used to exercise six times a week doing hot yoga (I’m on severe withdrawal)+cardio+strength training and I maintained a lean vegetarian diet. So while it will be another three months before I can pick up my normal workouts and eats again I was wondering if you could suggest any good arm toning exercises not involving any weights or machines?
    Since, my stay here is so temporary and I am on a tight student budget I can’t really afford to spend money on lots of fit equipment or join a gym. I would really appreciate your help ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great one!! Keep up the posts <3

    • jaclyn on June 24, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Hi Liz! This may be a little weird, but I studied abroad in Paris last fall/winter and LOVED it… but there were definitely challenges (!) …… when I skimmed this comment, it caught my eye!! I would love to chat / email with you…obvs Paris is close to my heart, lol.

      While I was there, I found walking to be my most convenient and reliable form of exercise but I also totally see what you mean – I was also working out 6+ days per week prior and definitely felt the muscle loss when i got there….what is it about the french and their lack of gym memberships lol?! anyway.. I hope you are having a great time and enjoying yourself.. I think that (honestly) even though you may not be lifting all the etime or doing your gen workouts, walking wtih handwieghts (i bought mine on amazon for just a few bucks) really helps!

      i’d love to chat with you about Paris ! ๐Ÿ™‚ email me – jaclyn.oakland @ gmail dot com

      a tout a l’heure!


  2. Karen Morse on April 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Hi there,
    Just discovered your website for the first time today. What a great compilation of work you have here! I love Zumba & all types of dance fitness. I recently became certified as a Nia instructor and can’t wait to start teaching. Going to browse through you list of Ab Burner workouts now! Great posts!

  3. Rebecca on April 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I LOVE this webpage. I got to you by searching for blogs about Step Aerobics and found your great post from last year. These work-outs look wonderful. I also really respect the balance of this blog, with your passion for living well, looking beautiful and enjoying company. You rock!

  4. Teresa on May 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I love all the workout that you post. Such great ideas. I am a group exercise instructor and I workout all the time. I can’t wait to try out some of these!

  5. Nora on June 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I have a two year old and I am constantly trying to figure out when to workout. I notice that you seem to do a lot of evening workouts. What time do you workout and does it interrupt your sleep?

  6. Dennis Blair on June 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! I am very impressed that you log all of your routines on your website. I don’t know if you knew, but you were just mentioned on a webstite called for the top 60 health and fitness blogs. That’s how I found you.

  7. Paige on June 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I might be a little slow, but how do I subscribe to your blog? I can’t find it on your page. The blog seems awesome and I’d love to follow all your workouts and recipes. Keep blogging! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      there’s a subscribe button on the right (next to the Facebook and pinterest icons)
      thank you for checking out my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Anne Hackett on July 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I enjoy reading your inspiring blog. Food and fitness are a joy for me too.
    I had a queston regarding sore elows after using light dumbells…do you have any tips to prevent this. I do upright seated flies mainly to help my back.

  9. Elizabeth on July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Can you add the link to week 4 of Summer Shape-Up/July Calendar to the Fitness Page or to the page with the June and week 1-3 workouts for easy access?? Or am I just missing it somewhere? Pahleasssse ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!!

  10. Nicole on July 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    These workouts are amazing! So many options! You should check out They have actionplans to help you track your exercises and progress. They’re simple and easy to use. I use their “Track my running” actionplan to log my miles every day. Check them out!

  11. Maria on July 30, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I’ve just come across your blog right now and I am LOVING it. I am in desperate need of a lifestyle change in fitness. I am only 18 years old, 5’3 and weighing more than 170pounds. I dropped to 160 for spring break but since moving in with boyfriend Im finding i hard to get workouts in. I noticed that I am moping about being homr all day and bot taking it as an advantage.

    Do you have any recommendations for me to lose weight? I have a goal of getting to 140. I am NOT happy at all with my body right now, cellulite has increased amd I’ve become very insecure.

    HELP. oh I will be doing a workout before heading to bed

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      a lot of it will have to do with your eating. healthy clean eats and make sure to get in enough fuel to support your activities!
      thank you so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kelly on August 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hi Gina! I thought I remembered you writing posts about exercising during each trimester of your pregnancy, but I can’t seem to find them. Am I imagining that? If not, can you tell me where they are? Thanks!

  13. Lindsey on September 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I just have to say that I love your AB BURNER videos. I use them every morning after my cardio workout ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on September 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      so happy to hear you like them!

  14. Kathrine on October 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I’ve been following your website for quite a while. You are quite an inspiration and have a beautiful family!! I just had a question. I’m looking to lose some weight( no specific number, I just want to look/feel good and be healthy!). My husbandand I are starting crossfit classes today and I am nervous!!!! I have little to no athletic background and have been heavy my entire life. Got married, popped out three kids one after another ( they are 4,5,6 now!). Im finally ready to get my butt in gear after many ups and downs, diet wins and then fail. I’ve tried it all! My question is do you think crossfit is sufficient enough for weight loss? With my background do you think it is something ishpuld/could do?! I might add too, I’ve had 2 c sections so my core strength is poor. Any input would be great!

  15. Abby on October 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Hi Gina,

    I’ve loved reading your blog for the past few months and had a quick question for you– I just found out that I’m 6 weeks pregnant, and am on my second round of Insanity. I know that you completed it a while ago and was wondering what you thought about doing it while preggers.

    I will be talking with my doctor in a few weeks, but wanted to see if you had done any of the workouts while pregnant.

  16. Ashley J on December 20, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Hey girl! You are awesome! I just stumbled across your website while looking up Carlean’s videos! I am excited to try some of your workouts! Thank you!

  17. Ashley J on December 20, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Haha…oops! I meant “Chalean”….

  18. Jazmine on January 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Do you have any place for tips for running? That seems to be the only little piece of fitness missing from this list.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

      i can add that in!

  19. Serene on January 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    There is a reason you are listed as a top fitness blog. Great workouts and they apply to all levels. I have to do moderate workouts due to an old injury. I use the natural pain patches from Imbue and all is well. Thanks for the great tips. I look forward to more posts.

  20. Kate on February 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Just a quick question, how much cardio do you normally do a week?

  21. Cerissa on February 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I love your blog and have been following it for about a year now. Just curious, do you have any pregnancy workouts? Just found out we are expecting again and I want to stay in the best shape I can this time. Right now I am lifting weights 2-3/week and running HIIT 3/week. I didnโ€™t see anything pregnancy related on your workout page. If you donโ€™t have anything, could you point me in the direction of a good system? I will really appreciate your help! Thank you
    p.s. I can’t find a way to email you questions, do you get these comments here…?

  22. Lauren W on February 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Gina– I was hoping you could shed some light on correcting muscle imbalances–particularly for the back and shoulders. I am a victim of my desk job tightening my pecs and lats and weakening my rhomboids, back and shoulder muscles. I have had pain in my neck and shoulders and also popping from simple shoulder rolls. I have been to doctors and they don’t seem to be concerned with this, but from my diagnosis, it makes all sorts of sense that I have a muscle imbalance and needs to be corrected. Any advice on workouts, stretches–how often and when to do it would be so helpful. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      does it hurt you to strength train? it might be worthwhile to see a neuromuscular therapist. my rhomboids and pecs get extremely tight and painful, and the cnmt helps SO much

  23. Nicole Stout on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    wow! What an amazing list! I’m so excited to try these out!

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  25. Katie on March 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I love your blog! I followed the Winter Shape Up this year and now I’m on to the March Workout Plan. Just a question…I noticed that you have some ab burners and tabata workouts in the form of videos. Are there any plans to format them into printables so they can be taken to the gym?

    Keep up the great work. I always look forward to your new posts!

  26. Gauri on April 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Gina. Do you have any post partum workout routines?

  27. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin on April 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I am just starting to incorporate strength training int my normal fitness routine (which is cardio and yoga only…). I know how beneficial strength training is and really want a plan that I can stick to and do at home or in the gym with simple equipment. Would you recommend I do 3 days a week of strength (upper body, lower, and total) with short cardio/HIIT on those days? Then longer steady cardio or active rest on other day (plus full rest one day). I plan on using workouts from your page as well as a few other blogs to do on my own (so no classes or personal training sessions). Any advice?! Thank you!!

  28. Mary Lawrence on April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Wow! You are a rock star. I started a fitness blog a few months ago, but I have been reading your blog on a regular bases for the last 6 months. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for keeping me in such good shape mentally and physical , and for sharing all of your tips. You really are a rock star. I hope you know that

  29. Emma on May 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

    LOVE the ab burner videos and would love more! The videos make it so much easier to follow along and really stick to finishing!

  30. Charlene on May 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Glad I found your site. I work out daily even when I have little time and change my workout almost daily as it keeps me from getting bored. This is a great resource for me. Thanks!

  31. Caitlin on May 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Hi! I want to sign up for the shape up workouts and recipes, but it’s not letting me leave a comment on that page. Can you sign me up please?

  32. Annie on June 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Great workouts!

  33. Regina C on June 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Hello Gina!
    Love your blog. I’m having a hard time finding supplements or pre/post workout mixes to use. There is SO much information on the internet that it gets overwhelming. Can you suggest any or maybe write a review about which ones you take?

    Thanks so much!

  34. Mike on July 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    All these moves are so great for long-term weight loss. People put too much emphasis on cardio when trying to lose the fat, when it’s all about gaining more muscles and building strength that keeps the weight off in the long run.

  35. I’ve been surfing online more than three hours nowadays, yet I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty price sufficient for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the web might be much more helpful than ever before.

  36. Chelsea on August 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    love the site!

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  38. Rosamund on September 8, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I love love your blog and constantly use it to inspire me to continue with my healthy lifestyle. I had a question about working out I was hoping you could answer. the past week I have been down and out with the flu and unable to do any exercise. This is frustrated as I recently finished the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred so I have all these lovely new muscles appearing. I know that rest is number one priority right now but as I am starting to feel better I really want to get in a workout. I was wondering what you do when you are sick, do you get back into it when you can tell you are getting better, or do you wait until you are 100% again? I am just curious as I have heard that two weeks without exercise can result in muscle loss.

  39. Anna on September 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Your blog is amazing, I love it! Can’t wait to get your email with all the workouts to get to the shape! Thank you sooo much you are awesome!!!!

  40. Eliza on October 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Love this! Many great workouts all in one. So important to work every area of your body. Thanks!

  41. Denise on October 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog from Hungrey Runner Girl, I am enjoying poking around. Having all these workouts listed here is just amazing! Thank you so much. It is much appreciated.

  42. Melissa VanSlambrouck on November 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    So sorry you weren’t able to run this morning – I think you have an awesome outlook, though – keep your head up, listen to your body, and you will be back on the road soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ P.S. I love your blog, I am a personal trainer and enjoy seeing what you are up to with your clients!

  43. Lorri Diggory on November 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Hi Gina

    We heard about you through friends on facebook and in the yoga community and I thought I’d introduce myself. I do pr for this really cool yoga gear company called Hotdog Yoga. Our signature bag, the Hotdog Yoga Rollpack is like none other out there and lots of fitness people have embraced it.

    I’d love for you to check it out ( and please let me know if you’d like a sample to review or giveaway.



  44. Shoshana on November 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hey, I just signed up for my first Spartan Race and it occurred to me that I haven’t seen a focus on post for the Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, or other obstacle course/race events. It would be really interesting to hear your take on it or to get advice on training!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      i haven’t done any of these! guess i need to go for it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      i’ll ask around and see if someone wants to do a focus on post

  45. Sophie on November 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Great workouts covering every part of our body! Great way to stay fit and healthy!!

  46. Kristen on November 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Love the new layout!! I want to thank you so much for offering workouts like this for FREE to your readers! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used your videos as a quick workout or a little extra something after a run. You’re an inspiration and it’s easy to tell that you’re passionate about your readers!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      so happy you enjoy them! <3

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    thank you for your Amazing workouts and articles, this page is definitely going to my bookmarks

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  50. elena on December 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Thank you for your videos! I try to do all this, but for me it is little bit difficult still…But i enjoy it and getting better. Thank you, you do a great work!

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