January 2016 Musical Cardio

Hi friends! How’s the morning going?? Hope you’re having a wonderful day! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous, so we’re going to hang out at the park before grabbing some juices. I’m so excited for the weekend ahead. It’s the Pilot’s “Friday” so it will be fun to have that one guy we like around. 😉

Some pics from lately:

Little Italy lunch with the Pilot and Miss P while Livi was at preschool:

Lunch w p

We tried Monello for the first time, and it was fantastic, Little Italy is swarming with delicious and authentic restaurants. Since I already found the best acai bowl bowl in San Diego, it’s now my mission to find the best pizza and tacos before we leave. If you have any inside info, please let me know. 😉 Caffe Bella Italia in PB still has the top spot for pizza, but this was a close second.


We had our lunches with green salads,


and bowl of seasoned lupini beans.  

Some roses the Livi picked out:


 (I’ve been really into unique bouquets lately, and love this one she picked out with a head of cabbage in there.)

and a gym pic from testing out a PBB strength workout. It has been really hard for me to get in my own workouts with everything going on -I feel like we have a doctor’s appointment or something else happening every day- and I’m really thankful that all of these workouts can be done at home. It’s been a lot easier for me to sneak in a bit of strength training when I can. Since I was at the gym already to teach spin, I used that as my cardio and did my 20-minute PBB strength: 10 minutes before class, and 10 minutes after.

Post baby bod

Harney Cobb for dinner:

Harney cobbbb

Here’s the playlist from last night, along with some cardio guidelines if you’d like to use it for your next workout. You can use these ideas on any mode of choice, whether it’s the treadmill, spin bike, elliptical, or Stairclimber.  Of course, David Bowie was on this week’s playlist. “Under Pressure” has been stuck in my head for 4 days now. <3


(RPE scale 1-10. 1= taking a nap, 10 = sprinting your heart out, and/or max resistance)

1. “Stand By You”- Rachel Platten

Warm up. Take some time to take some deep breaths and establish proper form. Find a comfortable moderate pace, and a slightly challenging, but very maintainable, resistance. (RPE = 5)

2. “You Shook Me All Night Long” -AC/DC

Add in some resistance and maintain the same quick, moderate speed. You’re still warming up, so don’t go too crazy. (RPE = 6)

3. “Right On (feat. Ms. Charm Taylor)- Galactic

First tempo song. Increase your pace so that it feels uncomfortable, just above your usual steady state pace. Keep this same quick pace for the entire song, along with a moderate resistance. (RPE = 7) 

4. “Till It Hurts (feat. Ayden)- Yellow Claw

Keep this same moderate, quick pace and decrease your resistance. When she sings, “Love me ‘till it hurts,” start to pick up your pace. For each phrase after, pick up your pace until the instrumental beat kicks in. This is where you sprint your heart out! Repeat. (RPE= 5 and 9 on the sprints)

5. “Reaper” – Sia

Heavy climb. Slow your pace and start to increase the resistance. Every 30 seconds, increase the resistance until you hit your max. Maintain it until the end of the song. 

6. “My House” -Flo Rida.

Rolling hills. Start off with a moderate pace, and start to increasing the resistance. During the chorus (“Welcome to my house”), crank up the resistance to your max. During the verses, decrease it back to moderate. (RPE 7 for the verses and 9 on the heavy hills during the chorus)

7. “Good to Be Alive”- Andy Grammer

Steady state. Find a quick pace and decrease the resistance. Keep this quick pace the entire song. (RPE = 6-7)

8. “Like a Drum”- Guy Sebastian.

Sprints!! During the verses, keep the same pace you held for the previous song. During the choruses, sprint as fast as you can. Goal: meet or BEAT your sprint speed from song #4. (RPE= 5 to recover, 9 to sprint)

9. “Somebody to Love”- Jordan Smith

Rolling hills. Keep your quick pace from song #7. After 30 seconds, increase your resistance by at least 2% (or 4 levels on the Stairclimber or elliptical) and maintain the same quick speed. Hold it for 30 seconds, and decrease the resistance back down. Each time, add a little more! (RPE 6-8)

10. “Stressed Out”- twenty one pilots

Heavy climb. Challenge your resistance and use this song to hit your personal max resistance or incline. Pace is up to you! (RPE= 9)

11. “Ex’s and Oh’s”- Elle King

Shake it out. Use this as a recovery song before the last two! Make sure to stay in the working zone and don’t let your heart rate drop too far (below 70% of your max heart rate if you’re using a heart rate monitor). (RPE = 5)

12. “Under Pressure (Rah Mix)”- Queen & David Bowie

Last heavy climb. Start with a slower pace, and a challenging incline (RPE = 7). Every time he says, “Under pressure.” Add in resistance and try to maintain your speed. If you notice you need to choose between speed or incline, go for incline. (RPE = 8)

13. “Victorious” Panic! At the Disco

Last sprint to the finish line! Keep a steady, quick pace during the verses. During the chorus, SPRINT. This is the last song, so use any energy you have left right here. (RPE 5 and 10)

14. “Open Air”- Lemolo

Cool down and stretch.  

Let me know if you give it a try!

Have a great day and I’ll see you soon. 🙂



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  1. Cassie on January 14, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I’d never get in a workout if I had to leave to do it. Haha. Love at home workouts! Just got in a nice, sweaty HIIT myself even though the baby was up screaming until close to midnight and back up at 4am. Oh gas.

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

      OOF. that is rough. way to go for still getting it in, though!

  2. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on January 14, 2016 at 7:15 am

    It’s so funny that you have “Stand by You” on this list because I literally added that to my Spotify Workout playlist this morning!

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

      it’s such a great song!

      • Arden on January 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

        Saw her in concert in December. She is amazing and sweet and beautiful! She really knocked my socks off!

        • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

          she was on the today show one morning and i was really impressed. she is amazing!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 14, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I know what you mean about all the doctor’s appointments. When I was in a car accident last year, for months it felt like I was going to some appointment every day. It was such an interruption in my schedule. Thankfully, it is being me now and hopefully soon it will be for you guys too!

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

      it’s crazy. i’m definitely ready for it to settle down. happy to hear it has for you <3

  4. Emmy on January 14, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Taco Surf in PB has great tacos & burritos! Also, Ocars Mexican Seafood has delicious, fresh tacos.

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

      ohhhh i will check them out!

  5. Britt@MyOwnBalance on January 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Love the musical cardio playlist!! You look great btw! And love the headband on P!

  6. Anna @ THE POSH BODY on January 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I love non-flowers (like cabbage or succulents) mixed in bouquets. Liv has good taste!

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

      same! yes she does 🙂

  7. Melissa on January 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Gina you look fantastic! You’ve mentioned a couple of times about leaving or moving. Is that something you are anticipating in the near future? I wasn’t sure how long you guys stay in a place, or I suppose maybe you can be moved anytime?

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

      thank you, friend! it looks like we’ll be moving in the fall, but it could be earlier, or later. always a fun surprise. we should find out what’s going on in the next couple of weeks. i’m hoping they forget about us and just let us stay here haha

  8. Christabel on January 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

    My coworker brought me a gorgeous boquet with a cabbage in it for my birthday. The only downside is that my office smelled a bit, um, cabbage-y? I was getting some strange looks whenever someone came into my office and I felt the need to constantly tell people, “IT’S THE CABBAGE!” 😀

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

      hahah! i haven’t noticed a cabbage smell.. yet

  9. Jamie on January 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Love the playlist! That ex’s and oh’s song has been the one that WILL NOT leave my head! I swear I’ve been singing it the past month and it’s officially driven my hubby bonkers 😛 And if I’m ever in the area I’ll definitely be trying that Italien spot, yummmmmmmm. I could use some good food and warm weather right now.. currently -22 and snow storming in Alberta 😐

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

    That pizza looks beyond fabulous. Ahh I love Italian food!

  11. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on January 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    That pizza looks delicious – I could eat pizza everyday of my life! This is a great playlist. Lots of non-standard choices here to mix things up.

  12. Karin H on January 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

    For tacos in SD, I love Salud! ( http://saludsd.com/ ), They are owned by the San Diego Taco Company, who catered my wedding a few weeks ago and both their restaurant and their catering are AMAZING, stuff-your-face good. They even make their own tortillas right in front of you.

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      amazing! i will definitely check it out

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