later, Tucson + barre bootcamp is on the way

Hi friends! How are you doing? 


And the fun is just beginning!

Sorry for being a little hit or miss this week. We spent a lot of time doing the move-out fun stuff (packing, cleaning, walk-throughs), checking into the hotel, and enjoying our last few days in Tucson. 

The Pilot left on Tuesday morning for the great road trip to Georgia, and we’re on our way out to meet him! Madre snapped this pic before he hit the road.

The famlia

I’ve jokingly referred to it as The Pilot’s Arc because he’s traveled across the country with both dogs… and both goldfish. (<— they’ve been alive for almost 2 years now! HOW?)

Hotel lyfe with Bella, Caro and the goldfish

He’s stopped in Texas, Little Rock, and Atlanta, and we’re so excited to all be together again.

The girls and I have been chilling at the hotel, and I’ve taken care of the last-minute Tucson to-dos. Tuesday was a whirlwind, Wednesday was more chill, and Thursday involved organizing and packing all of our stuff for the plane and when we first arrive in Valdosta. I used to be the kind of person who threw random stuff into a suitcase at the last minute, but having kiddos has made me exponentially more organized with the packing. Out of pure necessity, I’m kind of a packing ninja now.

Some pics from this week:

Breakfast buddies

(My hotel breakfast buddies)

Barrio bread

(OBSESSED with Barrio Bread. The flour is extremely fine, so it’s very low in gluten, and it’s made with local ingredients and a sourdough base. I wanted to curl up and live inside the bread loaf.) 

Barrio bread

and my last last OTF class for a long while since we don’t have one near us in our new place. I’ve been a member for 3 years now, and had to cancel my membership. OTF, I will miss you.

I'll miss you otf

Today, we said our last “see ya later”s to a place we love so dearly. Instead of focusing on how bummed I am, I’m thinking about how blessed we were to spend a few months back *home* before heading out to Valdizzy. It helped to ease some of the moving blahs, and I’m so.grateful for the time we spent here.  

Calle tepa

(The last supper included margaritas and manchego quesadillas.)

I also hit the ground running with blog and work stuff when we got into town, and have been cranking away on 4-week workout plan with all-new follow-along videos for you. I’m writing with exciting news today, because our first barre bootcamp is on the way!!

When I went through the survey results from earlier this year, I was FLOODED with requests for more barre videos. And I get it, because barre is one of my all-time favorites. It challenges my body in an entirely different way, it always feels like I’m getting a great workout, and I love that you can really do it anywhere. Barre classes are also pretty expensive (ranging from $18-45 per class depending on where you live), so I’m always pumped when I can share barre videos with you. Time is also a valuable commodity; usually I feel like I spend an hour just between getting dressed and driving to/from the studio. I knew I wanted to create a set of videos just for you, and combine them into a super effective plan for awesome results.

Barre bootcamp is on its way!

For this set of videos, I really wanted to make sure I did it right, which is why I brought in two invaluable resources: my friend Katie, who in an incredible personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and Pilates instructor, and Grant Hunker who is a filming/editing/video wizard. (He filmed Soli Beat and many of our Shape Up videos!) I was so pumped to have a modifier who could really hook you up with beginner and low-impact modifications along the way, and have these videos professionally filmed and edited.

They’re finally ready to go, and everything will be live here on the blog, Tuesday April 11!

*throws tiny dumbbell confetti into the air*

We will also be having a 4-week barre bootcamp challenge for those of you who would like to follow along the workout calendar, complete with a closed Facebook group, daily emails from me for motivation, and live video check-ins. I’ll also host a Facebook Live workout party, and we can do a workout together live. 🙂

Katie and me filming barre bootcamp

Here’s how this all works:

-All of the workouts will available individually April 11 for pre-order (you will receive them in your email inbox next Sunday, 4/15, so you’re ready to rock for the challenge)

-You’ll also have the option to get all of the videos, plus workout calendar, and challenge access. Spots are limited, so be sure to check in and grab your spot!

-The challenge will launch on Monday, April 16 (perfect for a kick of motivation the day after many Cadbury eggs) 

-If you want to have first dibs on the challenge (spots are limited), be sure to enter your email address below. 



Are you joining in the fun??? Gather up your barre-loving BFFs for this one- I have a feeling it’s going to be a blast.

Have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya in Georgia. (AH.)



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  1. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on April 7, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I can’t wait to check out the new barre workouts! I’ve actually never tried barre workouts before, but I have the feeling I would love it. I hope your transition to your new home goes well!

  2. Jennifer on April 7, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I adore barre workouts! I hope your move into your new place goes smoothly.I think we are getting posted as well.

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 7, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Hi Gina! Oh the big move!! It is AWESOME you had time to spend at home in Tucson before making the transition — that’s for sure. I hope the trip goes well. And LOVING barre — now that I teach it a few times a week, I’m sooo into it how low-impact it is, yet also effective. I can’t wait to check out your workout videos! Happy Friday!

  4. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on April 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Yeah for barre, I always find it to be such a different challenge from my go to workouts. Good luck with the move!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Good luck with the move friend! I’m sure it will be awesome as will be your new barre workout!

  6. Amy on April 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Good luck with the move!
    You seem to be dreading this move more than others in the past. I’ve been reading for probably 5 years, so don’t remember much of your last Valdosta life. Did you not enjoy your time there? Or are you just dreading the actual move?

  7. Jamie @ madrediem on April 7, 2017 at 10:19 am

    We have 3 hermit crabs that we got when we moved to Florida…4 years ago. I have no idea how they are still alive, but we’ve apparently been taking really good care of them! One of them is huge and I’m really looking forward to the day I can make him into a crab cake – KIDDING!!

    Good luck with your first weekend in Valdosta!

  8. Tracy on April 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Safe travels to you and the girls!!

    I like to say “see ya soon” instead of “see ya later” 🙂

  9. priya on April 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    yay i’ve been looking forward to the barre workouts!!

  10. Christina @ on April 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I’m excited about the Barre videos – thank you for making those when you’ve been so busy with the move!!

  11. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on April 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Ya’ll look so cute in that top pic! Good luck with the move! Also, what brand is that baby carrier?

  12. Amanda on April 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Good luck with the move! I am thinking about you! And sending happy-new-house-rental vibes your way. If you love OTF so much, maybe you’ll be the one to bring it to Valdosta. 😉

  13. Courtney Bentley on April 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Wow! sounds like you’ve been hustlin’ and grinding! love this post!

    Courtney Bentley ||

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      thank you, friend!

  14. Reghan on April 10, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Barre is one of my fav workouts. So excited for this! 🙂

  15. Carrie on April 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    This is so awesome! Congrats on the new Barre project. I have never tried Barre, but hear great things about it!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      i think you would love it!

  16. Mina on April 10, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I’ve been wanting to try bar. I’m a hard core runner and feel like it might be good cross training. What type of equipment is needed to do this at home?

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      just a pair of light dumbbells, an optional resistance band loop, and something sturdy to hold onto

  17. Julia on April 10, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I’m definitely interested in the barre workouts, Gina! Can’t wait to see it. Best wishes for the move, I hope all goes smoothly. I am wanting to go to Tucson so badly now… I cannot handle it. Barrio Bread (I follow him on IG) and Manchebo quesadillas? What is this wonderland of delicious foods…

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      you need to! i have a feeling you would love it 🙂

  18. Grace on April 12, 2017 at 6:11 am


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