Lift and Row Workout

Oh hey, party people. How are ya? How was the weekend? I hope that you had a great one. It was one of those weekends that seemed to fly by! While part of me is like, “What happened?!” the other part is like “YES! We’re closer to Meg and Kyle’s baby being here!” It’s definitely a different type of excitement than being pregnant and expecting your own kiddo. It’s all of the fun minus the “holy heck I actually have to push this baby out” tiny bit of fear mixed in there. 

Liv and P

(P wants me to tell you about her new phrase. She can say, “Thank you” and it is the sweetest.)

I’m just stopping in to share some adventures from the weekend and a workout with you. I’d love to hear about your weekend, too. I hope my friends in Southern Georgia are staying safe in the storms. 

Friday, the girls and I had a little picnic at Whole Foods with hot bar and gelato, and then we headed over with the Pilot to my uncle’s house where they had a fire roaring, homemade clam chowder (chowdah) and Girl Scout Cookies. Aka everything you really need in life. We came home to put P to sleep, and the Pilot stayed home with her while I stayed with Liv at my uncle’s house. The girls watched a movie and ate popcorn, while we sat at the counter and chatted. It was perfect.

Saturday Yoga Workout

Saturday morning, I took a much-needed 90-minute yoga flow class.

sessions yoga

It was so sweaty – the mats were like 2 inches apart – and the flow was wonderful. It was challenging enough without being crazy and included a couple of new-to-me poses with a lot of juicy stretching at the end. After yoga, we watched the basketball game (GO CATS), and then picked up my cousins to take the girls to the trampoline park. 

We were leaving the house with all 4 car seats in our SUV, and I told the Pilot we should pick up my nana. We swooped her to join in the fun and it was a blast. The girls jumped around in between racing on the obstacle course, while P jumped her little heart out. Her ability to jump is truly extraordinary. The bigger kids were bouncing around her and, surprisingly, she kept her balance, jumping and clapping the entire time.


shrimp dinner

Sunday morning, we met up with Kyle, Meg, and Charlie (my good friend from high school) for breakfast at Cup cafe downtown.

our breakfast group

Cup is located in the historic Hotel Congress, so I’ve always known it for very late-night bar type food (like greasy nachos after a late night of dancing and partying somewhere…you know, back in the day). I always forget they have *real* food. We hung out and enjoyed delicious brunch staples, and after saying goodbye, the Pilot took the girls to the Children’s Museum. They played and explored the exhibits while I met with Grant to discuss video plans for the blog.

While we’re here in Tucson, we’re going to create some awesome video content to share and I can’t wait! Please let me know if you have any specific video requests.

The Pilot and I took turns working out at the gym,

and I got in an awesome circuit and cardio workout.

working out

Here it is if you’d like to try it during your next gym sesh!

(As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.)

Strength and Indoor Rower Workout:

(For the 10-minute row, the point isn’t to row for 10 minutes straight…unless you’re a superhuman. I focused on calories for this row, because it’s a fun different way to gauge your workout instead of always using distance or speed. After setting the timer for 10 minutes, I sprinted to row 10 calories. When I hit 10, I took a little while to catch my breath, then did 10 more. I hit 100 just at 10 minutes. If you do this workout you can try to beat me!)

I’m off to the dentist this morning (WAH), but am excited for some fun with the girls and a spin class later today.

Happy Monday, friends.



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 23, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Sounds like a fun and relaxing weekend! I was finishing my first draft of my research paper for nutrition school. Only 6 more months until graduation and then board exam GAH! I’m excited for it to be over, but terrified of tests. Too bad I just couldn’t workout in place of doing an exam. Lol

    • Fitnessista on January 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

      hahaha that would be amazing

    • priya on January 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Lol this is me. “Can I just cook and get a grade plz?!”

  2. Nathaly @NathyCure on January 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    My weekend could literally be translated into the following activities: Run, Eat, Rest, and then repeat all over again. Can’t complain.

    Your girls are so pretty!! And I LOVE Liv’s outfit, I could wear if it was my size.

    I’m starting a new race training plan this week and was looking for new strength training routines. This one looks pretty interesting so I’m going to give it a try during my cross training days.

    • Fitnessista on January 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

      that sounds like the perfect weekend!
      thank you! they’re quite the duo together 😉
      please let me know what you think of the workout!

  3. Erika S. on January 23, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Living 10 mins from DC…so I went to the march with some girlfriends. It was awesome but I was so exhausted I was lazy on Sunday…post brunch that is!

    I am just remembering that fannetastic food lives near me too…you should come this way to film summer shapeup videos & grab bubbly with me!!!

    P looks so adorably happy!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      AHH i forgot you were in dc. SO cool you were there! the energy must have been amazing
      and yes, if i ever head that way, you know we will grab some bubbly together!

  4. Kristen on January 24, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I always love your equipment-free circuits or “use a chair/counter as a barre” workouts. I have bookmarked quite a few of your videos, and I do them when I’m traveling.

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      i can definitely do more of those- thank you!

  5. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on January 24, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Looks like a good workout per usual! Also looks like you are having fun in Tucson!!!! GO CATS!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      yeah go cats!

  6. Cindy on January 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I’d love some more ab workout videos. Possibly ones while standing because my lower back doesn’t enjoy floor exercises much. Thanks! Can’t wait for Winter Shape Up!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      i can definitely do that!

  7. Stephanie B. on January 24, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I love all of your workout videos – that’s exciting that you’re going to be creating some more! Anything you do will be great 🙂 I especially love your barre videos, and the ones you’ve done for Shape Up before (can’t wait for that to start up again!). I think it’d be fun if you did a Zumba one, too, if you’re so inclined 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      thank you so much! i’m so happy you enjoy them 🙂
      i can definitely do another zumba one!

  8. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on January 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    For video requests, I would love to see some dance cardio (of any variety!). It’s definitely my favorite way to work out.

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      same! i can definitely put some together 🙂

  9. Molly on January 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I did this workout today at the gym and it was terrific! Super easy to follow from my phone. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      so so happy to hear you liked it!

  10. Ellen on January 25, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I looove your Zumba/dance videos!! I’m really excited to see what you come up with

    • Fitnessista on January 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      thank you so much!

  11. Kylie on January 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hi Gina! I just did this last night and am sore in a good way today!!! I would love to see more of these 🙂

  12. Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 5 - Chasing "Skinny" ™ on January 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    […] Tuesday: Steady state cardio and strength.  My husband and I joined our local YMCA, since it’s so close to our new place.  This was our first formal workout there and it was pretty crowded.  I don’t know what it is about going to a new gym — even though I’ve been going to various gyms and fitness studios for many years, I always get a little intimated when trying to figure out the lay of the land in a new place.  Anyone else?  Anyway, I got about 20 minutes of cardio in on the spin bike while listening to a podcast before completing one round of the strength exercises in Fitnessista’s lift and row workout. […]

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