Make it Happen March workout plan

Spring is in the aiiiirr…


Along with it: picnics, hikes (without being chilly!), wine on the balcony, dresses… I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.


I’m also excited for another month to start fresh, kill it in the gym and build on from my Winter Shape Up results- hope you feel the same way! If you’re feeling a little blah or unmotivated lately, I feel ya. It’s really easy to get into a spring slump, and just remember that yesterday doesn’t matter: today and right now are all that counts. Do what you can and take good care of yourself, mm k?

Here’s a workout split we can start tomorrow (adjust as you’d like) if you’re looking for some extra motivation this month:


Sundays: Rundays

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: Upper body and HIIT

Wednesday: Steady state

Thursday: Lower body and HIIT

Friday: OFF or active recovery

Saturday: Total body circuit + easy cardio (optional)

Remember that this is just a sample schedule, but I thought it would be fun to see how it works out with a “theme” for each day. Cheer each other on in the comment’s section, Twitter and Instagram (#makeithappenmarch)… plus, you never know when I’ll do a sneaky giveaway 😉

All about HIIT <– plus my favorite techniques!


Some HIIT workouts:

Holiday HIIT

Jump Rope HIIT

Hot Mess HIIT 

 Santabata Workout

Any of the Tabata Thursday videos


Side plank bottom leg raise


Upper body workouts:

Arm burner 

And another arm burner

Full arm workout


Lower body workouts:

 Humpday booty burner

And another

Blizzard booty burner



 Raining sweat

Sweat and burn 

Last year’s week 4 workout

Super sweaty circuit


I’ll also be posting NEW workouts on the days according to this schedule so you can add them into your rotation if you’d like. (For example, if I’m going to post a booty burner, it will be on a Thursday.) Also, stay tuned for the March Madness workout!

A bedtime ab burner is great extra credit, or you can finish off your workouts with a nice long plank 😉

As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and any injuries or considerations you have <3

What are you going to make happen in March? I’d love to hear at least one goal that you’ve set!



New post on the Fashion page! It’s not helping my desire to chop off my hair.

Head’s up: The Nike ad will be fixed on Monday. Apologies again for the inconvenience! xo

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  1. Michelle on March 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for posting this…definitely feeling a slump but I want to keep the motivation going from WSU! Bring on March Madness!

  2. Lisa on March 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for all the workout options! I sometimes get into a little rut throughout the weekend when I don’t have everything totally planned out!

  3. Irene on March 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Oh, this is so exciting, because I just made myself a training schedule that aligns really nicely with this plan! I am just going to sub a tempo run for the tuesday HIIT!!! So excited for some nice targeted Upper/lower workouts!

  4. Lucie@fitswisschick on March 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I LOVE the Santabata Workout! I do this one a lot in the park on my runs. I will include a bedtime Ab Burner from now on, such a great idea!

  5. Nadja on March 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the plan! I’m gonna have to adjust it a little to fit my schedule but i’m looking forward to try some of your workouts that are new to me!

  6. Victorias on March 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    what does ‘steady state’ mean?
    I’m excited to have a plan to keep me on track!

  7. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on March 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This is great, Gina! Thanks for the workout examples too! I can’t wait to try some of them! Happy Saturday!

  8. Amanda on March 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    My goal for March is to start getting up early and going for a run or do some weights. I was doing the morning thang for awhile but got lazy when we had blizzards and I didn’t want to deal with the snow. Now that it’s light out earlier in the morning and the snow is mostly gone, I want to get back to it!

  9. Michele on March 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t generally work out at home because I’m just not disciplined enough. I’ve been really slacking lately so my goal is to make it to the gym at least 4-5 times a week. This morning I did Zumba and Strong (strength training). It felt great!

    PS – what kind of shoes are you wearing in the pic? I need a new pair and I really like them. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      they’re nike free runs- love them!

  10. Tracy on March 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Love this! Thanks, Gina! I haven’t done an upper/lower body split in a long time so this is perfect timing for me. I’m excited to follow along and psyched for the workouts you’ll post! Awesome.

  11. Kimberly on March 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Gina, have you seen Guiliania Rancic’s new shorter hair? L.o.v.e it! I bet that would look good on you as well. Have a great weekend.

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      yes, that’s the cut i want! you’re convincing me……

  12. Ali on March 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    My March goal is a 30 day no sweets challenge. On day 3 now so I can be done before Easter!

  13. Amy on March 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Make it Happen March-go to boot camp 3x a week!
    Oh and I accept the March Green challenge. Had zucchini yesterday and enjoyed a post run green smoothie today!

  14. Hillary on March 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    My March goal is to finally, finally start a serious strength program. I bought The New Rules of Lifting for Women and am starting it on Monday! Here goes nothing…

  15. Kim on March 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    My goal for March is to make every minute count – in workouts, family life, with friends, even house work!

  16. Caitlin on March 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Way to read my mind! Running a 10-mile race I’ve been training for tomorrow, and then I need a new workout plan. Perfect timing 🙂

  17. Heidi on March 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Bring it on, March!!! Thanks for all of the tips and workouts. I am excited to mix them in with my running. My goal? Get stronger and keep on truckin’. I am in month 28 waiting for my adoption from Ethiopia- so I am trying to focus on what I can control: my fitness. I just signed up for second marathon (on June 15th), so this will be a month with lots of running and, hopefully, a very special phone call 😉

  18. Carolyn on March 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I am SO GLAD you did this!!! I was just a tad lost after feeling so into the winter shape up and seeing results, and then having my schedule all up to me! I want to keep seeing results. I’ve been doing weights for months and haven’t gotten this much stronger until your program!! Thanks for the great ideas.

  19. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I’m excited for March because that means tank top weather! Woot!

  20. Christina on March 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Thank u for this! Came at a perfect time as I needed a new workout plan! Ur blog never disappoints 🙂

  21. Caitlin on March 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    It’s 35 degrees where I am, so I can’t wait for springtime!
    I have noticed I am a ton stronger than I used to be…but I’m still not SEEING the muscle definition. It’s kind of annoying, because I can pump out much higher weights and reps but I’m just not seeing the results. So my goal for March is to focus more on target areas-having specific days for arms and legs will help! Whenever I do weights, I tend to just do full body circuits.

  22. Ashley on March 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for posting this! i just found your website a month ago and have enjoyed all the workouts! I was wondering what do you mean by “steady state” on the workout example above?


  23. Barb on March 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I am headed to the gym on Monday to put together our March plan!!

    BTW, I love your blog (obviously!) but those Dicks ads are terrrrrible. They take up the whole page and you have to X out of them twice. I understand it makes revenue, but they are really annoying. 🙁

    • Barb on March 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      My apologies, I read the bottom of your post again…! (sorry!)

      • Cerissa on March 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Glad you posted this comment…. I was just about to comment about the terrible Dick’s Sporting Goods ads, then I saw your comment and read to the bottom of the post. Glad that it is being taken care of 🙂

        • Fitnessista on March 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

          my web guy was able to fix it today 🙂

  24. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on March 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Oh I like this a lot! I’m trying to keep weight training incorporated in my training schedule while I get ready for a full triathlon season (one a month starting in May!). I think the template you posted here will work very nicely for me. My #makeithappenmarch is to switch up my eating habits. I was trying a strict paleo approach for the past couple months but I don’t think it’s for me. And I miss greek yogurt a little too much, haha. I’m now aiming for emphasizing clean eats and whole foods but without eliminating whole food groups.

  25. Naomi on March 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for this! I am definitely feeling a little bit of a slump after WSU, so this will hopefully be good motivation. My make it happen March goals are to continue working out consistently and emphasize (mostly) clean eats a little more. In the past couple of weeks sugar has made a bigger appearance, so I am going to work for a little more moderation in that area. On another note, I am looking to check off some wedding related to-dos this month!

  26. Manda on March 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I absolutely HATE the pop up ads from the bottom of your pages! Make them STOP!

    Seriously, if you want readers, these ads are too annoying to continue.

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      thank you for your comment! i’ve addressed this twice already to apologize for the inconvenience. the designers aren’t back in to work until monday- everything will be fixed then

      • Manda on March 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        I wasn’t sure, the ads for me are Dicks Sporting, not Nike. See you after Monday then 🙂

  27. Ashley on March 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m going to make it happen in March! I have to stand in a wedding at the end of the month, so there is a lot of motivation for me. Can’t wait to share pics and such on IG also!

  28. Karissa on March 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Gina, THANK YOU so much for posting this from the bottom of my heart!! 😀 I’ve had a sinus infection for 2 weeks so I’m just now getting back to the gym and I have DEFINITELY hit spring slump thanks to that. 🙁 I was just thinking after my workout today, I really need some new stuff to mix it up and keep it exciting- have I mentioned lately how AWESOME you are?
    Thanks again! EXCITED! 😀

  29. Amy on March 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    My ankle has let me know loud & clear that it’s not ready for me to run or even start trying to build up mileage. So March I am going to take up riding a bicycle for cardio. My goal is to ride bike 12 days in March.

  30. Laura B on March 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    After WSU, I switched to the workout plan in my Super Fit Mama book by Tracey Mallet. I think I’m going to continue with that plan for a bit and throw in some if your burner workouts to shake things up. 🙂 I loved the motivation of WSU, so I’m excited to have new hash tags to use! Seeing how my body is shaping up 3 months post partum (and seeing still how much further I have to go) is motivating too!

  31. Katie Z on March 3, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Love that you posted this plan. I have definitely hit a slump this week and was not excited about my workouts, but I think this will help a lot with my focus! Thank you!!!

  32. Jan @ J Cooks Healthy on March 3, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I love circuit workouts, they are always the most challenging but have the most variety.

    This month I really want to cook a new recipe at least once a week so I can keep healthy food exciting and interesting. So far I’ve already made 1 new one so 3 to go 🙂

  33. Babs on March 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

    My goal is to think of some good goals 😉

  34. Lauren L. @ Newest Obsession on March 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Gina you look amazing! I am so inspired by your dedication and workout plans. I am a graduate student and I am struggling to find the time and motivation to get back into a routine, but this and the winter shape up has definitely helped! Thank you for sharing.

    My goal this month is to stick to a 5K training plan for a 5K I am doing in mid April.

  35. TorontoRunner on March 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’m gonna check out your ab burner! The one thing I neglect continuously!

    I wish spring was in the air’s still so cold! achh!

  36. Lynora on March 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I am about 13 weeks pregnant and hoping that my morning/all day sickness is going to get better so I can start moving again. I think this plan is a great way to get started, but I don’t think I can do the HIIT workouts regularly. Do you have any good substitutions?


  37. Greta on March 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve been following along this week, but forgetting to comment. I did my lower body + hiit on monday, run day on Tuesday, and upper body + hiit today. Decline push-ups were the challenge for this weak armed gal = success. Thanks for providing the plan to follow!

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