Monsoon Sweat Workout

Oh how I love squash blossoms.

Squash blossoms  1 of 1

Then again, I love anything that serves as a vessel for goat cheese consumption πŸ˜‰

When I saw the squash blossoms at the farmer’s market, I knew we had to get a bunch. It had been quite a while since we had them, and they would be the perfect component for the Herbs de Provence goat cheese we had just purchased from another vendor.

I took the squash blossoms and trimmed the ends, washed them well -at this point a spider jumped out at me! Basically, I had to fight for my life to make these squash blossoms- and lightly fried them in a little canola oil. Last time, I dipped them in egg mixture and brown rice flour, and I regret not doing it this time. During naptime, I had made a GF buffalo chicken creation for the blog (it will be up later today!) and was sick of dipping and breading things. Hashtag blogger problems.

Turkey dinner  1 of 1

Despite the fact that they were better last time, they were still insanely wonderful. The light sprinkle of sea salt is always a good touch πŸ™‚ We enjoyed the blossoms with turkey (in a spicy-sweet honey glaze) and simple salad + more goat cheese.

After our delicious dinner, I went to the gym to get some weights.

In the gym

(Hiding in the weight machine room because taking a gym selfie is goobery, but letting someone see you take it is extra goobery, haha.)

The original plan was to get in some quick strength since I figured I’d be really sore from Saturday’s teaching. It ended up being an easier day than my usual Saturday (1 Zumba instead of 2!) and I felt energized to do some cardio. The monsoon weather has FINALLY come in, welcomed with open arms, and has really cooled things down. It’s amazing how motivation changes when you aren’t dripping in sweat walking from your car to the gym πŸ™‚

After a quick dynamic stretch and how-ya-doin with with foam roller, here’s what I did:

Monsoon sweat

It only took 40 minutes and I was drenched in sweat walking back to my car. Victory!

This morning, Liv and I are off music class, a couple of errands -I finally started decorating the entertainment center and am having a little too much fun- and then swimming with friends.

Hope you have a wonderful day!



Are there any rare veggies/fruits you get excited to see? I’m always thrilled when persimmons make their appearance.


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  1. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie on July 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Can’t wait to try this workout!!! <3

  2. Kalley on July 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Perhaps this question is silly, but what is AMRAP? πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

      as many rounds as you can complete in the 10 minutes

      • Kalley` on July 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        thank you!

  3. Christine @ on July 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I never knew you could eat squash blossoms! I want to try them but have never seen them at the markets near me. Now I will be on the lookout! Thanks!

  4. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on July 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Nice workout! I love how much it switches up, those are my favorite kind. Not really ‘rare’ per se, but I love getting okra in the summer!

  5. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I need to make those goat cheese blossoms! They sound delicious. I’m trying to compile a list of recipes to make for Josh and I as we move into our new apartment. I want to make us lots of homecooked meals.

  6. Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby on July 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

    where do you normally take your photos? there is never anyone in there

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

      at the gym! but since i go at night, many times it’s just me πŸ™‚

  7. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on July 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    As it’s pouring down rain right now and I’m envisioning my workout later, this may just be perfect! I cannot stand the treadmill unless I am constantly switching up speeds/ inclines, because I get SO bored (but I can run outside at a constant pace without thinking twice – funny!). Thanks for sharing. I get super excited about dragon fruit … I don’t even like it THAT much, but we had it on our honeymoon so it brings back great memories!

  8. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on July 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Those squash blossoms look great! I have never made anything with them because I always get nervous that I will mess them up but you make it look pretty easy.

    I agree with you about the selfie photo thing. I hate it when people catch me doing it!

  9. Elle @ The Clean Project on July 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I like Asian pears, but I don’t run in to them too often

  10. Lisa on July 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Squash blossoms are always so pretty, I hear them too.
    This workout looks awesome, I love that it changes up so much. Variety always makes workouts fly by!

  11. Laura @losingrace on July 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I have never had squash blossoms, I wonder where I can find some near me…time to research! I love anything I can eat goat cheese with as well!

  12. AR on July 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Can’t wait to try it! I really like the incorporation of cross-fit style circuits without the cross-fit style lifting weights that weigh more than I do. πŸ™‚

  13. Claire @ Health Nut Claire on July 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    That workout sounds like a blast! I love AMRAPs and HIITs so I will definitely be giving this a try once I can start working out at my campus’s rec center again. Counting down the days until then! I work for the University of Alabama’s sports nutritionist so I could actually workout at the complex (with all of the athletes, hello football players! ;)) but I’m a little intimidated, haha.

    What time do you usually workout if it’s after dinner and do you have a post-workout meal?

  14. Kim on July 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Can’t wait to try this workout! I am, however, a wimp when it comes to pull-ups, I’m working on them. Any tips for mastering the pull-up? And what could I do in it’s place? Thanks!

  15. Ashlee@HisnHers on July 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    So I planted a garden for the first time this summer and I got a lot of HUGE squash plants. With HUGE yellow flowers…but no squash. Ha! I read something about cross breeding? Who knows. I’m not a gardener. But I didn’t know I could use my flowers! Maybe it won’t be a total wash afterall!

  16. Emily on July 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!! I’ve been bored with my workouts lately, so this will be good to spice it up!

    I’m excited to see this GF buffalo recipe later too.

  17. Caitie @ twentytwofit on July 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    are your shoes reebok? I love the colors!

  18. Beverly Aragon on July 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve never tried squash blossoms! I should break out of my comfort zone and try them. Random, I know, but I’m eagerly awaiting the return of honeycrips. They’re the only apple I truly enjoy!

  19. Marissa on July 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    i saw the squash blossoms in your pic from yesterday & didn’t know what they were. that’s pretty cool, and, like you said, anything with goat cheese is near perfect!

  20. Sheena on July 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hi gina,

    I noticed that you workout quite often after dinner, which I assume would be quite late at night… How do you deal with post-workout nutrition? Also, how do you avoid disrupting bedtime? I usually am wide awake after a workout!

  21. April on July 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the workout, i am doing this tomorrow morning, hold me to it!!!!! You got me at “it only took 40 minutes”, i am all about that lately:)

    I have never seen (or maybe i haven’t looked) for squash blossoms, so intriquing, looks yummy!

  22. lucie on July 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    How do you manage to get a workout in after dinner? I think I would get sick…..but I’d love to do it, since nighttime means deserted gym!
    I love the workout, will definitely do it on the weekend! Can the kettlebell be replaced by dumbells? I have no kettlebell yet.
    Happy Monday!

  23. Elena on July 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m excited to try the Monsoon Sweaty Workout! My friend and I have been meeting 5x a week to do our own version of a summer shape up. We split the days between arms, legs, core, cardio, and mixed. This will be perfect for our mixed day today!!!

  24. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on July 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    That workout looks great! I’ve been running so much to train for my half, and have been trying to squeeze in some quick (but hopefully efficient) weight/strength training too… I don’t know how you get yourself to the gym after dinner though – I usually want to sleep by that time haha.

  25. Becca @ familyfaithfitness on July 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am going to a conference in a few days and was trying to figure out what I would do for my workout, since I was dreading running on the treadmill… This just might be the ticket! The hotel gym is pretty well stocked, so I’m totally trying this!

  26. McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped on July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    That sounds like a great workout! The blossums looks amazing too πŸ™‚

  27. Jo on July 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I love blossoms too – I really want to try recreating a recipe I saw on tv last year – stuffed zucchini blossoms with a ground turkey mixture. They looked SO good!

  28. Amy @ on July 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I have some beautiful squash blossoms in my garden right now! I love them filled with cream cheese, but goat cheese sounds delish! I must try this ASAP!

  29. Irene on July 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This workout sounds right up my alley, love it! I think I have the equipment for everything aside from the pull ups – any suggestions for a substitute that could be done with just weights or a resistance band?

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      lat pulldowns with a resistance band would be a great option!

      • Irene on July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        Awesome, thanks!

  30. geraldine on July 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Gina- you look WAY to thin lately. Muscular and trim and fit of course, but way too thin! I hope everything is okay!

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      everything is great- thanks for checking in with me, though <3 my clothes all still fit the same, but i haven't weighed myself in months.

  31. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal on July 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Heck yes to goat cheese. My kind of girl πŸ˜‰

  32. Lace @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery on July 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    What do squash blossoms taste like? And what is the texture like? I have never seen or tried them. But I do love me some squash, so, who knows?

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      they’re very light/thin and have a mild flavor. since they’re so neutral, you could combine them with pretty much anything πŸ™‚

  33. Jay on July 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Perfect. Doing this one tonight! Thanks.

  34. Laura @ on July 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Love this workout! Super clever name, too πŸ˜‰

  35. Cara on July 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    This workout was the perfect way to motivate myself today! I have been feeling a little bored with my weight workouts lately and this was just what I needed to get my arse in gear!! Thanks:)

  36. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on July 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I never realized you could eat squash blossoms….hmmm…

  37. Jessica on July 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Like a couple of the other gals above I am just curious about your nighttime workouts and how you manage them with eating/sleeping etc? I’m assuming you must have a n early dinner – so you have an hour or two before you start the workout? Then, do you have a snack or mini-meal after? And are you too hyped up to sleep?
    I never accomplish much after dinner – just reading blogs and wasting time on pinterest usually πŸ™‚

  38. Sarah on July 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Gia! Just wondering what speeds you used for the HIIT portion of that workout? Thanks! Sarah πŸ™‚

  39. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on July 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

    We were completely flooded her in Scottsdale. I didn’t squeeze a workout in all weekend but now after reading this excuse I had no excuse!

  40. Jessica on July 23, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Perfect! I just moved to India, and we’re in the middle of monsoon. We’re very schweaty and wet here! The gym has no a/c either!

  41. Shira on July 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Love this work out!!
    I am wondering, what are “max” pushups and squats?
    I can’t wait to do this one tmrw πŸ™‚

    Also I have never had a squash blossom, sounds lovely.

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

      as many as you can do in 1 minute!

  42. Tricia on July 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Gina, just wanted to say that you look amazing! So fit and healthy πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

      thank you, tricia πŸ™‚

  43. claire on July 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Just did this workout today at the gym when my strength class was cancelled. Damn, I broke a sweat! like, majorly. Those HIIT sprints at the end… phew. Thank you for kicking my butt πŸ™‚

  44. Ashley Figur on July 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I did the Monsoon Sweat Workout and I gotta say that I looked like I had jumped into a pool of water by the time I was done. I felt great afterwards and was a good lunch hour sweat sesh! Thanks so much for the post on this πŸ™‚

  45. Kim @ BusyBod on July 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Love this workout!! And you’re looking amazing in your gym selfie, even if they are goobery to take πŸ™‚

  46. Diana Amy on July 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    UM this workout looks INSANE. I kept reading thinking it was going to end – but the rounds keep going! Must try, thank you!

  47. Nicole on July 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Monsoon Workout is awesome! I used a little heavier weights and I’ve been sore for the last day or two- Love it, thank you!

  48. Colleen on September 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Just did this today (better late than never!) and I really liked it! I love workouts that hit everything and don’t take too long. I was totally drenched by the end, but felt really energized!

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