Leg HIIT Workout

Hi guys! How’s your day going so far?? We’ve moving and shaking over here. You can get your legs moving and shaking with the Leg HIIT Workout below! πŸ˜‰

Military Moving

One of my good friends described military moves by saying, “It’s kind of like The Grinch Stole Christmas. One minute everything is normal; the next: there’s nothing left except for a couple of wires hanging from the ceiling. Then a little mouse scurries away in front of you.”

On par, minus the mouse (knock on wood?). 

Empty shelves

The walls are bare and pretty much everything has been packed up. Since this was our first time using movers for a PCS, I wasn’t quite sure how it would go (and had heard a lot of horror stories). I’m probably going to jinx us by saying this, but we’ve had a great experience so far. We couldn’t help but wonder why we didn’t do this in the first place…but then we remember that we’re stubborn. πŸ˜‰ From now on, we’ll definitely be getting movers!

With all of the moves we did on our own, we have some pretty fun/funny memories. I’ll never forget when the Pilot had our couch over his back upside down (like a giant turtle shell) and I had to direct him from the parking lot to our apartment building so he wouldn’t crash. 

Even though I’ve been in denial this entire time, being surrounded by boxes is a constant reminder that yes, this is actually happening. 

Sad face in front of the boxes

To get out of the house, Liv and I met up with a friend for lunch at Zinburger. Afterwards, we went to the Starbucks next door, which is the Starbucks that the Pilot and I went to after our first date at P.F. Chang’s (almost 8 years ago!). It’s funny how things come around full circle: from an apprehensive first date – I was afraid he was too nice and would end up being a creeper and probably take me into the desert to cut my fingers off – to bringing our first baby to the same place.

Starbucks drink

“Baby” who looks like she’s 10 in this picture:

Livi with her cake pop

I can’t even handle it. For the record, cake pops are more fun when they take 20 minutes to eat, haha. 

This afternoon, we’re checking into base and getting settled. I’m excited for the upcoming week, especially now that most of the packing is done!

Our succulents are multiplying! How cute is this little bloom?

Succulents with a bloom

Leg HIIT Workout

I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday – for some reason, I was really sore from yoga! – but am stoked to get in a workout on base later today.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

EMOM Bear Complex, 5 minutes
Back squats, 4 sets of 15
Barre Leg Series
Lateral Lunge to Leg Lift, 4 sets of 15 on each side
Deadlift, 4 sets of 15
Step-ups, 4 sets of 20 each side
Running HIIT on Track or Treadmill: 20 minutes (30 sec on, 30 sec off)

and here’s an image so you can save it for later!

Legs & HIIT Workout

What does EMOM mean? Every minute on the minute!

Hope you’re enjoying the day so far <3



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  1. Lori on March 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Gina! Are those the skyscapes in gray? I was considering buying them in gray and they look cute on you! BTW, can a “health coach” also be a PT?

    Have a good night!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      yes! i love my pink ones so much i ordered another pair
      i think honestly anyone can call themselves a “health coach.” you should check on certifications and where they were educated

      • Lori on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Thanks so much for your reply! Will the sneakers be comfortable enough to wear at Disney World?


        • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

          definitely! i wore mine walking around nyc for an entire day πŸ™‚

  2. Chelsea Anthony on March 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    So glad you had such a great experience with the movers! After our first move of doing it mostly on our own, we agreed to always have movers after that and we’ve never regretted that decision. We’ve also had no horrible experiences (so far)…praying all of our storage from georgia
    And our goods from Korea arrive safe and sound! Hope the rest of it goes well for you!!! You’ll definitely be missed here! xoxo

  3. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on March 31, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    sounds like a killer workouts. i imagine your legs will be feelin’ it tomorrow!

  4. Emily on March 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    We’ve moved a dozen times, but only once hired movers because they came with a relocation package. It was maaaagical! I like having the control of the do-it-yourself move, but having people who know what they’re doing pack and move everything for you is such a treat. No one throws a back out! Yay!

    Hope you’re getting settled into the new digs!

  5. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    rawr that workout sounds awesome! i wanna come do it with ya πŸ˜€ omg that pic of liv – omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a little girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

    praying for you love!!!!!

    and that story you shared about pilot (both of them) hahaha made me laugh <3

  6. Jackie on March 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Good luck with the remainder of the move!

  7. Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com on March 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    That is so cute that you thought he would be too nice/ a total creeper haha, I love hearing people’s stories!

    As a girl who has had to move a lot for work, I can only imagine how hard this is for you! I feel so lucky to be placed near my family right now and am praying I can stay.
    San Diego sounds like a really neat place, I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Your story about meeting the Pilot goes to show that nice guys don’t always finish last. πŸ™‚

  9. Aly on March 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I was just wondering if you had a list of some of the meals you’ve brought over to families when they had babies. Both of my sister-in-laws are pregnant and I want to have some ideas handy for when they deliver! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      i usually do:
      stuffed chicken, quinoa salad, quiche, tortilla soup with rice and beans, enchiladas or shrimp curry over rice
      usually any casserole or soup dish works well because then they can freeze it if they don’t want to eat right away. lactation oaties, chopped fresh fruit and any snacks (trail mix, bars, coconut water, etc) are all great, too!

  10. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on March 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Oh I feel you! I’m moving in a few months and in the past we have always been stubborn and moved ourselves but this time I Think I am actually going to hire movers…should be interesting!

  11. Jill on March 31, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    My wee one loves those cake pops too, I like that they are small! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      the perfect size for a sweet treat πŸ™‚

  12. Cara's Healthy Cravings on March 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Hopefully amidst the chaos of moving you can find some “normal” this week.
    Yay for packing being almost done! I don’t so mind packing, it’s the unpacking that I loathe.

  13. cait @pieceofcait on March 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I lolled at the comment about the pilot, too funny. So happy for you guys as you take on this new chapter of your life. <3

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on March 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    That succulent is so cute! I’m thinking happy, stress-free moving thoughts for you!

  15. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on March 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I feel your sadness with leaving Tucson, but I’m sure more adventures and excitement are ahead of you!

  16. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on March 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Congrats on a successful move! Keep us posted, darling, I love to follow along with you!

  17. Jess on April 1, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Nice guys ar the best long term. Hope you really enjoy this week before your big move! I bet it will be tough emotionally!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      i totally agree. yeah, i’ve been equally excited and bummed out

  18. Lucie@FitSwissChick on April 1, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I will need to move myself soon and I will SO going to hire movers!! I hardly ever sleep before a move, and knowing some professionals take care of it is just perfect. Enjoy the rest few days in Tucson!!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      thank you!!

  19. Runner Girl Eats on April 1, 2014 at 6:40 am

    aw I love that you went to your first date spot. That is so cute! I remember thinking on my first date with my husband “I’m not so sure about this guy…he’s too nice”…4 years later and I am so glad I gave the too nice guy another shot πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      i think nice guys definitely win in the end πŸ™‚

  20. Alex @ Kenzie Life on April 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Wow Livi does look so mature and grown up in that picture! She’s so adorable though πŸ™‚ I chuckled a bit at your quip about worries about the pilot being a creeper because he was too nice (and potentially cutting your fingers off in the desert πŸ˜‰ ). I’m happy he wasn’t though and you have a beautiful life and baby together πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of your day!

  21. Tracy on April 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Liv is such a little girl! Definitely not a baby or even toddler anymore!

    It took us a few times to figure out movers are worth it. Definitely the way to go!!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      i know, it’s so crazy!!
      and yes, totally worth it.

  22. Livi on April 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Livi looks so old! That’s crazy!

  23. priya on April 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    This may be a bit of an obvious explanation but can you explain the EMOM 5 bear complex? I know it means every minute on the minute, but whats the bear complex, and does that mean you stop the other exercise if your in the middle of it,? they always confuse me!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      it means that you do 5 reps every minute on the minute for 5 minutes. so if you finish them quickly, it’s harder, but you get longer to rest before the next minute starts. so let’s say, i finish 5 and it’s only been 40 seconds. i get to wait 20 more seconds before starting my next round of 5

  24. Cristal on May 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I found a ballet beautiful bridge series that is 14 min long. Is that the one you do? And if so do you do the whole 14min for this leg exercise? Seems long to me.

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