NEW Bellydance Cardio Dance + Friday Faves

Thank goodness it’s Friday, huh?

Even though it was kind of a stressful week with all of the blog crashes and server issues – so thankful I had Cody and Ryan to help a girl out!- a lot of good things happened, too. We had our usual Wednesday night yoga party, wonderful family dinners and swimming with Liv, lots of dance classes at work, and little things to get ready for our Key West fam’s arrival. They get here TOMORROW, so the weekend looks like it will be a great big party πŸ˜‰ Me gusta.

The girls

Sasha and I filmed a little bellydance video to share with ya today. (Please check out our YouTube channel if you haven’t already!) We were getting ready to dance and our friend Elizabeth came in to see if she could watch. We asked her if she wanted to join us and were so stoked when she said yes. This is probably my favorite we’ve done so far.. not only because I love Sasha’s choreo and we also have Elizabeth dancing with us, but our friend Sara barges in with a boisterous, “HEYYYYY!!!!” towards the end of the video. It’s pretty much amazing.

This video is a little different than our Zumba videos because Sasha verbally cues the choreography; it’s easy to know what’s coming next.

Hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much to all of you for the Summer Shape Up check-ins. Even when the blog was down, you were still Instagram/Twitter machines, and even emailing me your wonderful photos. I’m blown away by your hard work this year! Finish strong- we only have one week left! I’m shocked it’s almost over. Make week 4 the best one yet. Be sure to check your email later tonight for the workout and meal ideas.

Some of the pics from this week:

Veronica after dominating Workout 3:


CJ, who loooooved the plie squat series πŸ˜‰ (muahaha)

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Chelsea’s chicken cacciatore:

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Elena (and her pup!) after a run and yoga:


Katie (and her sweet baby!) after scenic steady state:

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Have a wonderful Friday <3



Check out the latest Family post here. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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  1. Lisa on June 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I’d have to agree with you – thank gosh it’s Friday. It’s been a long week it feels like.
    Sounds like it will be a super fun weekend for you!
    Never a bad thing when there’s a big family party;)

  2. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on June 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Oh yes…I’m so glad it’s Friday!!!

    Loved the bellydance cardio video!

    Have great time with your family!

  3. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on June 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Have a great time with your family visiting this weekend!

  4. Allie on June 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Yay Friday πŸ™‚ Thanks for another awesome week of SSU! Woot! I can’t believe 3 three is almost over. Love the body shaming post, btw. You’re awesome, Gina!! πŸ™‚

  5. Emily on June 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I LOVE your tank in this vid. care to disclose where you got it?

  6. Meggan on June 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Happy Friday!! These past 3 weeks have flown by. I did workout 3 (2x) with an ab burner and a 20-min HIIT this morning.

    I can’t wait to see my thighs after all of these pliΓ© squats. πŸ™‚ Have a good weekend.

  7. Tracy on June 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yay for Friday!!

    The belly dance cardio looks fun!

  8. Catie on June 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    May I just say that I really enjoy your videos with Sasha? I’m not sure how to say this without sounding like I’m slamming her…I’m not. From what I can see she’s not an itty bitty 5’4″ little thing. It looks like she’s got some height but she’s super fit and clearly very confident. I find her (and you πŸ™‚ ) inspiring.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      thank you- we have so much fun dancing and teaching together πŸ™‚
      sasha is absolute gorgeous. way tall (i think she’s 5’11?), fit and an amazing dancer. so happy you’re enjoying the videos!

  9. Sharon on June 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Cute video:) Looks like a fun way to burn some calories…dancing and laughing!

  10. Elena on June 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    TGIF! I have been enjoying all workout! Can’t believe this will be our last week, looking forward to it! Have a great weekend!

  11. Fernanda on June 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Belly dance is one of those exercises I cannot get a grasp on! My lack of motoric coordination kills me at times :(.
    I will try it anyway … Who knows?!
    Have a nice weekend!

  12. jodie on June 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Loved the video and your friend towards was to funny. thanks for sharing.

  13. Amanda on June 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    This week has been challenging to say the least and I’m SO glad it’s Friday (and finally “officially” Summer!). Your ridiculously awesome arm burner (h-e-l-l-o upright rows and row pulses) felt great last night but man did it make the renegade rows hurt more than usual this morning πŸ™‚ Already looking forward to cardio maΓ±ana…a good sweat always gets the weekend off on the right foot and helps me forget about the crazy that went down Mon-Fri. Have a great night!

  14. Laura B on June 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Looks like a fun video, I’ll have to try it! For now I’m enjoying my Friday rest day at the beach with my little family, welcoming summer.

  15. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on June 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I love your videos so cute! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Love + Shine COURTSTAR

  16. Ali on June 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I am pretty confident that you are the most adorable/awesome person alive. LOVE the vid! <3

    • Fitnessista on June 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

      haha you know how to make a girl blush πŸ™‚ so happy you liked the video!

  17. Maria M. on June 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Gina, did you chop your hair?? It looks like it in the video from the side (or maybe it’s in a floppy bun?). If so, adorable!!

    • Fitnessista on June 22, 2013 at 12:50 am

      not yet! it’s in a messy bun πŸ™‚

  18. Jess on June 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Your videos look like such a blast! Have an awesome weekend!

  19. on June 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Videos are too good. Really had a blast with this. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy on June 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I have always wanted to do go to a belly dancing class. I have done an online video, but the classes like so much fun!

  21. Beverly Aragon on June 23, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Awww, LOVE the video! You girls can shimmy πŸ™‚ Can’t believe that SSU is down to the last week. I had a date with the elliptical for today’s steady state.

  22. Niki on June 23, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Can’t believe it’s the last week of SSU! I’m definitely going to keep going with the weights and circuit workouts as I can see differences in my arms and abs already and feel stronger – thanks so much Gina! (I’ve not had my week 4 email yet though, should I have?)

  23. Gaby @ first steps fitness on June 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    You all look great doing that belly dance. I love it!

  24. Megan on June 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Haha, great video, and I’m laughing out loud at Sara’s entry!
    And can I give props to Elizabeth for looking flawless?!

  25. piyush001 on June 24, 2013 at 6:29 am

    i love to time spend with my family.. that’s a great article dear..i really enjoy this so much.. keep it up.

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