New YouTube channel + a cumbia

Hi friends! How’s your morning going? I’m so happy you liked the protein fudge recipe! I’m stoked to explore some new flavor combos and change up my snack routine a bit.

I have some exciting news today: an all-new YouTube channel!

Sage dance fitness

I’ve been wanting to do more dance cardio videos, and reached out to a friend of mine to see if she’d want to make some with me. Sasha has also danced her entire life and is one of my Zumba teaching partners in crime πŸ™‚ I was so excited when she said she’d make some Zumba and dance fitness YouTube videos showcasing our dance cardio choreography. Our channel is called Sage Dance Fitness and we would love if you’d subscribe. We’re planning on releasing a new video at least once a week, with all-new dances including pop, international, and some strength and barre workouts in there, too.

Our first video is a low-impact cumbia. It’s a great starting off video for Zumba beginners -my last video was a little cray cray– and one that you can easily jazz up after becoming familiar with the basic steps.

Hope you’re wearing your dancing pants today! Jammies count, too πŸ™‚ Please let us know what you think and as always, hope you enjoy!


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  1. Erica { } on May 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    How exciting for you – definitely subscribing and looking forward to weekly videos!

  2. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on May 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Cannot wait to try this – I am a Zumba newbie, so an at-home video will prep me before subjecting my dance moves to a class! ha!


  3. Lisa on May 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Congrats on the you tube channel! I just got my teacher training in pilates and want to get my barre next and am hoping to make a channel for that myself!
    Your videos are always encouraging and helpful so can’t wait to see more!

  4. Mila on May 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This is so cool! can’t wait to try this!

  5. Jenny on May 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    This is so awesome Gina! Thanks so much for all that you do for your readers πŸ™‚ i’m sure it isnt easy with a real job and your daughter and husband to take care of too. you are so inspirational! cant wait to use the new channel! πŸ™‚

  6. Stephanie on May 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I LUUURVE your videos.

    That is all.

  7. Ali on May 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Oh man! So awesome! Can’t wait for more videos!

  8. Jacquelyn @justjacq on May 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Love it! I subscribed and will definitely be doing the dance video tonight!

  9. Jen on May 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I will definitely subscribe later on today (when I’m on a non-work computer) – I need all the help I can get when it comes to anything requiring rhythm. I took a Zumba class last week, and even though I’ve taken them in the past, the long time away made me forget everything I learned and I was so frustrated that I couldn’t get even simple footwork down fast enough.

    I had already made a note to try to find some youtube stuff to practice with, so this will be perfect!

  10. Emily on May 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Can’t wait to get home where my computer lets me actually get on Youtube so I can subscribe:) Dang these stupid school computers with everything blocked.

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’m so excited for this! I loved your last Zumba video and can’t wait for more!

  12. Madison on May 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    How exciting! I will definitely subscribe to this. Weekly dance party in my living room? Sounds fabulous. PS i am still rocking out my smoothie a day for May! Today: frozen blueberries and blackberries, vanilla sun warrior, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, spinach, almond butter, chia seeds, dash of cinnamon and vanilla – yummmmmmmmm.

  13. Hayes on May 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying the dances on your channel so I can switch up my cardio. I think having a channel specifically for this is a good idea-thanks for posting!

  14. Yaara Leve on May 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Love this Gina!! Could you possibly film a full length class sometime? I’ve been loving dance cardio lately.

  15. Lizzie on May 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This is so great! I subscribed! One thing that would be cool if you could do (and helpful) would be to overlay words of instructions on the video telling us what is coming up… i.e. “get ready to move to your left” or “circle around” (obviously I don’t know the proper terms!) so we are hopefully not two steps behind in figuring it out.

    Can’t wait to try this when I get home! I won’t subject my coworkers to watching me try it.

  16. Ashley @ BrocBlog on May 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Love this! I will definitely dance alone in my room like a weirdo to these videos!

  17. Kelly on May 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Subscribed! Done! I’m going to try your barre workout tonight, super excited! Thanks for the vid’s!

  18. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on May 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Yay. These videos def make me feel more confident in the gym in my Zumba class.

  19. jay on May 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    wow your friend is a great dancer, love her flow

  20. Tracy on May 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Very exciting! I subscribed right away πŸ™‚

  21. Christy on May 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Gina, love the new youtube. what about an updated zumba playlist?? thanks!

  22. Anna on May 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This whole dance cardio thing is new to me and I just watched some of the video and I know for sure I have to do it alone (no one must know that I lack rhythm). How long is each video going to be and how many times do you recommend repeating it?

  23. Irene on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Congrats Gina! That is awesome! I have an honest question; is it much harder to make a longer video (like stitch together a bunch of short videos) than a short one? If I’m being honest, I rarely do workout videos of the dance/cardio variety that are less than 20 minutes because I find it frustrating to be constantly stopping and fussing with my computer every 5 minutes. I will watch the strength training videos for form cues, etc, but for cardio I feel like my heart rate comes down too quickly doing with pulling up the next video, waiting for it to buffer and then getting through the intro. If you were able to splice a bunch of the short videos together, I would love that (and even be willing to pay for it!) You are very talented and I am sure it is annoying to get comments on a free video you make out of the goodness of your heart, but those are just my 2 cents, it may not bother other people to be starting and stopping a lot.

  24. RochelleT on May 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Gina, check this out!!! You made #51 on the top 100 Most Inspirational bloggers!!!!

    How cool is that?!?! I knew you were awesome, but now everyone else can discover you, too!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

      thank you for letting me know! i’m so excited to have been included πŸ™‚

  25. lucie on May 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Love this video, so motivating!! I will do it tomorrow, so I am prepared for my Zumba class on Thursday πŸ™‚
    AND subscribed!!

  26. Emily Stember on May 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    AH! So excited! Just subscribed. I’m ready for some booty shaking and I love your workouts and workout videos so this is fabulous news.

  27. Lola on May 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Oh myyy.. I LOVE your shoes in the video. May I ask what brand are they or where to get them?

  28. Leah O on May 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Just made the protein fudge…had to leave a comment letting you know how AMAZING it is! So in love lol.

  29. McKel | Nutrition Stripped on May 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    How exciting! Great news, I’ve always loved when you post workout videos, this is great, can’t wait for more Gina! Thanks πŸ™‚

  30. PluvK on May 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This is awesome! And ironic… I was searching for dance classes and dance videos about an hour ago. Yay! Can’t wait! And your last vid wasn’t cray cray… I really enjoyed it! And lost my breath… a lot. πŸ™‚

  31. Ashley on May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This was perfect to get my pregnant booty up and moving!! I’ve always been nervous to try Zumba in an actual class so this was a great introduction. Thank you!

  32. Michelle on May 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Love the moves in this video. I feel like I might actually be able to master it. Could you tell me the name of the song please?

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      cumbia del caribe! we’ll have a new one posted tomorrow, too πŸ™‚

  33. Anna on June 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    LOVE Barre! Do more Barre videos! You two are awesome– thank you!

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