Quads of Fire

My quads feel a type of pain that they haven’t felt in a LONG time. They’re quivering as I type this. Tomorrow’s AM training session should be interesting Winking smile

So how are you guys doing?? Hope you’re having a lovely night <3

I made it to NYC safely:

new york

and hopped into a cab to the hotel. The driver was awesome and we talked about Indian food- he was from the land of my favorite cuisine Smile

The hotel is SWANKY WANKY!



Powder room:


(separate tub and shower. Lurve)

Sitting/blogging area:


TV + Kardashian drama


Disclosure time: Gatorade is sponsoring my travel and accommodations to NY. They’re coming out with a new product (non food/beverage-related) that I’ll be testing out in my training sesh tomorrow. When I post about the training session, it won’t have anything to do with the product but will be about the actual training session and what I learn.

The best part about the room:

 sound machine

A sound machine! I use one at home every night (on the “rain” or “waterfall” setting) and am always a little stoked when a hotel has one. <—nerd alert

I settled into the room and went EXPLORING Smile





Have you ever seen a naked cowboy?


I hadn’t either Smile

I’d eaten lunch, but my stomach was gnawing on my backbone. Determined not to ruin dinner tonight, I had a snack to quell the beast.


A salad topped with teriyaki mushrooms and veggies, + spinach. It was perfect Smile

After snack, I met up with Gabriela to take my first Physique 57 class ever.


My thighs. My abs. My life.


We did 3 main segments- arms, legs and abs. The class uses a lot of props- dumbbells, squishy mats, balls, straps, yoga mats- and is a combo of weight training, Pilates, ballet and yoga. The arm segment was feasible (hammer curls, rows, shoulder presses, dips, push-ups) but the legs and abs are what really killed me, and I work out these muscles pretty often.

Every single exercise was a *burn out* exercise– basically you felt like you couldn’t do any more, and then you’d change something and keep going. I LOVE workouts like this because they’re so effective- also, it keeps your attention because you’re constantly switching exercises. The instructor was incredible- so encouraging and made sure to check our form and correct everyone in class.

The only downside was that it was expensive ($35- my own dinero), but I’d definitely do it again.

 me and gabriela

Dinner time! I’m thinking dessert first…



Something to talk about: What’s the last fitness class that really shook up your muscles? Today was a MAYJAH one for me, but the last one to challenge me in a different way was a yoga class I took at Canyon Ranch in AZ- we held each pose for 5 minutes! Crazy Smile

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  1. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Sounds like such a fun workout!!!

  2. Katie- Microwavin Maven on November 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I have been… Stalking…your blog for a bit now and am coming out! You are great-only wish I had friends that enjoyed an amazingly hard work out like you do and this post just confirms it again! Anyway you are one of the bloggers that has inspired me to start my own blog! I would be so honored; for lack of a cooler word, if you would check out my first blog posts! And now I will go back to stalky stalking.

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

      hi katie! thanks so much for saying hi! i can’t wait to check out your blog 🙂

  3. Prius on November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Gina!

    Who’s class did you go to? I’m a regular at Physique57 in New York! Absolutely love it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      adriana 🙂

  4. Allison@TwoBlondesWalkIntoaGym on November 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I LOVE tough workouts! I tried BAR Method last week and was blown away by how difficult it was. Another Pilates/Ballet/Kick your butt Hybrid 🙂 I would def. Reccomend it!

  5. Jocelyn on November 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Ahhh loving the workout! I just started teaching a barre based class, very similar to physique57! I absolutely love it! and love teaching it! If you are ever in AZ let me know I will hook you up with a class. Have a great week!

  6. Jocelyn@http://superfoodbaby.blogspot.com/ on November 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Ahhh loving the workout! I just started teaching a barre based class, very similar to physique57! I absolutely love it! and love teaching it! If you are ever in AZ let me know I will hook you up with a class. Have a great week!

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