Rainy Day Workout

I can’t believe the Olympics are over!

It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve really gotten into it -I’ve always loved the Olympics but am not usually home during the day, so I missed quite a bit of the last couple summer Olympics. Since I’ve been here playing with Liv, I’ve kept the games on during most of the day and have been able to catch a lot of incredible events, even the ones I didn’t know existed.


I loved watching, and many times when I heard the national anthem during the medals ceremony, it brought tears to my eyes. It’s truly inspirational how hard these athletes work- watching the Olympics also helped me power through a training run on the treadmill.


I haven’t been training for my race like I should be, even though I only have one “run day” each week. I told myself I’d go into it with a laid-back attitude, and it’s gone a little to the extreme. It’s been wicked hot here, and I get soooo bored on the treadmill. I haven’t really been running as planned. I was secretly hoping I’d be able to do the half marathon, but it’s looking more like a one-way train to 10k city. I’d rather run a shorter race and feel good about it than a longer race without training properly and risk injury. We’ll see how it goes. Until the weather gets nicer, it’s easy to make weather-related excuses. Fall is the BEST running weather, so I’m really excited to get into some 5ks with the family.

Something that’s been easy to stick to?

Strength training. 

Leg raise

With my current fitness schedule, I strength-train twice a week and look forward to it all the time. It makes me feel strong, and recently I busted out some moves on the Smith machine like the good ol’ days.  I especially love my new gym– I dress like a grunge-ball and get in a quick, awesome workout.

Here’s the circuit I’ll be doing this week on Tuesday and Thursday, in addition to a little HIIT

Rainy day workout

I call it the rainy day workout because you can do it anytime, anywhere, with just a couple of dumbbells- no excuses 😉

Some form cues:

1) Watch that front knee to make sure it doesn’t extend past your toes, engage your abs and exhale as you twist. 

2) Do 10 curls first, then 9, then 8, and so on.. but instead of doing 1 at the end, you do 10 again. Whew!

3) Make sure your knees go out in the direction of your toes instead of forward. Think about sinking straight down with tight abs and try to bring your thighs parallel to the floor. As you come up, squeeze your inner thighs as you lift the weight (elbows up first).

4) Jump squats! This is just to get the heart rate up.

5) Make sure you’re bending and straightening your elbows. Cheating is just lifting your hips up and down.

6) Keep your core tight as you take deep breaths and alternate kicking legs

7) Maintain a plank position as you row on each side (may have to go lighter on the weights)

8) Like regular burpees with dumbbells for some extra excitement 😉

9) From plank position (holding onto the weights) walk your arms out to the sides of the weights, complete a pushup and bring your hands back onto the weights.

*This workout is intended to be completed circuit style, with little to no rest in between exercises. By doing it this way, your heart rate will stay elevated and you’ll possibly burn more calories. Bonus: you’ll be done faster!

*I’ll be including a warmup, 20 minutes of HIIT at the end and a nice cool down. To incorporate some Tabata instead of the HIIT, you can do a Tabata round (4 minutes) instead of the squat jumps each time through the circuit. I’ll be completing the circuit a total of 3 times.

(As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and your injuries)

Anyone joining me for the circuit? After you finish it this week, leave a comment on this post to let me know how it goes! You can always tweet me a sweaty pic, too (@ifitnessista)- I love them! 

Hope you have a very happy Monday!

See ya later on the Family page <3



Something to talk about: Did you watch a lot of the Olympics? What was your favorite? Who was your favorite? I’m a fan of Michael Phelps.. he is very.. talented. 😉

Make It Happen Monday! 

Make it happen

What goal are you declaring for the week? Write it down and take steps every day to make it happen! Mine: choreograph a little hip hop solo for dance week and drink more water. 

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  1. Rachel on August 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Doing this in the morning! Can you let us know how long you estimate it takes you to run through the circuits? It would be super helpful, especially so I don’t have to get up one minute earlier than necessary in the AM 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      it shouldn’t be more than 35-45 minutes total if you do it 3 times and don’t stop in between exercises. will report back after i do it tonight 🙂

      • Fitnessista on August 15, 2012 at 12:42 am

        36 minutes, including 2 rounds of tabata. xoxo

        • Rachel on August 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

          Perfect! That’s just about how long it took. PS. Did this in the gym with my boyfriend and by the time I got the to the burpees, he was looking at me like I was insane. Then I told him I had two more rounds to go!

  2. Kristin M. on August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I did this workout on Monday night after seeing this post. It was the first time I’ve done one of your workouts and I can’t believe I haven’t tried one sooner. This. Was. Awesome. Totally killed me! I felt like I was in a bit of a workout rut and really wanted to try something new…this was perfect. You’re a rockstar and I will definitely be doing more of your workouts in the future! In fact I’ll be doing this workout again tonight :-).

  3. Christina on August 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hey, I’ve been a longtime reader of your blog and I love your workouts and recipes.. However, recently I have started weightlifting at high weights, low repetitions and have been seeing and feeling strength and muscles gains faster than ever before, and am particularly feeling my lower back improving in strength (great because I sit at a desk all day!)
    Anyway, I was wondering if doing bodyweight workouts like this one would do the same as barbell training or complement it in a different way? Because you do more reps with your workouts, does that make it more for endurance? I am confused and tugged in different ways by online opinions about the benefits of free weight vs. bodyweight training, as of course lifting free weights allows constant increased progression… but somehow bodyweight training seems more natural, y’know?
    So I was wondering what your reasons are for favouring dumbbell and bodyweight exercises? Is it purely a matter of practicality and accessibility for people working out at home? Or do you see better body/strength results? Do you think that bodyweight exercises can be as good as/better than free weights and dyou think I should do them along side standard weight lifting?
    I’ve also been enthralled by the olympic gymnasts, and it their incredible strength and flexibility that makes me begin to question some of the information I have been told about barbell training such as deadlifts and squats being best for overall strength and physique… after all, the olympians never lift a weight from what I can find, and they are in incredible shape and do things with their bodies that I could never dream of!
    Sorry for such a long comment, I am just overwhelmed by the differing opinions on ideal weight training and some of the weight lifters can be very fanatical in their point of view to the point where you cannot hear a balanced argument. Thanks!

  4. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on August 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Woohoo! 2 rounds after 20 min of running in 90 deg temps. Needless to say, I’m sweating buckets!!

    • Fitnessista on August 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm


  5. Jennifer on August 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Love this workout! I did 2 rounds of it before a 1 hour hot yoga class and it was perfect! I’m feeling it in my triceps today for sure!!

  6. Katie on August 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This workout kicked my butt!! I did one round (crunched on time and wanted to get a 10 min. cardio sesh in to make a total of 30 mins) and I was DRENCHED in sweat! I’ll be doing this next week and will try for 2 rounds. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! 🙂

  7. Emily on October 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I did two rounds of this after 3 tabata rounds, then finished the whole thing off with a booty burner and the newest ab burner. great workout!! i loved all of the components so much. i did this circuit last wednesday night for a quickie workout three times through on its own, and i was SUPER sore for two days, especially in my arms and back. 🙂

  8. Nathalie on April 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I absolutely love your blog, so inspiring! I am recently just starting up a teen health blog, If you could check it out that would be lovely! Thank you for the great posts, keep it up!

  9. Amie on May 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Gina!

    Just did this workout. . . Super hard, and I’m no beginner. Didnt you just have a baby?? How the heck are you getting thru this workout? AMAZING! Keep it up!!

    • Fitnessista on May 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

      i’m glad you liked it!

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