Rainy Zumba

Woke up to a lovely surprise this morning….


That liquid stuff that falls from the sky. We don’t see too much of that over here 😉

As hard as it was to crawl out of bed, I LOVE going to work in the rain. I think it’s so cute seeing everyone walking around with their umbrellas and inside the spa feels soooooo cozy. The fact that the classes are usually more packed is a bonus, since the hikes and walks don’t go.


A great day of work for me.. maybe not the best day for an air show.

dr from air show

(The doctor who saved Gabrielle Giffords flew with the Thunderbirds the other day)

The Pilot has done a ton of work with air show stuff, so he’s on base all weekend, and hopefully since it’s started to clear up all of the acts have been able to go. While the guys were out practicing yesterday, there was a sonic boom. Windows shattered and car alarms went off all over Tucson! Crazy.

Just came home to grab a quick lunch


(turkey and egg salad make an awesome combo)

beet salad 

and grab my snacks and Zumba gear.


and am about to head back. Just wanted to say hi, and I’ll edit this post when I get home to include a new Ab burner 🙂

And here it is:

This Ab Burner is intended for with the Captain’s Chair… it looks scary, and it is 😉

captainschair Source

Working out at home? No worries, all of these can be done in the supine position (on your back), either with hands under your low back for support, up behind your head, or in a crunch position with shoulders lifted off the floor (most challenging). If you’re doing these exercises on the floor, don’t let your legs touch the floor unless you’re resting- press them out straight in front of you, as close to the floor as possible.

This ab burner can be performed in addition to a cardio or strength workout, or by itself for a lovely little burn.

As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes <3 Honor your body and its needs.




Ay, ay, ay Captain Ab Burner

1. Hanging leg raises, bent knees: 30 seconds. Rest 10 seconds

2. Hanging leg raises, straight legs: 30 seconds. Rest 10 seconds

3. Hanging knee up twists: 30 seconds. Rest 10 seconds.

4. Hanging leg raises: 30 seconds (bent or straight legs). Rest 10 seconds.

5. Challenge: windshield wipers, 20 seconds.




Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!



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  1. Rebecca on April 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I love air shows!! Aren’t they not supposed to do sonic booms over urban areas? I also think they did a Mythbusters episodes on that once…. (can’t remember)

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      They’re definitely not supposed to.

  2. Brittany on April 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I was wondering if you would mention the air show. I am in Boston but I have a friend who lives less then 5 miles from the base (D-M AFB right?) and she and her sister forgot the air show was today and when they heard the thunderbirds fly over their house, they ran out from their rooms and hid under the dining room table!!!!! They thought it was WW III!!!!!! Was it a good one?

  3. lindsey on April 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    LOVE air shows! Every year, the fam goes to Pensacola on vacation and we always make a point to stop and see the Blue Angels practice. My young sons ADORE it.

    LOVING your Zumba gear. The bright colors are fab!

  4. Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit on April 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Your salad looks delish. I think I spy Trader Joe’s pre-steemed beets? Love those!

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      yep, one of my favorite salad additions!

  5. Jessica@Fruit and Veggie Tales on April 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I love air shows! We are close to a base as well and my dad was in the Air Force so he used to take us when we were younger. As far as the Sonic Boom thing goes, I’ve heard a few but the one that I’ll never forget happened just after school on September 11th. There were two jets flying to aid from WPAFB and one gave a sonic boom. Not really an appropraite time for that….scared me to death!

  6. Katherine on April 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    rainy days are perfect for hitting the reset button. I’m glad the air show went on, I’ve always loved watching the angels fly out of pensacola. 🙂

  7. Kelly on April 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Love air shows! I went to my first ever Zumba class this morning! Got my booty kicked!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Cute zumba clothes and I love beets…your salad looks great.

    It rained all day in San Diego on Friday and you guys normally get a version of our weather about 24 hrs later so not surprising you had a storm that moved through. It’s so cold and windy here now. Get ready! 🙂

  9. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on April 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    We’re having a rainy saturday too! That air show sounds fun! Hope everything goes smoothly!!!

  10. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on April 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I went to a new Zumba class this morning and a woman showed up wearing head-to-toe Zumba gear. For a minute I thought she was a little crazy but then I realized she was the instructor and thought, “This is going to be a great class!” And it was.

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      aww, glad you had a great class 🙂

  11. Courtney on April 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    We have rain here today, too! And after a fabulous workout and sweat session, I came home for a hot shower and curled up right into my blanket. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      best ever

  12. Allison on April 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    love the neon zumba shirt!

  13. Alicia at Poise in Parma on April 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Both my aunt and uncle were both Thunderbirds – my uncle used to fly the planes during those air shows! I have many great memories of going to see him fly. Love seeing the plane on your blog today.

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      that’s amazing!

  14. geetha on April 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    the wrap/ tortilla looks good…what kind is it?

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      it’s the food for life brand

      • Darien on April 15, 2012 at 2:37 am

        please tell me its GF? i was just about to comment with the same question asking what kind it was. im having a rough time finding tortilla/wraps that are gf and dont taste like paper and dont break. its a hard task!

        • Fitnessista on April 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          yep! gf 🙂
          the teff ones are my favorite, though!

  15. Catalina @ Cake with Love on April 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Love your zumba clothes, so colorful and fun!

  16. Molly on April 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Recently discovered your blog and love it! Such an inspiration~ thank you! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      thank you so much for reading!

  17. Kirsten on April 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Did you feel the sonic boom yesterday? I was driving down speedway when it happened. Definitely crazy! I went to the DM airshow today and it was really great! If your husband was involved in planning it tell him they did a fantastic job 🙂 (especially with the weather)

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      no i didn’t feel it- my bro did, though!
      he said he was in charge of the thunderbird planning- glad you enjoyed it!

    • Britta on April 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

      My friend lives near the base and the thunderbirds flew over her house. She got so freeked out because she forgot about the air show.

  18. Rosalie on April 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Haha even READING the ab burner directions makes it clear why you call them “burners”. The Captain’s Chair is lethal. It, the swiss ball, and the Bosu make my abs so happy/angry 😉

  19. Lisa on April 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Air shows are so cool! Wow, the one day it doesn’t rain where you are its super sunny where I live for once! I guess we switched weather 😉 Love those ab exercises you listed!

  20. Melissa (Better Fit) on April 15, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Great ab workout! Thanks for posting it- I’ll try it out for part of my post-legs core session today. I’ve never seen that exercise called windshield wipers- maybe because it’s called a windscreen here in the UK! 🙂

  21. kari on April 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    the salads look so good and i make sure i eat a salad with my dinner every night. thanks for the ab info. wish you and your family a nice sunday.

  22. Pam on April 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Is that a brown rice wrap? What brand do you use?

    I know when we have had them, they weren’t very good and
    crumbled when we tried to fold them…..your’s looks really good!

    Also, is there some place I can subscribe to your post by email?
    I tried your link, but it didn’t work for me…..just some scribbling stuff
    came up!

    Thank you and have a blessed day!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      hey pam!
      it’s the food for life brown rice wrap- i also love the trader joe’s ones
      i’m sorry the link is broken! i’ll ask my web wizard to take a look for me

      • Pam on April 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

        Thank you, Gina! We’re going to give those wraps another try!

        I hope your linky thing gets fixed without too much trouble,
        SO, that I can sign up for your post……he he! 🙂

        Have a grand day!


  23. Shannon on April 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I hate rain during the winter, but love it when it’s warm outside! Especially during the summer when the rain plasters the leaves against my window and makes everything look so green!

  24. Sophie on July 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    My God I love the ab chair it kills me and makes me feel so good. Am off to the gym right now for a workout!

  25. Samantha Knox on September 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my gosh…delicious mouth watering salad and a killer ab workout! I want those both in my life pronto haha!

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