Schweaty November Workout

Hey friends! It’s THE WEEKEND 🙂 What are you up to? My friend Hayley gets in from Atlanta later this morning and besides baby shower adventures, we have a few shenanigans planned. It should be a lot of fun.

For dinner last night, I had my heart set on a new type of pizza- I had been scheming it in my brain all day. All I needed to do was stop and get the ingredients, but after the Pilot got off work and we chilled at the madre’s for a little while, we realized it was 8:30 and we were both starving. No time to mess around with pizza.


Renee’s Organic Oven to the rescue! The Pilot ordered himself a sandwich, and got me this AMAZING hummus tostada with goat cheese instead of feta. It had a crunchy corn crust, hummus, veggies, salad greens and goat cheese. I topped it with some Goddess dressing + red chili flakes, and it was everything I could wish for.

This morning, I made a quick egg-rito


which I couldn’t roll up, since the tortilla was too crispy. I love Trader Joe’s brown rice tortillas, but if you don’t act quickly, they get hard fast (I’m not even going to say it, haha).

Along with some candy cane dark chocolate almond milk 🙂

I’m off to take LaBlast from the creator himself (so excited!) and then to the airport.

See ya later today!



*Hope all of my friends at Foodbuzz and Dole continue to have an amazing time- wish I could have been there! If you’re in San Francisco, please eat a block of goat gouda from Cowgirl Creamery for me 😉

Something to do: Schweaty November Workout!

Ready to get schweaty?

Thank you guys so much for the amazing feedback on the monthly workouts I’ve been posting- I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them, and I’ll be sure to throw in more ab and leg burners this month to squeeze in in between holiday adventures and busy schedules. I love hearing what you think about the workouts, so when you give it a try, please leave a comment on this post and let me know how it went! It’s fun to cheer each other on this way, too.

schweaty november 

Schweaty November Workout

You can do this workout in the comfort or your own home, with dumbbells, a medicine ball and a stability ball, or at the gym. Be prepared for staring potential from other gym-goers at your hardcore-ness. The cardio blasts in the workout make it FLY by and will leave you very nice and schweaty. Repeat on non-consecutive days or into your current fitness schedule as you’d like- hope you enjoy it!

*As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes and honor your body and injuries <3

Warm-up Cardio of choice, 5-7 minutes (moderate intensity)
Bench step-ups 3 sets of 12 on each side
Pogo jumps (Stand with one leg lifted –knee is bent- reach down and touch the floor, bringing the leg behind you and keeping it lifted, jump up upon straightening back to starting position) 30 seconds on each side
Walking push-ups 1 minute to the right, 1 minute to the left
Bicep countdown curls First do 10, 9, 8, and so on, but when you get to 1, do 10
Overhead press and calf raise 3 sets of 15
Medicine ball slam 1 minute
Medicine ball toe taps 1 minute
Alphabet abs- with legs on top of a stability ball (plank position), draw your knees and the ball in towards your chest and start to “draw” the alphabet using the ball As far as you can get!
Bent-over row, tricep kickback combo 3 sets of 12-15
Cool down and stretch  

Spice up your playlist:

[A motivational mish mosh of many music styles]

1) “We Found Love” Rihanna

2) “Undisclosed Desires” Muse

3) “The Change” Evanescence

4) “Candyman” Glee

5) “Fly” Nicki Minaj and Rihanna

6) “What I Be On (ft Fabulous)” Trey Song

7) “Drop Dead Beautiful” Britney Spears

8) “Noche de Entierro (Nuestro Amor)” Mas Flow, Los Benjamins, Daddy Yankee

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  1. Amanda on November 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I know what you mean about those brown rice tortillas. haha But they’re perfect for making baked tortilla chips because they get super crispy! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

      oooh that’s a great idea!

  2. Blake @ Blake Bakes on November 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I really like your workouts, but I have yet to try any of them. Part of the reason is I’ve been on a exercise hiatus and I have no idea how to jump back in. Your workouts seems a little tough for someone like me, who is probably back at square one. Maybe for a “Focus On” post you could offer advice on how to get started, or how to get back in after you’ve fallen off the bandwagon?

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2011 at 11:34 am

      totally. maybe a reader’s request for next week?

      • Blake @ Blake Bakes on November 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

        That would be awesome! Thanks!

      • Krystina (Organically Me) on November 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

        I agree with Blake (Hi Blake!). I used to be a hardcore exerciser, but now I’m an occasional exerciser because it’s so frustrating. I’ve fallen somewhat out of shape and it’s hard for me to start from the ground up again. I keep wanting to jump back in but then I A) hurt myself and B) get really discouraged.

        • Blake @ Blake Bakes on November 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

          Hi Krystina! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one hahaha.

          • Laura J. on November 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

            I third that! 🙂 Yay I’m not alone! haha

  3. Heather (Heather's Dish) on November 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

    LOVE the tortilla comment hahaha! made my morning 😉

  4. Bethany on November 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This has nothing to do with this post but were you still thinking about adopting another dog? I don’t remember reading anything else on it lol.

    Also, I agree with Blake a “Focus On” post on how to get started would be outstanding!!

  5. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Ooh this looks like a good one Gina! I haven’t been watching Glee much this season but you just reminded me that I need to catch up on the songs!!

  6. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on November 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’m going to plan on this being my workout today – looks fun!! I love that I can do it at home too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on November 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

    guuuurl, they now have peppermint patty dark chocolate coconut milk. OH MY GOSH. get it. get it in that belly to that baby. oooooh soooooo gooooood.

  8. Krystina (Organically Me) on November 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    The sexual innuendos you’ve been dropping lately make me happy! 😀

  9. Nancy (Beyoutiful Fitstyle) on November 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Looks like a great workout! Consider it added to my plans. 🙂

  10. Moni'sMeals on November 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

    looks like a good workout, nice and “schweaty!” just the way it should be. 🙂
    Have a fun time this weekend. 🙂

  11. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on November 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I am pretty sure that I need a Renee’s Organic Oven next to my house! 😉

  12. Julie on November 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I wish this was posted a bit earlier this morning!! I was avidly checking for it while I was getting sweaty at the gym earlier! I suppose it’ll have to wait until Monday. I’m looking forward to it!
    I’ve added so many of your ab burner moves into my regular workout routine and my abs hate (and sort of love!) you for it!!!

  13. Julie on November 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I’m totally doing that tomorrow! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  14. Meg on November 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the workout Gina 🙂 It’s my rest day today, but I think it looks great! I really appreciate all of the time you put into these 😀

  15. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile on November 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Looks like a great workout! I love all your workouts. I’m obsessed with we found love. Such a great song, it always pumps me up!

  16. Hillary on November 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    WOOT! I’m psyched to try this. Thanks, Gina!

  17. Candice on November 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’m really excited to try this. I’ve been avoiding the gym lately but with a fun new workout plan, I might just have to go!

  18. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on November 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    always love your playlists!!! adding some of these to my playlist now too – thanks!!

  19. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Renee’s organic oven always sounds so good and homestyle. I love those kinds of places that you can just go to whenever you’re in a pinch.

    I definitely appreciate your circuit workouts (the schweatier the better) and the ab burners. I just thought of this – maybe you could do some complimentary burners like abs and back OR triceps and biceps OR quads and hammy’s. Over the past few years, I love that I’ve realized that even 10 min of exercise can be effective if it’s done right and I’m focused. Sure, 10 min a day won’t keep me in shape 7 days a week, but when time is short, 10 min is something.

  20. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on November 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I love the alphabet move! My abs are screaming just thinking about it! lol

  21. Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan on November 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hey girl, this workout looks stellar. I definitely am going to try it soon. One suggestion, if I may, is to maybe put a link or explanation for each move, especially for the moves that are not as common knowledge. I may just be out of the loop, but sometimes I don’t know what some of the moves you suggest are, and I am normally able to google them, but it would be helpful if you put a little explanation! (I.e. medicine ball slam and medicine ball toe taps.)

    Happy weekend!

  22. Kiran @ on November 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t wait to try the dark chocolate almond milk – you’ve piqued my interest way too much 🙂

  23. Katie on November 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Have a wonderful baby shower this weekend love! I know it will be beautiful!! Hope you enjoy the weekend with your friend visiting too!

    I will have some of that goat loving for you!

    <3 xoxo

  24. Sheena on November 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    That salad looks so beautiful – I love me some goat cheese with goddess dressing! Have you ever tried Cypress Grove Purple Haze goat cheese? If you haven’t…girlfriend – you are missing out. It is flavored with fennel and lavender and is seriously foodgasmic. I get it at Whole Foods and usually buy two or three at a time!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      i haven’t, but it sounds amazing!

  25. kathleen @ the daily crumb on November 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    i LOVE “we found love”. randomly bought it on iTunes and blast it during every run. this workout looks great… can’t wait to try it out!

  26. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I hope you and your friend Hayley have a great time this weekend! Enjoy your girl time and can’t wait to see what you’re up to.

    Hope the shower is awesome…as I’m sure it will be 🙂

  27. Kristen on November 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I love the workouts of the month. I’m 6 months pregnant and I am finding it harder and harder to “want” to do my workouts so it nice that every few weeks you put a new one up. It helps keep me motivated! In fact, this blog in general motivates me.
    Oh, and the more I see that chocolate peppermint almond milk concoction… I HAVE to make that this weekend for sure 🙂

  28. Allison on November 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    ………………….Thats what she said….

    sorry just had to haha

  29. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List on November 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    oohhh…nice workout!! You should video a Tuesday Trainer move sometime for me, Gina!!

  30. AstroCook on November 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks! I will be using some of your moves in tonight’s workout! Woop woop!

  31. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I have that same problem with my tortillas, and they’re not even GF! I find that sooo many multigrain kinds are really inflexible which is why I almost never have wraps anymore. 😛

  32. Alyssa on November 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    totally did the workout today… it was just what i needed! i think the big muscle guys were getting a kick out of my pogo jumps though… this girl needs to work on her balance 🙂

  33. Stephanie on November 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve been dying to try that dark chocolate almond milk! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      it’s soooooooo good

  34. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair on November 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I just did this workout and it was awesome!! I am definitely super schweaty! Side note: do you know of a youtube video showing the pogo jumps? I don’t think I was doing them properly and can’t find an example like you described 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      i’m looking, but nothing yet :/ i’m sorry!! so glad you liked the workout, though!

  35. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on November 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Woooo! Just did the workout! And I sureee ammmm schweaty! But I used to “Pump up the Jam” station on my Pandora radio!! Loveeed it!! (:

  36. Beth on November 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Woo! Tried it for the first time today and it was awesome! I can still feel it in my arms and I’m sure I’ll feel my legs will feel it tomorrow. At the end of the workout, I added a minute of bikes thinking that I hadn’t worked my abs as much as I usually like to. Within 15 seconds, I could tell that I was wrong – my abs were fatigued without me even realizing it. I’m gonna try to get past “M” on Friday!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      so glad you had a great workout 🙂

  37. Pinky on November 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Dearest Fitnessista,
    I just finished the Schweaty November Work out and….
    MY LEGS WANNA NINJA KICK YOUR BLOG IN THE BOOOTAY!…and they totally would if they weren’t so noodley!
    WOW, what an amazing and humbling workout! I have wanted to try some of your work outs but was always doing other forms of exercise (keepitoutofthegutterheehee). Since I am out of town in a hotel all week I figured today was a great way to start….and now realize how out of shape I am. But, NO sad face, just determined face! I wanna get back in shape, thanks for the motivation. I almost ATE it 5 times doing the abc abs….yeah, we’re going to incorporate that one in slowly!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      wahoo!!! i’m glad your legs want to ninja kick me 🙂 and so happy you enjoyed the workout

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