SP hash + a new barre burner {Video}

Hi friends 🙂 Congrats to those of you who have been killing it with Summer Shape Up so far. I can’t believe week 1 is almost over! I’ll be posting some of your awesome check-ins, along with the Stitch Fix giveaway winner tomorrow morning. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter (just leave a comment below and click the box to sign up if you haven’t already), you’ll also get your email with the Week 2 password. Just a head’s up about the SF giveaway: only 4 people have submitted video entries so far. There are 4 winners for the video portion… just sayin’ 😉

Before we get to today’s workout video, I to share an amazing breakfast I’ve been enjoying lately:


2-egg omelet with sautéed jalapeño, turkey, crumbled goat cheese, salsa verde and sweet potato hash. For the hash, I boiled a chopped sweet potato, and then sautéed it in a skillet with some butter, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper. It was one of those simple recipes that fell off the radar– I’m glad to have to back.

Thank you so much to those of you who have recently subscribed to our new YouTube channel. We’ll be posting weekly dance fitness videos (Bellydance, Zumba, jazz, hip hop…) in addition to bodyweight strength workouts you can do anywhere.

Here’s one that Sasha and I recently made:

Sasha’s teaching this one: a short barre burner, emphasizing core and leg strength. My flip ran out of camera space halfway through, so we got to film the left side twice– my legs were screaming! Of course, there’s the necessary blooper at the end.


A text version:


If you’re doing Summer Shape Up, I’d recommend adding this quick video in at the end of tomorrow’s workout and enjoying today as a well-deserved rest day. If you’re not following the Shape Up and want a quick, intense leg burner, check it! Please let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in the future 🙂

Have a great day!



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  1. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on June 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm


  2. Paula on June 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I wanted to swapped my rest day for yesterday, but I’m glad I didn’t: I was actually less sore today after yesterday’s workout! =) Today’s active recovery was POP Pilates for Beginners (I’m such a neewie!) I watched your barre burner video to be prepared for tomorrow and I’m excited and terrified at the same time 😉 Thank you so much, Gina, your hard work is really appreciated here!

  3. Alice on June 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I did a combo cardio (1 hr swim) and active rest with a 90 min yoga class tonight. They almost had to kick me awake at the end… I am feeling this! Legs aren’t as sore today yea! Thanks so much!

  4. Andrea on June 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    The barre video looks great! I’m a little late to the Summer Shape-Up party but would love to join for Week 2 if its still possible!

  5. Katie on June 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I had a great rest day today! Crawfish season is almost over down in TX so I managed to get my fix in!
    Will try the barre burner tomorrow!

  6. PluvK on June 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I am just loving Summer Shape Up! I had to take a break from Workout 1 yesterday… GIRL! My body was SORE! I did it today to make up. 🙂 Looking forward to week 2!

  7. Cara on June 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I enjoyed my active rest day with 2 walks with my dog… Felt good to shake my legs, but felt even better to just take it easy today!!

  8. kathy on June 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I took an active rest day on Tuesday when we went to the zoo. So today I did a 1hr. zumba class. I just love doing zumba. I am looking forward to doing the barre workout.

  9. Veronica Hasty on June 7, 2013 at 2:33 am

    So pumped! Summer has been better than expected with Summer Shape Up!

  10. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen on June 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    That workout looks awesome, but I can’t even think about working out my lower body right now I’m actually still sore from doing the summer shape up workout on Monday!

  11. Marisa on June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I would love to join in on Summer Shape Up!

  12. Becca on June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This has been one of those weeks where my schedule is totally off and I haven’t worked out the number of times I’d have liked to, but I did the first part of Workout 1 (minus the HIIT; ran out of time). I’m excited about #2!

  13. Amanda on June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m late to the game, but would love to subscribe to the news letter and participate in the SUmmer Shape uP!

  14. McKel | Nutrition Stripped on June 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I love the youtube channel and how you also write out the workout in text! That’s super helpful. Thanks for sharing your fitness tips as always! 🙂

  15. Jill on June 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I completed my 45 minutes of steady state cardio + a tempo blast at the end this morning. I really liked adding in the tempo blast! Loving SSU!

  16. Gabriella Allen on June 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hey Gina,

    I’m super busy right now so I’m unfortunately not able to participate in the Summer Shape Up. But, I’d really love to complete it later this summer when my life has slowed down a little. I was just wondering if all of the information will still be accessible (with the password of course) towards the end of the summer?

    Thanks so much!

  17. John Gillispie on June 7, 2013 at 11:57 am
  18. Natasha on June 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Hi! I had to break up today’s workout due to my schedule. Yesterday I did 25 minute running intervals (wowza) and today I did the lifting portion! I loveeee these shape ups….You go girl!

  19. Annie @ Annie Get Your Run on June 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Since it’s a rainy day here in PA, I think it’s a GREAT day to try the barre workout and sweet potato hash! Maybe followed up with some hot cocoa. Where is summer?!

  20. Kelly on June 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I would love to participate in summer shape up if it isn’t too late!

  21. Lauren L. @ Newest Obsession on June 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Just did this burner after a 2 mile steady run. Killing it!

  22. Lauren on June 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Just did the burner for a quick leg workout and loved it! I really like the barre-style workouts. Thanks!

  23. Katie on June 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t wait for week 2!

  24. Lori @ www.ffglobetrotter.com on June 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

    That leg workout looks great! I have to try it! I love a great leg burn. 🙂

  25. Michelle on June 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Can’t wait to try this workout!

  26. Danielle on June 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I would really love to get the newsletters! Am excited to try this barre workout as I’ve heard so much about barre lately 🙂

  27. Priya on June 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    first time ive done a barre workout, so good!

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