“Spin it to win it” playlist + SD adventures

Hi guys! How’s your day treating you? We’re enjoying a relaxing afternoon after a fun morning at the San Diego Zoo.


(Meerkats —> Lion King —> this honest trailer)

It’s my MIL’s first time in San Diego (and first time at the Pacific Ocean!) and we’ve been taking her to some of our favorite spots. High on the list: a beach morning and lunch at Hodad’s. 


Tom and his mama

At hodads

Hodad’s is an incredible burger spot in Ocean Beach, and since it was featured on the Food Network, it’s always packed. Usually there’s a line wrapped around the building. The walls are adorned with license plates and surfboards, the staff is super chill and friendly, and they blast surf music like “Tequila” and Beach Boys while you happily stuff your face. The burgers will BLOW YOUR MIND. They also have veggie burgers, and wrapped in lettuce with all the sauces and toppings….


it’s everything. Everryyyyyything.

(Also check out the “fring basket” in the background. Fries and onion rings! It’s huge and glorious)

It was a little interesting walking around the zoo today after this week’s teaching adventures. From Bodypump, to spin, to double barre classes last night, my legs are feeling the burn. I think they’ll be happy to shake it out a little in Zumba tonight.

After leg day


Here’s my updated playlist after using some of Jeffrey Scott’s suggestions. I went to Spotify and found Julz Arney (who is a powerhouse Equinox instructor) and got some great new song ideas from her, too. Here’s what this week’s playlist looked like:

Spin it to win it playlist


It was sweaty and glorious as usual. We have new heart rate screens in the club, and it was my first time wearing the instructor pod. They’re a valuable tool to have in classes, especially when you’re first learning how to gage your intensity level. I also like that they’re optional; if you enjoy checking out your stats, you can use one, and if you’d prefer to skip it, NBD.

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Hope you’re having an awesome Wednesday! Newsletter subscribers, you’ll be getting the September workout calendar this weekend <3 If you’d like to join in the fun, sign up at the top (under the header) or click the box when you leave a comment.

See ya in the morning!


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  1. Stephanie on August 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    oh man the line has been wrapped around the block for Hodad’s years before it made it on the food network unfortunately (or fortunately? haha)! SOOOO GOOD!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      oh i didn’t know that! i can see why. the best!!!

  2. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the playlist Gina! Looks like a very fun day at the zoo.

  3. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Great tunes! Good timing for me — I’m doing some playlist updating as we speak 🙂

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I really love alternate tunes for my cycle classes. I have many of these same ones on my iPod playlist too.

  5. k on August 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Meerkat is too cute.

  6. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on August 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    That restaurant looks like an all round great experience, and it’s not just in the food. Now that’s how you tell a good restaurant from a great restaurant!

  7. Mary on August 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’d love to receive your newsletter.

  8. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on August 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    i would love having all that data while i work out! i

  9. Tracy on August 28, 2014 at 12:59 am

    We have the MyZone at my gym too!! I have had one for a few months and so far I love it! We had to buy it for a one time $75 fee but I love having my own to wear whenever I want to!

  10. Charlsie N on August 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I can’t wait for your news letter. This months goal is to work on meeting every day of your schedule!

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      you will do it!

  11. Fancy on August 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hey Gina! Love your blog, been reading for many years 🙂 Since your redesign, it’s all messed up on my iphone. Your header is tiny, the sidebars are all in weird places, and the actual blog content is all messed up too 🙁 Your blog is one of my favorites…what can I do??? Help!!! Xo

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      ahhhh! i’m so sorry to hear that :/ i’ve emailed my web designer twice about issues with the mobile version, but unfortunately she’s out of town and having some tech issues. she should be back this weekend. if it’s still screwed up next week, i’ll hire someone else to go in and fix it

      • Fancy on August 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Thanks for your response 🙂 When checking from my iphone, none of the comments even show up at all! I got the email that you responded to me And even through that link I couldn’t read any of the comments, including your response. I’m on my iPad now and I can’t believe how different your blog looks on here! It looks nothing like this on my phone! Looking forward to reading many more posts….hopefully from my phone 😉 Xo

        • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

          haha i hope so too! it should be resolved by this weekend. xo

  12. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love a new playlist, thank you!!

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Omg that lettuce wrap veggie burger looks amazing! I want one!!

  14. Christa @ Living Unbalanced on August 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Haha — my legs are SO sore and I’ve been poking/squeezing them all day. Glad that’s a “thing” and I’m not just a weirdo.

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      you’re not alone 😉

  15. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on August 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I love places that do lettuce wraps. So jealous that you live at the beach. We’re headed to the Jersey Shore this weekend, I’m so pumped!

  16. Britt@MyOwnBalance on August 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love your playlist! There are a couple of songs on there that I need to download asap!

  17. Crystal on August 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Aww so cool to see a pic of your mil–she and the Pilot look alike 🙂 That burger place sounds like the bomb diggity, I’ll have to check it out next time I visit SD. I don’t think I am getting your newsletter, so hopefully it’ll work this time!

  18. Alicia on August 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hodad’s also has amazing milkshakes! Luckily there’s one in east village now, and there’s also one at Petco park!

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      we’ve had the milkshakes. made the mistake of ordering more than one though haha. they’re huge!!

  19. Kathryn @ Chicks Dig Running on August 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    That’s a great playlist! I’ve used a ton of them on my running playlists too. The only one that is totally confusing me right now is Take Me To Church. I love that song but always feel super mellow and a little sad after listening to it, that would really bring down my spin speed! But then again, I would totally forget all about it with the other songs on there. I’m a sucker for bass and fast tempo when it comes to workout music.

    Looks like a fun day at the zoo!

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      that’s why i added it on there; we used it for a slow, HEAVY climb. i think it worked out well! 🙂

  20. chris on August 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Great playlist! I have a ton of cycling playlists on Spotify if you ever need some inspiration:

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      amazing. thank you!

  21. Giselle on August 29, 2014 at 12:01 am

    We walked by that burger place when we were in SD and there was a ginormous line out front. Crazy! We went to a brewery around the corner instead and the food was pretty good!

    • Fitnessista on August 29, 2014 at 12:54 am

      pizza port?!

  22. Giselle on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    No, I don’t remember what it was called. Maybe it wasn’t a brewery but just a pub/grill. It was pretty fun and they had lots of different beers. On the corner across from Mexican restaurant I think…

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