Spring Abs Workout

Hi friends! How’s your morning going?

Someone is moving a little slowly today…


but after a walk, she was ready to beg for food start her morning 😉

You guys won’t believe this- we heard from the realtor last night! Apparently the bank is thisclose to accepting our original offer. The house we put an offer on is a short sale, so usually these things take a LONG time, but if they accept today, we could be moving in in 35 days. Please send house vibes our way!


When we’re sitting on the balcony of our new house, drinking a glass of wine, it will make all of the deployments/moving/Air Force yanking us around/missing my Pilot seem much more bearable.


Can’t wait for the limbo phase to be over.

So last night, I got to my mom’s house early for gluten-free night, so Meg, Trev and I went to get froyo to kill time until my bro came home with something gluten-free and delicious.


I only do the cow’s dairy thang every blue moon… and yesterday’s moon was blue 🙂 We went to Yogurt Delight (which is the BEST froyo in Tucson and their flavors change daily) and I ordered a small peanut butter banana swirl. Amazeballz. The banana flavor tasted like banana pudding… I like that a lot 😉

When we got home, Kyle was waiting for us with a gluten-free family of biscuits and a slice of pizza he made in class.


Cute, huh?

I had a bite of the pizza, and took two biscuit people home with me to enjoy for breakfast this morning.


So presh 😀

They were delicious with a smear of goat cream cheese on top 😉

Today I’m off to a couple of appointments and then Zumba-ing tonight. Have a lovely day and I’ll see ya this afternoon! <3



Something to do: Spring Abs Workout! Abs are a funny thing. You can work them out everyday, every other day, hardly ever and it will have very little impact on how they look. Abs are the direct result of extremely clean eats (whole foods, lots of lean protein, moderate healthy fats and smart carbs) and cardio (for fat burning- if you have a six-pack hiding under fat, it’s a little more difficult to see). This workout combines core movements to tone ab muscles (for when they are revealed) + fat-blasting interval training to help burn excess fat. Try it out twice a week (on non-consecutive days) with a doc’s approval. Need help with an eating plan? *Here’s one*

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

1. Warm-up 1 mile Any type of cardio; moderate intensity and pace
2. Burpees 1 minute  
3. Plank 1 minute  
4. Push-ups 1 minute Drop to your knees if you need to
5. Saxon side bends 1 minute 5 lb weights in each hand
6. Jump squats 1 minute Add a light dumbbell to make it more challenging if you’d like
7. Rest 30 seconds  
8. Mountain climbers 1 minute  
9. Rest 30 seconds  
10. Ab burnout 50 sit-ups, 50 crunches, 25 reverse crunches  
11. Cool down and stretch    

For more Spring workouts, check out:

Spring Arms

-Spring Legs

Spring Cardio

Something to talk about:How often do you work out your abs? (There’s no right answer- I’m just curious!)

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  1. Chelsea on May 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the workout Gina! I’ll send good vibes your way! I work specifically on my abs 3 times a week (my hubby and I do it at night while watching tv, we make a game out of it) but when I weight train other days I try to target my core as well.

  2. Maissa on May 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Congrats on the good house news! Fingers crossed for you! I do abs 2-3 times a week. Works for me!

  3. Jackie @ Baking Charms on May 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I do abs every once in awhile but I see the best results when I eat super clean with lots of protein. Thanks for the workout – will definitely give it a try!

  4. jenna on May 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    this looks like an awesome ab work out! 🙂 love your bro’s people biscuits! cute!

  5. Ashley @ Feeding Ashley on May 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I love this workout! Thank you so much! Its definitely something I could see myself sticking with.

  6. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    That workout looks intense! The only ab moves that have made a difference to me are planks, side planks and pushups — I usually do a few sets every couple of days.

  7. Shanna, Like Banana on May 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I do abs every day..I have since I was 12. You’d think I would have an 8-pack, but instead I just have a flat tummy..good enough by me!

    Good luck on the house 🙂 Looks gorgeous!

  8. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on May 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I do abs about five-six times a week. I may not do an intense ab workout every time, but I try to always squeeze it into my workouts for the day.
    Good luck with the house! So exciting! 🙂

  9. Amanda (Eating Up) on May 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    YAYA FOR THE HOUSE! And those biscuit people are so cute. A perfect housewarming gift, me thinks!

  10. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    i’m lovin that house! my best vibes are being sent your way!!
    i love biscuits, ive been wanting to make some for awhile, maybe this is my push to finally make some. yum.

  11. Kendall on May 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    We had an abs focused yoga class last night. Summer is coming and I need to do more! I’ll try your workout tonight. I actually just wrote about going gluten free and dairy free today. I don’t know if I will cut it out completely but my goal is 95% of the time. My bf and I are buying a condo July 1st we are in the last stages of financing…Good luck!

  12. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I hope your offer gets accepted! I know how frusterating it can be to wait! Keeping my fingers crossed for ya!

  13. chloe @ 321delish on May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I LIKE/NEED this ab workout in my life. We used to do burpees in college when doing dryland for swimming…so hard but so good.

  14. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on May 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Per the usual, I always love me some Ginarific circuits! This one looks fabulous too. I know you don’t love Jillian, but sometimes I do her circuit dvds and they get me pretty sweaty in no time.

    One of my fav/loathed core workouts is a plank ab twist bringing the knee diagonally to the outside of the opposite elbow. Dang, those are tough. I’ve been trying to up my abs workouts to about 3-4 times a week (maybe 10 minutes of focus each time). Just trying to get ready for summer and wedding season so I’m also bumping up my arm workouts a bit.

  15. lindsay on May 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    great workout, love the ab circuit. Praying that the house goes through!!!

  16. Carrie @ Confessions of a Dietitian on May 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    That looks fun! In the-oh God, I’m dying. why am I doing this?-way. I work abs a lot b/c I have a super weak back and core and have to work hard just to keep it functioning somewhat normally. I do a bit every day. Plank, reverse curls, pilates series mostly b/c all those things help with my bad hip flexor asf well. Yes, I’m totally falling apart.

  17. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on May 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for this ab workout! Tomorrow night I’m going with my sistah to le gym so I’ll bring this along 😀

    I hope you guys get that house… it looks beautiful!

  18. Lunges and Lunch on May 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    The workout looks great! Can’t wait to try it once my sickypants go away.

  19. Vivianne on May 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’ll be sending good energy your way (:(: good luck!

    I really want to try dairy-free ice cream… I have already switched over to almond milk. The only dairy I eat is greek yogurt! (: [and sometimes there’s milk in things I bake]

    That workout looks great, I might have to try that sometime!

  20. Jessica on May 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    i work out my abs to some degree every day, except for my rest day. I try to mix it up but I keep looking for new moves!

  21. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    OMG your fro yo and biscuits sound delicious! Good luck on the house – I’m sending you all my good vibes today! And thanks for the abs workout. I love how burpees seem to work my whole body!

  22. anya on May 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    i do abs workouts *very* rarely. i will do planks during weights mostly to ensure i have a stable core for running (my primary exercise love 🙂 ), but otherwise the running and weightlifting engage my core enough to make it “toned” without me having to put in other effort. i completely agree that abs are mostly a reflection of clean eats!

  23. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on May 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Unfortunately, you’re right. I notice my abs deflate when I don’t eat bread or a lot of sugar and do a lot of cardio (not running, since I feel I need bread to run, lol).

    Still, I find myself working on my abs maybe 3-4 times a week by doing crunches (I shoot for 100 each time) and this sliding ab machine at the gym where you lift your legs toward your chest. I also have been trying to do planks because my boyfriend keeps “bragging” about how long he can hold them. Argh!

  24. Chelsa on May 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    that sounds like a fun workout I will have to try that this week

  25. Chelsea on May 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I work my abs out daily 😉 whether it’s push ups and making sure I’m squeezing that core, running, lower body, etc. I’ve learned that everything includes abs as long as you focus on squeezing them. I’ll do ab workout probably like 1 or 2 a week though.
    Love this spring abs workout for sure though! Thanks!

    • queenoffitness on May 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      ME TOO chelsea. amen! i do the exact same and feel the exact same way. your core is involved in every movement your body makes. i always tell participants at my zumba class that you have to use your core to get your booty to shake. seriously…how else do they think i could get my butt to touch my back while shaking??? LOL.

  26. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on May 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I do planks every night 🙂 When I am on my game and getting them in every night I see a huge difference in flatness and tone of my stomach. When I slack on them I see some of that tone disappear. I have a better stomach now than before I had my son and I credit planks 😀 I do other ab stuff sometimes but planks (and push-ups) are the one consistent thing I’ve done for the past few years. I’m adding more in now that beach time is a month away, I usually do 4-5 minutes a night, but I’m aiming for 7-10 this month.

    Plus I do the BodyRock thang and that has some great ab/core stuff too. Her workouts are one of the few that can make my abs sore!

  27. courtney @ cupcakedynamite on May 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    these are fantastiiiiiic. definitely been trying to work more in now that summer is coming, and will probably do this set tomorrow morning!! 🙂

  28. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on May 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    And have you tried Zuz’s Super Girl Planks? Those KILLLL me! (in the best way possible :D)

  29. Leila on May 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Fingers are crossed for the house! It looks gorgeous from the pictures! I don’t really have a set number of days I do abs. I switch up my cardio and strength training pretty regularly and if I choose to incorporate it one day then I make sure the next day is my rest day from abs (mostly because I’m a wuss and it hurts too bad to work them again the next day – haha)! If I had to guess it’s probably around 3 times a week!

  30. AJ on May 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I just do some “yoga” type poses and planks and whatnot one or twice a week. I do it mostly to gain stability, but I do notice that the way my abs look are a direct result of what I’m eating. So frustrating! Also, I’m one of those people that hold most of their extra weight in their midsection, not my hips or thighs like most women. I’m aware of the health problem this presents so I try to keep my weight in check and of course stay active daily with runnning and biking. However, I realize that rock hard abs may never really be a realistic goal for me. A flat-ish stomach and super strong legs however, are totally do-able for my body type.

  31. Julie on May 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Love the house.. Good energy is sent your way! I never really do ab specific exercises. Clean eating and sprints, overhead squats, planks and burpees will do the trick just fine! My abs are nice and strong from overhead squats 🙂

  32. Crystal on May 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    We did the short sale house thang, and it really is a bummer to wait! However, we got our original offer accepted after 6 months of waiting! I’m sending the vibes 🙂 I work out my core anywhere from 3-5 times a week mostly because I’m ridiculously flexible and I need to balance out. Pilates has done wonders for me.

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      that’s good to know- i’ve heard so many horror stories!

  33. Victoria on May 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Fingers crossed for you on the short sale. I put an offer in on 3/25 and heard back the last week of April it was a go! Now I’m freaking with 30 days to move!

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      whoo hoo!!!

  34. Jess on May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Those little biscuits are adorable! Hope you guys get the house—sending good vibes : )

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      thank you!

  35. P!nky on May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Since I’ve gotten older I’ve found I have to work SO MUCH harder and EAT SO MUCH CLEANER to not gain a midsection. Abs have been frustrating me A LOT the past few months so hoping your workout might help me out. Thanks for the great ideas!

  36. Heather on May 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I loathe burpees! I just recently finished Jillian Micheales 6 week to 6 pack program and forever would be TOO SOON to do another burpee, or mtn. climber for that matter ha!

  37. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    gluten-free family of biscuits people are SO cute! omg adorable! Skylar would love those so much! 4 yr olds and mommies alike love cute food people 🙂

    The house…major fingers crossed for you! Dealing w/ short sales, foreclosures, the banks…it’s all so up in the air. Hurry up. And wait. Repeat. BTDT…I feel you. Hang in there!

    Working my abs? Well if doing crunches and a few ab moves for 5 mins daily means working them, yes, I do. But it’s like 5 mins and I dont really focus on them that much, per se. Yoga, lifting weights in general, they work the abs too, for me at least 🙂

  38. SmileCrave on May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Sweet workout!!! LOVE your outfit in your pic… gorgeous house!! Crossing fingers for you but it looks like you don’t need that 🙂

  39. Kelly on May 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love it when you post circuits. I’ll definitely be trying this one, but I might die from a whole minute of burpees. They’re my least favorite thing to do ever.

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      you can do it 🙂

  40. jessica on May 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Your brothers food always looks amazing! Where does he go to school?

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      one of the culinary schools here

  41. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on May 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love the little GF people! So cute. And they look delish!

  42. jen on May 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    my allergies have been wicked – my eyes hurt so bad! i also had lingering knee pain. acupuncture helped today! it was so helpful. thank you so much! cheaper than a massage and it really works!

  43. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit on May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    lots of good house vibes sent your way lady!

  44. Maria on May 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Good workout! Maybe I’ll give it a whirl tomorrow 🙂 Sending positive housevibes your way!

  45. Stina on May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Definitely sending good hosue vibes your way. My place was a short sale so I definitely understand the waiting game and frustrations that come along with it. I put the offer in on my place in mid-March of 09 and didn’t end up closing until the end of August! I’ve heard short sales move a little quicker than that now, but it’s still a pain!

  46. Maria on May 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Gina, I looked up jump squats and these might be a problem for me b/c I sprained my ankle and when I do certain things (like jumping) it really hurts. Suprisingly I can run on it. Are there any modifications I can do instead of jump squats?

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      just do the motion without actually jumping and hold a light dumbbell (on the ends)- it will still get your heart rate up!

  47. Alexa @ Simple Eats on May 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I work out my abs pretty much every single day, but nothing too crazy. I just want to keep my core strong and if I get more toned in the process than that’s awesome!

  48. Mo on May 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’m in awe of that view – I pray you get to experience that very soon (and without any stress leading up to it!). I’ll do planks every now and then in between sets . . . but no specific ab workout. I live by the motto that abs are made in the kitchen. I suppose if I really wanted to see that six pack (I know it’s in there somewhere), I would make it more of a consistent part of my routine, and pass on the bottled six packs – but I like my beer too much! Take care you guys. Mo

  49. MC on May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the new ab workout! I’ve been looking for something to shake up my routine. I actually do ab work a lot. It’s the area where I can see the fastest results, for some reason.

  50. Marisa on May 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Oh. my. goodness. I just did this ab workout and it hard! Thank you! That ab burner at the end was awful/awesome.

    • Marisa on May 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      correction: it WAS hard. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      victory! 🙂 glad you liked it 🙂

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