Squatember Workout

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? So glad it’s humpday! 

Yesterday, we were given a wonderful surprise: RAIN all day, and it was amazing. It cooled everything down, and while it’s long gone (more humid and heat headed our way), it was a nice respite from the sauna haha.

Last night, I taught a fun (packed!) barre class, 

Barre stuff

(came home at took this pic for IG for some of my fave prone modifications)

and made salmon burgers for dinner again. We had them last week -a Blue Apron recipe- and they were so good, we decided to add them to this week’s menu.

Salmon burgers

Another awesome meal: an at-home remake of the party salad from last weekend. Spinach, pear, feta, turkey, pecans and fig balsamic vinaigrette.

Salad and lacroix

And a trip to Home Goods to scheme of the decor I would have if I had full reign of the house. 😉 (The Pilot disagrees with my need for multiple Buddhas.)

IMG 5414Why is Home Goods so good?

Today I have an all-new workout for you! Since it is Squatember and everything, I put together a total body workout with a squat challenge buy-in and some squat jumping intervals to blast your heart rate in between sets. This is a great cardio and strength combo, and perfect way to add some pizazz to your next total body workout.

Squatember total body

As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.

Here it is if you’d like to give it a try!

Squatember workout

*For the strength exercises in the circuit, you’ll do 10 reps unless otherwise indicated

(If you are following the September workout calendar, here is your squat challenge #4 for today!)

Links to exercises and form cues:


Squat jumps

Plie squats

Plie squat jumps

Sumo burpees


Biceps curl

Triceps extension

Bent-over wide row



What are you doing for today’s workout? What’s your favorite way to add some cardio blasts into your routine?

If you could decorate your house ANY way you wanted, what would you do? Mine would be a mixture of Buddha statues, salt lamps, antique furniture and Dia de los Muertos style skeletons.

Have a very happy Wednesday!



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  1. Liz S. on September 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Yay for teaching barre! 🙂 And I love the Squatember workout sequence. My workout today was Pilates jumpboard.

  2. Kelsey Halena on September 16, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Dragged myself out of bed this morning to get BODYPUMP in and out of the way – and already feeling the squat track! One of the barre studios here in Minnesota does ‘haute hybrid’ with cardio blasts built in, which I really like for an extra kick.

  3. Sara @ Oats and Rows on September 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Today’s workout consists of teaching a Pilates Sculpt class. It’s similar to barre, which I love!

  4. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on September 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Home Goods is so dangerous…I redo my entire house every time I walk inside!

    And…I made the pumpkin bars last night and we loved them! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      yay, so happy you enjoyed them!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 16, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I always think it’s funny how Home Goods has so many buddhas. Now when I see them I will think of you. Send the rain to Arizona we need it!!!

  6. Mary on September 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    hmmm not sure what my workout will be today, I might go run some mountains, especially because it rained yesterday so it’ll be a lot cleaner!!

    If I had my way, my apt/house would be decorated in a Cape Cod/New England style, beachy but classic. not a lot of clutter…. Classic Beacon Hill, Martha’s Vineyard style haha. I miss home!

  7. Lindsey on September 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Those salmon burgers look amazing! Can you share the basic ingredients?

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      sure! salmon, fresh oregano, garlic, shallot, salt, pepper, panko bread crumbs (i used almond meal the second time) and a drizzle of olive oil

  8. Jules @ wandering around on September 16, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I would have all white furniture that was impervious to red wine spills, and the rest antiques from north Africa.

  9. April on September 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I just did my first barre class and it was everything i imagined, my muscles are screaming and i can’t wait to go back! I now see the obsession:=
    My home would be clear of all the clutter i can’t seem to get rid of, sniff sniff.

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      so happy that you loved it!

  10. heather on September 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I am getting ready to go to the gym!!!! Treadmill run today. I love homegoods, I like the rustic meets modern look. I actually need to go to Homegoods today too. Have a great day and thanks for the squat stuff.

  11. Britt@MyOwnBalance on September 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Today I did a stroller barre class and it was so fun!! Going to check out squatember!

  12. Tabatha on September 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

    The barre with Bella pic is too cute! I would love to have some house plants, but sadly my brown thumb always kills them off. Today’s workout is the 21 Day Fix Lower Fix!

  13. Jennifer @ Tri Stuff I Like on September 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I love to add tabatas to my long bike rides to get my heart rate up!

    If I had all the money in the world, my house would look like it was straight out of the Restoration Hardware catalog. Why does that store have to be so expensive?!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      their stuff is AMAZING

  14. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Way to go on the packed barre class!!

  15. Erin on September 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    My dream house would have grey, pink, and white in various patterns, prints, and textures. Love chevron

  16. Samantha D. on September 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Loved this! I did it with the one song workouts and I’m a little scared for leg wrath tomorrow.

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      yessssss. amazing job!

  17. Jessie R on September 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Pinning that workout, looks awesome! I would decorate with ALL the plants ALL over the place. I’ve always wanted a conservatory room like in the old English houses, just filled to the brim with plants of all kinds, a nice chair to read in, surrounded by green :)… other than that 1/2 minimalist 1/2 warm and cozy…. if that is possible haha

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