Summer 2017 Musical Cardio Workout

Hey friends! Happy humpday! How’s the week been? It’s back to raining like crazy over here. I really like the rain -it keeps the grass and trees so lush, and prevents it from getting too hot- but I need some new ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.

Chillin in the playroom

(Don’t worry about potentially spilling that coffee on P’s head. It was ice cold. #momcoffee)

We’ve been to Jumpin’ Jacks a LOT, and spend copious amounts of time playing up in the playroom, going for froyo runs,

The girls with froyo

(isn’t The Mix cute?! Also, they have hot sauce as one of the ice cream sauces. WHO DOES THIS? I love hot sauce more than anything, but that is a bizarre combo. Am I missing out on something awesome?)

The mix froyo

(On the shelf: bottle of Texas Pete)

and puzzles/coloring. It was Liv’s favorite day of the week, Taco Tuesday, so of course we celebrated with some shrimp mojo tacos from Sunbasket.

Sunbasket Shrimp Mojo Tacos

I mentioned before that we switched to the family plan a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t been as impressed with the menu selections. The majority is tacos, tostadas, and stir fries. We love these things, but Sunbasket was one of our ways of getting the kiddos to try new entrees and flavor profiles along with us. We got bibimbap this week and I was like YES. I’ll see how the next couple of weeks go, and switch back to Blue Apron for a while to change things up.

For yesterday’s workout, I got in a long spin session in the garage reading The Nightingale. It’s the reason I’ve been staying up wayyy too late this week, but I’m almost finished. So, so good.

Read and spin

(I found myself naturally picking up my pace during all of the intense parts. Perfect interval training haha.)

Workout Playlist for Summer

For today’s post, here’s a new workout for ya! This one is a musical cardio workout, which is one of my favorite ways to get in cardio. You put in a playlist, and do what the music tells you to do. Faster songs are sprints; slower, intense driving beats are hills; and upbeat catchy songs are great for tempo work. Here’s a little combo I put together for you! You can do this one on any cardio mode of choice (Spin, treadmill, Stairclimb, elliptical) and as always, modify as needed.

NEW workout playlist for summer, plus cardio suggestions! Perfect for the next time I need gym inspiration.

Pin it for when you need some cardio inspiration!

A Spotify playlist to go along with it (with some of my favorite spin songs):


Tell me, friends: What do you usually do for cardio? Any tricks you use to make the time fly by? Current favorite song for workouts?



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  1. Christina @ on June 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Yay, I’m excited for the summer shapeup! I’ve been looking for a way to mix up my workouts, this will be perfect 🙂

  2. Emily @ Always Emily H. on June 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

    This is super weird but I love buffalo sauce on plain chocolate ice cream. I was dared to eat it years ago and fell in love!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

      ok maybe i’m missing out on something. that sounds good!!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I’m totally addicted to that song Thunder after you mentioned it awhile back!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

      i LOOOOVE it 🙂 so happy you like it, too!

  4. Amy on June 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I love the Nightengale. I listed to the audiobook and SOBBED at the end of it. SOBBED.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      i finished it, and cried the hardest i think i ever have at the end of a book. i’m glad tom was sleeping or he would have been like wtf happened?! haha

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on June 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I was just looking for some new playlist ideas, thanks!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      yay, hope you enjoy 🙂

  6. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on June 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I’m slightly obsessed with listening to podcasts when I run! Makes the time go so much faster, and I find myself laughing out loud to some of them in the middle of a crowd of people! They probably think I’m crazy. 🙂

  7. Nicholle on June 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Re: Hot sauce on ice cream. I treated myself to a Japanese-style ice cream concoction at a place called Vampire Penguin in Berkeley after a kettlebell competition. It had mango ice cream with watermelon chunks, caramel sauce, and CHILI POWDER liberally sprinkled on top. It was one of the best things ever! The chili+sweet was amazing.

  8. Tammy on June 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Not sure if bibimbap is a misspell or a dish I’ve never heard of?! But what is it? hehehe. Thanks 🙂

  9. LeeAnn on June 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Cardio is kind of my jam. I never have music when I go out running or riding. I either have a 4 year old who talks the whole time or I enjoy the quiet. If I have to do much cardio at home (bike trainer, etc) I typically watch a show or something. I love running/cycling documentaries, races and tv series…currently watching Glee if I am forced inside due to weather. I see why it was so popular! hahaha. #latetotheparty

  10. This New Southern Life on June 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Love the summer ideas you’re doing with your two littles! Mine are about the same age 🙂 And I didn’t know you were spinning in your garage!! I love that! I use my treadmill at home but I also use my stepper (is that what you call it? #lame) and get some cardio in with some weights!!

  11. Jennifer on June 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I am so obsessed with Thunder since your last post about it with the youtube video. It’s my fav ‘pump myself up’ song! xo

  12. Jessica on June 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Does your area have good libraries? Thats our fav rainy day activity since our has a kids area with puzzles, coloring, blocks, etc. My kids easily play there for 2 hours

  13. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on June 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    My cardio is usually running or rollerblading. Otherwise, long walks / hikes with friends really helps to make the time fly by / make me forget I’m being active. 😉

  14. Whitney on June 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Rain makes it tough with young kids (although a lot of times I let mine go outside and get soaked and stomp in puddles)! Have you heard of Usborne books? Full disclosure, I signed up as a consultant because my girls (4 and 19 mo) fell in love with them. They have tons of activity books that are great for summer boredom, downtime and road trips. Especially the “wipe-clean” and sticker books.

    We also made a summer bucket list (indoor and outdoor things) together and try to pick things off the list when they say they are bored.

    I love following your family posts especially, because your girls remind me of mine and it’s fun to see what awesome things you do with them!

  15. Allison on June 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    IM so excitted for summer shape up. I’m 6 week postpartum with my third and have been cleared for exercise. The only catch is I have some mild pelvic organ prolapse going on. I read your post on it and got the Hab It DVD. I’ve been doing it for a couple weeks. My question is- how long until your prolapse was all better? How long did you wait to do vigorous (summer shape up style) exercise? My doctor wasn’t specific at all with her recommendations. But she did clear me for exercise.

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      mine wasn’t a true prolapse; it was considered a *normal* degree after childbirth and went away over time. my issues were because i wasn’t stitched properly so i had to have surgery to fix it.
      the good new is that you are SO soon postpartum and have tons of time for it to resolve. if it’s mild, i would be confident that it will go away entirely, especially if you’re doing the hab it exercises. i would watch core exercises and impact — i’ll be sure to share modifications in the shape up
      because of my ab separation, i still can’t do super intense workouts without some probs afterwards (my stomach bulges out and my back hurts) and p will be 2 in october. hang in there!

  16. katy on June 27, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love the idea of musical cardio! It would be so awesome if you could do one of these playlists (with exercise cues) for the Hamilton soundtrack!!! As a fun (but still kinda serious, I would totally do it!) post 🙂

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