Surrounded by Zumbies

Hi guys! How was your day???

Mine was kinda AWESOME.

How could it not be amazeballs when I was surrounded by Zumbies all day?


On the way out the door this morning, I munched an oats and almond milk bowl (with Sun Warrior) and the pilot dropped me off at the hotel where the Mania Fitness convention is being held.

This hotel is HUGE and beautiful.. I’ll be ok hanging out here for the next few days πŸ™‚


(That pic was taken from the hotel lobby- it has a giant sunroof)

I checked in and jumped on the Wi-Fi to post our goofy video and then went to Zumba Basic Instructor Training.


I’m here at the conference because I’m renewing my group fitness certβ€”it expires at the end of July. In order to renew my cert I could have either taken a very expensive test (which I took two years ago), or come to Atlanta, pay less money and take a boatload of fitness classes and get transfer credits. No choice there πŸ™‚ (Note: For those of you who may be wondering about teaching group exercise classes, I have the AFAA group fitness cert which needs to be renewed every two years)

Zumba Basic Instructor training was ridiculous. We started off with an hour and a half Master Zumba class. I felt like I was in another world.. it was definitely party planet πŸ™‚

After the Master Class, we changed (everyone was DRENCHED in sweat!) and grabbed a snack before lecture:


More dancing + a little lecture + booty shaking

then lunch.

A salad that’s been sitting in a deli case for who-knows-how-long with half an egg and some shrimpies:

salad (2)

With balsamic drizzled on top

+ about 2/3 of this smoothie


I loved the ingredients in this oneβ€”different types of fruit juice and flaxseed- but Odwallas are calorie bombs with very little protein (unless you get the whey protein ones and I don’t roll with whey), so I drank a little more than half and called it good.

Back to Zumba for dancing and booty shaking for 3 more hours. Crrrraaazzzzyyyy awesome πŸ™‚

Now, I’m sipping water in a fancy glass:


And waiting for my pilot love to pick me up so I can get some FOOOOOOOD πŸ˜€ Whole Foods is very close and so is Trader Joe’s…

A lot of fun stuff is in store for tomorrow:

-Zumba Cardio Party

-Glutes, Guns and Guts


-Flirty Girl Fitness

I’ll definitely share what I learn and will re-cap it for ya’ll… I also think I may be meeting my bloggy soulmate tomorrow πŸ™‚

Have a fabulous night <3


Something to think:

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." -Jim Rohn

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  1. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    What a fun day! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for more recaps of your experience. Renewing your certification while taking fun classes must be a blast.

  2. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on July 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Wow girl, looks like you are having the BEST time πŸ™‚ That place is perfect for you — I bet you could stay for a few weeks πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back. Maybe I’ll even get over my Zumba anxiety (I have NO coordination for choreographed dance/wkouts) and *try* a class, hehe


  3. Katherine on July 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    oh my gosh, flirty girl fitness?!
    Tell me how it goes, that looks SO fun:)

  4. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on July 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic time! I can’t wait to hear more. Hubby and I have discussed getting certified for spin at some point and I wouldn’t mind taking the group fitness cert or maybe you have to get group certified to do spin..I dunno, guess I’ll have to research that.

  5. Kristina on July 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    the STEPLICIOUS sounds awesome to me… I used to teach step – my FAVORITE !!

    your whole weekend sounds amazing! I still have not tried zumba – I want to, but don’t know if it’s too dancy for me to keep up!! πŸ™‚ one of my friends teaches here now, so I need to go to his class… πŸ™‚

    Have a FABULOUS weekend!!

  6. Carrie on July 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    The top picture reminds me of the improv group that just started dancing somewhere, like Grand Central or something like that. Totally what it looks like.

    • Lissi@ livelearnrun on July 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Improv Everywhere! I totally love those guys.

      That Zumba class looks so fun! I used to do some every once in a while, but I am not very coordinated for such quick dance-type classes….

  7. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on July 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    What a fun place. Yeah, hmmm, should I take a test or go dance/exercise for a few days?

    I have heard of Flirty Girl Fitness and I can’t wait to see what you say about it!

    Did the Pilot just hang out while you had this convention?

  8. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on July 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    That looks like such a fun day! I’ve been meaning to try Zumba!!! It looks like a fun dance party. πŸ˜€

  9. Shanna @ Shanna LIke Banana on July 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Now that’s my kind of workout and vacay rolled up in one!

    Definitely hit up TJs πŸ™‚

  10. Megan (Braise The Roof) on July 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    WAY better choice than taking the exam! What did you think of the master Zumba class- harder than a normal class?

  11. Ashlee on July 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve just started working towards my CPT through ACSM. Having industry experience, what are your thoughts on ACSM?

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

      i’ve heard really good things about the organization

  12. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on July 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, that looks like a blast! Can’t wait to see the next posts πŸ˜€

  13. Megan on July 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    That conference looks so fun! The classes aren’t open to non-instructors, are they? I’d totally take time off work to try something called Flirty Girl Fitness πŸ™‚ They just stopped offering the Zumba class at my gym recently — so sad. If you’re in Atlanta till Saturday, for food there are also a couple of great farmer’s markets pretty close by (well, assuming the conference is somewhere downtown/midtown).

  14. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    that quote is AMAZING…and i can’t imagine how great it will feel to exercise so much!!! sounds like a no-brainer to me πŸ™‚

  15. Carly (Swim, Run, Om) on July 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I love that hotel! I’ve had a couple of drinks at the bar there.

  16. Jessica @ Rawtumn on July 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    My day was awesome as well but clearly not as awesome as yours! =P Looks like an amazing time, can’t wait for the re-cap!

  17. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on July 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    LOVE that quote! This zumba fitness recert seems like a fun time!

  18. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on July 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    that sounds like a lot of fun! much better than an exam haha

  19. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on July 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I really love that quote. So true!

  20. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on July 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Looks like fun! Les Mills is having a major quarterly in Atlanta in August…I so wanted to go, all my friends are going! I get home from vacay the day before so it’s not likely πŸ™ Have a blast! I can only imagine the electricity and excitement in that hotel, LOL

  21. Sarah Anne on July 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Looks like you’re seriously going to have a BLAST at this FitnessMania! I lurve the cool water glass too. Those would be fun to have, but a pain to keep in the cupboard!

    Also, Odwallas being calorie bombs doesn’t surprise me. I was heartbroken to find out they are owned by Coke! πŸ™

    • Kimberly on July 30, 2010 at 12:15 am

      Odwalla didn’t start out that way, they use to be independently owned and operated, but I understand your frustration about them being owned by Coke. Especially with the purchasing power that Coke has I’m sure the mark up is huge. I didn’t mind as much paying more because it was a smaller company with a lower mark up.

  22. Rachael on July 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Great quote.
    Does Flirty Girl Fitness involve a stripping pole? I’m noticing a lot more of those kinds of classes nowadays, which is kind of cool – taking back something that most folks judge poorly and putting an empowered spin on it!

  23. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Oooh I love fitness conferences! I’m off to one from the 13th-15th (same weekend as the Healthy Living Summit unfortunately!) to renew my certs as well and I can’t wait! Enjoy the rest of your trip! πŸ™‚

  24. andrea on July 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I thought you had B1 as you re a Zumba instructor already right? I took it twice too though…

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

      yup i needed the afaa transfer certs to get my group fitness renewed. also, i wanted to join ZIN and did that yesterday, too

  25. Tina on July 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Looks like such fun!!! Have a great Whole Foods run.

  26. Wow that sounds like it’s going to be a lot of working out. But it also sounds like a lot of fun.

  27. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    This sounds like way more fun than writing a test! Too bad I don’t have alternatives like that to my university exams. πŸ˜›

  28. jill on July 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Great quote! Looking forward to the recaps.

  29. Ilana on July 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    umm..I’m super jealous! way fun! now i can’t wait to be a fitness instructor.

  30. Katie on July 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    hey gina! i’m travelling to chicago and i wanted to share a great place for you to try while you’re there for the healthy living summit — its called the protein bar where you can customize drinks, bowls, wraps, etc not far from downtown/michigan ave area. They have a great selection –I think you’d love it!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:35 am

      that sounds AMAZING!

  31. Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog on July 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Oh, fun! And you are the pilot are so cute. And…speaking of protein (comment above)…I tried protein ice cream. No me gusta. I’ve got two brand-new xantham and guar gums if you or anyone else want them…not my thang! It seems sad to waste them, so someone can let me know if they want them. πŸ™‚

  32. Paige @Running Around Normal on July 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I thought it was the SCW fitness mania you were talking about!
    Sounds like an AMAZING time! Hope you get to teach Zumba elsewhere since the current place is being a bit jerky!
    Hey I was wondering – which cert do you have for nutrition consulting? I’ve been thinking about supplementing my pt cert w/ the sports nutrition cert from SCW.

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

      it is scw πŸ™‚
      i have an online cert for nutrition but wouldn’t recommend it.. check out INN

  33. Evita on July 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    What a well-rounded trip! You have a great mix of time with the Pilot, working out & Whole Foods. Have a great time!!

  34. Kat (bubble gum gym kat) on July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I always wanted to try FLirty girl fitness…blog more about it πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

      i definitely will!

  35. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    that all sounds like so much fun!

  36. on July 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    whats out for the Zumbies!! ahhhh <3

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  38. Emily on July 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I hope you have a good time in Hotlanta!

  39. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on July 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    whoa, who’s your bloggie soulmate?! and can’t wait for the meetup deets!

    “but Odwallas are calorie bombs with very little protein (unless you get the whey protein ones and I don’t roll with whey)”–OMG I totally agree! I have never really understood the point of drinking those…they are sooo expensive and other than the free samples at WFs that I sometimes score for skylar, I never partake in those for that very reason. I prefer to chew my calories πŸ™‚

    I LOVE that you didnt take the easy way out, i.e. pay money and do a test. Not that that would have been “Easy” but it’s a very diff story from driving to ATL and meeting all these new ppl and taking REAL, LIVE fitness classes. That’s one issue I have with distance-courses for yoga…some is fine but nothing beats real live in the flesh classes/interaction w/ others!

    have fun girl!!!!!!!!

  40. caroline on July 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Awesome post Gina! Do you have any sessions with Mindy Mlyrea or Keli Roberts? They are WONDERFUL to learn from! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

      i’m not sure– i’ll check and see!

  41. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on July 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

    That shrimp salad looks delish even if it has been around for awhile, lol.


  42. stephanie@Avocado Nation on July 30, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Oh my God. All day Zumba would be like my dream, How incredibly fun! I am so jealous.

  43. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on July 30, 2010 at 1:06 am

    omigosh! what fun!

  44. Rosey Rebecca on July 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I love hotels. Is that weird? Your water glass is pretty fancy! Hope you’re having a blast!!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

      i like hotels, too- not weird at all πŸ˜€

  45. RhodeyGirl on July 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

    My AFAA cert is up in February and I want to do the fitness convention route too!!!!

  46. RhodeyGirl on July 30, 2010 at 8:35 am

    BTW I am going to get officially Zumba certified this fall!

  47. laura dishes on July 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

    The WF on W Paces Ferry Rd in Buckhead (which I’m guessing is the one that you’re going to) has 2/4 new Larabar flavors… chocolate chip cookie dough and carrot cake! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

      i got both of them!!! wahooooooo!! πŸ™‚

  48. LisaG on July 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

    You are definitely in your element. What’s the pilot doing while you’re “working”; hanging w/ the family?

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

      yup he went shooting with his dad yesterday and today they’re going fishing. male bonding πŸ™‚

  49. Sandra on July 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Great quote Gina. It’s too often that I find people wishing things would get better, or be different, but they do nothing to help it along. I’m going to keep this one handy! So glad to hear you’re having a great time!

  50. Nicole @ Getting Back to the Basics on July 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    This looks like so much fun!

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