Winter Shape Up 2017: Week 2

Are you just now joining in the Winter Shape Up fun? Be sure to check out the intro page here for all of the details!!

Hi friends! We’re rocking and rolling into week 2 of this year’s challenge. Thank you so much to those of you who have checked in already, and we’re so happy you’re enjoying the videos! Anne and I had so much fun filming them, and it makes my heart happy that you’re enjoying them.

Congratulations to the winner of last week’s Vital Proteins giveaway: Allison G. (winner has been emailed!) 

Here’s what we have to look forward to in week 2: (The meal plan is live here!)

(Remember that Sunday = Monday. If you’re following the schedule, you’ll complete steady state on Monday, and Workout #2 on Tuesday, etc. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness changes and honor your body. If you need help shuffling the workouts around the work with your schedule, please let me know! I’m happy to help.)

WSU Week 2

Here are the links to all workouts:

Workout #2: Strength and HIIT* (new video!)

Workout #5: Sweaty HIIT

Workout #1: Pure Strength

Anne and Me dumbbell lunges

This week’s featured workout is Workout #2, which is a sweaty mix of strength and cardio intervals. You can check out the videos and all of the form cues here.


A very special thank you to all of our generous sponsors who help to make the Shape Up possible, and provide awesome giveaways along the way.

Sabra // Nekter // Wild Blueberries // Passion for Pasta // Vital Proteins

This week’s featured sponsor is Nekter, and they have a special prize for EVERYONE who is reading right now.

Nekter Juice Bar

 I’m a huge fan of Nekter, and have tried their juice cleanses a couple of times. They make amazing fresh juices, and I especially loved visiting their San Diego locations. The cashew milk is made in-house, and they have incredible acai bowls and green juices.

Nekter Favorites from San Diego

If you live near a Nekter, download the app here. Enter the code FITNESSISTA to get a free 16oz juice or smoothie! (This is so amazing.) Once you download the app, just click the *hamburger menu* (the little lines on the top left), and click “promo code.” Enter FITNESSISTA and you can redeem in-store, or when ordering through the app.

Here’s what the promo looks like: (just show this to the cashier)

Nekter app screen shot

If you don’t live near a Nekter (we don’t have one here in Tucson, sad face) use this link to get 10% off a juice cleanse on their website! The cleanse packages are delicious, and even if you don’t follow it like a cleanse, the juices are refreshing elixirs and great ways to get in extra produce and nutrients. 

Nekter is also offering a giveaway for a lucky Shape Up participant: every time you check in, you’re entering to win a $50 gift card. You can use this in the store, or online.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment every day to check in with your daily workouts

Send a tweet to let us know how you’re liking the Shape Up! (include @fitnessista @fannetasticfood @nekter #wintershapeup) Leave an extra comment to let me know

Pin an image from this post and leave an extra comment with a link to your pin

The lucky winner will be announced next Monday! In the meantime, enjoy the free juices and smoothies!!! 🙂



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  1. Samantha D on February 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Just did workout #2 3 times! Yikes, not a fun one. Those lunge jumps are FOUL.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      LOL. i agree

  2. Johna on February 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I did workout 3 from last week….hurts so good. Also, a short ab workout and knee exercises.

  3. Lindsay on February 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Just did Workout #5 again and somehow I feel like it was harder this week… I’m going to be positive and pretend like that’s a good sign.

  4. Becca on February 8, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Monday was steady state on the spin bike, Tues was a rest day and today I did leg day at the gym and two rounds of Workout 2. Those lunges burned!

  5. Stephanie B. on February 9, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Woops, forgot to check in yesterday – it was a rest day, which I really enjoyed! Although I meant to do some stretching/ foam rolling/ yoga and didn’t get around to that 🙁 Next time!

  6. Melissa H on February 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

    It’s an unintentional rest day, showed up to work out and my baby had a meltdown (he’s been sick) so just being mom today

  7. Morgan on February 9, 2017 at 10:01 am

    workout #5 done!

  8. Lindsay on February 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    workout #5 is in the books!

  9. paige c on February 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    did workout 5 today!

  10. Anna on February 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Workout #1 done this AM! My glutes are still sore from workout #3

  11. Barbara G on February 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Full body strength training workout done!!

    Upper body: Done
    Lower Body: Done

    OMG has a new meaning to me:
    Oh My Glutes!!!!!

  12. Joanna on February 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    It was 19F with a windchill feels like 6F so I hit the treadmill for some easy running miles.

  13. Amber Schumann on February 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Another rainy day in northern CA… Had some cabin fever with my 4yo, but she asked if she could go play at the kids club in our gym. Perfect! Completed Workout #5 thanks to her 🙂

  14. Johna on February 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Did workout 1 today 2 rounds. Then some injury prevention exercises for my knees too afterward. My darn left knee is always sore.

  15. Leah on February 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    An easy elliptical and arm weight workout today. Feeling sore from workout 5 yesterday. Felt better to move and stretch.

  16. Samantha on February 10, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I did a quick arm workout yesterday. I have to change the weights around a little bit from what I am used too. There is so much pressure and now I am past my due date. But it feels great to do SOMETHING!

  17. Stephanie B. on February 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Oops, checked in on Facebook yesterday and forgot to check in here. I did workout #5 after work on the treadmill at the gym in my office building. While I was tempted to go straight home, it really helps to have the convenience of just going downstairs and not having to make an extra stop somewhere. Plus the FB group is so encouraging, and just having the WSU plan to follow in general is great motivation for me 🙂

  18. Melissa H on February 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Day off but I missed the pure strength yesterday so I may do it later

  19. Barbara G on February 10, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Gentle day was planned. But I was a bit “snow-crazy” from being shut in due to yesterday’s snow storm, so I did 15 minutes of HIIT this morning. (Corresponded to one minute for each inch of snow accumulation.)

    My favorite move of the workout was high-knees…really helped me let off some steam.

  20. Joanna on February 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I did workout #1 today and did two rounds, last week I only did one round. Slowly adding in more as I am coming back from having baby #2.

  21. Morgan on February 10, 2017 at 7:18 am

    2 rounds of workout 1 done this morning! (hit the snooze one too many times – 5 minutes does make a difference sadly), but I’ll hop on the treadmill during lunch and make sure to get all my steps in today. Happy Fri-yay!

  22. Carrie on February 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Workouts this week – steady state run on Sunday; off on Monday; Workout #2 on Tuesday (loved it!); off on Wednesday; boxing, mobility ladder drills, and core work on Thursday; interval run today; and off (or possibly yoga) tomorrow. It was a good mix!

  23. Lindsay on February 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    2 rounds of workout #1 done!

  24. Lindsay on February 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Figuring out my new workout schedule has been rough, but I’m working on it. Moving is so hectic and time consuming that it’s a wonder that I even have time to feed myself. I’m going to do my best to do workout #3 today after work and some much needed yoga time. The stress is real.

  25. paige c on February 10, 2017 at 11:52 am

    yoga sculpt again today!

  26. Leah on February 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Pure strength work out done. Yay for Friday and the weekend! Taking the weekend off due to a hockey tournament.

  27. Johna on February 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I did the interval training today at the gym on the bike. I forgot how much I love burst training.

  28. Samantha on February 10, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Today I walked (or waddled) around as much as I could. I’m looking forward to the PBB plan !!!!!

  29. Becca on February 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Yesterday was Workout 5 on the spin bike and today I did legs at the gym and might do some cardio when I get home.

  30. Amber Schumann on February 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Completed Pure Strength with my mini me today! Feeling sore!

  31. paige c on February 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    steady state cardio today

  32. paige c on February 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    yum, love the carrot cake muffins!

  33. Barbara G on February 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Missed out on today’s workout due to a stomach flu. Hoping to be back to the workouts ASAP. I prefer being active, any day, over feeling so tired, blaaah, and having stomach pain and the like.

  34. Becca on February 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Just did one round of Workout 1 and then the hiit video from last week (because I really liked it!).

  35. Johna on February 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Took a rest day. Spent all day at my son’s gymnastics meet mostly standing. Legs need a rest.

  36. Lindsay on February 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I keep forgetting to check in on off days. 🙂 Yesterday was a nice rest day–we celebrated my son’s 12th birthday!

  37. paige c on February 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

    going to a yoga class this afternoon

  38. Marissa on February 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Just completed workout #2 and the cool down video. My heart was still racing after the third round of workout 2 so the cool down video was a great way to top it off!

  39. Lindsay on February 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

    3 rounds of workout #2! I’m pretty impressed with myself because I was NOT feeling it this morning.

  40. Barbara G on February 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Did my own workout today, but dialed back the intensity as I am nearly fully recovered from a stomach flu though not totally.
    I know I’ll be back to 100% to start tomorrow’s WSU Week #3. Just wanted to err on the cautious side today.

    Will also be tuning into the Grammy’s tonight and will be doing some strength training and some stretching during the commercials.

    Congrats going out to all those who are moving on to Week #3. We’re past the half-way mark and still going strong.

  41. Johna on February 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Ended up taking the weekend off from exercise. It was busy and I had sick kids today. Life happens! I will be back at it tomorrow.

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