WSU 2013 Blue Diamond Almonds

Today’s giveaway is brought to you from my favorite almond and almond milk brand: Blue Diamond!

They’ll be giving 6 Winter Shape Up-ers each:











– 2 8 oz containers of dark chocolate almonds and

– 2 6 oz containers of whole natural

It’s a great chance to stock up one a healthy, delicious and portable snack option (especially coated in a little dark chocolate.. antioxidant and energy boost!)

How to enter:

Leave a comment with your thoughts onΒ Workout #2! What did you choose for your HIIT? Was the video helpful? Are you a sweaty beast?

I’ll pick 6 winners to announce with tomorrow’s AM post.




  1. Karen on February 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    OMG, Workout #2 kicked my booty BIG TIME and I loved it!! I also love almonds, I have homemade trail mix pretty much every day for a snack (dried cranberries, almonds, & cashews). My hubby also eats a lot of it too. Thanks again for all your hard work with Winter Shape-Up.

  2. lisa on February 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Still sore from workout 1 when I did the second today!

  3. Katie on February 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Workout #2 was awesome! Feeling great so far although pretty sore πŸ™‚

    That just means it’s working!

  4. Jen on February 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Workout 2 was AWESOME! I was sweating buckets by the time I was done the second round. Went to do some cardio (intervals on the elliptical) and was so glad to be done. But, it was the “I can’t believe I made it feeling”! I love feeling like I accomplished something. I have to admit, reading the exercises that were up for this week, I wasn’t so sure, but it makes you feel even more awesome when you do accomplish it! Go all of us for trying!!!!

  5. Nikki on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Loved this morning’s workout! I’m already feeling the burn!

  6. Cassie on February 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Squat jumps!! Killer. HIIT was treadmill intervals!

  7. Kathryn on February 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    great workout!!!!! Did Turbofire HIIT for my intervals! love it!

  8. Linda on February 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I did chisled cardio 45 seconds of jump rope into 45 seconds of burpees into 45 seconds of push ups into 45 seconds of jumping jacks into 45 seconds of mountain climbers then I did a set of plyo moves 45 seconds on 15 rest.

  9. Kristin on February 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I love that you made a video!!! Treafmill for HITT for me. Thanks again for putting all of this together Gina.

  10. julia on February 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

    workout 2 was so tough! and then i tried to do the stairmaster for intervals after…big fail had to switch to the elliptical because my legs were so tired from the squats and lunges!

  11. Kay on February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Loved workout #2! Also really appreciated the video with form cues. I loved workout #1, but I’m still not entirely sure I did the workouts correctly – I did google youtube videos of the moves, but wasn’t sure I found the right thing. It burned so I think I got it pretty close to right πŸ™‚ It’s nice to not have to worry if I’m doing it correctly for workout #2, and i like the suggestions you make to ensure proper form.

    I am just so proud I can do cardio after the workouts now. Last week, the first time I did workout #1, I got on the treadmill and my legs were shaking so much I couldn’t even walk at a fast pace. I didn’t have that problem w/ workout 2. This week I already feel stronger! Love the winter shape up πŸ™‚

  12. Lucie@FitSwissChick on February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I did HIIT with the jump rope!! I loved it. And I did workout 2 with my new shiny color weights. So much fun and so much sweat!! πŸ™‚

  13. Becky on February 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    It was a beast! Loved having the video as a reference πŸ™‚

  14. Kelsy on February 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I loved workout #2. I’m a huge fan of anything in plank so that exercise was my favorite. For my HIIT, I did the treadmill because I am running in 2 5ks next weekend! Thanks for another awesome workout plan to keep me motivated and fend off boredom at the gym!


  15. Christina D on February 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Holy cow workout #2 kicked my butt!! I only did 2 rounds & my legs were shaking by the end. I really think these are the best (& toughest!) winter shape up workouts you’ve made so far

  16. Kristen on February 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Workout #2 was a cardio and leg challenge! My legs were shaking like crazy during the plie squat move. I know I’ll be feeling that tomorrow . . . And the plank combo was KILLER!! I had to modify and still struggled to get all of those reps! It’s a new personal goal of mine to be able to do those like you did in the video. I finished up with a jump rope and high knees combo HIIT. Needless to say, I was a sweaty beast πŸ™‚

  17. Emily on February 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I loved workout 2!!! It definitely left me sweaty this morning πŸ™‚

  18. Mary A on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Loved the side plank combo!! It killed my muscles (in the best way)! For my hiit, I did 1 round of the holiday hiit workout. I originally wanted to do 2 rounds, but by the end my legs weren’t really up to supporting me any longer, so I called it a day. Hours later my legs are still a little wobbly, but I can see so much progress in my strength already after only one week — it’s crazy!
    The video was very much appreciated! I definitely would’ve had incorrect form for a few exercises without it!

  19. Bri Jauregui on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Oooohh I loved workout 2!! Really kicked my booty, I really really enjoed the Plie Squat Deadlift Combo. It was great. I have a little trouble on the Plank combo just because I have bad wrist due to tennis. But other than that I was a sweat hot mess. I also did 15 min of Jump Rope HIIT. I was sufficiently tired and felt great by the end! Whoop Whoop!

  20. Rachael on February 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I loved Workout #2

    The plie squat deadlift wide rows made me feel so strong! (yet weak while doing them πŸ˜‰ Followed the jump rope intervals for the HIIT portion and it was tough! First time jumping rope in a while – biggest take away, I need practice!

  21. Sarah on February 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Loved workout #2! Thanks for putting this together!

  22. Jeannie on February 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I absolutely loved workout 2!!!!!
    I love kettle bell swings and any combos so this was just great! I must say the side plank combo was hard but so unique and I loved it. I usually do HIIT on the treadmill but did did jump ropes for HIIT and really liked it. Gives me another way to do HIIT to keep it interesting. Thanks for the video it was definitely helpful especially for the side plank combo.
    BTW those dark chocolate almonds look sooo good! Never tried them before but love almond breeze unsweetened almond milk. Yum.
    Thanks Gina. πŸ™‚

  23. Charlotte K. on February 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Loved it! My legs are SO sore now. πŸ˜‰ The video was great as it’s easy to let yourself slip with your form if you don’t know exactly what to pay attention to. Very helpful, thanks! πŸ™‚

  24. Michelle O on February 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Loved Workout #2! Woke up early and rocked it out:) really liked the incorporation of some cardio squat jumps in the mix. Was able to keep my heart rate up the whole time. For HIIT I did a combo of jumprope and high knees. So simple but effective. Thanks for the workout!

  25. kristina on February 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    OMG! Workout #2 kicked my butt! I love it! For HIIT I did high knees- I actually (sadly) don’t own a jump rope!

  26. Liesl on February 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Looking forward to doing my first workout #2 tomorrow morning, complete with a jump rope HIIT that I’ll be writing in my training journal tonight.

  27. Eileen on February 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Looked at workout #2 and thanks for the video!! It is greatly appreciated. I hope to try it out by tomorrow morning. My schedule with the babe has been wonky but I did manage to get my HIIT in yesterday- I love your jump rope HIIT workout! I love jump rope workouts in general so feel free to share more of these πŸ™‚

  28. Olivia on February 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Great workout. I got my last round down to 6:40 compared to my first round, which was 7:40. Jump rope HIIT is no joke. It sounds fairly easy until you’re in the middle of it.

  29. Naomi on February 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Had to switch up my workouts this week due to hurting my wrist playing racquetball, so today I did a treadmill incline workout. Hoping to do workout #2 tomorrow morning!

  30. Tracy on February 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Workout #2 done and done, first thing this a.m.! Loved the plie squat deadlift…new move for me! The video was VERY helpful for this new-to-me move. I did my HIIT on the elliptical. Have a great one!!!

  31. Maryz on February 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Workout #2 kicked my booty! Love the video…its always very helpful to me to see how to do the moves correctly. HIIT on the treadmill. Alternating between increasing speed and incline.

  32. Shayna on February 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for much for another great workout. Love the plie squat deadlift combo, but the plank combo, not so much. I pushed through the shakes and managed to complete 3 rounds but have to say I may have muttered some curse words to myself during the last set of planks. Did 15 min. HIIT on the elliptical afterwards.

  33. Emily G on February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Loved the creativity behind all three lunge moves – they felt efficient and more interesting than boring old lunges.

  34. Lauren on February 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    My calves were burning from the HIIT after! I was trying to shovel our sidewalk at work and my shoulders were burning. It feels amazing. I really liked the video and form cues. It really helped to maximize efficiency. Gracias!!

  35. shani on February 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    i really appreciate the push to get back into using weights!

  36. Erin on February 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    First of all, let me confess my love for winter shape up. It’s great! I love that it’s a quick, efficient workout I can complete on my lunch break and leaves me feeling strong and ready to tackle the rest of the day!

    I completed workout #2 today and it was a killer! I did do some modifications because there isn’t a lot of room for jumping around in my tiny gym (and quite frankly I don’t want people watching me do jumping legs and squats) the plie squat with row had my legs shaking and the planks are no joke! I started with lighter weights today and hope to increase them with the next two rounds.

    Thanks, Gina!

  37. Rachel C on February 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Workout 2 is killer! My legs were screaming halfway through, and then my arms joined the party by the end of my second round. But I loved it! I’ve worked harder in the past week then I have in the last 6 weeks and it feels good. Prior to working out, I had some PRO — a serving of almonds, sliced red bell pepper, cucumber and carrots.

    I have a question about the plank combo. Is it better to do the modified version with a weight or the un-modified way but without a weight? Today I use the weight but had to modify the move because I couldn’t keep my balance doing the full move. I think I might be able to do the real version if I didn’t have the weight, but I want to do what is the most effective.

    • Rachel C on February 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Plus I managed 20 and then 25 knee push-ups! Huge deal for me!!!

  38. Keri on February 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Did workout 2 with jump rope HIIT at 6am. Loved it! Can’t wait to do it again! Thanks for the work you put into this.

  39. Amanda on February 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Cardio Pilates today, tackling Workout 2 tomorrow! I love the video, super helpful for visualizing the moves.

  40. Helena on February 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    WORKOUT # 2=VERY Sweaty! Jump Rope for the HIIT!

  41. Rebecca Smith on February 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I did workout 2 this morning and jumping lunges kill me everytime! I followed workout 2 with 30 min turbofire…I love me some Chalene Johnson

  42. Emily on February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I loathed (LOVED!) the jump squats.

  43. Michelle on February 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I love workout 2! I did 3 rounds with 5 min of HIIT jump-rope in between each. I’m kind of clumsy with the jump rope but it was fun to try and I’m hoping to get better at it. I also did a 10 min HIIT on the treadmill after to make up for slow jumping. Felt great at the end and I already notice I’m getting stronger!

  44. Jaime on February 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I finished Workout 2 plus the Jump Rope HIIT- I didn’t know I had it in me! That was my sweatiest workout yet. I reeeeaallly appreciated the video and form cues, with modifications!! Thank you!!!

    Did anyone else find it extremely easy to eat like a PRO yesterday? (chicken wings with carrot and celery sticks)

  45. Sarah on February 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Workout #2 was another knockout! I did HIIT on the treadmill and I was a sweaty beast! Thanks again for WSU!

  46. Tracey on February 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Was left a sweaty mess and then finished up with cardio movements for my HIIT!

  47. Tara on February 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I’m doing workout #2 tomorrow, but I did get my 5 K training in today. Go me!

  48. Kerri on February 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Loving this workout! Still in training mode for my half marathons, so I did 4 miles on the treadmill at a 7:30 pace. Then came home and had sauteed kale, braised white beans and nooch! YUM! Thanks for the video!

  49. Jamie on February 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I take almonds to work just about every day because not only are they delicious, but they’re so easy to eat on the go or quickly between my classes.

    Thank you thank you thank you for the workout video! It helps so much to see the proper form! I did workout 2 (awesome workout!) and then went on the treadmill for 45 seconds on, 90 seconds off for my HIIT!

  50. Jay on February 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    W#2 was great! Did that with HIIT jump rope. Besides whacking myself with the jump rope a few times (ouch), it was a fun, fun workout. I was a sweaty mess. πŸ™‚ Woohoo!

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