WSU Week 2

Hello to another Monday,

goodbye to another glorious baby meal.

baby meal2

Our friends Bob and Emily came over last night to hang out and brought dinner. Bella wouldn’t leave Bob alone (she LOVES him) and Emily, the baby whisperer, held Livi while we all chatted. Dinner was incredible, too.

Roasted winter vegetable soup with carrots, sweet potato, parsnips and butternut squash


(I need to ask them for the recipe- it was so good, very thick, and a thousand times better than a similar version I picked up at Whole Foods a few weeks ago)

Salad with greens, scallions, mushroom, radish and cucumbers


and homemade bread, which was the Pilot’s favorite.


I’ll definitely miss the baby meals when they’re over- we’ve been so blessed to have the support and help from our squadron friends. One day I’ll get back in the swing of cooking on top of everything else, and while I miss my favorite classes and teaching, I don’t feel ready to work out again at all. I still have two more weeks until my checkup appointment, and will probably just walk in the meantime around the neighborhood if we feel like getting out of the house. I’m just glad to not be on bed rest anymore.

I’m living vicariously through all of you who have been rocking out the Winter Shape Up- I’m so glad that you guys are enjoying it so far!

For the details on Winter Shape Up, check out last week’s intro post.

Here’s this week’s workout:

This week’s workout is a combination of traditional strength training moves, a hill drill, and some HIIT intervals as the cherry on top.

Please keep in mind that all of the WSU workouts were designed for the average gym-going Jane, who is already familiar with proper form. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask a trainer at your gym to help you out! Remember, it’s much better to modify or change an exercise than risk injury.

The entire workout should take about an hour, and should be performed on non-consecutive days. I’d recommend doing steady state cardio, flexibility training or active rest on the in-between days.



(as always, check with a doc before making any fitness or nutrition changes)

1. Warm-up Cardio of choice 5-7 minutes
2. Squat, hold and pulse 12 squats, hold the squat for 30 seconds, pulse for 30 seconds (repeat all 3 times) Challenging weight (dumbbells or barbells)
3. Deadlifts 3 sets of 12-15 Challenging weight (dumbbells or barbells)
4. Bent-over row 3 sets of 12-15 Challenging weight (dumbbells or barbells)
5. Plank down and up 1 minute Bodyweight
6. Mountain climbers 1 minute Bodyweight
7. Hill drill Cardio equipment of choice 5 minutes- gradually add incline until you can’t take it anymore. Focus on resistance, not speed
8. Bench fly 3 sets of 12-15 Challenging weight (8-15 lb dumbbells)
9. Bench pullover crunch 3 sets of 12-15 Light weight dumbbells (3-5 lbs each)
10. Bench split squat with bicep curl and overhead press 3 sets of 10-12 on each side Challenging weight (dumbbells; 8-15 lbs each)
11. HIIT intervals 15 minutes total Alternate 30 seconds HARD (which can be speed, resistance or a combo of the two) and 1 minute 30 seconds recover (easy) for 15 minutes
Cool down and stretch    


For this week’s meals, I thought it would be fun to share ideas and hopefully get some new tricks for clean breakfasts, snacks, lunches/dinners.

So tell me friends, what are your favorite healthy choices for Shape Up-style meals?

Here are some of my ideas for this week:


Breakfast: Crepes with protein fluff

Snack: 1 egg, mustard and lettuce/veg on whole-grain toast

Lunch/dinner: Sweet potato and black bean chili, chicken breast of vegan protein of choice

As always, please let me know what you think of the workout and leave your comments here so we can cheer each other on 🙂

Happy training!



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  1. Laury on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    If you get that recipe you need to send it to me. That is like one of my fav soups and it looks so amazing!!! I am being dead serious 🙂
    Great job with the WSU! You put so much work into this and it’s an awesome program!

  2. Amara@GirlinaWhirl on January 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I just read your birth story, and I doubt you’re going to read comments this far down, but I still have to say it brought tears to my eyes. I felt so bad about the extra three hours! I had all three of my kids without an epidural, but I don’t know if I could have taken it that long. I know just what you meant about fighting the contractions made them worse, and how when they’re too close together you feel like you’re going to die. I’m so proud of you (although we’ve never met), and happy for you. Also, your baby is BEAUTIFUL!

  3. theorist on January 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    that soup looks great!

  4. Azka on January 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for the workout! The HIIT intervals were amazing!
    Hope you’re doing better and things are falling into place 🙂

  5. Julie on January 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

    This workout looks fun! I can’t wait to do it!

  6. Emily on January 24, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I just happened to stumble on this link; I didn’t know if you had seen it or not. Congrats on making the list!

  7. Erin on January 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Excellent work out! That was definitely a good one. 1 down 2 more to go!

  8. Tara on January 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hi Gina, just a quick question. If I’m not able to get to the gym for work-outs and decide to do them at home, what’s a good alternative to the hill drill without any cardio equipment? (Nothing like living in the Great White North!)

  9. Stephanie B. on January 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I just got back from doing the WSU week 2 workout at the gym – it was so amazing! I feel really energized and ready to take on anything right now! Which is good because I have a lot of reading to do for school, blah. Such a great plan – thanks again for putting this together. I take back what I said earlier about loving squats, though… those pulses were KILLING me! And I was quivering during the bench split squats at the end, too 🙂

    One question for you – during the bench pullovers, what muscles are being targeted?

  10. Stephanie B. on January 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Did my second week 2 workout today and feel great. Those squats are seriously no joke!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm


  11. Mandy on January 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Just finished this for the third (and last) time this week. My legs are killing me. Thanks again for pushing me. Yoga calls this weekend to stretch it out.

  12. Stephanie B. on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Did my 3rd week 2 workout this morning – really loved the plan this week! Those split squats were pretty evil, though, haha. Can’t wait for next week! Hope you’re having a great weekend and that Tom doesn’t have to work so he can spend time with you and Olivia 🙂

  13. jodie on April 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    That soup still makes me drool. Were you able to get the recipe?

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