Zumba with me! “Se Le Ve”

One week in and I’ve already dined out.. during Dine-In December.

Shrimp and brown rice

It was a long day at work and I had no idea what I was going to cook for dinner, feeling a little apprehensive after the tempeh fail. A good friend asked me to join her for dinner after Liv was already in bed, and since the Pilot was home, I was able to go out and enjoy a lovely meal. It was all healthy food, I didn’t have to make it (or ruin it? haha), and she treated me. My two main caveats for Dine-In December were easily fixed with this one meal.. and I feasted my heart out.

Salad bar, the above shrimp, calamari, soup and dessert (raspberry sorbet).

Β Salad bar

And then, my food baby and I filmed a little Zumba video for you πŸ˜‰


The response was so great last week– thank you so much for letting me know that you liked it!- that I figured it would be fun to do another one. It’s a great option for at-home cardio, and I’d love to eventually have enough Zumba videos up to make up an entire cardio workout. How fun would that be?! In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this one along with any of the Tabata Thursday videos, ab burners or the Holiday HIIT.

For copyright reasons, I muted out the song. You can watch it on the YouTube video below (if you open it in another video and pause it, you can easily start it to sync up at the indicated time in the video)– I also included a little preview of the chorus with the music so you know where it should match up. I’m sorry that it’s such a pain, so please let me know if you have any other ideas to make it work.

This one is a salsa/reggaeton (salsaton!). Hope you enjoy and as always, I love to hear what you’d like to see on the blog or future YouTube videos. Your feedback means the world to me πŸ™‚

Happy shaking,


Β If you could do any fitness event this weekend, what would you choose? I’m itching to do another Zumbathon after the one we did a few weeks ago.



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  1. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin on December 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    You make me want to get into Zumba! Never tried it before (I’m a terrible dancer) but I know you don’t have to be an advanced dancer to go. I need to suck it up and try it because it looks like a blast. Maybe I’ll try yours at home first before going to a real class πŸ™‚

  2. jackie7288 on December 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

    im trying zumba for the first time this weekend! wish me luck πŸ™‚

  3. Jacquelyn on December 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hi Gina! I love all of your videos. They are super fun and I appreciate how much work must go into those. Which is why I feel bad about this request… I’ve never taken Zumba and even though I’ve danced my whole life and can quickly pick up on choreography, the one thing that is missing from these videos are the voice cues that are so helpful in dancing. If it is possible to do a voiceover or even text cues at the bottom of the screen telling us what is to come next, that would be so super helpful. It would also help us newbies learn the Zumba terms!


    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

      hey girl! i make the videos similar to a live zumba class- we’re actually not supposed to use verbal cueing, only physical. it’s one of those things where the more you do it, the easier it gets. you’ll get the feel for it, and certain moves will always repeat within songs

      • Jacquelyn on December 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

        oh good to know! I’ll just have to play it on repeat!

  4. Lucie on December 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Awe, thank you for making this video! I love it and I use to absolve one of your ab burners after every workout I do at home. They’re great!! And yumm, that dinner looks delicious, I love scampi. Happy Weekend!!

  5. Brittany on December 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I am planning to do some Zumba tonight at home. I really new to get to my real Zumba class but this is the next best thing.

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Ah I love it! Thanks so much for this girly!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) on December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I am so not a dancer but I loved doing this! Pinned πŸ™‚

  8. RachelG on December 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

    YOGA!! Did a little stretch this morning and now that our friends who we’re visiting this weekend have a house with a guest room, I’ll have plenty of sun salutation space. πŸ™‚

  9. Janice on December 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Love this, thank you so much! I’m new to Zumba so these at home options are great for me and make me feel more confident when I go to class. I suffer from lack of rhythm but Zumba is such a blasty it doesn’t matter! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      it’s just for fun, anyway- if you’re moving, you’re burning calories πŸ™‚

  10. Lauren on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    So fun — love “Dance Cardio” with Gina! πŸ˜‰
    I love a little booty shakin’ to get my day going.

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm


  11. Abby on December 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t think my hips will ever move like that, but its always fun to try!

  12. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on December 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Love it Gina! Keep the Zumba videos coming!

  13. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction on December 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love itttttt…I wrote before that I am new to Zumba, but love the class! Despite the fact that I have n ocoordination and am probably the worst one there I still go! I have no prior dance experience which is not in my favor, but I don’t feel judged so it’s all good! Maybe one day I will be able to move as well as you with some practice….?! Haha, probably not!

  14. Kelster on December 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You’re definitely making me want to Zumba!

  15. Jenn on December 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Great video. I thought the dual window thing for the music would be difficult, but the cues made it super easy. It was a fun Friday a.m. wake me up while I was falling asleep at work (I work from a home office, so no coworkers to think I’m crazy)

  16. Yaara Leve on December 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    You’re such a good salsa dancer!! I want to try this but still letting my ankle heal.
    Also–sorry to bother you again–I sent you another Facebook message. Thanks πŸ™‚

  17. Amy on December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Gina, I have always being wanting to try Zumba, but the footworks looks..ugh.. impossble. Are there set moves for Zumba that I can learn step by step?

    Thank you!

  18. Katie@ skinnyminniemoves on December 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    what is the sauce underneath the shrimp?

  19. Amy on December 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    That workout dance thing looks fun or you make it look easier…………….:)

    Just had to say I went over to Trader Joe’s………..stocked up on good eats and had to get a bag of the dark choc. pb sea salt carmel truffles and a small bag at the checkout of the dark choc. pb cups for .99 both are delish! Stopped for wine at TJ’s and happily went home.

  20. Eva @ committed2nutrition on December 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    LOVE ZUMBA!! as you know I teach also πŸ™‚ great choreo girl!

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      thanks! πŸ™‚

  21. Grace on December 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Gina! I did my first ever zumba class on Tuesday and I absolutely LOVED it! it was like a party at the gym! A friend convinced me to go with her and I was apprehensive (I have zero coordination) but I made up for my lack of ability with maximum enthusiasm! I love your blog, especially the posts from when you were pregnant because I am a student midwife (midwifery is an honours degree subject in the UK)!x

  22. Anon on December 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    It’s c’est la vie

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Not if you’re speaking in espanol

  23. Karen on December 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    loved your zumba video; it rocked!

    i do have one minor suggestion, i’m not much of a dancer so it would’ve been better if you provided play by play instructions.

  24. @pluvk on December 8, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Oh yes! I really had a lot of fun with your last zumba video that I actually watched one of your older ones (where you were teaching a class) and tried to follow along. It’s definitely a lot of fun, and makes trying a class less intimidating. Thanks!!

  25. Reghan on December 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I’ve tried Zumba twice now! While I’m not the greatest at it I do think I could get better and love going. I’m going to try these videos when I get a minute one day at home! Maybe it will help me practice lol

  26. Jennifer P. on December 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    It helped so much more that you posted the YouTube video of the song along with the video of your routine. Much easier than trying to find the correct video on YouTube! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      yay, i’m glad!

  27. Mona on June 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Great Zumba video. I go to health club that offers it, but never tried it. I feel awkward .
    Thx again

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