Are you still looking for that extra push to help you up your health and fitness game this year? To my friends both already into healthy living and looking to get into it, I have something that just might help you finally make that baby/huge/awesome/possibly scary step.
I recently received HIIT It! by my good blogging friend, Gina.
A lot of you might recognize her at The Fitnessista! I have been following her blog for years, and have gotten opportunities to travel and attend a handful of blogging events with her. She’s such a delight to hang with, and her informative and relatable personality really shines through in her book.
Gina does a fantastic job at taking you through everything you need to know about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. HIIT is obviously the focus, but she equips you with so much more to help you ease into a healthy weight loss journey.
She shares her personal weight loss experience, her diet bombs (not surprising… not a fan of them!), and successes in finding an overall healthy “more from less” balance in her life with food and fitness.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) never lasts more than 30 minutes, including a short warm-up and cool-down. You can incorporate your favorite types of cardio (biking, jumping rope, running, rowing, stair-climbing, etc.) and plyometric exercises (power movements using maximum force in minimal time), and even use your own bodyweight as resistance.
HIIT is a style of workout you really can do anywhere. I am a huge fan of HIIT workouts and completed her 25 minute the Bodyweight HIIT Blitz workout last night. I shared this photo while I caught my breath and went upstairs a sweaty, jello-legged mess afterwards!
Gina goes through the basics of HIIT workouts, where the interval style of training came from (did you know they date all the way back to Olympic Athletes in the 1900s?), and a complete HIIT dictionary complete with photo demonstrations and cues of all the major movements.
She covers the different training zones and recommends you use a heart rate monitor to track your workouts. (As do I!) She talks about the basics of creating a budget-friendly home gym, and shares plenty of workouts to keep you busy day after day.
What I like most about this book is how it all flows together to create a perfect plan of healthy, active living. Yes, weight loss might be your goal, but the combination of quick and effective workouts you actually want to complete (even at home!), healthy (delicious) recipes, and mindset on how to incorporate it all into your existing hectic lifestyle is really what makes this one stand out from others in it’s niche.
While HIIT is considered to be a “less is more” workout, HIIT It! does not preach a get fit quick through dieting and overexercising approach. The “Lose Weight and Feel Great Fast” part of the title comes with the territory. If you aren’t currently staying active or watching what you eat, chances are it’s going to happen organically when apply her tips and suggestions.
I have also been dying to re-create some of the recipes included in this book. Unfortunately, making anything at home over the weekend wasn’t in the cards for me, but I fully plan on doing so in the future.
Have you seen her Amazeballs? (Yummm.)
You can find some of her favorite recipes featured on her blog, but only a portion of them. She saved some of the best ones (in my eyes: treats!) to debut in the book, and includes all of them as part of a balanced meal plan for the reader.
Beyond the recipes, Gina goes over the basics of healthy eating. She teamed up with registered dietitians and health professionals for this portion of the book, and I found her tips and guidelines very helpful.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to start or even maintain a healthy living lifestyle. HIIT It! provides much more than workouts and recipes, it shares a plan to get on track with your food and fitness!
HIIT It! Giveaway
As part of Gina’s blogging book tour, one lucky Housewife Glamour reader will win their own copy of HIIT It! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you look forward to the most while reading it. Workouts? Recipes? Meal plans? Go!
You have until Midnight Thursday, January 16th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced in this week’s Friday Favorites.
See you later this afternoon!
I would look forward to the workouts the most! I’m getting ready to have a baby and I know afterwards I’m going to want to get back in shape so having a guide for quick workouts would be awesome to have!!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
I am a big fan of Gina’s blog and would love to win! IT would be great to check out the recipes in the book. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
Hi Heather! Thanks for sharing! I most look forward to hearing about what she has tried and why it didn’t work. I think it’s very interesting to learn more about where people come from to get where they are. Happy Tuesday! 🙂
I’d love to check out her recipes!
I love her blog. I think I would look forward to the recipes and the workouts the most
I love Gina’s blog. Very informative. I would love to win her book for workouts, recipes. and just general knowledge. Would be a huge help as I’m muddeling my way into all this. 🙂
Definitely recipes! I’m always looking for new ones to help me eat healthy! 🙂
I’ve been following her blog forever, how fun! I’d love to see her workouts and I’m always open to learning new recipes!
I would love to try more of her workouts and recipes. Everything I have tried from Gina’s blog has been great. I can’t wait to read her book – Amanda
I am definitely most interested in the HIIT workouts themselves–I am such a “chronic cardio” gal and always lack ideas for circuits and general strength training (even if it is just with body weight!).
I would love to add her workouts to my current routine. Right now I’m in a bit of a rut and have found myself wandering around the weight room aimlessly.
Most excited about the advice for an affordable but effective at-home gym. Looks like so much great stuff!
I’m most looking forward to the workouts! I already do HIIT a few times a week but it would be nice to have a few set workouts based on this model and I might be introduced to some moves that I haven’t tried before.
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
I love Gina’s workouts that require little equipment and can be done anywhere!
I am really excited about the variety of HIIT workouts to choose from and all of the healthy, yet tasty snack recipes!
What I look forward to the most while reading HIIT It! = the fun, balanced workouts! I love Gina’s approach to fitness and well-being.
I have heard SO much about this book…it is everywhere! I would be most interested in the workouts. You can never have enough variety and options to do at home. I would love this book…thanks for the opportunity!
I too have been following Gina’s blog for years. I have never tried a HIIT workout on my own, so I’m most looking forward to those.
Definitely the workouts! I’m struggling with creating a workout plan for myself that gets me the results I am looking for, without having to splurge on a personal trainer, so I hope this book will help with that!
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I’d love to get my hands on Gina’s book! All I do is run and one of my goals for 2015 is to diversify my workouts!
Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes
I’d love to read her workouts for some inspiration. I’d also be interested in learning more about Gina’s fitness journey.
The workouts! I need to do more high intensity training vs. long runs 🙂
I’m most excited about the meal plans!!
Recipes and workouts!!
I’m looking forward to the workouts and recipes most! 🙂
Lake Shore Runner
Gina’s book sounds amazing! I love her recipes so I think I am most interested in that. But I also love HIIT workouts so I would love some ideas for at home workouts 🙂
workouts! i am getting more and more into hiit these days!
I look forward to the recipes the most!
Definitely the workouts! I love so many of the workouts she posts on her site and can’t wait for the Winter Shape Up!
Strength and Sunshine
Everything! Love Gina and would love to check out how the book came out!
Definitely the workouts!
Definitely the workouts! The recipes are a nice plus, as well!
Pretty Little Grub
I love HIIT workouts, I would love the book for some more ideas!
For the meal plans!!
I am looking forward to more HIIT workouts from the book! I’m also hoping she included the recipes for her macaroons- yum!
Heather @Fit n Cookies
I’d love to see some HIIT workouts she has in there!
The macaroon recipes!!!!!
I love her blog! I love reading material from different people as it provides so many different perspectives….I think I’d be most excited about the workouts, I always like to try out new ones!
I love Gina’s blog, she really does a great job of letting her personality come through in her writing. I would love to win the book for the workouts mainly, but as I’m just getting started on the “healthy” bandwagon, I could definitely use all the info!
I would love the recipes!!! They all look so good!!!
I’d love to check out all of it. But the workouts probably most of all.
I love her blog!! I would love to win this book for the recipe and meal planning portion!
As an accountant going into tax season would love this book for the quick workouts and healthy snacking ideas!
I think I’d look forward most to the meal plans and the workouts!!
I would love the book to use as a guide. meal plans and workouts. I am not creative at all and don’t have many gyms around my area so having someone who is like a pro write a book and show you eveything you need to know, is perfect for people like myself
Meal plans for sure!
I would love to incorporate HIIT into my workouts!
I would look forward to the recipes. I love finding new things and ways to cook food!
I’m most looking forward to the meal plans! I’ve always been terrible at that and could use all the help I can get!
I keep seeing this book going around blogs and I’d love to get a peek at it myself! Mostly for the recipes. But I’m interested in the HIIT as well.
Hmm tough question! I think what makes Gina’s book stand out is that it incorporates everything you need for a healthy lifestyle. But I think I’m most excited for the HIIT workouts.
Every part of the book sounds great, but I’d love to check out some new recipes!
I want the workouts and the recipes!
Deneene @ Southern Living Yankee
Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!! I love to cook so would definitely read the recipes first! Followed closely by the workouts to try to lose these last pregnancies pounds!!
I would love to try the workouts! I’m always looking for some workout inspiration.
Love her Winter Shape Up! I’m looking forward to the workouts!
I just started taking HIIT classes at the gym and would love to be able to recreate these workouts at home when I’m crunched for time! Thanks for the giveaway!
Looking forward to the workouts the most! I love that she has in there HIIT terminology and examples of how to do the moves.
Looking forward to the mix of meal plan ideas and workouts!
I would love some more inspiration for short and effective workouts.
I’m a long time follower of Gina’s blog. I would love to see some of her recipes!
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I love Gina’s blog and would love to read more of her gluten-free recipes!
I´m interested in the workouts! 🙂
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
I love her recipes on her blog so I would love to see the ones debuted in the book!
Probably the recipes! I’m always looking for simple, healthy meals and snacks to keep me on track during the week!
I’ve done a lot of the workouts she’s posted on her website. But it’ll be great to have them right in front of me in the book!
Oh her workouts for sure! I love using some of them from time to time with my own weekly workouts!
Love, love, love The Fitnessista!! I’ve been following Gina’s blog since the beginning and would be honored to win a copy of HIIT It. I want to get my hands on the macaroon recipes 🙂
Running for Berries
I think I am most excited abut recipes but everything in the book sounds awesome!
I am most excited about new workouts to try! I get in ruts so often so it would be great to have some ready made in a physical book!
I’m most excited about the workouts! I’m intrigued by the HIIT style workouts, but don’t know where to begin…this book would be great for that!
Incorporating HIIT into my workout routine is one of my main fitness goals of 2015, getting this book would be the perfect way to get fully immersed into the HIIT world!
I’d love to use the workouts! I teach Zumba for college credit and love incorporating new types of workouts like this to mix things up!
I really want to use the workouts. I’m quickly approaching 60 and run 3-4 days a week but the New England weather isn’t the best right now (so freakin cold and slippery, tho not much snow). I’ve been trying to figure out what to do at home. This book (besides your posts on exercises) seems like it would fit the bill!
I have such a difficult time putting together balanced meals, so I’m most looking forward to the meal plans.
I’m definitely most excited about the healthy recipes! Need some more options!
Lori S H
I love her blog and recipes!
The recipes! Yum!
i love gina’s blog and am definitely interested in the HIIT workouts!
I’ve just discovered her HIIT workouts and would really be excited to have them laid out in front of me instead of my phone!
id love to see the work out plans! I love her recipesnad workouts already 🙂
Thank you for this article, I would see this book he looks perfect for me 🙂
I’m looking forward to everything in her book! I’ve been following her blog for quite some time and she’s actually how I found your blog!
Aw, that’s awesome to hear – I’m so glad you did! Thank you for your support <3