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How do you want to end this year?

How do you want to end this year?

The focus for November is all about finishing the year strong. This year might have been tough and/or unpredictable, but you can decide how you want to finish it! We’re focused on setting goals, staying motivated, and taking practical steps to stay on track with meals and routines.

 The 2020 Countdown is ON my friends!

I’ve got a serious question for you today …

… there have been literally thousands of memes on social media this year, joking about how crazy 2020 has been and guessing what terrible thing is going to happen next.

You’ve probably seen them. What I want know to is:

How do YOU want to finish out this year?

Do you want to be passive, braced for the next thing that might happen?

Or do you want to take back as much control as you can, and make progress toward whatever you want in your life?

It’s up to you!

As you might guess, I’m definitely NOT going to write off 2020 just yet!

We have TWO MONTHS left of the year. What do you want to accomplish?

What do you want to look back on when we wrap up 2020 and feel proud of?


You can accomplish incredible things between now and the end of the year. 

Just think about the possibilities!

Being able to run a mile … hitting X number of weight workouts … cleaning up your diet so you get your energy back (finally!) after quarantine … anything!

You just need to make a decision on how you want to finish the year.

And just remember that every single decision you make is shaping your future.

“Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.” – Harry S. Truman

Are you with me on finishing out this year strong and with NO excuses!?

Let me know ...

Let’s Finish Strong,

Karina Cross - Master Trainer ACSM ALPOFI ASFA TRX IHP Owner Karina Cross Fitness


Who Makes You BETTER?

There are people in your life who make you BETTER.

WHO are they?

I talk all the time about your “inner circle” or the people on your “team” or in your life who are influencing the way you think, create, act, and ultimately DO.

I have several people in my life who make me BETTER every week also. One of those people is a man named Juan Valencia.

Juan is a special person. I’ve known him for almost 35-years. He’s my friend. He's my mentor. He's my trainer.

He’s been in the fitness field for 32-years. He’s been a Coach in the Institute of Human Performance for 10-years.

I’ve used the term “Maestro” with Juan because he really is the smartest man I know.

He’s the kind of guy that when he’s around, I do my best work. He often “upholds the energy in a room” and has a real pulse on life and people.


I want to know. I’d appreciate seeing who makes you BETTER


And as you get your week off to a GREAT start, make sure you surround yourself with people who make you BETTER.

In the meantime, make sure YOU are getting those around you BETTER as well.

Together, that’s a whole lot of BETTER!!!

Much love…and much BETTER.



Speaking of BETTER... Have you seen our new sign?

Beautiful, isn't it?

Thank You For Helping Us Grow.


This November second, we are getting a Christmas Shoes Angel Tree. 

Christmas Shoes Ministry was founded in Greer, SC in 1996. They provide over 2200 shoes annually.

Christmas Shoes Children are handpicked from our community by school counselors, social workers, children's organizations, Greenville and Pickens County Homeless children liason and the Christmas Shoes team. Their ages range from newborn to 18 years old. All the children are on or below poverty level. Some live in foster care. A large number are considered homeless.

All the organizations & schools they support can be found on their website. We encourage you to take a look!

How can you help?

We are getting a Christmas Shoes Angel tree- You can pick a child off the tree to sponsor. Contact them if you need details. 


To all Karina Cross Fitness members:

I am raising my rates as of January 1, 2021.

The new rates will be $40.00/half-hour session and $80.00/hour session. This  slight price increase comes after much consideration. I remain dedicated to expanding my education which helps me bring you the best knowledge and latest information. Also, I will be making up- grades in the studio that will benefit your workout time with me. THANK YOU for your continued support and trusting me with your health and fitness goals. It is a joy to work with each of you.


The air is getting colder, the holidays are near, a time for celebration with those we hold so dear!

We are so excited to celebrate our CHRISTMAS PARTY with all of you!

When: Friday Dec 4th, 2020.

From: 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Location: 2454 Hudson Road. Greer, SC 29650

Karina Cross Fitness Studio

We are providing light hors d'oeuvres. Please feel free to bring your favorite drink. Yes! You can drink that day. ;)

RSVP by November 20th to Karina or Christin at the studio.


It's Foodie Friday With Christin 

 Perfect for fall - this colorful and healthy harvest quinoa salad is packed with butternut squash, brussel sprouts, apples and cranberries (and it's gluten free, too). Serve it as a meal or as a side dish.

Harvest Fall Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup (225g) uncooked tri-color quinoa

  • 2 cups (235ml) water

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 2 to 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash*

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 8 ounces (225g) brussels sprouts

  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • zest from 1 lemon

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 medium apple (I used a braeburn apple), thinly sliced or cubed

  • 3/4 cup (75g) crumbled feta

  • 1/3 cup (40g) dried cranberries

  • 1/3 cup (10g) chopped parsley


  1. Add quinoa, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan, and let the quinoa cook for another 15 minutes, until all the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan with a lid. Let quinoa sit for 15 to 20 minutes so the quinoa can fluff up. Spread out the quinoa over a baking sheet so that it can cool and dry out a little.

  2. Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  3. Chop off both ends of the butternut squash. Peel outer skin. If you are working with a short squash, split it right down the middle. If the squash has a long neck, cut off the neck first before cutting the bulb in half.

  4. Remove seeds and chop the squash into 1/2-inch chunks. Toss the cubed squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread the squash onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven.

  5. Trim the bottoms of the brussels sprouts. Chop them in half, and then slice them into 1/4-inch strips.

  6. Heat another 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté them for about 2 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the sliced brussels sprouts and cook them for 4 minutes. Season the vegetables with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

  7. Chop up the apple and toss it with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This helps keep the apple from browning.

  8. Add the cooled quinoa, butternut squash, onions, brussels sprouts, apple, feta, dried cranberries and parsley, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, lemon zest, paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a large mixing bowl. Toss all the ingredients together. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Serve.


*If you are using pre-cut butternut squash, you’ll want about 755g or 5 cups of squash.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Calorie information is for 1/8 of the recipe. Amount per serving: Calories: 294, Total Fat 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 300mg, Cholesterol: 8mg, Total Carbohydrate: 42g, Dietary Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 10g, Protein 8g

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