Holiday HIIT workout

With all of the holiday gatherings, traveling and extra to-dos right around the corner, finding time to workout can be a little more scarce than usual. One of the things to remember is to focus on the quality of your training, use it as a time to destress and take a moment for yourself, choosing the activities you enjoy the most. One of my favorite holiday workout memories was a spin class here in Tucson -we were visiting from Valdosta at the time- and the instructor played remixes of holiday music for the class. It.was.amazeballs.

The holidays are the perfect time to get a little more creative with your workout routine to avoid burnout. One of my favorite things to do is find an at-home workout with minimal equipment to do while pastries bake, or at a hotel while we’re on vacation.

Something a little like this:

I put this together as a 5-minute cardio quickie you can do ANYWHERE with just your body weight!

Here’s a text version for my friends who are at work today.

Holiday hiit

Some tips/notes:

-Modify as you need to and always talk to a doc before making any fitness changes

-This workout is based on the best research-based HIIT methods. Feel free to alter/modify as you need to!

-During the 30 seconds ON rounds: push yourself!!

-Feel free to repeat up to 4 times (for 5 total rounds), but I’d say the magic number is 3-4.

-For even more excitement, add these HIIT blasts in between a strength workout.


Hope you love it! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think <3

Off to teach.



Just for fun:Β 31 kids who are too clever for their own good

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  1. Looks like a great workout – I’m really looking forward to giving this a try. :) Thank you!

  2. Whew! My pregnant HR went up just watching that! Ha! Can’t wait until this baby comes and I can try my first HIIT! :)

  3. I can’t wait to do this plus an ab burner in between baking a pumpkin chocolate chip bread and waiting for my parents to get into town. Gina, thank you so much! Without you I would be stressing about not having the time to spend an hour at the gym.

    This kind of good decision, to do a quality work out, is going to lead to more good decisions for me for the rest of the day, such as not overeating!

    Happy Turkey Day to everyone in Tuscon! :)

  4. Looks like a great workout!! Thanks!

  5. Awesome, I’m always looking for quick ways to sneak in some cardio! Thanks for sharing. Going to pin it right now :)

  6. oh this looks tough! can’t wait to try it!

  7. I love your workouts and have been doing Tabata and some of your other suggestions for the past year or so. I incorporate them in to other workouts or do a couple in a row for an after-work blast. I just found out I’m newly pregnant (!!) and am wondering what your thoughts are about doing these style workouts in the first trimester, particularly since right now I am feeling all right (but wonder if it’s just a matter of time before that all goes downhill).

    Thanks for any thoughts you have!

  8. Love it!! This looks awesome and I’m excited to try it out tomorrow!

  9. i love your 5 min workouts!! quick but HARD!

  10. Going to do this now! :)

  11. Sweet!! I love HIIT workouts! Gonna try this one before Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow!

  12. I just finished this workout- OMG! I did 3 rounds and my max HR was 187- I am now completely drenched in sweat- LOVED IT! Thanks Gina!

  13. Great HIIT workout and easy to do at home. I might add this into my Turkey day in-home workout!

  14. Love your workouts!! Thank you!

  15. 5 minute workouts are the best. Nobody can honestly tell you they can’t find 5 minutes to exercise!

    Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! May you be the big poker winner this year πŸ˜€

  16. Awesome workout and I will definitely be doing this tomorrow! Happy thanksgiving!
    Unrelated ques but I know from reading your blog past posts you had a list of fav cookbooks and I can’t find them. :( can you give me the link to thst post? Thanks!!

  17. Love the link about the kids! That cracked me up.

  18. Just finished the workout! It’s a great one; the perfect way to start my day.
    I did it through 2 times…the 2nd time was much easier :)

  19. Great workout! Got my heart pumping!

  20. Dios mio that was awesome!!
    Thanks for your creativity and fun workouts!

  21. Used this as a study break!! very effective and sweaty :) Thank you!

  22. SO SWEATY! i loved it πŸ˜‰

  23. lisa garcia says:

    Finally did this workout. Visiting family at home and rembered this quickie you posted. Ran 1 mike then did Holiday Hiit 4 times. My little nieces were following along with me by the last round. Such a good workout!

  24. This was an awesome workout! I wanted something at home that would shake up my routine and confuse the body a bit! I did 5 rounds and in between each I did an ab exercise fro this ab burner:

    Goal accomplished; I am SWEATY!
    Thanks :)

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