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: 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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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