Tabata strength circuit {video}

Is anyone else really excited this week? It’s not just the visions of Black Friday shopping and face-planting into some stuffing, but I really love our family traditions. We always end up playing poker, the guys golf, and we spent a lot of time eating and chatting around a bonfire. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and Livi actually understands what’s going on. Someone will mention Thanksgiving, and Livi will immediately make her “gobble gobble” sound. 


Even though I have the little bit of butterflies excitement going on, I’m also kind of sad. This holiday season feels bittersweet since it’s our last one in Tucson for a while, and even though I know we’ll visit and everything will be fine and lovely etc., I got spoiled by actually living here. We’re stoked about the move, but I can’t help but feel melancholy when I think of the people and things we’ll miss. In the meantime, we have a lot of awesome things to look forward to.

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(Our house, Christmas morning last year)

In happier news, how bout a workout video? πŸ˜‰

I’m not sure about you guys, but as more and more events start to build up during the holiday season, it can become more challenging to get in a quick workout. That’s why it’s important to focus on quality instead of quality, and make sure you’re getting the highest bang for your proverbial workout buck. Sasha and I put together this fun and KILLER Tabata circuit video to share. It includes Tabata bodyweight intervals -which are fantastic for torching calories during the workout and throughout the rest of the day- and challenging strength sets. It’s 20 minutes long, which is perfect to squeeze in before holiday events and to-dos.

Tabata circuit



-Set of dumbbells

-Kettlebell or heavy dumbbell

Here’s the video:


and a text version for my friends at work: 


Strength and tabata circuit

We hope you love it!

If you only have 20 minutes to work out, what do you usually do?

What are you looking forward to this week?

See ya later today with the first of my 2013 holiday gift guides!



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  1. This looks like such an amazing workout! Can’t wait to try it! I love doing Tabata or HIIT workouts when I’m short on time so this looks great.

  2. So doing this on Wednesday!!!!!!

  3. Totally agree! I’m really excited for Thanksgiving! I definitely try to maintain my workouts and love a quick HIIT workout when things get super busy.

  4. This is perfect for the holidays! Thank you!!

  5. Love this! I’m going to do it this morning!

  6. I just did this workout and it is awesome!! I love workouts that you can do anywhere. Especially with the holidays coming up, which means busy schedules and travel.

  7. I love this! I am often short on time so I love finding shorter workouts that get the job done! thank you

  8. I did this yesterday and it made me sweaty.

  9. Did it during my lunch break today – SWEATY BETTY! Woo! Perfect.

  10. I actually squeezed in a 20 minute workout yesterday! I did 15 minutes on the treadmill (alternating each minute between 6.2 and 8.2mph) and a few upper body machines. Can’t wait to try this circuit though – looks awesome!

  11. Thank you!! Needed a quick workout idea and reminder to keep it as the priority this week!

  12. I of course am looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending some time with my hubby!

  13. i coouldve so used this yesterday! haha. i will probably be doing it over break, thanks πŸ™‚

    • I just did this! modified b/c i cant do swings, so i did:
      strength 1 (x2)
      tabata 1
      strength 2 (x2)
      some weighted jumping squats

      loved the tabata this way! thanks for putting it together!

  14. That looks like a fantasic, kick-butt workout, ladies! Can’t wait to try it!
    Also love that Livi makes a gobble gobble soundβ€” so adorable.

  15. I just posted a little Tabata workout on my blog the other day too. It’s such a fantastic cardio workout, I love it! I’ve been taking the 45- minute class at my gym

    Usually when all I have is 20, I’ll do a quick HIIT workout if it’s cardio or pull up one of your strength workouts from a winter or summer shape up.

    Today I only had 12 minutes for cardio after Pilates and almost skipped it, but decided instead to make it count with a little HIIT.

  16. I love quick and intense workouts! Pinned this!
    If I only have 20 minutes, I try to do circuit style as well – always including the jump rope.

  17. I did this yesterday and really enjoyed it – although I do have knee trouble so could not do the large amount of squats. Suggesting an alternative would be great within any future videos. Also, not sure if it was just my TV but the sound had a large echo and was quite hard to hear you. Other than that I really enjoyed the longer follow along format.

  18. I am so looking forward to being home with my family!!

  19. Thank you for an awesome workout!! I did this one this morning and it was one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while!!

  20. Thanks for this + the recent barre burner! It’s so nice of you to share. Happy Thanksgiving! (Can’t wait for the WSU!)

  21. I did most of this tabata workout yesterday. I didn’t have a kettlebell so used hand weights, which worked okay. I had to modify and couldn’t get through the whole thing once we got to the inch worm part but hopefully i’ll improve as I continue to try. I then did your and Sasha’s belly dance video, twice. THanks! I’ve said it before that you and Sasha work so well together.

  22. Looks like such a good workout! I also love the traditions that surround the holidays πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you and your little family!

  23. I’ve been following the blog for ages (love it) but just thought I would let you know I’m really loving your short and sharp workouts – especially the ones that don’t involve a whole lot of equipment! I recently moved to another country, so have been spending a lot of time working out to keep myself busy! Thanks so much for posting!

  24. Awesome workout for this thanksgiving morning:)) happy thanksgiving Gina!

  25. Just wanted to let you know that I love this workout! It’s goes by quickly and is super effective! Thank you for posting this.. I would love more like this!

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