Planksgiving Workout

Hi friends! Happy almost-Friday! How about a little workout?

It’s important to give planks this holiday season….   

Side plank planksgiving

(Outfit is from Fabletics; shoes are my fave New Balances)

This one is bodyweight only, so this means that it’s the perfect option to do anywhere, especially while traveling. You don’t need any equipment, so no excuses. 😉 This combines some of my favorite strength moves, in addition to a crazy plank combo.

[Little note: I love to try all of the workouts on the blog before posting. I’m a stickler for sequencing and like to make sure that the exercises flow well and that the combo is sweaty enough. Since I’m not back on the workout wagon, I didn’t get to try this one, but just snapped some quick pics of the moves for ya. I hope you love it!]

Here’s the workout if you’d like to give it a try! 

Planks giving workout - a total body circuit without equipment

Form cues and tips:

This workout is meant to be done circuit-style. You’ll go through then entire workout, and then repeat it up to 2 more times for 3 max total sets of each exercise. Try to move quickly and efficiently through the moves. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed. 

Plank sequence

Regular plank (30 seconds): make sure that your body is in one straight line from your head, all the way back through your knees or toes (depending on whether you’re modifying). If you’re on your toes, press back through your heels, and no matter what, keep your hips in line with your spine. Tilt your chin away from your chest so your neck stays long, and take some nice deep breaths.

Side plank with front leg raise (30 seconds): [modify by placing bottom knee on the ground). Lift up through your bottom oblique and make sure your entire hand is planted into the floor. Challenge option: top leg kick forward, and tap with your top extended arm. 

Side plank with front leg raise

Reverse plank (30 seconds): come into a seated position, and with your hands below your shoulders, press through your hands to lift up your hips. Take your gaze towards the ceiling, and try to avoid letting your head droop back. 

Opposite side plank (30 seconds): side plank on the opposite side, with the same modification and challenge options. 

Beast to down dog (30 seconds): start in all fours, with your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders. Engage your core to lift your knees off the floor. Hold for 3 breaths before pressing back into down dog. Slowly, and with control, come back to the beast position and repeat for the 30 second block. 

Beast to down dog

The circuit

Plank series** (above)

Crescent lunge press back (20): Start in a crescent lunge with front leg bent at 90 degrees (keep your front knee stacked over your front ankle), and your back leg straight and strong. Bend your back knee slightly, before pressing it back to straighten your leg. 

Crescent press back

Curtsy lunge side to side (20 total): start with one leg forward, and toes angled out 45 degrees. Step your other foot totally back behind the front, so that your foot is behind the opposite shoulder. Sink low into a curtsy lunge, rise, and then step to repeat on the opposite side. 

Curtsy lunge

Crescent lunge press back (20): opposite side

Sumo squat in and out (45 seconds): start in a deep sumo squat, with feet under your shoulders and bending your knees so your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. Your knees should extend towards your toes, but not over your toes. Walk your right foot in to center, and then your left foot, keeping a deep bend in your knees. Walk in and our for 45 seconds total. 

Sumo squat

Push-up and reach (10 total): start on your knees or toes, with hands wide and knuckles pressing into the floor. Keep your hips down as you perform your pushup, exhaling on the way up. As you rise, extend one arm and the opposite leg. Place the hand and leg back down before your next pushup. 

Pushup and reach

Triceps pushup (15): knees or toes, with hips in line with your spine and core tight. Keep your elbows close to your body as you lower down, and avoid letting them go above your torso. Exhale to rise. 

Triceps pushup

Single leg hip raise (15 each side): start on your back, with knees bent and feet pressing into the floor. Extend one leg, keeping both knees glued together. Press your hips up towards the ceiling, and lower down to 2 inches above the floor. Lift and lower 15 times total, before switching to the opposite side. 

Hope you enjoy!

What’s your favorite workout for travel? I’ll almost always seek out a barre or yoga studio, and I also love hotel room circuits like this one and this one.

Have a wonderful morning <3



Blast from the past: last year’s Give Planks workout + video + 10 ways to plank

Post Navigation:


  1. Jenna Zoe on November 19, 2015 at 6:35 am

    You look AMAZING. That’s all 🙂

    • queenoffitness on November 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

      DITTO! Wow, Gina. I can’t believe you just had a baby. This just proves how strong your core is!

      • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

        wow, thank you!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

      you are a sweet angel 😉

  2. Lynora on November 19, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I’m impressed by your planking abilities considering you just gave birth! I’ve had a hard time staying on track lately because my kids have been taking turns being sick and I’m exhausted. I need to get back on the wagon and you are always an inspiration!

    • lindsey on November 19, 2015 at 7:15 am

      I literally got on to write that too! I think balancing with my pelvic region like in a plank took me like a year post-birth to feel ok!!

      and the pants are super cute 😀

      • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

        thanks, girl! <3 hope you have a great day

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

      wow, thank you, lovely <3

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 19, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I do plank reaches a lot with a bosu. I love the push up addition. Doing it!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

      *fist bump emoji*

  4. Helene @healthyfrenchie on November 19, 2015 at 7:18 am

    You look amazing! I thought hte pics were from before your pregnancy. Also love your pants 🙂 And thanks for the workout

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

      oh thank you! <3 hope you love the workout!

  5. Anna on November 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Love seeing photos of how to do the exercises along with the instructions. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

      happy to hear you like them!!

  6. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on November 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Considering I totally overslept *facepalm* this morning, I am going to give this a shot! I don’t have time to make it to the gym, since I am in class typing this, but when I get back to my apartment, I am going to give this one a shot. Thank you Gina! Good timing with this. I’ve never done a workout before of yours so I am excited to give it a go!

  7. on November 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it! My favorite travel workout is running! You get to see so much more on foot and get in a workout!

  8. Cathy on November 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

    You look great – can’t believe you just had a baby! This workout looks perfect for me to do while I am out of town for Thanksgiving!

  9. Amanda on November 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

    You look amaze. That is all. <3

  10. Tracy on November 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You’re looking so awesome!!!

    Great workout, too! I love those crescent press backs. I also like to bend the back knee and hold, then do baby pulses until it burns!! 🙂

  11. Alexa on November 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    just to reiterate everyone else, I also thought ‘wow she looks great!’ cute booty, girl!

  12. Sheena @ Paws and Pavement on November 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Cute play on words! I just can’t get into planks. I don’t mind the standard plank although I can’t hold it for very long but all the other ones? How long did it take to build up to those?

  13. Elizabeth on November 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Oh my I got tired just by looking at your images so I will do them tomorrow. I’ve been following a nice little work out for a month now and I love it, however I do like a little variety every new month.
    Thank you!

  14. Yaara Leve on November 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This circuit looks fab!!!! I can’t wait to give it a try! I love all the yoga- inspired moves. It reminds me of a power yoga cardio circuit you shared a while ago. I loved that one! It was a bunch of crescent lunge to warrior three variations! Burns so good! And you are looking amazing mama!!! Did you even just have a baby? lol. Seriously–those leggings look so good on you! And you’re looking really toned and lean! XOXO

  15. Kristen on November 20, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Love your blog and this workout. And you look amazing! Congrats to you!!

    • Fitnessista on November 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

      thank you, friend! hope you love the workout and thank you for reading <3

  16. Melissa @ girlchasingpavement on November 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

    This looks great. Love, love, love your capris! Have a great weekend girl!

  17. Sarah F on November 20, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I definitely echo others in saying you look amazing! Also- this looks like an intense workout- I can’t wait to try it out.

    I travel a lot, both for work and for fun, so I bought myself a travel yoga mat and have online subscriptions for both yoga and barre so I can workout in my hotel room.

    • Fitnessista on November 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

      thank you so much!! what do you use for yoga and barre? i always like to try new ones 🙂

  18. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on November 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I’m impressed with your side plank photos! I found balancing in side plank variations so challenging when I was building back my core after baby #2!

  19. Suman on November 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Loved this workout – did it in my bedroom this morning! I have a question – when I do low-impact bodyweight workouts like this, I typically do them barefoot, but I always wonder if it’s safe or not. It seemed fine for this one, since it was sort of yoga-inspired, but what is the “rule” as to whether it’s necessary to lace up or not for strength workouts?

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.