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. Christie @ on November 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    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.

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

  2. Jackie on November 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    So doing this on Wednesday!!!!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      hope you like it πŸ™‚

  3. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on November 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

    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. Caroline on November 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This is perfect for the holidays! Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      of course! hope you enjoy!

  5. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

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

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      let me know how it goes!

  6. Brynn on November 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    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.

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      awesome! so glad you got a great workout

  7. Maria on November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      of course! hope you like it πŸ™‚

  8. Julie on November 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I did this yesterday and it made me sweaty.

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm


  9. Carsen on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      wahoo! πŸ™‚

  10. JennP on November 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    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. Jennifer on November 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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

  12. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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

  13. priya on November 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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

    • Priya on November 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

      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. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on November 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    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. Laura B @ Fit Mama Love on November 26, 2013 at 2:03 am

    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. Lucie on November 26, 2013 at 4:47 am

    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. Laura on November 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

    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. Livi on November 26, 2013 at 7:46 am

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

  19. Elizabeth on November 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    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!!

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

      !!!! πŸ™‚

  20. Amy on November 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

  21. Kelly on November 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    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. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on November 27, 2013 at 5:18 am

    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. Gemma on November 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    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. Cara on November 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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

  25. Kat on December 20, 2013 at 3:11 am

    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!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

      :)! so happy you like it! we’re filming more this weekend, so we’ll definitely do a similar one

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