Do you ever feel like briefly getting away from the holiday rush, shopping, work, family, kids, loud relatives and yuletide stress?
During this time of year, that feeling occasionally happens to me, and when it does, I head to the gym for a hard holiday workout. After all, multiple research studies have proven that exercise is stress relieving and produces loads of happy endorphins.
Plus it feels good to just throw some Tiesto in my .mp3 player and just lay down the hurt for a little while – burning a ton of calories and injecting an enormous amount of both cardiovascular and muscular fitness into my body during the process.
So if Santa music at the mall isn’t doing for you, then toss this full-body, hard holiday workout into your routine once or twice this holiday season, and I guarantee you’ll leave the gym feeling refreshed, restored and (my apologies in advance) slightly sore.
The workout is split into three separate blocks (upper body, cardio and lower body) and will probably take you about two hours (I did it 4 days ago and it took me 2:04). Feel free to add or subtract as you please to fit your time, or even split it into the upper body component in the morning and the cardio and lower body components in the evening.
Finally, be sure to scroll down to the end of this post for a little bonus I’ll throw your way if you make it through the whole routine.The Full-Body, Hard, Slightly Insane Holiday Workout
Block 1: Upper Body
Warm-up/movement prep:10 Dynamic Arm Swings in each direction10 Lateral Lunges in each direction5 Four-Step Hip Stretches per side5 Standing Lat Stretch per side20 seconds Figure Four Stretch per side20 second Scorpion Stretch per side
Chest:4x through 10 Stability Ball Chest Press to 20 Med Ball Slams (recovery is 30 seconds jumping rope or jumping jacks after each set)
Shoulders:4x through 10 Overhead Push Press to 20 Dumbbell Side Raises (recovery is 30 seconds jumping rope or jumping jacks after each set)
Back:4x through 5 Wide-Grip Pull-Ups to 20 Straight Arm Cable Pulldowns (recovery is 30 seconds jumping rope or jumping jacks after each set)
Arms:4x through 10 Alternating Biceps Curls to 10 Tricep Pushdowns (recovery is 30 seconds jumping rope or jumping jacks after each set)
Core:4x 10 Bicycle Crunch per side to 20 Side Plank Rotations per side (recovery is 30 seconds jumping rope or jumping jacks after each set)
Block 2: Cardio
9×30 seconds treadmill sprint – maximum incline and maximum speed you can handle.After first, second and third sprints: 20 push-upsAfter fourth, fifth and sixth sprints: 20 body weight squatsAfter seventh, eighth and ninth sprints: 10 Swing Squats per side
Block 3: Lower Body
Warm-up/movement prep:10 side-to-side leg swing per side10 front-to-back leg swing per side
Legs:Complete 4x through the following 4 exercises, with minimal rest:10 dumbbell or barbell squats 10 dumbbell or barbell deadlifts 3 single leg squats per side25 fire hydrants per side
Core (yes, again):20 stability ball pikes to 20 stability ball bridge
Cool-DownFull body foam roller – 10 rolls per body part
You made it. At least through the reading part. Now you ready to do it?
Here’s the bonus if you do:
I will send a hard copy book/DVD of the Shape21: The 21 Day Lean Body Manual to the first person that A) puts on a heart rate monitor; B) completes this entire workout then C) sends me the heart rate monitor file to prove you did the workout, along with a quick video of you telling me how the workout felt or any other noteworthy thoughts of the workout (just send to support @ bengreenfieldfitness.com).
I will also give a digital copy of Shape21 to anybody who does what I just described above! But the first person to do it gets a hard copy.
Get it for yourself, or anybody else you want to burn fat, get lean muscle or make sore.
They’ll thank you later.
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