Today I have a fun Christmas themed workout for you.
Christmas is in just a few days! How did that happen so quickly? Thankfully I have all of my Christmas shopping and baking done. I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year and being able to spend time with my family. While it still won’t be a “normal” Christmas due to an increase of Covid cases here in Calgary, I’m going to try to make the best of it.
It’s been a hot minute since I last shared a workout on the blog. I’ve got a new one for you just in time for Christmas. I actually had a lot of fun putting this workout together, so I hope you’ll enjoy it! You can find my other Christmas workouts here, here, and here.
You’ll need access to a gym for this workout because it includes leg presses. In addition you’ll need a set or two of dumbbells and some space to be able to do the skaters and high knees. If you do this workout be sure to tag me on Instagram.
Perform 12 reps of each exercise before resting for 1 minute and then moving onto the next one on the list. After completing all exercises once, rest as needed before starting over again. Complete three or four times through for a full workout.
- Overhead press – to put the star on the top of the Christmas tree
- Dumbbell squats – to put the gifts under the tree
- Lateral raises – to make snow angels
- High knees – to go to the window to look for Santa’s sleigh
- Skaters – to enjoy the wintery outdoors
- Bicep curls – to drink hot apple cider
- Leg press – to be able to jump over snow drifts
Here are the descriptions of the above exercises just in case you need a refresher.
- Overhead press: Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position.
- Dumbbell squats: With feet hip width apart and dumbbells in your hands at your sides, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees and ankles. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, again using your glutes to propel yourself.
- Lateral raises: With your arms down at your sides with a dumbbell in each hand, slowly raise your hands away from your body to the side, keeping your arm straight at the elbow. Once your hands reach shoulder level, slowly lower them back down to your sides.
- High knees: Starting in a standing position, quickly bring your left knee up in front of you as high as you can. Step back down and repeat with your right leg. Repeat.
- Skaters: With your knees slightly bent, jump to the right and land on your right leg with your left leg bent behind you with your foot just off the ground. Keep your left foot off the ground. Pushing off with your right foot, jump to the left and land on your left foot, keeping your right leg bent and right foot off the ground behind you.
- Bicep curls: Start with the feet hip width apart, and back in a neutral position. With a dumbbell in each hand, keep your elbows in close to your side and raise the dumbbell upwards. Movement should be at the elbow, not the wrist. Lower the dumbbell with a controlled movement, not allowing gravity to take over.
- Leg press: Sit down in the leg press machine. Place your feet hip width’s apart so that your knees are over top of your toes. Release the safety and push your feet away from your body using your glutes and quads. Once your legs are fully extended, slowly bring your feet back towards yourself, once again using your leg muscles to stay in control of the speed. Repeat. At the end of the set rest the platform on the safety again.
I hope you all have fun during the holidays and are able to spend time (whether in person or virtually) with your favorite people. Merry Christmas!
As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout for your own body.