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Time Saving Holiday Workout



The holidays are upon us, and our time gets spread thin with all the traveling, shopping, and holiday parties.  You’ve spent the year working on your fitness goals, so don’t slack off during the holidays and diminish your progress.  Whether you’re traveling or just don’t have as much time as you usually do, here are some exercises you can do under 30 minutes, just about anywhere, with little to no equipment.


Perform these exercises in a circuit. Work for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and then move on to the next exercise. Rest up to 2 minutes at the end of the circuit, and then start over.  Repeat circuit 2-3 times.


– Jumping Jacks

– Push-ups

– Squat Jumps

– Full Sit-ups

– Pike Push-ups

– Lunge Jumps

– Side Plank (each side)

– Mountain Climbers

– Single Leg Pistol Squat (each leg)

– Plank Jacks

– Single Leg Hip Thrusts


Give this 30-minute workout a try to maintain your cardiovascular fitness, strength, and sanity this holiday season. If you push yourself and move quickly from exercise to exercise, you can get a great workout in half the time.


If you would like more ideas on staying on track this holiday season, please contact Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Anderson at the Seattle Athletic Club.

Variations of Jumping Jacks

Many people think of jumping jacks as an activity people did for fun when they were younger, just like jump roping. This is true, but they are still known as great cardiovascular exercises. I will be going through nine different types of jumping jacks to add some variation to your workouts. Some are more difficult than others, but most can be used for all fitness levels.

  • Standard Jumping Jack
  • Modified Jumping Jack
  • Cross-Jack
  • High Knee Jack
  • Split Jack
  • Squat Jack
  • Hop Jack
  • Plank Jumping Jack
  • Push up Jack
  • Burpee Jack

If you are bored of the standard jumping jack, here are some other types you might like to try within your workout. If you have any questions please contact Amber Gruger.