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2014 Christmas Cookie Crusher Workout {Gym + Home Versions}

I don’t know about you but the Christmas cookies are ABUNDANT over here.ย I think I’ve averaged somewhere between 2-5 cookies every day for the last week!

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I mean, seriously…between what I’ve been baking for gifts and get togethers and what I’ve been gifted by friends and clients, it’s been a sugar extravaganza. I’m probably going to go into withdrawal in January with cold sweats. ๐Ÿ˜›

One of the best ways I find to combat extra holiday treats is to stay committed to my workouts. ย I usually don’t have hours to spend at the gym this time of year (or…ever…) so I’m all about quick, efficient, effective and intense workouts.ย I programmed a “Christmas Cookie Crusher” workout to get myself and my clients through the holidays.

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I was texting with one of my small groups about scheduling for this week and promised them the Cookie Crusher workout. They agreed to be the guinea pigs before I posted the workout on the blog.

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They showed up at 5:30 a.m. ready to tackle the workout and did a great job! The verdict?

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My clients loved the Cookie Crusher and reported that they wouldn’t change anything about the workout. And because I’m the best trainer ever…I brought all of my clients this morning my no-bake chocolate peanut butter ballsย for making it through the Cookie Crusher workout. We’ll call them “healthy” because they use natural peanut butter, cocoa and coconut oil. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s your 2014 Cookie Crusher Workout!

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The gym version features mixture of bodyweight and weighted exercises. You’ve seen all of these movements on the blog before. The only thing I think you might have questions about is the man maker. It’s a push up to a single arm row on both sides. You can check out a video of me doing a man maker complex. Note,ย the variation I’m asking you to do here is what you see in the first 10 seconds of the video. Ignore the thruster part of the complex.

The workout took my clients anywhere from 15-25 minutes to complete this morning. The important thing about chipper style workouts is to pace yourself. Don’t sprint in the beginning and use up all of your gas. Work hard but pace your effort so you can keep moving steadily throughout.

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And here is the home/travel variation featuring bodyweight exercises only.

As always, let me know if you have questions or feedback. Happy sweating!

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Allyssa Sorenson December 22, 2014, 12:10 pm

    I think I am going to have to try this workout tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run December 22, 2014, 12:37 pm

    So great you made 2 versions – thanks!

    Love the name: let’s crush those cookies! I also like that you brought your clients cookies, too, showing that it’s a balance. You’re such a great example of that!

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    allie@sweetpotatobites.com December 22, 2014, 12:45 pm

    love the idea of this workout – chippers are my favorite WODs in crossfit so I’ll have to give this a shot!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves December 22, 2014, 12:50 pm

    This workout looks awesome!! And thank you for making two versions of it!
    I’d say those cookies are pretty darn healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 5
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 22, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Looks like a great one!

  • 6
    Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona December 22, 2014, 1:59 pm

    The at home version looks great – thanks for sharing it!

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    Brittany Lesser December 22, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Love the workout! Looks awesome.

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    Melissa Klotz December 22, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the home version! I cancelled my gym membership while training for my first half-marathon and now I’m trying to overcome a knee injury that happened during the race two weeks ago. Our apartment gym is a little light on equipment, and with my knee I feel more comfortable right now trying things out in the privacy of my own home. I’ll modify this one for my injury and give it a whirl!

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    Christy December 22, 2014, 3:44 pm

    You are amazing!!! I sure had a big smile on my face as I read your post today. It is so perfectly on point and true this time of year. I just had a friend bring over dozens of homemade cookies, and I’m sitting here looking at them and I’m thinking that this cookie crusher workout is just what’s needed in these next few weeks. I have my discipline hat on though!! Merry Christmas!!!

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    Kim December 22, 2014, 4:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try this at home… I’ve been a victim of cookies the past few days as well… I can’t wait until they’re gone!

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    hillary | nutrition nut on the run December 23, 2014, 12:38 am

    Did this workout tonight at home.

    Mixed it up, doing exercises from both versions since I have weights and kettlebells.

    Do dips = tricep dips?

    Thanks for the great chipper!!

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    Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 23, 2014, 10:08 am

    This will be a great workout to have after I make several dozen cookies today ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lauren Cosentino December 23, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I just completed the at home workout and wow it had me sweating! Great workout, Jen, thanks!

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    Grace Jemison December 23, 2014, 10:11 pm

    Just did the gym version as part of my workout today. Wow that is killer good. Just to clarify, for chipper workouts, do you break up the exercises with lots of reps into multiple sets? Like I did two sets of 25 wall balls, 20 sit ups but wanted to make sure that was the way it was intended. Thanks for the AWESOME workouts, as always! Merry Christmas to you and your girls ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 24, 2014, 6:56 am

    Just did this workout (the at home version!) and loved it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas!!!!

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    Jenn December 29, 2014, 11:42 am

    Wow, have done this workout three times since you posted. Feel it targets everything which is exactly what I need this time of year. Thanks for posting!

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