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The 2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher Workouts (Home and Gym Versions!)

I have started a bit of a tradition with my personal training clients with my Christmas Cookie Crusher workouts. They started back in 2014 with my small group and are officially now a “thing” even though I’m not training them anymore. Here’s the 2015 workout.

2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher

I gave up training my small group of friends at 5:30 a.m. a few months ago but we decided that our birthday-themed workouts and the Christmas Cookie Crusher had to live on. We met at 5:30 a.m. on Monday for the 2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher and it may have been the best one yet. Since I’m not officially training them these days, I decided to jump in for the workout and invited another one of my clients.

2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher

There were five of us all together and it was such a fun morning of sweating! I have to admit that it reminded me how nice it is to knock out your workout so early and how fun and motivating it is to workout with friends.

I’m going to share the gym workout with equipment that we did with you as well as a bodyweight variation that you can do at home or traveling. I themed the workout around the 12 days of Christmas. It was great because you were constantly switching exercises and adding them on but it took forever! The gym workout below took us 57 minutes.

2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher - Gym Version

Let’s go through these movements.

  1. Sled push. Push a weighted sled down and back for 50 meters total. Our sled was weighted with 50 lbs. If you don’t have a sled, do a suicide or shuttle sprint.
  2. Man makers. Watch this video and take out the push up.
  3. Kettlebell complexes. Watch this video for the sumo deadlift high pull then add three kettlebell swings and three goblet squats holding the kettlebell onto it.
  4. Pull ups. Strict! Use a band if you need.
  5. V-ups. You know the drill. Add a weight if you’d like!
  6. Push ups…no explanation needed and make them GOOD.
  7. Squats. Anything goes – back squats, jump squats, goblet squats…whatever challenges you.
  8. Deadlifts. Same as the squats. You can barbell, kettlebell or dumbell these.
  9. Burpee box jumps. Watch this video. Fun times! 🙂 Modify to a step up if needed.
  10. Calorie row. Set your rower to calories and go to town.
  11. Walking lunges. Add weight if you’d like.
  12. 1200 meter run (.75 miles)

2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher - Home/Bodyweight/Travel Version

Here’s your home version. Movement review….

  1. Forearm plank. Perfect form please!
  2. Burpee broad jumps. Watch this video.
  3. Squat complexes. If jumping doesn’t work for you, stick with air squats.
  4. Push up side planks. Do a push up, roll to a side plank. Do another push up. Roll to side plank on the other side. 4 push ups total, 2 side planks on each side.
  5. V-ups.
  6. Jump lunges.
  7. Squats (air squats or jump squats)
  8. Speed skaters. Demo in this video.
  9. Tricep dips.
  10. Sit ups.
  11. Mountain climbers.

1200 meter run (.75 miles)

2016 Christmas Cookie Crusher

Of course I brought my clients cookies as a reward for making it through! Here’s my 1,000th friendly reminder to ENJOY YOUR LIFE! #workhard #playhard #noshame #noguilt

I hope you’ll try one of the workouts and as always, I’d love your feedback and welcome your questions.

Much love and merry, merry!

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Alicia December 21, 2016, 6:31 am

    I can’t wait to try this with my class! Fun ideas!!!!!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 25, 2016, 3:21 pm

      Thank you! I love themed workouts! 🙂

  • Kate D December 21, 2016, 6:18 pm

    Just did one from a couple years ago! I’m saving this for Christmas Eve – seems like a doozy! 😊 Merry Christmas!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 25, 2016, 3:21 pm

      Love to hear this! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Nikki S. December 22, 2016, 7:15 am

    Cant wait to try these workouts! How many times did you repeat them or is it just a one time flow?

    • Jen DeCurtins December 25, 2016, 3:18 pm

      Hey Nikki! We did it like the song…

      So one sled push
      Then two man makers and one sled push
      Then three kettlebell complexes, two man makers and one sled push
      …And so on…
      It’s quite a lot of work! Enjoy! 🙂

  • Julie December 24, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Just did the home version since I am at my parents’ house for the holidays. I feel great! Really liked the run at the end. Now I’m ready to take on the world (aka feast like a king tonight). Thanks for the workout and Happy Holidays Jen!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 25, 2016, 3:07 pm

      Awesome! Thank you so much for trying it out! Merry, merry!

  • Kim December 27, 2016, 11:43 am

    Hi Jen,

    Thank you so much for the new workout! I did this one solo on Christmas morning before all the festivities and I loved it (gym version- without a rower). I work at one of the Orangetheory Fitness studios in Dallas and I am excited to see what you thought of it. I hope it was a great experience! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 29, 2016, 7:52 pm

      You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! And RE: OrangeTheory. Thanks for the reminder! I will definitely recap my initial thoughts very soon!

      Happy new year to you too!

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