Holiday Time Crunch Workout

After a beautiful summer that flew by, we’ll be in the thick of the Holiday season in the blink of an eye. Carving out time for exercise can be a challenge under normal conditions, but it’s particularly difficult around the holidays. If you find your workout window has dwindled from an hour to 20 minutes, don’t skip it because you think that’s not enough time.  Get to the gym and do a minimalist workout instead!

Blast through this program to get the most out of your 20 minutes!

  • Five minutes of foam rolling: 15 slow rolls over each area: calves, quads, glutes, upper back.

Holiday Crunch Rolling

  • —Five minutes of stretching – 20-30 second hold for each: calves, hips, upper back.

Holiday Crunch Stretching

  • —Ten minutes of a strength training circuit: Goblet squat – Single Arm Pulley Row – Pushups.

Holiday Crunch Circuit

These three strength movements cover a lot of ground and are great choices for a quick circuit. Use weights that you can lift about 8-10 times on the, or just use body weight. Rest between each set of three exercises and go through the circuit as many times as you can in ten minutes.

Bonus: Once you’re done with this workout, here’s another circuit to try!

Consistency is the most important factor to long term success, so it’s always better to do a short workout rather than skipping it altogether. Try this short program to keep you on track and feeling good when time is scarce.

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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