Holiday Strength Circuit Workout – The Fitnessista

’Tis the season for fun family gatherings, lots of holiday events, and wondering how the heck you’re going to fit in a workout. I’m always a fan of quick dumbbell circuits, but even more during such a busy season. It’s amazing to be able to grab a pair of dumbbells, put in my headphones, and 20-30 minutes later, I’m sweaty and energized to tackle the rest of today.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a quick workout you can do anywhere this holiday season. All you need is a medium pair of dumbbells and a mat. Please let me know if you give it a try! (As always, talk with a doctor before making any fitness changes and honor your body.)

Here’s what the workout looks like:


Form cues and tips:

Squat to upright row: Holding a pair of dumbbells, keep your chest lifted and your weight in your heels as you squat down and back. Exhale and squeeze your booty to rise, and perform an upright row at the top.

Jump squats: Make sure to land softly with bent knees. As you spring up, reach your arms overhead, and try to create some lightness within the movement. Squat as low as you can and reach up as high as you can.

Curtsy lunges: Cross one leg back and behind the other, and come down into a curtsy lunge. The front foot stays flat on the ground and the back foot has the heel raised off the floor.

Froggers: Start in plié squat position. Bring your hands down to touch the floor (keep your chest up). Jump up and land, touching the floor.

Biceps curl to overhead press: Holding a dumbbell, squeeze your biceps and exhale as you curl, inhale to bring the weights up to 90 degrees and exhale to press up overhead. 

Push-up to renegade row: Start in a plank position, on your knees or toes, holding dumbbells in both hands. Keep your hips down in line with your spine, and exhale, squeezing your chest, to rise.Lift one dumbbell up and squeeze your back to bend the elbow in towards your torso, keeping the elbow close to you. Lower down and repeat on the opposite side. 

Scissors: Exhale to left your head and shoulders off the ground, reach to hold onto the back of your knee with both arms . Keeping legs straight or bent, and core tight, switch your legs.

Note: These pics were originally taken as part of a paid sponsorship, which is still in the approval process, but I wanted you guys to have access to this workout content for the holidays. I covered the cost of the clothes out of pocket. 

These tights are supportive, not see-through (<— very important) and are perfect for strength workouts and Orangetheory. They also have a great range of sizes available.

This fleece is a classic Under Armour staple and they also make easy holiday gifts. You can find them in so many different colors for women, men, and kiddos. They’re very soft and cozy for lounging around or to wear to and from the gym.

Please let me know if you give the workout a try and what you think! I’m going to catch a quick cardio workout and meet up with a friend from college for coffee. 🙂 

Hope you have a wonderful morning and I’ll see ya soon!



Photos by Kristi Harris

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