Holiday Home & Travel Workouts You Can Do ANYWHERE

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Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.



Traveling this week?


Stuck indoors, and feel like the walls are already caving in?


Out of your typical routine?


No longer.


Just because your schedule is a little off kilter this week—or for the weeks to come—does not mean your health and fitness has to suffer.



In fact, the holidays can be the perfect time for a much needed break in your usual routine, and a chance to spice things up with a little bit more unconventional training methods (like hotels, globo gyms, bodyweight movements and at-home simple routines).


To kick off the Thanksgiving Holiday, I celebrated with a 12-day of Thanksgiving Workout the other day that went a little something like this:



“12 Days of Thankfulness”
1 250 Meter Row
2 Muscle-Ups
3 Dumbbell Thrusters (55/35 lbs)
4 Burpee Box Jumps (24″/20″)
5 Strict Handstand Push-Ups
6 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
7 Kettlebell Swings (32/24 kg)
8 Single-Arm DB or KB Snatches (4 each arm)
9 Toes to Bar
10 Walking Lunges with Dumbbells (55/35 lbs)
11 Ring Dips
12 Man-Makers (55/35 lb DBs)

“Perform like the 12 Days of Christmas song…250 Meter Row + 2 Muscle-Ups…then back to the 250 Meter Row…then 3 Dumbbell Thrusters, 2 Muscle-ups, 250 m. row…then 4 Burpee Box Jumps, 3 Dumbbell Thrusters, 2 Muscle-Ups, 250 Meter Row….and so on and so forth.” (Note: I subbed 6 ring rows + 6 pushups for the 2 Muscle-Ups.” It’s a fun one!


Outside of the gym, here are 13 different minimal-equipment workouts to keep things fresh with your busy, or random schedule during the holidays. Get inspired to sweat—and perhaps inspire the rest of the fam to join in on the fun!


Basic Warm-Up

  • 2 min jog or jump rope or burpees
  • 2-3 min stretching
  • 10 leg swings per leg
  • 10 forward to back rolls (lie on back and bring feet back behind your head, then roll forward into a straddle)
  • 10 arm circles both forwards and backwards
  • 3 rounds:
    • 10 air squats
    • 10 pushups
    • 10 situps


*Minimal equipment; 1-2 pairs of dumbbells for some of these (varying weights), yoga mat (optional)



Workout 1 (Dumbbells)

20-minute AMRAP


20 Dumbbell Thrusters

20 Burpees

20 Pullups/TRX or Ring Rows/Bent Over Rows (with dumbbells)


Workout 2 (Bodyweight)


3 Rounds, 1 minute each of:


Jump Squats


Lunges (weight optional)




Workout 3 (Bodyweight)


10 rounds:


100-meter Sprint

20 Hand-Release Pushups

Walk back to start after each sprint


Workout 4 (Dumbbells)


15-Minute AMRAP



10 Deadlift (with dumbbells)

15 Step-ups (with dumbbells)


Workout 5 (Bodyweight)


Tabata (20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest x 8 rounds); complete each movement before moving on:


Jump rope/Jumping Jacks




Prisoner Lunge (hands behind head)


Workout 6 (Bodyweight)


100 Burpees, for time





Lunge jumps


Bear Crawl x approx. 20-30 meters between rounds



Workout 7 (Dumbbells)


100 Thrusters for Time

*At the top of each minute, beginning at 1:00, perform 5 burpees


Workout 8 (Bodyweight)



Run 5 flights of stairs, perform 30 air squats


Workout 9 (Dumbbells or other odd equipment)


3 rounds:

50 squats

40 sit-ups

30 push-ups

20 burpees

10 ground to overhead (use what you can find, like a bag or rock)


Workout 10 (Bodyweight)




Mountain Climbers


Bonus: 3 Hotel or Globo Gym Routines (Minimal Gym Equipment)



Workout 1


5 Rounds for Time

200 m run Treadmill/Track or 250-meter row

10 Dumbbell Snatches (5/5 each arm)

15 Burpees


Workout 2


50 Box Jumps/Step ups

50 Jumping Pullups

50 Kettlebell Swings

50 Walking lunges

50 Knees to Elbow

50 Push presses

50 Back Extensions

50 Wall balls

50 Burpees


Workout 3


5 Rounds For Time

12 DB Deadlifts (challenging weight)

9 Hang Power Cleans

6 Push Jerks


1000 m row, 800-meter sprint, or 5-minute Stair Climb (stair stepper)

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