Holiday Travel Workout

This festive time of year is full of events, activities, and to-do lists leaving our schedules packed! Then, throw some travel and that leaves some of us searching for ways to stay fit and active.

We will be traveling during the holidays too. I thought that many of you may be in our situation, so I created a Holiday Travel Workout that requires no equipment as part of the GNC Fall Series.

Holiday Travel Workout
For exercise descriptions and demonstrations, check out the video below!

Prisoner Lunges:
Reebok CrossFit TriBlend Prisoner lunge
Hands overhead maintaining a solid core while performing reverse lunges.

Reebok CrossFit TriBlend burpees
Kind of looks like the worm or a belly flop!

Reebok CrossFit TriBlend squats
Hips at or below knees, chest up.

What I’m wearing:
Reebok Tri-Blend CrossFit shirt
CrossFit Sports Bra
CrossFit board shorts
RealFlex Fusion TR’s
Candy Cane socks from the $1 Store 😉

What else can we do to be prepare for travel?

1. Pack plenty of healthy snacks.

GNC Protein Deluxe bars
GNC Protein Bar Deluxe

Picky Bars

2. Bring plenty of workout gear. I usually pack this before I even think about “normal’ clothes.

Reebok PlayDry line & nanos

PlayDry tank, CrossFit shorts & bra, RealFlex Fusion TR’s

3. Find family friendly activities that keep you moving!

Ice skating with my mom last Christmas.

Santa 5k. I love that this was a dog friendly event.

4. Savor this time of year. Enjoy your time with loved ones and stay present.

Ugly Sweater vest


I hope you enjoyed the GNC Fall Workout Series. I plan to continue designing flexible, convenient workouts for all levels in 2013!

Your holiday advice:
1. How do you make time for you during the holidays?
2. Travel advice you’d like to add? –I always love learning from readers!


  1. Great workout. and I love that you don’t use jumping jacks. I think they are a filler move and I hate doing them so I skit workouts when they are listed. I am writing this one down since I have to travel for Christmas. Thanks Jess!
    Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem recently posted..Running is musicMy Profile

    • Thanks so much Christy! Means a lot coming for you. And, I know what you mean about filler moves–I was breathing really hard after only 1 round and will definitely be doing this one on the road. So glad you like it!

  2. I pinned the travel workout–looks like a good one! Thanks for sharing–and as always, thanks for showing how to do the moves properly. After watching your push-up video, I have been “starting over” with them, and concentrating on developing good form (my form was apparently terrible!).
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance recently posted..Friday’s Five!My Profile

    • Thanks for sharing Michelle!! Appreciate it! I know what you mean about push-ups, I used to think I had them right too!! 😛

  3. Couldn’t help but notice your short little nails. My husband calls them Hobbit nails, mine are the same. 😉
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    • Ha ha! I used to keep them long–they grow so fast- but as you know, they get in the way!! 🙂 More functional this way (but prolly less sexy!)

  4. I will be writing this one down or copying it to my phone looks super fun and I can do it anywhere without having to drag equipment out. Thanks for the workout!!!!

  5. We typically travel for the holidays but since we moved, we get to stay put on Christmas! Find a race where you are going. That will ensure some movement. Even if you just enlist the fam to walk a 5k.

    The Kidless Kronicles
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  6. Nice workout! I love circuit workouts that don’t require any equipment. Sometimes it is hard to find or even hoard dumbells at the gym. I try to take at least 1-2 days when I’m visiting family during the holidays with no social media and no blogging! I’m surprised how all the little minutes here and there add up over the day.
    Always layer clothing when you’re flying. Sometimes the planes are hot, other times like a fridge. And wear your biggest shoes – It saves lots of room in the suitcase! I always put plastic grocery bags in my bag too in case I don’t have an opportunity to wash my clothes before heading home -I don’t like smelly workout clothes touching my regular apparel. 🙂
    beka @ rebecca roams recently posted..The Color Run RecapMy Profile

    • I love your idea of “checking out” Beka! I think I need to do the same. Be present–take my own advice! Great packing tips too girl!!

  7. I always like to treat myself to the movies during the holidays. I get so busy with commitments and friends/family … that I need a break now and then. I love going to the movie theater alone (my friends think it is weird, haha) But seriously, it is a treat! I get to pick the movie, enjoy a show, sit where I want, popcorn for me, no one needs me for 2 hours, and I am taken to a fictional world 🙂

    My best travel advice is lately to bring along one of those Brita water filter bottles so you can keep up your hydration easily with tap water and not have to buy so much water on the go! 🙂
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  8. This is the first year that I DONT travel during the holidays since 08. I am sooo freaking excited for that! Doesn’t mean I can’t try your workout though…looks bad ass…
    Ed recently posted..Never Forget…My Profile

    • Thanks Ed! I wish we were staying put too–travel during the holidays stresses me out! But, we need to see my hubby’s fam!

  9. Thanks so much for all your fantastic quick and practical workouts!! You are a blessing to all of us who don’t have a gym 🙂 I have one quick question though….when doing moves that involve the plank position, burpees or push-ups I have been dealing with wrist discomfort. Is there another way to modify or will my wrists begin to adapt to the pressure? I love the moves because of the core work, but sometimes I have to slow down because my wrists can’t handle the pressure. I usually just hop on the treadmill and finish with sprints if my wrists are bugging me. Any suggestions are so appreciated and Merry Christmas to you!!!

    • You’re welcome Betsy! I understand the wrist pain, on planks perform them on your elbows. For Burpees and push-ups, its a little tricky. you could rotate your fingers in or out to relieve some stress on your wrists or reduce the reps. Do make sure your hand are below your shoulders and not too far out in front as that can put stress on wrists too.

  10. 1. How do you make time for you during the holidays?
    2. Travel advice you’d like to add?

    I make time for myself during the holidays by getting in a nice and sweaty gym sesh eachday.

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  11. I am intimidated by the gym and by heavy weights, so I attempted numerous DVD workouts and never commit; too complicated. I love that your workouts can really be done anywhere, are practical and are helping me get back in the fitness groove! Thank you and happy holidays

  12. I love a good travel workout. Now help me out with this…. how do you go about working out if you are a guest at someone’s home and nobody else works out? I always feel weird going to my boyfriend’s family’s home for long breaks and going on a run because 1. I don’t know the area and 2. I just feel plain weird!
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    • That’s a tricky one. I understand and know I’m lucky to have a spouse who is so active. I think if they know how important it is to you, they won’t think twice about it–you never know who you will inspire along the way too! 😉

  13. Love the workout!
    We’ll be at my mom’s for christmas eve and my in laws christmas day, I plan on squeezing in a circuit workout at some point on both days, but don’t want to lug any equipment with me.
    Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily recently posted..ThoughtsMy Profile

    • Thanks JEn! My hubby and I did a body weight circuit today and feel so much starting our day that way! Happy Holidays!

  14. I just posted about your workout that I mixed into my ab workout over on my blog. Seriously, thank you for helping me lose 50 pounds this past year. You’re such a badass and I love your blog.
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  15. Looks like a great workout and one that I can definitely do when I’m at my in-laws! Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!!
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  16. Great workout! I love your at home workouts and have done a few while traveling. I’m way more into fitness than anyone else in my family (besides my husband) so while visiting family I’m usually solo. The hubby likes to rest while on “vacation” I’m hoping to get in some circuit workouts like the one you shared here 🙂
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  17. SEE! No one has an excuse, exercise can REALLY be done ANYWHERE!!! Now it’s just the motivation factor, lol… But I mean, being healthy and happy should be motivation enough! 😉 PS: Whoever came up with the name “Picky Bars” is a genius, lol!!
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  18. Great workout! It’s going in the workout notebook! Can’t wait to try it!

    Thanks for sharing!
    I really want to try those picky bars, everyone has been talking about them!
    Missy recently posted..Golden TicketMy Profile

  19. love this!! i’ve been worried about finding some things to do while i am home for 2 weeks without my regular classes at the gym-i’ll definitely be doing this! for me i have to make sure i actually PLAN it out-or it won’t happen. and getting up and doing it early!
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  20. This has been awesome to do before my workout classes! I’ve been using it as a warmup and some of the other home workouts as the same! It’ s SO hard keeping in shape during the holidays! Running is getting hard due to colder weather.
    Olivia recently posted..Just Getting Started…kind ofMy Profile

  21. Thanks for sharing! With the cold weather it is hard to squeeze in workouts while traveling. This was perfect and kicked my butt! Those burpees really sneak up on you!

  22. Just wanted to give you a heads up that the video is saying it is “unavailable”! I want to try this workout tomorrow or Monday. I’ll let you know how it goes, then I may make my boot campers give it a whirl. PS: I LOVE Picky Bars. Nom Nom
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    • Hey K!! I’m getting it to play right now using google chrome. Any luck for you? Let me know what your boot campers think!! Burpees are their best friend!


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