If you’re anything like me, you’ll often go away on vacation or go out-of-town for a holiday weekend with all of the best intentions. You make a genuine plan to work out every morning, maybe hit a yoga lesson or two in the afternoons, and generally take full advantage of the time away from work and the typical daily routine. But, as we know all too well, what goes on in your head and what actually transpires in the real-world are often two completely different things. We get wrapped up in conversation, we stay in bed a little longer, or for any number of reasons, we end up making excuses and skip out on our workout. Repeat this scenario another few times, and boom, your vacation is over and you’ve missed a week’s worth of workouts in the blink of an eye.
Finisher Workouts – Your Holiday Savior
As we’re entering Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to put together a guide which aims to provide a solution for this oft occurring issue of vacation inactivity. First and foremost, rather than giving you a series of hour-long workouts, we’re going to approach our vacation fitness plan from a different angle. A while back, I wrote about “finisher” workouts. Finisher workouts traditionally are a great way to end your regular workout on a high note. They help spike your EPOC, metabolism, and caloric burn well after the workout has ended. But, did you know, you can always make a full workout out of just finisher workouts? Great for when your short on time, or preoccupied with friends and family, these short but sweet routines will become your new best friend.
But before we go any further, let’s quickly break down what constitutes a “finisher” workout…
- Short; 10 minutes or less
- Intense; calorie burn of 130-150+ calories
- Compound weighted exercises hitting multiple body parts
- Little to no rest breaks
So now that we hopefully have a better idea of what goes into a killer “finisher” workout, let’s quickly break down how they’re going to help you break the vacation laze and keep on track even when you’re away from your regular routine.
I get it – when you’re away from home or have friends and family in town, despite every best intention, it’s easy to get wrapped up in things and put your workouts on the back burner. Finding 60 minutes to workout, plus another 30 or so minutes going to and from the gym can sometimes be a lot to squeeze in to a busy holiday or vacation schedule. But if I were to ask you if you’ve got 10 minutes free, how would that sound? C’mon, anyone can spare 10 minutes, let’s be real here. But let’s take it a little further; any chance you’ve got 20 or even 30 minutes free? How about if we spaced out these 10 minute blocks of time throughout the day? It’s only 10 minutes…you know you have the time. Okay so we’re in agreement, you have 10 minutes of time. Now let’s take a look at how you’ll be spending these 10 minutes..
Enter “finisher” workouts. Whether you’re trying to burn more fat, build lean muscle mass, improve your endurance, or a combination of all three, there’s a finisher workout for you. Personally, I’ll mix and match several finishers, either back-to-back or throughout the day to create a total body challenge that’s great for calorie burn and also fatiguing those muscles in the best way possible. Check out some of the finishers we’ve put together and don’t be shy about giving them a try over this Thanksgiving holiday if you’re not able to make it to the gym.
Belly Fat Be Gone Finisher
Rest 30 seconds
Rest 30 seconds
Repeat this entire routine once more, for two times total.
Pure Power Finisher
This one (and the one below) is going to require a set of dumbbells or other weight. If you don’t have access to that, get yourself a water jug and check out our guide to the do-it-yourself gym for ideas on how to get fit when you don’t have any equipment at home.
- 15 reps Front Swing + Burpee
- 12 reps Climber Rows
- 9 reps Core Destroyers
- 6 reps Push Up/Dip Turnovers
- 3 reps Lateral Raises
Rest 30 seconds then proceed to go back up the exercise list, starting with 3 lateral raises and moving on to 6 push up/dip turnovers, etc. Follow this format for a full 10 minutes.
- 45 seconds jump rope/10 reps bicep curls
- 45 seconds jump rope/10 reps bent over rows
- 45 seconds jump rope/10 reps hang snatch
- 45 seconds jump rope/10 reps squat press
- 45 seconds jump rope/10 reps reverse flys
Repeat once more for two full rounds total.
All Core Finisher
Do your best to limit rest throughout this circuit. Your goal is to finish all reps in as little time as possible.
- 20 reps V Ups
- 20 reps Reverse Bicycles
- 20 reps Flutter + Scissor Kick Combo
- 20 reps Eagle Sit Ups
- 20 reps Ground Runners
- 20 reps Windshield Wipers
- 20 reps Hip Dips
- 20 reps Crazy Planks
- 20 reps Core Twists
- 20 reps Vertical Crunch
These four finishers are going to help you hit our body hard, in only a short amount of time. Like I mentioned above, if you think you can squeeze in an additional 10 or 20 minutes, even better. These finishers can be spaced out throughout the day, so whenever, you feel like you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, get going and get through these killer fat-blasting, body changing workouts.
Just because you’re on vacation or away for the holidays doesn’t mean your workouts need to take a backseat. By learning to make them more intense, you’re going to give yourself a more effective and time efficient workout that’ll help you get through any crazy holiday schedule.
Have any questions or need additional advice? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!