Are you ready for an epic amount of Christmas workouts?
It’s that time of year again where both naughty and nice trainers are planning their final workouts of the year.
And what better way to finish a year of training than with an epic holiday themed workout?
I’ve rounded up all of the Christmas, snow and present themed workouts on Bootcamp Ideas into one spot for you.
You’ll be saying ‘Bah Humbug’ to blank-page-itis as we give you two amazing workouts from Christmas Present, nineteen from Christmas Past – and then you may even feel inspired to share workout ideas for Christmas Future.
Now, without further ado here are the first two:
The Xmas Workouts of Christmas Present (New in 2023)
Song based workouts are where you assign exercises to words or parts of a song. I popular one is Flower by Moby where you get clients moving ‘up’ and ‘down’. For Christmas, the lovely Kjell Stoddard Crowe has shared seven Christmas songs (not your typical covers) which she’s created movements for.
Because there are seven and that takes up a ton of room. I’ve given this workout it’s own post. Click the title above to check them out.
2. Build A Christmas Tree (Xmas Cup Tree Workout)
Thanks to Leslie Suess for the Build A Cup Tree workout idea.
I fell in love with the build a Xmas tree cup idea and decided to add it to my collection this past week.
I decided on a pyramid type format, but rounds decrease as reps increased. I purchased 150 cups. Each team needs 15 to build their tree.
How it works:
Clients partner up. I placed a stack of cups at the end of the track. One partner had to retrieve a cup after finishing each round to start building their tree.
To make it super competitive, I allowed unlimited tagging only while retrieving their cup. If you were tagged you dropped your cup and had to bear crawl with it in your mouth back. First pair to build their tree wins!
Tree Base – 5 exercises – 10 reps each for 5 rounds (5 cups)
- Jack Burpee
- Star Jump
- Swing Drop Flip
- Push Up
- Box Hop
Level 1 – 4 exercises – 20 reps each for 4 rounds (4 cups)
- Hip Knee on Bench
- Dip Eeach
- Lateral Hop Jog Back (one way only)
- Medicine Ball Bicep Toss and Catch
Level 2 – 3 exercises – 30 reps each for 3 rounds (3 cups)
- R+L=1 Skater
- Plank Shoulder Taps
- Bench Toe Taps
Level 3 – 2 exercises – 40 reps each for 2 rounds (2 cups)
- R+L =1 Jab Crunch
- Jack Leg Lift
Level 4 – 1 exercise – 50 reps for 1 round (1 cup – top of tree)
- Mountain climbers R+L=1
The Xmas Workouts of Christmas Past
Here are 18 more workouts that I’ve shared in previous years but have kept here for trainers that are new here or for those who are searching for a classic.
3. Down the Christmas Tree
Thanks to Rosie Goldsmith for sharing this one.
This is our Christmas workout for this morning. Fill the Christmas tree with whatever exercises you like.
Clients will all start with 10 burpees, then they’ll run a length of our area (inside today due to rain so it’s not too big -might make them lunge instead) and then come to me to predict whether a card from a deck of cards is red or black. If they’re right they get to move on to the second exercise, if wrong they need to repeat burpees and then run/lunge again before coming back to me. Continue until you reach the end of the board and then do the AMRAP in the trunk. Merry Christmas!
4. Trim the Tree
Thanks to Donna Houlihan for sharing this one.
I love to do a “trim a tree” workout every year. They come in and the tree is up and lit. I have done it a few different ways but one i did that comes to mind was the xmas balls were all numbered and they had to do they exercise that went with the number and then put on the tree. By the end of the class the tree was decorated and beautiful and they got an awesome, fun workout!
This year I a did a warm up with this:
I had everyone partner up. The xmas balls were hanging in one area of my studio (actually on the garage door track). I had a bag of holiday themed words. each pair would take a word and give clues to their partner while doing jacks, hi knees, and skaters. some were hard and some easy. Once they guessed they had to jump up on a tire to get the ball to put on the tree. If they picked “bonus” out of the bag they had to do 5 burpees and it was a special xmas ornament. I thought having them switch partners each time would have been fun but we had a large group and my space is not that big so in interest of safety we stuck with the same partner. It was very fun. 🙂
One year I also did a “find the word” puzzle with holiday words:
It was teams. They held a plank or wall sit while someone found the word. Once they did they went and got the ornament and the next teammate went to the puzzle. The holidays are a great time to have some fun in boot camp. I have themed classes for holidays throughout the year, although it can be a lot of work my groups love it.
5. Do You Want To Build A Snowman Finisher
Thanks to Eileen Glass Patterson for sharing this one.
Each team gets 1 die corresponding to 1 snowman. ( I made 3 so I can always have 3 teams) Roll. Whatever number they roll they go get that piece.
In order to roll again the entire team must do X exercise (I use 3 burpees, 2 sprints, push ups etc) Roll again. Retrieve next number.
In order to roll again they must do Y exercise. Etc.
If they roll a number they already have they must roll again BUT first do X exercise. First team to get a whole snowman wins. Gets harder and hilarious as they try for their last pieces.
Make your campers love (or begin to hate) the word CHRISTMAS in this fun AMRAP. Perfect for Christmas lovers and Scrooge’s.
7, 8 & 9. Christmas ‘Who Am I?’, Do You Want To Build a Snowman and 12 Days of Christmas Word Search
This post from 2017 features 3 Xmas workout drills from the Bootcamp Ideas community. Enjoy!
This classic song has always been a go to for a fantastic Christmas accumulator workout. This is a great place to start for Christmas workouts.
Looking for something with a bit of a random factor? Campers open ‘presents’ in this boxing workout to see what exercises lie inside!
Can your campers make it around the world in time to deliver all of Santa’s presents? Find out in this workout.
This workout emulates the craziness that can be the holiday season. It should prepare your campers for anything.
14. Melting Frosty
This is a very fun timekeeper circuit where each station is it’s own Christmas themed drill. It’s worth the effort!
15. Christmas Boxing
Another boxing workout. This one involves four different boxing drills including the Christmas Lunch Grab, Christmas Waltz and Knocking Out The Christmas Tree Lights.
Loosely based on the Kris Kringle method of gift giving, this workout will end by giving your campers the gift of exercise.
This workout has campers scaling UP the tree. Each round the number of exercises goes down but the number of reps goes up.
This fast paced workout full of intervals will have your campers helping Santa and getting fit at the same time.
Based on the nasty Christmas gift giving method, this workout proves to be just as revealing of people’s personalities.
Finally, here’s a twist on the 12 Days of Christmas workout. Check this one out before creating your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are holiday themed workouts?
Holiday themed workouts like Christmas, Easter or Halloween workouts are usually a fun workouts that help celebrate that time of year with your clients.
They’re a nice way to break up sessions throughout the year with something different or for use as a final session before taking a break for holidays or as a bit of fun for any workouts you might run on a public/bank holiday.
What if my clients don’t celebrate Christmas?
This is a great question and my answer is: You know your clients best.
With some clients it may not make sense to run Christmas themed sessions, but ask yourself if they celebrate any other holidays or special days around that time of the year. Perhaps you could create a special workout for that.
What if my clients don’t really like workouts with games or that seem silly?
If you have really serious clients who don’t like games and simply won’t stand for building a Christmas tree out of paper cuts because that’s ‘way to childish’ (or on a more serious note, you have a client like mine who was teased a lot playing games at school) you have a few options:
- Bring some Christmas spirit to the session with decorations and music but just run a normal workout.
- Only run a Christmas game for the finisher. This way it’s only a small portion of the workout for clients who aren’t into it – but the other still get to have some fun.
- Use one of the workouts above but remove any references to Christmas. Eg. for building the Christmas tree you might just have them make a mark on a whiteboard for each round completed.
The Xmas Workouts of Christmas Future
And now, over to you. Do you have a Christmas workout idea to share? Leave a reply below to share the Christmas cheer!
Originally published December 11, 2018. Updated December 8, 2021 with 3 new drills. Last updated November 28, 2023 to add 2 new drills.
Kyle Wood created Bootcamp Ideas in 2010 when he was hunting around on the internet for workout ideas. He ran a successful bootcamp in Victoria, Australia and spends his spare time managing this site, adventuring (or lazying) with his wife and find new ways to make bootcamps even better.