Try This 12 Days of Christmas Carol Workout

Welcome to the latest edition of Workout Wednesday! Happy Holidays, Friends. Many of us living in the US are off work for the Thanksgiving day holiday so I thought I would put together a festive workout that you can try over the holiday weekend.

This workout follows along to the classic Christmas carol, 12 Days of Christmas. You will perform the exercises in the same order as the song. For example, on the first day of Christmas my trainer gave to me a 30 second plank hold. You would perform the plank. On the 2nd day of Christmas my trainer sent to me two jumping squats and a 30 second plank hold. You would perform both of those exercises. On the third day of Christmas my trainer sent to me three burpees, two jumping squats and a 30 second plank hold. You will build the exercises until you are doing all 12 exercises. This is a challenging one, folks! Rest between verses if needed. Go at your own pace, stay safe and let me know how it goes.

The 12 Days of Christmas Carol Workout 


On the first day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
A 30 second plank hold

On the second day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the third day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the fourth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the fifth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the sixth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the seventh day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Seven Walking Lunges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to Press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the eighth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Eight Wide arm push ups
Seven Walking Lunges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the ninth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Nine Curtsy Lunges
Eight Wide arm push ups
Seven Walking Lunges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the tenth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Ten Side Lunge Wipers
Nine Curtsy Lunges
Eight Wide arm push ups
Seven Walking Lunges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
Eleven Mountain Climbers
Ten Side Lunge Wipers
Nine Curtsy Lunges
Eight Wide arm push ups
Seven Walking LUnges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Five Russian Twists
Four Squat to press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my trainer sent to me:
12 Standing Crunches
Eleven Mountain Climbers
Ten Side Lunge wipers
Nine Curtsy Lunges
Eight Wide Arm Push ups
Seven Walking Lunges
Six Donkey Kickbacks
Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive Russian Twists
Four Squat to Press
Three Burpees
Two Jumping Squats
and a 30 second plank hold

Tell me, were you singing Fiiiiivvvveeeeeee Russian Twists, like I was? 

THE EXERCISES

A 30 SECOND PLANK HOLD

A 30 SECOND PLANK HOLD

Two Jumping Squats

Two Jumping Squats

Three Burpees

Three Burpees

Four Squat to Press

Four Squat to Press

Five Russian Twists

Five Russian Twists

Six Donkey Kickbacks 

Six Donkey Kickbacks 

Seven walking lunges

Seven walking lunges

Eight wide arm push ups

Eight wide arm push ups

Nine Curtsy Lunges

Nine Curtsy Lunges

Ten Side Lunge Wipers

Ten Side Lunge Wipers

Eleven Mountain Climbers

Eleven Mountain Climbers

Twelve Standing Crunches

Twelve Standing Crunches

Wishing you all a happy healthy active holiday season. 

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.