Three Strange and Intriguing Holiday Workout Videos for Your Break

It can be hard to stay motivated during the holiday break. Fortunately, YouTube overfloweth with weird workouts featuring personal trainers in Santa costumes. Here are three of our favorites to keep you moving… and entertained.

Joanie Greggains, who appears to be a poor man’s Suzanne Somers, offers this overly cheerful 30-minute workout to an upbeat Christmas soundtrack. Put on your big red shorts and white high-tops and join her for dancey aerobics moves and Rockettes-style kicks on your living room carpet. You might need some spiked egg nog to reach her level of enthusiasm.

Highlight: The breakdown at 8:53  wherein disco singers whisper “jingle bells!” while she sashays around the room with her tiny weights and dead-behind-the-eyes grin.

Tony Horton has very clearly had way too much caffeine and is keen to celebrate Hannukkah, Kwanza, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, and New Year with six holiday-themed exercises. It requires a pull-up bar, but he advises that if you don’t have one, you can “fake it.” It’s unclear how you would fake having a pull-up bar, but that’s for you to figure out. Form is not a priority. Intensity, evidently, is. INTENSITY, y’all.

Highlight: The 3:00 mark wherein Tony frantically — and we do mean frantically — attempts to say “Solstice Split Squats” three times in a row.

Trainer Dom Thorpe adds holiday cheer to this themed workout by wearing a Santa suit and instructing you to “pretend there’s a mince pie on the floor” while you do push-ups. His demo features a chomping noise at the bottom of each rep for effect. He spends most of the 40-second push-up period standing there complaining about having carpet in his mouth from his simulated mince pie eating, but at least he’s got a timer. This workout requires no equipment though and takes only nine minutes.

Highlight: Convincing motivational cues like, “You keep going. I’m not going to do too many reps. I don’t wanna tire myself out.”

Happy Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, and New Year to everyone!



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