Consider those holiday eats your workout fuel

By Lauren Mazzo

If you can make it through the holiday season without overindulging one time, you deserve a gold star big enough to top the tree at Rockefeller Center. As for the rest of us, there will be many holiday happy hours, family parties, and celebratory dinners that make every single latke or Christmas cookie seem worth the cals. After all, it comes but once a year!

That doesn't mean you get to slack on your workouts, though-if anything, the cure to that overfilled "bleh" feeling can be found in the gym. (Or in this post-binge detox plan.) This holiday workout (from Barry's Bootcamp trainer Rebecca Kennedy) uses compound movements that recruit tons of muscles to get your body burning lots of calories-and fast. The result? A revving metabolism that's ready for the next holiday shindig. (Alternate this with the fitness model workout or the Gigi Hadid-Inspired workout.)

How it works: Do 6 reps of each move. Rest for 90 seconds. Do a total of 4 sets.


A. Begin in high plank position with shoulders over wrists and feet hip-width apart.

B. Lower chest to the floor, sending elbows back at 45-degree angles away from chest.

C. Press off the floor to return to start.

Bent-Over Rows

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in front of thighs. Hinge at the hips with a straight back and let dumbbells hang below chest, palms facing in.

B. Squeeze upper back, then row the kettlebells up to chest, driving elbows toward the ceiling while keeping arms in close to ribs.

C. Lower back to start. Repeat, keeping core tight and back straight.

Dumbbell Deadlift

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold dumbbells in hands in front of thighs.

B. Hinge at hips to bend over with a flat back, lowering dumbbells down legs to shins while keeping knees slightly bent.

C. Squeeze upper back and engage core while standing up and pressing hips forward.

Dumbbell High-Pull

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold dumbbells in hands in front of thighs.

B. Engage upper back muscles and drive elbows up and back to raise dumbbells to shoulders.

C. Lower dumbbells to start and immediately begin the next rep. Keep core tight throughout.

Dumbbell Squats

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells by sides.

B. Sit hips back and bend knees to lower into a squat, lowering dumbbells next to shins.

C. Then press through heels and drive hips forward to stand.

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