8 Min Holiday Kickboxing Warm-Up

8 Minute Holiday Kickboxing Warm-Up

Step away from the holiday eggnog and break a sweat with this 8-minute holiday-inspired kickboxing warm-up routine.

Published: December 22, 2021

Topics: Kickboxing, Training

Author: Jeff Turbett

There’s a slightly brisk feeling in the air. The leaves have changed colors, which can only mean one thing -- winter is here! With cooler temperatures and the holiday season upon us, this holiday-themed total bodyweight routine will get your blood flowing and loosen up those muscles to prepare you for any follow-up kickboxing session.

Holiday Kickboxing Warm-Up

All you need for this routine is a wall that can withstand your bodyweight.

Grinch-y Jacks
(Jumping Jacks + 1 - 2 Punch Combo)
1 minute

  • Begin with 10 seconds of jumping jacks

  • At the 10 second mark, pause, and perform a 1 - 2 (jab - cross) punch combo

  • Continue performing jumping jacks, repeating the 1 - 2 (jab - cross) combo every 10 seconds

  • Continue for 1 minute

Down the Chimneys
(Flow Yoga - Stand To Chaturanga To Upward Facing Dog)
1 minute

  • Assume a boxer’s stance

  • Drop down and place your hands on the ground

  • Jump your feet back to come into a high plank

  • Lower your body towards the floor, keeping your elbows tight at your sides (Chaturanga)

  • From here, begin to push your chest back up, straightening your arms

  • Flip your feet so that the tops of your feet are pressed against the ground (Upward Facing Dog)

  • Hold for a 2-second count

  • Tuck your toes under and shift back to Chaturanga, then push up to high plank

  • Jump your feet back up to your hands

  • Stand up and return to your boxer’s stance

  • Continue this flow for 1 minute

Turkey Trotters
(High Knees + 3 - 4 Punch Combo)
1 minute

  • Begin with 10 seconds of high knees

  • At the 10 second mark, pause, and perform a 3 - 4 (lead hook - rear hook) punch combo

  • Repeat, alternating between high knees and punching for 1 minute

Modifications: To make this movement easier, march in place instead of high knees. To challenge yourself, perform a burpee every other repetition and pick up your tempo when performing high knees.

Santa Squats
(Sumo Squat + Lateral Lunges)
1 minute

  • Begin in a sumo squat stance

    • Your feet should be wider than shoulder-width apart with your toes pointed outward at roughly a 45-degree angle

  • Squat down and hold

  • At the bottom of the squat position, shift your weight to the left and perform a left, side-lateral lunge

  • Shift back to the middle

  • Shift your weight to the right, and perform the opposite side-lateral lunge

  • Shift back to the middle and rise up to stand

  • Continue squatting and lunging for the full minute

Rudolph Runners
(Front/Sagittal Plane Leg Swings)
2 minutes

  • Come to face a wall and place your hands on it for balance

  • Slowly start swinging your left leg side-to-side

  • As your muscles begin to warm up, slowly swing it higher with each repetition, attempting to swing to hip height

    • The arc motion of the leg should work up to a 180-degree angle

  • Continue for 30 seconds and then switch legs

  • Next, turn sideways from the wall, and place your right hand on the wall for balance

  • Begin a forward-to-back leg swing, following along the same 180-degree arc

  • As your muscles warm up, swing your leg higher with each repetition, attempting to swing your foot up to hip height

  • Continue for 30 seconds then switch legs

Elf Kickers
(Front and Roundhouse Kicks - Technique Emphasis)
2 minutes

  • Assume an Orthodox kickboxing stance

  • For 30 seconds, focusing on technique, perform a roundhouse kick

  • As you warm up, increase the intensity of your kicks

  • Switch to a Southpaw stance and continue the same kick for an additional 30 seconds

  • After the full minute switch back to an Orthodox stance

  • Perform a front kick focusing on technique

  • As your body warms up, increase the intensity of your kicks

  • Continue for 30 seconds

  • Switch back to a Southpaw stance

  • Perform front kicks for the remaining 30 seconds

There you have it! A holiday-inspired, 8-minute bodyweight warm-up routine that you can do at the beginning of your kickboxing workouts to make sure you are primed and ready to kick your way through this holiday season!

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Jeff Turbett

Jeff Turbett has trained in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. He is a personal trainer and knows the importance of cross-training for combat sports. He’s also a contributor at BellaVita Fitness and Wellness online.

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