video – 12 Days of Christmas from 2013



The biggest day of the year for GEO is only a few days away.

The “12 Days of Christmas” workout will be going down on Saturday morning.  This Saturday.  The 21st.

What is this “12 Days of Christmas” workout you talk about?

Well, it is a tradition that we started back in 2011 and have continued every year since.  It is workout comprised of 12 different movements which are performed in the same fashion as how the song (it’s namesake) is sung.

If you don’t know the song (where have you been?), here’s a snippet:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
A (1) partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

and so on, and so forth, all the way up to 12 Drummers drumming.

The way the workout flows, is we replace the “gifts” above with an exercise.  So instead of a partridge in a pear tree, you get/do 1 Clean and Jerk. Then you do 2 Muscle-ups (turtle doves), and 1 Clean and Jerk (partridge).  Then you do 3 Box Jumps (french hens), 2 Muscle-ups (turtle doves), and 1 Clean and Jerk (partridge)…..and it continues to 12 Front Squats (Drummers drumming).

There are many different versions of the “12 Days of Christmas” workout out there in the ether.  We happen to follow (what I believe) is the most challenging one – the Outlaw version.  What we soon discovered though, was that it was near impossible for most people to finish it without scaling and modifying it immensely.  So we devised our own version which follows very closely the Outlaw one, but is achievable by most without having to scale or modify too much (I have listed both versions below).

Further scaling and modifying to meet your own level is always acceptable so please don’t stress if you look at the two workouts and see something there that you cannot do.  This workout, whilst challenging, is also meant to be fun and a really good opportunity to bring everyone together for one last hurrah before Christmas and the end of the year.

What has also become a tradition is that we have a feed and a drink or two afterwards where we can let our hair down, chew the fat(or the ham), and wish each other a merry Christmas.  It is not compulsory, but if you want to, bring a plate to share.  Don’t go overboard because there will be a lot of food.  BYO drinks.

This will all go down at 8am with a warm-up, coaching, and workout briefing, then it’s on like Donkey Kong.

It can get pretty chaotic because there is a lot of equipment out, and a heap of people.  Just take your time, wait your turn and enjoy the vibe!

For those of you who can’t make it at 8, if you are going to be a tad late, please acquaint yourself with the workout beforehand and jump in when you arrive (and warm-up).  All of the Coaches will be doing it themselves.

Lastly, come dressed in some festive fashion – Santa hats are popular and practical. Onesies are also a good choice.  We did have one member come in red speedos once – the handstand push-ups were a real joy to behold.

Hope to see you all here for the most wonderful time of the year…….

Option A.

The GEO “12 Days of Xmas”

For Time:

1 Clean & Jerk 60/40kg
2 Ring Dips
3 Box Jumps 24/20″
4 Hang Power Snatch 40/30kg
5 Bar facing Burpees
6 Push Press 40/30kg
7 Squat Jumps
8 Straight Leg Raises
9 Wall balls
10 Pull-ups
11 Wall Climbs
12 Front Squats 60/40kg


Option B. – a little bit more challenging

The Outlaw “12 Days of Xmas”

For time:

1 Clean & Jerk 100/70kg
2 Muscle Ups
3 Box Jumps 30/24″
4 Hang Squat Snatch 50/35kg
5 Bar facing Burpees
6 Push Press 50/35kg
7 Pistols (alternating)
8 Toes to Bar
9 Wall balls
10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
12 Front Squats 100/70kg



Published by Wilsy

Crossfit Coach

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