#FatblasterFriday | The ‘snowed in’ home workout

As important as it is to plan and schedule your workouts (“failing to plan is just planning to fail”), sometimes life happens and you can’t get where you need to be when you need to be there. The key to success is being flexible. Change your plan to work with what you’ve got, rather than ditching your workout entirely.

Take this week. Tuesday morning I awoke to Vancouver’s first big snowfall of the year. (If you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, please don’t laugh; this is a ‘big dump’ for us!)

home workout

As beautiful as it was, there was no way I was driving kids to school (2 miles and uphill all the way…). That also meant I wouldn’t be heading to the gym. Wednesday brought more of the same with the added bonus of a vomiting child. Children at home, a Christmas tree filled living room and too cold to work out outside meant that I needed to get creative.

While I managed my own limited-equipment-at-home workout, filming a workout video for this week’s #FatblasterFriday was out of the question. Rather than leaving you up to your own devices ;), I thought I’d share one of the workouts I did while snowed in.

All you need is a set of hand weights (I used 15 lbs, go lighter if you need to), the bottom step of a flight of stairs and your own body weight. Work through the circuit at least twice, stopping only after the burpees to grab a quick drink and catch your breath!

home workout

If you’re one of those people that really needs company when exercising, check out my #FatblasterFriday playlist on YouTube. I’ll be happy to work out with you if it keeps you from skipping your workout entirely!

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Does it snow where you live?

Favourite snowy day activity?

Disclaimer: Although I am a registered Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.




  1. Perfect timing as I sit here looking at the snowfall and trying to decide if I can go for a run.
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  2. Thanks for sharing a fun cold weather workout! Just pinned it to try later 🙂
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  3. Ohh! This is another great workout Tamara. Thanks. I saw your pictures of all the snow and couldn’t believe it! It hasn’t snowed here in NYC yet. Winter’s been a bit funny. My fav snow day activity is skiing! Happy holidays my friend!
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    • Thanks so much Christine! I really appreciate all of your support and sharing of my posts! Have a great Xmas with your family (and hopefully you get some snow!)

  4. I wish we got snow here. A few times we’ve gotten about 1/8 inch. Blah. I miss living in OR and CO, where we could do the “bundle up and trudge to school” thing. Except for the vomiting child, your week sounds cosy.
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  5. UGH on the vomiting kids!! Hope everyone is feeling better soon!!!!

    I love your sharing of no excuses! You rock!!!!!

    No snow here! 🙂
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  6. We haven’t had any snow yet this year… fingers crossed as I type this! Hope yours is gone by now! Good workout, Tamara! I am glad you are all feeling tip top and healthy for Christmas (it’s Sunday!)
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