How To Make A Good Workout Great: Workout Finishers

by TaylorR

I can’t take credit for what I’m about to share, that goes to Dan.

A few months ago, Dan started added “finishers” to the end of boot camps as a way to push our clients just a smidge more. A way for them to realize that they have more energy and more strength than they thought. A way to end a workout and think… “Wow, I just killed my workout, and I feel great.”

In a nutshell, a finisher is a very fast circuit (we’re talking 3-5 minutes max) that is added to the end of your normal workout. It’s a great way to test your stamina.

There is 1 rule when it comes to doing a finisher…

You have to time yourself. 

Tracking is a lot of fun and something that gets passed over too often when it comes to workouts. When you track yourself, you gain knowledge of where you are in your fitness and give yourself a goal. That goal is of course to beat your previous time. All workouts should be tracked, but if you’re completely new to the idea of tracking, starting with a 5 minute finisher is a great place.

Okay, so now that you know what a finisher is, I thought it would be fun to show you a couple of my favorites. We are in the processes of filming all of our finishers for Fit Womens Weekly members and decided to share these two.


Workout Finishers

Like I mentioned at the end of the show, these are great mini workouts too. If you’re short on time but still want to do something then do both of these, or one of them for 3 rounds. Make them work for you and your schedule!

If you’re more into graphics than videos, here are the finishers! Pin them, print them, or share them! :)

Finisher: “Number “1

workout finishers

Finisher: “Quiet”


Now it’s time to tackle my Monday. After an unexpected lazy weekend, I have far more on my to-do list than I had anticipated.

Q: What’s the first thing you do after you get home from a workout? 

I was my hands, and drink a big glass of ice water!


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamara @ The Workout Mama August 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

I love to do these in my bootcamps! So effective and such a great push at the end. They make everyone feel like they got a killer workout.


TaylorR August 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

Exactly! Just when you think you’re done you get a finisher!


Kim August 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

I have really enjoyed the challenge program and I love the finishers you put on some of those workouts!!!
This summer I usually ended each boot camp with a challenge move but I might change it to a finisher!!!


TaylorR August 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

Thanks! This week has one!


Amy Lauren August 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

I agree with hand washing after a workout, especially if it was a workout in a gym! I also do that and I drink some water, gatorade (post long run), or a protein shake (especially after lifting, but sometimes after running).

I like how we ended the speedwork that day with the strides in the grass, I think that was a good ending. Definitely think ending with something really helps because you get more out of the tank so it’s a better workout ;).


TaylorR August 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Let’s do it tomorrow!


MIZ August 19, 2013 at 10:56 am




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Heather @ Better With Veggies August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

I love that you wash your hands, that’s probably a really good idea (maybe I’ll start doing that). Currently, I come home & make my post-workout shake!


TaylorR August 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Haha, my hands always feel dirty after the gym from doing pushups!


Purelytwins August 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

love the idea of finishers!!


TaylorR August 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thanks! They are a lot of fun.


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