Taylor Swift Workouts That Make You Want to “Shake It Off” – and other Pop Culture References in CrossFit

By Kendra Whittle
Aug 04 2023

Taylor Swift Workouts That Make You Want to “Shake It Off” – and other Pop Culture References in CrossFit

Like millions of Americans, I donned my black sequined dress and my friendship bracelets and made a pilgrimage to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for Taylor Swift’s now-legendary “Eras” tour. For three glorious hours, I sang along to “Shake It Off,” swayed to “Champagne Problems” and bobbed my head to “Karma.”

And then…the next day, I wiped off smudged eyeliner and rinsed off copious amounts of hairspray and I did what any CrossFit athlete would do. I thought to myself, “I wonder if anyone has made a WOD named for Taylor Swift or one of her songs?” Because…I’d sweat it out for a Taylor-themed workout (in my Taylor tank and friendship bracelets)!

It turns out – there are! Multiple TSwift workouts, in fact! I have to call out CrossFit 1013 of Bensenville, IL for their entire Tay LINE-UP of workouts (and the hilarity of making “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” a partner WOD).

“Taylor Swift”

2 Sets For Time:

12 Devils Press (50s/35s)
50 Double Unders
8 Devils Press (50s/35s)
50 Double Unders
4 Devils Press (50s/35s)
50 Double Unders

-rest 2 minutes between sets-

“Taylor Swift Step It Off”

5 Rounds:
19 Calorie Row
13 Wall Balls
Straight into:
89 Med Ball Step-Ups

 “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Partner Workout For Time:

1600m Bike (Split)
15 Synchro Wall Walks
3200m Bike (Split)
30 Synchro Overhead Squats 95#/65#
1600m Bike (Split)


For Time/Quality:

4 Rounds

20 Abmat Sit-ups
30 Sec Plank
30 Flutter Kicks (each side)
30 Sec Side Plank (Right)
30 Sec Side Plank (Left)
15 Seated Oblique Twists w/ med ball (each side)

“Look What You Made Me Do”

4 sets For Reps:
1:00 Max Push Press 45#/35#
1:00 Max Abmat Sit Ups
1:00 Max Walking Lunge Steps
1:00 Rest

“Shake It Off”

For Time:

75 Burpee Box Jump Overs 24”/20”

Every 2 minutes (including 0:00), perform 5 Front Squats 135#/95#

“I Knew You Were Trouble”

For Time:
50/40 Calorie Assualt Bike
50 Pull-ups
50/40 Calorie Assault Bike

This discovery sparked my curiosity. At CrossFit, coaches and athletes enjoy theming workouts. There’s WODs for holidays (12 Days of Christmas, anyone?), for religious observances (Good Friday/Jesus WOD), for girls (Ohhhh, the Girls – Cindy, Fran, Grace, my home girls), and of course, the revered and rightly so Hero WODs.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that my coach names workouts after candies! If you need a calorie burst and none of the sugar high, I recommend Jellybeans at CrossFit Levo – tell them Kendra sent you.  

So, why not get your fitness gains while celebrating your favorite celebrity or pop culture references? Check out a few of my favorites below:

“Mr. Feeny” (and other Boy Meets World workouts)
 16 min AMRAP
 14 Alternating Hang Dumbbell Clean and Jerk 50#/35#
 12 Burpee Over Dumbbell
 10 Toes to Bar

Crazy Train 

5 minute AMRAP

1 Power Clean + 2 Front Rack Reverse Lunges + 3 Front Squats


13 minute AMRAP:
10 Walking Lunges
10 Reverse Burpees

Rest 1.5 minutes
Complete 3 cycles

Marty McFly and Doc (and other Back to the Future workouts)
12 minute AMRAP
8 Single Arm Dumbbell Snatches 50#/353 (Right Arm)
8 Single Arm Overhead Walking Lunge Steps 50#/35# (Right Arm)
8 Single Arm Dumbbell Snatches 50#/35# (Left Arm)
8 Single Arm Overhead Walking Lunge Steps 50#/35# (Left Arm)
50 Double Unders

 AMRAP 30:
 20 Double Unders
4 Deadlifts
 3 Hang Power Cleans
2 Push Jerks
1 Rope Climb

“NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO PROBLEM” (and other Kenny Chesney workouts)
 For Time [38 Minute Cap]:
4,000 Meter Bike
2,000 Meter Row
 100 Toes to Bar
2 Minutes On, 1 Minute Off
If time capped, add 1 second to your time for every missed rep.

 “Grateful Dead”
 3 Rounds For Time [21 Minute Cap]:
 50/40 Calorie Bike
 30 AbMat Sit-ups
 20 Deadlifts 155#/105#
 100 Meter Farmers Carry 50’s/35’s

Ariel + Prince Eric (and other Little Mermaid workouts)
For Time:
30/24 Calorie Assault Bike
20 Toes to Bar
15 Overhead Squats 95#/65#
20 Bar Facing Burpees
15 Overhead Squats 95#/65#
20 Toes to Bar
30/24 Calorie Assault Bike

And of course…the “Single Ladies” 264 lb snatch!

What celebrity / pop culture workouts have you completed?

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