Thanksgiving Workouts!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while it’s normal to think about what you’re going to eat that day, but… what about your workout???

Thanksgiving is a great day to spend with your family and friends enjoying amazing food, yet it’s also an ideal day to get a workout in to feel your best and maybe even burn off a few of those extra dinner calories! 😉

Below are a few Thanksgiving Day workouts I recommend. Pick the one that fits your gym situation, time constraints, and individual fitness level. Get in your training, then go eat!

Thanksgiving Workout #1: 30-60-minutes AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
Depending on your experience level, you can decide how long to set your clock for. Don’t go past 30 minutes if you’re more on the beginner side.

In case you’re unfamiliar with AMRAPs, simply do as many rounds of the below exercises as possible in the allotted time. Rest as needed – you don’t have to go continuously the entire time. Just make sure you’re challenging yourself and the intensity remains high.

As Many Rounds As Possible:
Sled Push, 30 yards*
10 Box Jumps
10 Dumbbell or Barbell Push Press
250-Meter Row

*Substitute Tire Flips, Farmer’s Carry, or Sprints if don’t have access to a sled.

Thanksgiving Workout #2: Home Bodyweight Workout
If your gym is closed on Thanksgiving, no worries! This bodyweight-only routine can be done anywhere – your apartment, your bedroom, your garage, etc. Again, select the number of rounds (10-15) based on your current fitness level and time constraints. If you’re a beginner and even 10 rounds sound like too much, by all means, decrease it down to five.

10-15 rounds of:
10 Burpees
20 Bodyweight Squats
10 Triceps Pushups
15 seconds of Facing-the-Wall Handstand Hold (use a box or bench to scale)
20 Walking Lunges (per leg)
Rest 1-2 minutes between rounds

Thanksgiving Workout #3: The Big Three All Day Workout
Warning: This is not for inexperienced lifters, or even intermediate lifters (or for the faint of heart).

Pick a weight you can get about 12-15 reps for the squat, bench press, and deadlift. You’re going to do 3 sets of 10 reps for each of these lifts every hour for 8 hours. Keep the same weight throughout.

I know most people work during the week and won’t have time on Thanksgiving Day to complete this workout, so you can try this the weekend before, or you can do this on the hour leading up to your Thanksgiving feast. If you can’t get the full 8 hours, try and get as many in as you can. Let me know how this one goes – it’ll test your mental toughness to the max!

Every hour on the hour for 8 hours:
Squat, 3 x 10
Bench Press, 3 x 10
Deadlift, 3 x 10

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Meet JYM Girl Katie Kollath, MS