The dinner is going to happen. The turkey is in the oven, the potatoes are being peeled, and the smell of Thanksgiving fills the home. You may be hosting this year or simply attending. You may be cooking or you may be in charge of entertaining, being entertained, or keeping the fire stoked.

No matter what you do beforehand one thing is for certain –

You are going to eat.

If you are intending on enjoying your Thanksgiving feast this year, which you should be, then you should put some effort into having a pre-holiday workout that primes your metabolism, ignites that fat burning machine, and relaxes your nerves so that you can better enjoy the holiday.

The workout below can be customized to fit the busiest of schedules by trying to complete it as fast as possible. This workout is designed for everyone who will try it, which is why weights are not dictated. If weights are not available to you do not fret. This workout has 3 levels to it, of which bodyweight is an option!

The goal of this workout is to work the entire body through all of the planes of movement while utilizing all of the patterns that the body is designed to perform.

  • Work as hard as you can, but never jeopardize your form.
  • All exercises are for time – 30 seconds.
  • Based upon time available you can go through this circuit 3 times or 5 times.
  • This workout is designed to be a circuit, so move one movement to the next in order
Intermediate – Advanced Beginner – Intermediate Bodyweight
Barbell Deadlift Dumbbell Deadlifts Single Leg Toe Touches
Standing Overhead Press with Dumbbells Seated Dumbbell Curl to Press Elevated Push Ups
Bent Over Dumbbell Row Alternating Dumbbell Row Superman Reaches
Walking Lunges with Dumbbells Bodyweight Squats Bodyweight Squats
Push – Jacks High Knee Runs Jumping Jacks
Squat Jumps Elevated Push-ups Boxing Punches
Standing Sprinters Mountain Climbers Plank Hold

No matter what level of fitness you are, or what equipment you have available to you, this year can be the year you have an excellent workout before your holiday feast.

Be thankful for your family and friends. Be grateful for the feast you’ll enjoy. And yes, be thankful for your commitment to your own goals.

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