Thanksgiving Day Fitness!


Thanksgiving is a day to spend with friends and family and enjoy the fruits of your labor for a day. Instead of being thankful just for the food on the table and a day of watching football, get out in the morning and get something done! Maybe it is yard work in preparation for visitors later in the day.

But, if you think about it, Thanksgiving Day is a great day to get in a Turkey Trot, a football game, or a workout that can ease some guilt on an afternoon of gluttony. Below are some ideas for your Turkey Fitness Day.

Our local group is on its 17th year tradition of an 8am Thanksgiving Day workout. Here is a classic workout we typically do on an outdoor pullup bar and a running trail:

Classic Run / PT:

Warmup with PT Pyramid: Pullups x1, Pushups x 2, Abs x 3
1 pullup, 2 pushups, 3 abs of choice
2 pullups, 4 pushups, 6 abs of choice
3 pullups, 6 pushups, 9 abs of choice
Stop at 5, 10,15.

Run 1 mile easy pace / stretch

Repeat 3-4 times
Max Pullups
Max Pushups 1 min
Max Abs or plank pose 1 min
Run 1 mile
You can use a track, a playground with monkey bars, or a gym (if open on Thanksgiving).

If you have a group of hard chargers, try workouts that require some weighted resistance with sandbags, backpacks, or dumbbells like the Sand Baby Murph. Circuit Training for a Home Gym or if a gym is open. 5 Min On / 5 Min Off.

Go for a long ruck, run, or bike for an hour.

The goal is to take some time and burn some calories on a day that is easily the biggest day of consumption for most of us. Regardless – ENJOY!

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Stew Smith works as a presenter and editorial board member with the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has also written hundreds of articles on's Fitness Center that focus on a variety of fitness, nutritional, and tactical issues military members face throughout their career.

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