I hope you all have fun, food-filled plans with family or friends later today (if you’re worried about eating on a holiday like Thanksgiving, make sure to read this). I opted to go to Lake Tahoe this year, so my day will be filled with a workout, a hike with my husband and dog, and of course, lots of good food.
Although there’s no need to overly obsess about your calories today (after all, it’s just one day!), it is a good idea to get moving and do something active before you eat mounds of food and watch football all day (if that’s your thing).
That’s why I put together this Ultimate Fat Burning Thanksgiving workout you can do before you start feasting. You can even get your whole family to do it with you!
The only piece of equipment you need to do today’s workout is a basic medicine ball. I chose this because I figured that almost every gym has medicine balls, and a lot of people have one at their home.
However, if you don’t have a medicine ball, get creative! Here are some easy substitutions for the exercises:
Ball transfer push ups: Instead of a medicine ball, use a basketball, soccer ball, volleyball, etc. Even a tennis ball will add an element of instability for these. If you can’t come up with any of these, you can use a book to elevate one arm, then just slide it over to the other side after you do a couple. And if that doesn’t work, simply substitute regular push ups.
Squat thrusts: I use a medicine ball in the squat thrust demonstration video, but you can use any sort of dumbbells, a sandbag, a barbell, a kettlebell, even a backpack or duffel bag filled with heavy stuff. And if you have access to none of those, simply do air squats.
Woodchoppers: Again, I use a medicine ball for these, but you can use a dumbbell, a kettlebell, or even a heavy book.
Ab roll outs: Use an ab wheel instead if you have one, or just grab a towel and do these on a hardwood floor!
Here’s your Thanksgiving workout:
Workout type: Challenge
Timer setting: Stopwatch
10 Ball transfer push ups
20 Jump lunges
5 Handstand push ups (modified is fine!)
10 Squat thrusts
10 Woodchoppers (5 / side)
Bonus: 15 Ab Roll Outs + Handstand practice
Leave your time in the comments below.
My reps for today’s workout: 14:04
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3 thoughts on “Ultimate Fat Burning Thanksgiving Challenge Workout”
Thankful for 12 minute athlete! Krista, thank you for all you do!
14:44 was my time! Thanks for the motivation before turkey time! 🙂
Great workout! Did it yesterday and I’m feeling it today.