Pre Feast Sweat!

It's my favorite holiday! THANKSGIVING! There is nothing better to me than being with my whole entire family, having no pressure with gifts, eating all of my favorite foods, drinking all of the best wine, being in the home I was born in, and just beaming with extra gratitude throughout the day. In my Thanksgiving world, there are no rules on seconds or thirds, you can eat as many appetizers as you want and you can have dessert, twice. Apparently, the average American eats 4,500 on Thanksgiving- WOA. Stretchy pants or flowy dresses are highly encouraged. It's my favorite day.

To make the day even better, you should SWEAT before you encounter MEAT SWEATS! Whether it is participating in your city's Turkey Trot, or making your own Turkey Trot with your family, DO IT! Or, grab your mom, dad, sister or brother, aunt and uncle, cousins, second cousins, nieces, nephews, your neighbor, whoever- and try this PRE FEAST SWEAT! (keep scrolling down for exercise descriptions)

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Challenge yourself for this one. If you are more advanced, try to get to 5 rounds or even more. Make it a fun challenge with your family members! Then, TREAT YO'SELF and share your gratitude all day long. I am grateful I am in an industry where I can share the HEALTH with all of you! Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! 

"If you need a reason to be grateful, check your pulse."


  • Squat: Bring feet a little more than hip width apart, sit back into the hips like you are sitting in a chair, keep the chest up and weight in the heels, stand, repeat.
  • Squat Jump: Start by doing a regular squat, jump explosively. Land back in that squat, keeping the weight in your heels and chest up. Repeat.
  • Mountain Climbers: Start in plank position with your hands on the ground, wrists directly under your shoulders. Keeping your hips low and spine long, bring your right knee to your chest. Then quickly switch to your left knee to your chest. Keep it quick and keep your core engaged.
  • Shoulder Taps: Start in plank position with your wrists right under your shoulders and your feet hip width apart. Touch your left shoulder with your right hand, and return to plank position. Then touch your right shoulder with your left hand. Work hard to keep  your hips tight, and don't let them rock back and forth. 
  • Lunge: Step forward with your right leg, bend the right knee keeping the knee over the ankle, weight in the heel. Left leg stays behind, keep it straight. Drive up to standing position, switch sides. Repeat. 
  • Lunge Jumps: Stand tall with your feet staggered like you are doing a lunge, Engage the core, jump explosively. While you are in the air, switch legs, land in that lunge. Repeat.
  • Lateral Lunge: Start by standing straight. Lift your right leg and take a large step to the right shifting all of your weight into the right leg. Sit back into the hips and bend your knee to a 90 degree angle. Left leg stays straight, chest stays up. Explosively push back to start position, repeat. 
  • Ice Skaters: Start standing up, jump to the right and slightly bend into that right knee, try to balance and float the left foot. Explosively push off that right leg to the other side, landing on your left foot, slightly bending that knee and floating the right foot. Repeat.
  • Push Ups: Start in plank position, lower yourself down to the ground keeping your body in a straight line, push yourself back to start position. If needed, drop to your knees.
  • Burpees: Stand with your feet hip width apart. Sit back into your hips and bring your hands to the ground. Kick your feet back so you are in plank position, jump your feet back up to the outside of your hands, keeping the weight in your heels, jump up.