Besides gratitude, Thanksgiving is known for being all about food, family and (watching) football. But the team at DavidBartonGym (DBG) says that you can still enjoy the festivities while keeping up your fitness levels as well. How? Their experts claim that an intense resistance-based workout within two hours of a meal can help keep your metabolism humming. So at their locations across the country, DBG trainers will be leading their members and family and friends of members through a complimentary "CARVED" class. It's designed to target all major muscle groups with heavy weights, multiple sets and small intervals of active recovery. Can't make it to a class or don't have a DBG near you? Or too crazed by cooking the turkey to fit in a full workout? Try these three sample moves from the class at home, done in a row as a circuit, to get a similar effect.
- Squats: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and act like you are sitting in an imaginary chair: Bend knees 90 degrees and make sure your knees don't go past your toes. Return to start and repeat for one minute. (Hold dumbbells to make it harder.)
- Lateral Raises: Hold one dumbbell in each hand with palms facing body and feet hip-width apart. Extend both arms out to your sides at shoulder level, keeping wrists and elbows straight but not locked. Return to start and repeat for one minute.
- Bent-Over Rows: Stand with feet hip-width apart and hinge forward 90 degrees from hips so back is parallel to floor and arms extend down, palms facing each other. Drive elbows directly behind you to bring dumbbells to ribs. Lower back to start and repeat for one minute.
- Set down the weights and do one minute of jumping jacks. Repeat circuit three times.
CARVED will be offered at New York City, Chicago, Miami and Bellevue, Washington DBG locations at 9 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 24. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more details.
Now tell us: Do you have any fit traditions on turkey day?