Let’s discuss how almost thirty people showed up to my “Turkey Trim & Tone” class at 9am on Thanksgiving morning to SWEAT and truly EARN their holiday feasts.  Burpees on Thanksgiving?  What?

Let’s also talk about what a dork I am for how excited I got when I came up with the alliterative name for a holiday themed group exercise class.  It’s the little things, people, it’s the little things.

And.  Let’s ALSO discuss how much I love themes.  Themed parties, themed gifts, you name it, and most of all themed workout playlists and themed holiday group ex classes.  However, with the exception of Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving song, there are literally zero Thanksgiving songs out there.  And running with a “thankful” playlist was going to be a real stretch, so I decided to just play a “Music Idols” playlist instead.

My “theme” ended up being more about the workout itself.  Although my class name was “Turkey Trim & Tone,” I’m calling this workout “Bodyweight Bootcamp” because all the exercises were done without weights.  And this may be cheesy, but I am THANKFUL for my body being strong enough to do what it does week in and week out.  I encourage you to all take a second and think about that.  It’s pretty powerful.

That being said, you seriously don’t need any equipment at all (maybe a mat? but the floor or a comfy sweatshirt would do) to bang this bad boy out.  It’s a good one to tuck away for holiday season when you don’t have time to get to the gym but are looking for something to make you sweat in the comfort of your own home.  And while you’re doing it, instead of cursing me in your head (you know you do it), stop and appreciate your body and what it lets you do instead.

For me, exercising is not only important, but necessary for balancing out any of my indulgences, especially around the holidays.  Sure I know that my morning workout probably didn’t burn as many calories as I consumed later in the day, but I know it certainly helped offset those extra desserts a bit.  And I just felt so much better throughout the day.

This workout was a great way to kick-start Thanksgiving Day — doing what I love, with people I seriously can’t get enough of, in my happy place.  Thank you to everyone to came to class, you all rock, and you are why I do what I do!

Who worked out on Thanksgiving Day?  Whether it be a class, a turkey trot, sneaking in some walks during the day, an at home workout — whatever — leave a comment telling me all about it!  Were you proud of yourself?  Did you feel better about your choices that day because of it?  What’s your favorite body-weight exercise?