A Pre-Thanksgiving Workout That Will Burn Major Calories


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While your family and friends are sleeping in, start your Thanksgiving by showing your body some appreciation. And what’s a better way to start our the day on the right foot than getting in a quick workout? So, before you load up on turkey and stuffing, head to the gym, or find some space in your house to get a quick HIIT workout in. It may only take 45 minutes, but believe us, you will not regret it. 

High-intensity interval training, better known as a HIIT, is all the rage in the fitness world, and why wouldn’t it be? HIITS are guarantee that you will get in and out of the gym fast, while burning a ton of calories, and building super strong muscles. HIITs are also great because they are easy to make up on the spot, and give you endless options to mix and match a workout, that will be tailored to your exact fitness needs.

Incase you needed more of a reason to get in a quick HIIT before you hit the food table, HIIT workouts increase your metabolism by combining high intensity with interval training, and will continue burning fat even after you’ve left the gym. 

According to Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fhitting Room in NYC, in an article with Daily Burn, “A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery.”

“This afterburn effect is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts,” Salvador says in the article. 

Follow one of the below HIITS before you head to your families for Thanksgiving, believe us you will feel way better about yourself.

1. The basic HIIT

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The most basic HIIT according to Men’s Health is 30 seconds of work paired with 20 seconds of rest, repeated 10 times. You can use this method paired with many different exercises. For cardio, after warming up set your treadmill to a sprinting pace, between 10.5 and 12, and complete the workout.

This workout can also be paired with, jump rope, box jumps, bikes, or virtually any other type of exercises. 

2. Body weight HIIT

For this HIIT, complete each exercise for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. The workout comes from Brain Jensen, CPT of Mike Duffy’s Personal Training Studio, in an article with Men’s Fitness

  • Jump rope
  • Plyo push-up
  • Bodyweight rows
  • Medicine ball squat to overhead throw
  • Burpee
  • Medicine ball chest pass
  • Renegade rows
  • Jumping lunges
  • Planks
  • Treadmill incline sprints

For each of the above exercises, complete the exercise for 20 seconds than rest for 10 seconds. Go through each exercise once before repeating the entire circuit. Rest two minutes before repeating. Aim to complete three rounds of the circuit.

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