Burn Off Your Thanksgiving Meal With This Calorie-Crushing Workout

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Thinking about all those calories you ingested yesterday during Thanksgiving dinner might make you nauseous, but you will feel 100 percent better after this workout! This circuit consists of eight exercises that you will do for one minute each. Rest for five seconds in between each exercise. After you complete all eight, rest for one minute and get back to work. You will repeat the circuit two more times for a total of three circuits. Keep the weights heavy, the repetitions quick and the rest periods between each exercise to only five seconds.

Don't forget to warm up for at least five minutes before going full-throttle! After the workout, finish with a cool down and some stretching.

1. Burpees: Most women have a love-hate relationship with burpees because they're torturous to get through, but they get serious results! It's a great full-body workout to kick off your circuit. Click here to learn how to do burpees or watch the video below:

2. Resistance Band Overhead Squat Press: This multi-muscle exercise works both your upper and lower body, not to mention your core. Keep your abdominals tight throughout the full minute and be sure to push the resistance band overhead as you are coming up from your squat. Click here to see how to do a resistance band overhead squat press.


3. Kettlebell Renegade Rows: Working opposing muscle groups is a great way to get more bang for your buck in a shorter amount of time. This exercise can be modified and done on your knees rather than your toes. Click here to learn how to do it.

kettlebell renegade rows

4. Alternating Reverse Lunges with Bicep Curls: If forward lunges bother your knees, reverse lunges are the way to go! Combine a bicep curl after each lunge and you'll be feeling the burn in no time. Here's how to do a bicep curl and here's how to do a reverse lunge.

5. Mountain Climbers: Don't make the mistake of popping your butt in the air while doing mountain climbers. Maintain a perfect pushup plank position while bringing your knees all the way into your chest as fast as you can. Here's how to do them.

Mountain Climbers

6. Power Squat: Prepare your quads and glutes for a lot of work on this one. It will be tough, but worth it in the end! Here's how to do a power squat.

power squat

7. Tricep Pushups: Unlike traditional pushups, your arms and elbows will be close to your body — close enough so that the inside of your arms brush against your body as you lower yourself to the ground. Try them first with your knees on the ground. As you get stronger, perform them on your toes like a regular pushup. Here's how to do a tricep pushup.


8. Box Jump: Use a step/bench/box that is at least a foot high and jump up onto it and then jump off of it. Be sure that you are landing completely on top without your heels hanging off the edge. For more info, click here to learn how to do a box jump.


That's one circuit. Rest for a full minute, then repeat the circuit twice more. When you're finished, remember to cool down and stretch out those muscles you just worked!