November 22, 2013
Turkey Day 500

The average calories consumed on Thanksgiving Day is 3,000 to 4,000 calories. It surely can be higher, but a typical thanksgiving meal can easily reach 2,500 calories.  Wow! That is enough energy to sustain an individual running for over 20 miles! I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like running a marathon before the feast. So what can you do? Well, you can do a simple workout for a ridiculous number of repetitions. The “500” series is a style of exercise routines that are simple and repetitive, and they can be very challenging. The 500 series and Thanksgiving go together like peas and carrots. You eat crazy calories during Thanksgiving, and you burn crazy calories during the 500 series.

Unless you are with a personal trainer, it can be annoying trying to decide what you want to do for your workout.  The 500 series allows you to work every major muscle group and also get your heart rate up. In a nutshell, you are doing a total of 500 reps in as short amount of time possible. Some can be done in as short as 20 minutes. Others take closer to an hour. Below are 3 solid workouts. Choose one to hammer out before your holiday feast begins.

Workout 1: The Turkey Waster
Squats x 24
Lunges x 12
Pushups x 14
Do this series for 10 rounds as quick as you can. Your legs should be smoked by the time you are done!

Workout 2: Stuffing B’Gone
Squats x 250
Pushups x 150
Sit-ups x 100
Perform this series in a row. Complete all of your reps on one exercise before moving to the next.

Workout 3: Cranberry Sauce is for Kids
Burpees x 10
Sit-ups x 10
This one is awesome! Just keep a running count as you progress through the series. Perform 10 burpees and then 10 sit-ups and stop when you amass 500 total reps.

The 500 series is simple and effective. If you are not sure what to do for a workout, just crush one of the above workouts. I promise you will be challenged. Afterwards, get after that turkey and gravy!

Written by Clark Masterson

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