Where to work out this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving's a time of many carbs—and often closed gyms—so we sought out the best fitness classes and events that are offered this holiday.

Turkey TrotThanksgiving weekend is a time of too many refined carbohydrates and not enough raring cardio; too much stuffing and not enough sun salutations.

And the city’s gyms and studios don’t help matters by ratcheting down their schedules.

That’s why we rounded up the special events and classes that are happening throughout the city.


Lululemon Athletica Turkey Trot 5K
Lulu’s citywide run clubs are hosting a 5K in Central Park, and they actually want you to dress like a turkey. 6:00 p.m, free, RSVP on Facebook

Sun Salutations
Sun salutations will help you cultivate gratitude. (Photo: Flickr/Lululemon Athletica)


Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot
This annual five-mile race is a Brooklyn turkey-day tradition, and you’ll cross the finish line long before you need to start cooking. 9:00 a.m., $25–40, www.pptc.org

Turkey Tummy Blast
Flybarre’s instructors are getting creative Thanksgiving weekend. Special T-day classes have names like Turkey Tummy Blast (7:00 and 8:15 a.m.) and The Roast (9:30 a.m.), $30, www.flywheelsports.com

108 Sun Salutations in Gratitude at Om Factory
Jewels Ziff-Sint leads a sweaty, moving meditation that will prep you for accepting your great aunt’s grouchiness with love this holiday. 8:30 a.m., $18, www.omfactorynyc.com

SoulCycle Turkey Burn
Ninety minutes of intense spinning is exactly what you’ll need to combat tryptophan sluggishness. Classes also on Friday. Check the SoulCycle schedule for times and locations, $64, www.soul-cycle.com


Twisted Turkey at Reflections Yoga
Combat overindulgence with this twisty, detoxing practice led by Susan Orem. Noon, $20 for members, $30 in advance, $40 day-of, www.reflectionsyoga.com

Cultivating Gratitude at Bend & Bloom
Heart-opening and cultivating lovingkindness will be Marisa Sako’s focus at this open-level vinyasa class, but you’ll burn off some of that stuffing as well. 12:30 p.m., $18, www.bendandbloom.com


Cardio Conditioning: Burn Off That Turkey Dinner!
Before you head back to work, get a head start on the week with an intense cardio-conditioning workout led by Equinox’s Scott Katzenstein at Athleta’s Upper East Side store. 10:00 a.m., free, www.athleta.gap.com

Thanksgiving Hangover Ride
Clip in for a one-hour ride at Flywheel Sports’ Upper East Side studio, where the 5:00 class will be team-taught by Dwayne and Nathalie. www.flywheelsports.com

Thanks + Giving at Yoga Union
Finish the weekend with gratitude-inspired asana and meditation and a chance to start the season of giving by donating new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots. Noon, free, www.yogaunion.com

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