The best Thanksgiving workouts in New York City

Thanksgiving workoutsThanksgiving is about eating, not exercising—but there are plenty of reasons to work up a sweat both pre- and post-feast.

One, the stuffing, turkey, and extra helping of pie may leave you in a food coma through Black Friday, necessitating an endorphin injection. Two, if you fit in a tough session before sitting down to dinner, your body may actually need the extra food (nice!). And three, if you choose a yoga class, you can focus on cultivating the sense of gratitude the day is all about.

Of course, New York’s thriving fitness scene is there for you. We’ve rounded up the most exciting Thanksgiving-weekend workout classes and events happening this year, from running in Central Park to spinning in Park Slope. —Jennifer Hare and Lisa Elaine Held

(Photo: Solace Body, CrossFit Solace)


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Carved on Thanksgiving at DavidBartonGym
Members and non-members alike can drop in for this 60-minute full-body weight training class to prep you for the day ahead. Offered at all DavidBartonGym locations. 9:00 a.m. and  11:00 a.m.

Earn Your Feast with Solace Body
CrossFit Solace’s kick-butt class for those who like the intensity of CrossFit (but don’t care for barbell hoisting) will be even longer than usual, with 60 minutes of work with rowers, kettlebells, and more. Plus, Pure Green cold-pressed juice after, to cleanse your palate of mounds of mashed potatoes. 10:00 a.m.,

Extended Burn at BFX Studio Chelsea
If you can survive 75 minutes of plyometric intervals, kettlebells, dumbbells, and gliders, head to BFX for this match-for-your-dinner-plate expanded version of the popular Burn class. 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.,

Gratitude Beats and Gratitude Power Flow at Lyons Den
Lyons Den is hosting a full morning sweat fest on turkey day with three fun, fiery classes that are focused on giving thanks (and sweating…a lot). 7:45, 9:00, and 10:30 a.m.,

Mile High Run Club’s Turkey Trot
Hop on the treadmill for a Thanksgiving morning run with Mile High Run Club. You can opt to race if you’re feeling competitive, or just run for fun, but prizes will be awarded to winners. 9:00 a.m.,

TBF Turkey Bowl at Throwback Fitness
Team-centered rowing and conditioning workout Throwback Fitness is running a football-themed workout for all of its classes over Thanksgiving weekend (which will definitely give you way more energy than just staring at the TV between courses). Various times,

Thanks+Giving Donation Class at Yoga Union
Kristen Woods (pictured, above) teaches this annual donation-based class “to celebrate the abundance in our lives and to offer what we can to those that may be in need.” The all-levels flow class will focus on side-body opening and donations will benefit the Henry Street Settlement. 10:00 a.m.,

Thanksgiving Central Park Running Tour
Instead of standing around waiting for balloons to pass, run through Central Park with a group, following the parade route, so you can enjoy the festivities first hand while working up an appetite for some stuffing.  8:45 a.m.,

Torqy Burn Rides at Flywheel
Fly’s standard 45-minute rides get amped up to 60- and 90-minute “Torqy Burns,” offered at all studios, on both Thanksgiving day and the Friday after (to sweat out shopping stress?). Various times,

Turkey Burn ‘N’ Firm at Crunch
Crunch is offering a 75-minute session that includes 45 minutes of cycling followed by 30 minutes of Pilates-inspired ab work. 9:30 a.m. Ft. Greene, 10:00 a.m 19th Street,

Turkey Burns at SoulCycle
Ninety-minute Turkey Burn rides have become a super-popular, annual institution at SoulCycle, and there are now 16 studios hosting them across NYC, on both Thursday and Friday, with popular instructors like Rique and Akin teaching. Sign up happens on Monday at noon (as is the custom) and they fill up fast. Various times,

Turkey Burn Ride at Peloton
Hop on a bike at Peloton for an amped-up 60-minute session with top instructor Robin Arzon. 10:30 a.m.,

Turkey Day Boot Camp with Trooper Fitness
Trooper Fitness hosts an Ultimate Trooper Camp with all of the brand’s coaches participating and extra partner-assisted exercises added into the high-intensity interval workout. You know, so you can start feeling grateful for those that (literally) hold you up. 9:00 a.m.,

Turkey Trot & Tuck at Pure Barre Williamsburg
Head out for a two-mile run up the Williamsburg Bridge, followed by 45-minutes of Pure Barre tucking and toning. Just don’t go crazy with the post-class snacks—you need to save room for later. 9:00 a.m.,

(Photo: Yoga Union)



1,000 Calorie Row at Row House
The name kind of says it all…this special 75-minute class will have more strokes, more cardio, and more floor work (like push-ups, squats, and lunges) to help you de-bloat and get energized. 10:30 a.m. at Row House Chelsea, 3:30 p.m. at Columbus Circle,

Post-Feast Detox at Lyons Den Power Yoga
This Power Flow class will get you on your mat to sweat and stretch (bye bye, bloating!) after the big meal, and to greet the start of the holiday season with a sense of calm. 8:15 a.m.,

Thanksgiving with a Twist at Reflections
Prolong your feelings of gratitude (and wake up your digestion) with a yoga class featuring detoxifying poses, breathing practices to purify the mind, and meditation on what it really means to be grateful. 10:00 a.m,

Too Much… Rides at BYKLYN
Head to BYKLYN on Flatbush Avenue of Park Slope on Friday morning to spin from a menu of three after-feast classes, Too Much Turkey, Too Much Pie, or Too Much Family. Start times from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.,


Sky Ting Yoga at Outdoor Voices
Sky Ting Yoga co-founder Krissy Jones leads a yoga practice focused on giving thanks as the holiday season sets in, inside the new Outdoor Voices pop-up shop in Soho. 10:00 a.m., (Email to RSVP.)

If you’ve spent way too much time lining up your workouts for the weekend and not enough time planning Thanksgiving dinner, check out these 31 amazing, gorgeous, healthy recipes made with superfoods.

(Photo: BYKLYN)


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