I really cannot believe it’s that time of year already.
Time for turkey and taters and best of all, PIE! The holidays, no matter how we try to spin it, place a pretty heavy emphasis on food. It’s often hard for us to avoid sabotaging our fat loss goals, and we end up just giving in with the intention of starting over at the first of the year.
But this is a mistake that can be easily avoided, and the ladies of Girls Gone Strong are here to help you stay on track. On Monday, we posted 2 delicious and healthy recipes that you can prepare for your Thanksgiving get together, and today we are giving you a free workout.
One of the best ways to avoid the detrimental effects of a big holiday meal is to put in a solid workout beforehand. But the problem is, it can be difficult to make time for the gym on Thanksgiving between travel, guests and cooking. Not to mention, some gyms might not even be open!
That’s where metabolic finishers come in.
These workouts are fast, effective and can require very little equipment, or even none at all. Finishers are sort of a cross between lifting and cardio, so you build muscle while you burn fat, and get your metabolism going. This is a great strategy to offset the extra intake from your holiday meal, and will leave you feeling more productive on an otherwise sedentary day.
Molly, Alli and I got together last week in Baltimore to work on making Girls Gone Strong a place for you to be educated and inspired on all things fitness and nutrition. We also brainstormed ways to better serve you and create an even more rich and interactive GGS community. Our week was incredibly busy but we wanted to make sure that we got some form of exercise in every single day. One day we all trained together at Allis gym and another day we took an amazing yoga class.
But, in between all this GGS training fun, Molly and I made sure to do some metabolic finishers at my place. I was inspired by an awesome eBook that Jason Ferruggia released last week that happens to be chock full of metabolic finishers, and decided to take Molly through on of my favorite kettlebell finishers. Here’s what we did:
Kettlebell Swing (2 or 1 arm) x15-20
Kettlebell Squat (goblet or double) x8-10
Kettlebell Snatch (or half snatch) x8-10 each side
x 5 rounds
I do workouts similar to this one a few times a week and I always enjoy them. One of the best things about a metabolic finisher is the after burn effect, which basically means that your body will continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished. So you get to spend less time working out and more time burning fat, which sounds like a pretty ridiculous trade off in my opinion. But, you might not know how to design a workout like this, and since we are always looking out for you, we wanted to tell you about Jasons new book, Renegade Cardio. In it you’ll find 52 metabolic finishers with not only kettlebells, but barbells, ropes and even your own bodyweight. I love that Jason has done the work for you, and all you have to do is bring the sweat.
Check out Molly and I getting metabolic on a chilly Baltimore day (sorry about the kids yelling in the background!):
This workout is our gift to you, and a very small token of our sincere thanks for your support of GGS and your involvement in this amazing community. You can do this workout tomorrow as you prepare to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with your loved ones, or you can do one of the quick and killer workouts from Renegade Cardio. All you have to do is click below to download your copy now!
No matter what, make sure you enjoy the holiday. Relax and give thanks for the incredible things your body can do and the wonderful people you have in your life. We are thankful for you and we wish you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.