Thanksgiving is almost upon us — the holiday where we gather around with family and friends to give thanks for what we have and, of course, to eat a very big meal together. A meal so large, it’s estimated the average Thanksgiving dinner plate clocks in at around 3,000 calories — and that’s not factoring in seconds!
Your studio members are going to want to get a good sweat in before and after the big day of eating. But instead of treating Thanksgiving season workouts as a way to offset the damage, there are plenty of ways to infuse some fun and gratitude into your classes during this time of giving thanks. Here are a few ideas for fun Thanksgiving workouts your members will be thankful for!
1. Offer gratitude-themed workouts
Using gratitude as the theme of your workout can make your routine feel fresh, and help get your class members into the spirit of the holiday. “Our entire team is big on gratitude,” says Jaime Dardine, fitness instructor at REV Cycle. “We understand that if it weren’t for our clients, we wouldn’t have any classes. So gratitude rides are huge, and the clients love to be recognized for how hard they work and how important they are to the Rev brand.”
Lynda Salerno Gehrman, Pilates director and founder of Physio Logic Pilates & Movement, also uses gratitude to tap into the Thanksgiving spirit. “All of our classes at Physio Logic will be themed ‘Thank Logic’ during the week of Thanksgiving,” she says. “We’re encouraging our students to show gratitude to themselves and what their bodies accomplished for them all year long. All of our Pilates classes during the week of Thanksgiving will have students acknowledge three things about their bodies that they are thankful for.” Gehrman is also using social media to create excitement at the studio. “To keep it fun, we’re challenging students to showcase three movements on Instagram that they learned at Physio Logic that their bodies are thankful for this season,” she says. “The winner will receive a 60-minute massage with one of our therapists for a truly gratuitous body!”