Ten Thanksgiving Workouts to Help You Beat the Bird

Burn that turkey in Barre Fly.
Burn that turkey in Barre Fly. Atherial Fitness
Between the bird, the booze and the pie, the average American will consume a whopping 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day, according to the Calorie Control Council. In an effort to jump-start your metabolism, we’ve put together a list of Denver fitness studios offering Thanksgiving Day workouts — including some that are free or donation-based — to help you feel fit before the feast.

click to enlarge Flow through a donation-based aerial yoga class. - ATHERIAL FITNESS
Flow through a donation-based aerial yoga class.
Atherial Fitness
Atherial Fitness
3905 Fox Street

Start the day at 9 a.m. with one of Atherial Fitness’s signature Sweat classes, Barre Fly. This workout is designed to tone and sculpt your entire body through the incorporation of the silk hammock and resistance bands. Information on drop-in rates for Barre Fly can be found online at Atherial Fitness, though it's also included in Atherial’s membership. Immediately following the barre class, Atherial is offering a donation-based Volo Flow class. All proceeds will benefit Kelly Collins, a young woman battling breast cancer. There's no need to sign up for the donation-based class; Atherial Fitness co-owner Reba Melandra encourages community members to instead join her on the mat and in the air at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday. For more information about the Volo Flow class or information about Collins, visit the event's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Plank and tuck for that turkey. - THE BARRE CODE FACEBOOK PAGE
Plank and tuck for that turkey.
The Barre Code Facebook Page
The Barre Code
2252 Larimer Street

If you plan on loading up on mashed potatoes and dark meat later in the day, it’s not a bad idea to start off with the Barre Code’s Turkey Torch. This 75-minute class will begin at the barre at 9 a.m. and will leave you with shaky legs and dripping sweat; you might reconsider that second helping of pie later on. The class is free for members and only $10 for non-members. Sign up on the Barre Code’s website.

click to enlarge Join Fitrition for a free group workout. - FITRITION DENVER FACEBOOK PAGE
Join Fitrition for a free group workout.
Fitrition Denver Facebook Page
5058 South Syracuse Street

Those in the Denver Tech Center can get moving bright and early with Fitrition’s fourth annual Thanksgiving workout at 9:15 a.m. The fitness studio/nutrition lab is offering this workout for free to the community, so you can be sure to pick up some pointers on how to fill your plate. Visit Fitrition’s Facebook page for more information.

Motion Fitness and Massage
5455 West 38th Avenue

This Wheat Ridge gym knows there’s just no way around overindulgence during the holidays, which is why instructors have created the Thanksgiving Pre-Pigout Workout. The workout is free to members and only $10 as a drop-in rate, but attendees are encouraged to “set their intentions” for a healthy holiday season. The workout starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Visit Motion Fitness Denver online for more information.

Ohana Yoga + Barre
4342 Tennyson Street

’Tis the season of giving back at Ohana Yoga + Barre. Two donation-based classes will be held this Thanksgiving, including an 8:30 a.m. barre class and a 10 a.m. heated flow. The suggested donation is $20, and all proceeds from the morning’s classes will go to WATERisLIFE, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs worldwide. Visit Ohana Yoga online for more information or to sign up.
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Lauren Archuletta is a contributor for Westword's arts section, covering Denver's health and wellness scene. Follow her work for tips on cheap workouts and which yoga classes include mimosas and beer.