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5 Fun Thanksgiving CrossFit Workouts You Should Try

Try these fun workouts before you sit down to celebrate.

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating gratitude, so be thankful for your capable body and fitness and try these fun and varied Thanksgiving CrossFit workouts.

5 Fun Thanksgiving CrossFit WODs

1 – Thanksgiving with the girls

man runningSource: Chander R on Unsplash

For Time:

“Angie’s” House

  • 20 Pull-Ups
  • 20 Push-Ups
  • 20 Sit-Ups
  • 20 Air Squats

“Helen’s” House

  • 400 meter Run
  • 21 Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lb)
  • 12 Pull-Ups

“Fran’s” House

  • 15 Thrusters (95/65 lb)

“Nancy’s” House

  • 400 meter Run
  • 15 Overhead Squats (95/65 lb)

“Grace & Isabel’s” House

  • 20 Ground-To-Overheads (95/65 lb)

“Kelly’s” House

  • 400 meter Run
  • 30 Box Jumps (24/20 in)
  • 30 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)

Workout strategy

With a running clock, perform all parts of this workout in the order written as fast as possible, starting with 20 pull-ups and finishing with 30 wall ball shots. Rest as needed but remember this is one big workout and you’re trying to compete it in the least amount of time possible.

While there’s a lot of work to be completed, the volume of each exercise is relatively low, which means you can try to attempt big sets to save time.

“This is exactly the kind of WOD you want to do on Thanksgiving–one that leaves you sweaty, breathless, yet full energy and appetite for the celebration to come,” writes CrossFit Bastion, creators of this Thanksgiving workout.

Replace high skill level exercises such as pull-ups for ring rows and reduce the weight so you can move fast and smooth between exercises.

Workout by CrossFit Bastion Thanksgiving Holiday WOD


2 – Turkey Gone Bad

crossfit class doing rowing workoutsSource: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

3 rounds for max reps:

Workout strategy

You have 1 minute per station and your aim is to accumulate as many reps as possible of the exercise each minute. Complete 3 total rounds in 17 minutes.

You can rest as needed throughout each minute, but remember the aim is to get as many reps in as possible.

This Thanksgiving CrossFit workout drives its inspiration from CrossFit WOD Fight Gone Bad. The aim is to find a balance of constantly moving while not hitting a wall of muscular fatigue.

Workout by Pete Marjamaa


3 – The Turkey Buster

lies about CrossFitSource: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

For Time:

5 Rounds of:

  • 5 Pull-Ups (Banded Pullups)
  • 10 Push-Ups
  • 15 Air Squats

Then, 4 Rounds of:

Then, 3 Rounds of:

Then, 2 rounds of:

Then:

  • 50 Burpees (25 for beginners)

Workout strategy

With a running clock perform the exercises in the order written as fast as possible. This workout is a “high-calorie scorcher”.

There is a lot of work to complete and, while the number of rounds decreases as the workout goes by, the finish is no joke. Reduce the number of rounds or reps to match your fitness level.

Workout by Paul Roberts & Katy Oblinger from Sand and Steel CrossFit


4 – Partner Thanksgiving CrossFit Workout

Pair Up Throwdown CrossFitSource: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

For time:

Workout strategy

What a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than working out with a partner. To complete this WOD perform all exercises in the order written.

Partners can partition the work as they wish, you don’t have to split it 50/50 and you can swap more than once. For example, partner 1 could perform 10 pull-ups to start with, then partner 2 performs 5, and so on until you reach 75 pull-ups, then move on to the next exercise.

For the shoulder to overhead, athletes can choose the exercise to complete the action, whether it’s a push press, push jerk, or even strict press, it’s down to you.

Workout by OV CrossFit


5 – Burn the Bird

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4 Rounds for Time:

  • 250-meter Row
  • 20 Kettlebell Swings (55/35 lb)
  • 15 Double-Unders
  • 100-meter Run
  • 5 Burpees

Workout strategy

Perform four rounds of the prescribed exercises in the order written as fast as possible.

This endurance-based Thanksgiving CrossFit WOD will keep your heart rate up for a good while and leave you hungry and ready for an evening of sharing and eating.

Workout by Viking Athletics

Thanksgiving workouts

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the US celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Traditionally, families come together to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the preceding year.

The evening is usually accompanied by a delicious feast, and it’s not unusual for CrossFit athletes to try themed Thanksgiving workouts to either prepare for dinner or to celebrate their capable bodies.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated in other countries such as Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia on various dates.

Read more: How to Stay on Track with Your Nutrition Over the Holidays

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