4 Metabolic Complexes To Do Before You Stuff Your Face With Food On Thanksgiving Day

The thought of stuffing yourself full of turkey, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, then drinking beer and watching football with your dad and grandfather is a welcome Thanksgiving thought for any bro.

What you are really scared to think about is how much fat you might be gaining from your Thanksgiving feast.

Even more terrifying is the realization that every gym in town is closed and the only equipment you know your mom and dad have at home are lame resistance bands and a 10 pound plastic dumbbell your mom hasn’t used in years.

What do you do if you get home and find out that your mom sold those resistance bands and that old plastic dumbbell at a yard sale last week?

How are you supposed to get in your Gainzgiving curls?

The lack of your typical equipment or any equipment should not prevent you from getting in a good workout the morning of Thanksgiving.

Holiday feasts are one of the best times to implement high intensity complexes that turn up the heat of your metabolism.

Metabolic complexes allow you to get in a large amount of work in a short amount of time.

Spending quality time with our family is what the holidays are all about, right?

As the old saying goes, “it’s better to give than to receive”, and in honor of that let me give you a few metabolic complexes you can hammer out Thanksgiving morning, before you go and stuff your face and give thanks for the gainz you will soon receive.

For all the complexes below, set the timer on your smartphone for 20 minutes.

There is ZERO rest between exercises. After each round, rest no more than 45-60 seconds.

Bodyweight Fat Blast

Assuming you are the unlucky bro with no equipment available to you, let’s go over some intense bodyweight complexes.

The only equipment you will need here is a broomstick. Your mom has a broom, trust me.

  1. Front to Back Lunges – 10 reps (5 reps each leg)
  2. Broomstick Thrusters – 10 reps
  3. Push-Ups – 10 reps
  4. Bodyweight Squats- 10 reps
  5. Star Jumps- 10 reps

Hopefully, you get lucky enough and find an old 10 pound dumbbell. If it is more than 10 pounds, great, less works as well.


  1. Dumbbell Thrusters- 10 reps
  2. Dumbbell Uppercuts – 10 reps
  3. Renegade Rows- 10 reps
  4. Dumbbell Forward Lunges- 10 reps
  5. One Leg Romanian Deadlift- 10 reps

Resistance Band

  1. Bent Over Rows- 10 reps
  2. Band Upright Rows – 10 reps
  3. Resistance Band Shoulder Press- 10 reps
  4. Resistance Band Squat- 10 reps
  5. Resistance Band Push-ups- 10 reps


If you have a kettlebell you can take home with you, stop what you are doing right now and self-five yourself for being awesome!

Then again maybe your mom bought one on an infomercial again and now uses it as a door stopper.

Today you are going to use that kettlebell for gainz.

  1. Kettlebell Goblet Squat- 10 reps
  2. Kettlebell Swing- 10 reps
  3. Kettlebell Clean and Press- 10 reps
  4. Kettlebell Goblet Rear Lunges- 10 reps
  5. Kettlebell Suit-Case Carry – count to 30 as you carry the kettlebell then switch to your opposite side and count to 30 again

No bro should ever have to worry about getting fat while feasting, nor should he worry about sitting down to drink beer and watch football after said feast.

Hammer one or two of these complexes out on Thanksgiving and when grandma asks what you are thankful for under your breathe you can say, “the gainz I am about to receive.”