The 2014 T-1000 Turkey Day Damage Control Workout

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It’s time for The Annual T-1000 Turkey Day Damage Control Workout! Every year I share a killer workout for Thanksgiving (or for any holiday) to help you “exercise the demons” of a big feast with family and friends. I added a new twist this year by employing a low box/step to help make it as low-impact as possible without sacrificing the calorie burn. You can substitute with a phone book or a super firm pillow/cushion if needed. Oh yeah, this is a classic #YourBodyIsYourBarbell workout using only #bodyweight exercises.

Here’s how it works:

Perform each move for 30 seconds with no rest between them in the exact order listed for 3 straight minutes of work:

1- Low Box Runners
2- Hand Step-Ups
3- Low Box Lateral Runners
4- Lateral Hand Step-Ups
5- Low Box Sprinter Step-Backs- Left Side
6- Low Box Sprinter Step-Backs- Right Side

Now rest a minute. That’s 1 round.

Beginners should perform 5 total rounds for a 20-minute workout. Intermediate users should perform 10 total rounds for a 40-minute workout. Advanced users should perform 15 total rounds for a 60-minute workout that will have you burning 1,000 calories or more including a post-workout afterburn.

Who’s in come Turkey Day? Please be sure to share this with your friends and family so they too can enjoy a guilt-free feast this holiday season!

And be sure to check out my new Men’s Health Book on bodyweight training called Your Body is Your Barbell on Amazon today:

It’s also available wherever books and e-books are sold!

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PS- Surprise, surprise! We’ve just added 2 exclusive workout videos that you can instantly stream from my new Men’s Health Bodyweight Burners DVD set!

The first workout is called THE PUNISHER from Bodyweight MUSCLE Burners:

You don’t need weights to sculpt the physique you want. All it takes is your own bodyweight and 30 minutes! With this innovative routine, you’ll pack on muscle and build “true strength,” the functional fitness of gymnasts and rock climbers. Your muscles will be on fire! That feels-so-good burn means every fiber is working under oxygen deficit, causing extreme “metabolic stress.” The result: An anabolic effect that leads to faster muscle growth, according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning. If you dig this routine, order the Bodyweight MUSCLE Burners DVD at

The second workout is called THE SIZZLER from Bodyweight CARDIO Burners:

You don’t need a treadmill, elliptical, or rowing machine to incinerate calories, sweat buckets, and ignite your metabolism. With this exclusive workout from the new Men’s Health Bodyweight Cardio Burners DVD you can turn up the heat on unwanted belly fat and send your fitness levels soaring with just your body! This fast-moving, 20-minute metabolic routine is unlike any cardio workout you’ve ever done. It’s low-impact on your joints while keeping exercise intensity up to an all-time high. You’re going to feel the burn and love every minute of it! If you dig this workout and want the full DVD, check out

PPS- Men’s Health, the largest men’s magazine brand in the world, has teamed up with StreamFIT, the premier streaming workout provider, to bring you hundreds of workouts to get stronger, leaner, and healthier, starting today! In addition to StreamFIT’s legacy library, you can gain streaming access to Men’s Health’s best-selling SpeedShred and 10-Minute Torchers workout programs. And each month, we’ll be adding more workouts. Getting bored with your workout has never been so hard!

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