How to Bring the Holidays into Your Box: Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy friends and family, and be grateful for all the blessings in your life. Plus, it’s a time to remember why you are thankful for your business.

Mark Ursu, the owner and director of CrossFit Iron Bear in Scoresby, Australia, shared three things he is thankful for this year:

  1. Community. “With the back to back running of the Open, our community came together to improvise a way of enjoying the five weeks even more,” he said. :We created the Iron Bear Cup: a random draft into four teams with points allocated. This enabled our Box to register more athletes than in February and it was a blast. This is another example of listening to your members to ensure we constantly deliver what they are after.”
  2. Coaches. “We are an extremely tight community and our Coaches focus on connecting with each and every athlete,” said Ursu. “This keeps our athletes entertained, as well as energized.”
  3. Kids programs. “The energy created by growing our CrossFit Kids and Cubs Barbell programs has been amazing,” he said. “Watching these young athletes challenge themselves with new movements is awesome. It keeps everyone at the Box inspired.

So, whether your gym is open Thanksgiving, Black Friday or this weekend, take this time of year to be thankful for your members and to remind them you are grateful for their business. Celebrate with your own Thanksgiving WOD, or do one of the creative workouts from various gyms below:

CrossFit Bastion

Thanksgiving with the Girls

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 Balls (20/14 lb)

With a running clock, complete all five named parts of the workout, with no rest in between. For “Grace/Isabel’s” house, athlete may move the barbell from the ground to overhead any way they like (eg: snatches and/or clean-and-jerks).

CrossFit DTR

Thanksgiving Sample Platter

For Time
5 Rounds
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Air Squats

Then 4 Rounds
8 Handstand Push-ups
15 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1 pood)

Then 3 Rounds
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
15 Knees-to-Elbows

Then 2 Rounds
20 Wall-Balls (20/14)
30 Sit-Ups

Then 50 Burpees

CrossFit Flagstaff

Thanksgiving Day Partner WOD

4 Rounds
400m Run 
20 Ground to Overhead (135/95) 
200m Run 
20 Chest-to-bar Pull-ups 
100m Run 
20 Back Squats (from ground; 135/95)

Whatever you do this week, remember to celebrate this season of Thanksgiving in your business. There is a lot to be thankful for at your gym.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at