Augusta, GA – Yes, it’s Thanksgiving. But before we found full plates, we found a full gym.
“I want to get a good workout because I know I’m going to eat a good bit today,” said Jimmy Blackburn, of Augusta.
Blackburn is well on his way to bench pressing 600 pounds, so he’s not letting the holiday get in the way.
Neither is Rose Foster.
“You can’t slow down. If you do you get stiff,” said Foster, who said she’s part of the 4:30 a.m. crew hitting the gym at least five days a week.
“When I’m on the OPT trainer I can do 48 minutes now. When I first started I could do about ten and I was whipped,” she laughed.
From the basketball court, to floor exercises and a variety of machines in between, others kept their workout promises before the big meal or simply made their way to the Wilson Family Y out of sheer dedication to their health.
For James Morrison, it’s all about eating the food.
“Turkey, dressing, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, cake of all varieties, chocolate, red velvet,” Morrison said.
That full plate is no match for the Crossfit style cardio he performed with a trainer.
“Anytime I can feel a burn, it’s my favorite. Anthony has a way of making that happen. I felt the burn with the kettle bell swings,” he said of Anthony Henry, who was training him at the Y.
No matter how hard it seems. Just keep your routine and don’t obsess about the holiday meal. At least that’s what Henry said.
He added, “If you want some macaroni and cheese, you want some dressing, you want some turkey you want some cake go for it. Just don’t overdo it. Don’t worry about it so much. Don’t obsess about it and start your normal routine again the next day or the next week if you want.”
If you couldn’t make it to the Y for Thanksgiving, no worries. It is open Friday during normal business hours. Click here for details about all branches.