Thanksgiving Week Workouts and Family Fitness Fun

November 19, 2018 | by Andrea Simpson

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Bluebirds Kids Running Group | Photo courtesy Desiree Berry

Do you want to burn some calories in advance of your Thanksgiving meal? Give back through a great workout or enjoy some family fitness fun on Mercer Island before your feasting and festivities begin.

Here’s what’s in store:

Outdoor Bootcamp & Turkey Burn ‘n Firm
Tuesday, November 20, 8:15 am
Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way

Thursday, November 21, 8 am
Mercerdale  Park, 3009 77th Ave SE

Let’s turn our Turkey Week workouts into a party! Join a welcoming, inclusive group of amazing women and celebrate the ability to get yourself to class with Coach Zoe Dodd. Choose either the Outdoor Bootcamp on Tuesday or the Turkey Burn ‘n Firm on Thursday or both! Classes cost $15 per person.

Email Zoe Dodd for more information

Bluebird Kids Running Group

Wednesday, November 21, 9 – 10 am

Firetruck Playground at Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Join Desiree Berry for a fun running group for kids in grades Kindergarten – 5th Grade at Luther Burbank Park.  She is a former professional triathlete and runner and wants to instill a lifelong love for running and exercise in all kids. She will discuss eating healthy foods that give us energy so send your kids over for some fun before Thanksgiving! $10 per child.

Email Desiree Berry for more information

Club Pilates Fundraiser for Team Ewan

Wednesday, November 21, 9 am

Club Pilates, 2601 76th Ave SE, Suite 103

Please come and try a Club Pilates control class, where you will sculpt and tone using Pilates equipment, gliding disks, and free weights to music.  The class is a mix of Pilates and Barre exercises, which is guaranteed to increase your balance, stability, and control.  This is a donation class with a suggested donation of $20 and all proceeds are going to Team Ewan Guild at Seattle Children’s, which funds a lab researching immunotherapy.

Email Karen Swift to sign up

5th Annual Turkey Day Fùtbol

Thursday, November 22, 10 am

South Mercer Playfields, SE 78th St & 84th Ave SE

Come join in for the 5th annual Thanksgiving day soccer game. Community members of all ages and ability levels are welcome to come play on the turf field at the Middle School. Sixty families joined the fun last year. There’s room for everyone who wants play! Rain or shine – coffee and hot chocolate provided! Organized by Kirk Robinson and Shelly Johnson.

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Yogabliss Practice of Gratitude
Thursday, November 22, class times vary
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street #174

Are you looking for a healthy way to begin your Thanksgiving Day? Yogabliss is hosting Practice of Gratitude on Thanksgiving morning. Teachers and students are donating all class proceeds to Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. This organization is breaking the cycle of poverty in India’s lower castes by providing children with education and job opportunities.

This is a donation-based class, with a minimum donation of $25 per student, cash or check, with the option to donate more.  There will be a donation box in the lobby the whole week leading up to Thanksgiving Day, in case you are unable to attend class, but wish to make a donation anyway.

Class Schedule
8:00 am – Vinyasa I with Rae Lowe
8:30 am – Hot Hatha Fusion with Jenna Buckley
9:30 am – Hatha II with Elena Cheung
10:00 am – Hot Hatha Fusion with Sherah Brisbois
10:45 am – Vinyasa II with Josephine Silverwolf
Pre-register >>

Mouvment Thanksgiving Day Benefit Workout

Thursday, November 22, 8:30 – 10 am

Backstage Dance, 13420 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue

Mercer Island Country Club, 8700 SE 71st Street

On Thanksgiving day, join Casey Brown as she teaches MOUV2. This class focuses 45 minutes on strength and cardiovascular interval drills and 45 minutes on barre work. There is a $35 suggested donation, 100% of the proceeds will be divided between HopeLink and Friends of Youth.

Also, if you are a Mercer Island Country Club member or friends with a member, there is a similar class offered Thanksgiving morning. The class is from 9:00-10:30 am with 45 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training and 45 minutes of Barre taught by Katie Dolence.

Sign up >>

Workouts that Give Back at MI Athletic Club

Thursday, November 22, Class times vary

MI Athletic Club, 7785 Sunset Highway, Suite 118

Mercer Island Athletic Club is offering three classes on Thanksgiving.  They are asking everyone in the community to help support their food and funding drive for the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services all week.  All monetary donations of $100 or more will get your name in the drawing for one of three prizes: 3 Month MIAC Pass, Craft Cocktail Kit from Crafted Taste ($155 value), or MI Merchant Gift Pack which includes gift cards from Esthetic Society, Sano Cafe, Island Books, Island Treats and Auto Spa.

7:30 am – HIIT Cycle with Marni
8:30 am – Ride and Rip with Ginny
10:00 am – Stronger with David

Turkey Burn Workout

Thursday, November 22, 7 – 8 am

Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive

Earn your Thanksgiving feast by participating in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Burn Workout taught by Coach Vic Tolbert. Cost for members is $15 per person and for non-members is $18 per person.

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Know of any other free Thanksgiving Day workouts, and better yet, if they are benefiting local causes and organizations? Please share in the comments.