SAN DIEGO – Studies show the average American consumes 3,000 to 4,500 calories during their Thanksgiving dinner. But some San Diegans got an early start to work that off.
About a dozen yoga students spent their Black Friday at Hapa Yoga studio in Grantville. The studio offered a special Black Friday cardio yoga class called “Turkey Burner.”
21-year-old Stacy Cosman was one of the students. She said she enjoyed last night’s dinner, but admitted to ignoring its unhealthiness.
“You focus on what you’re thankful for,” said Cosman. “You don’t really think about the calories you’re eating.”
24 hours later, and well after her tryptophan wore off, she was ready to burn it all off. But the class was not your typical yoga session.
“The students are probably going to go through a lot of suffering… a lot of torture,” said Dan Nguyen, Hapa Yoga instructor. “We tend to eat very heavy on Thanksgiving, and it makes this class a little harder, which is the whole point of the ‘Turkey Burn.’”
We asked Cosman to write down exactly what she ate during her Thanksgiving dinner, according to a list from caloriecount.com.
Dish – Calories (x number of servings)
Dinner roll – 87
Butter – 36
Turkey (white meat) – 180 (3)
Turkey gravy – 50
Stuffing – 190
Mashed Potatoes – 190
Green Bean Casserole – 75 (2)
Pumpkin Pie – 316
Pecan Pie – 503
Coffee – 0
Apple Cider – 115 (3)
Grand total= 2,407 Calories
For 60 minutes, Cosman partook in mostly stand-up cardio exercises, which is known to keep the heart rate at a Level 2. Nguyen said that is when participants burn maximum fat.
An hour later, Cosman and the other students came out of the room, exhausted. Cosman’s heart rate monitor watch showed that she had lost a significant amount: 537 calories.
“At least that takes care of the Pecan Pie, and maybe some turkey!” said Cosman. “It’s a good start.”
Nguyen said although his class was extremely difficult, his students walked outside looking very satisfied. He said the trick was all in the motivation.
“I told them there is going to be a lot more food on Saturday and Sunday,” said Nguyen. “So if you push hard now, you can eat more tomorrow!”