Do You Work Out On Holidays?


Whether it’s the 4th of July, Labor Day or Thanksgiving—many clients often wonder whether they should be putting in the hours at the gym on a holiday. Four of our FAST facility managers share how they handle working out during holidays—read on to get the full scoop.


I devote some time on a holiday for a workout. I know for most, a holiday is clearance for a day of rest and relaxation, but along with a holiday usually comes poor eating habits. The 4th of July is known for BBQ’s and apple pie, so a good workout before indulging will help offset some of the extra calories we plan on eating on the 4th.

– Jeff Placencia, FAST South Gilbert


When it comes to holiday exercise, we try to change things up and do something active together such as a long hike or cooling off with a dip in the pool. It’s a perfect way to spend quality time together, have a little fun and work off our indulgences.

– Kyle Schneider, FAST Ahwatukee


Personally it varies on the holiday. Some holidays have a specific workout to do, like on Memorial Day we do a “Murph” which is a 1 mile run followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, followed by another 1 mile run in order to honor the fallen.

Since Thanksgiving is oriented with a big dinner, I work out extra hard that morning so I can eat big at dinner. Then there are holidays like Christmas where I sit back and relax in my PJ’s and fuzzy slippers. So whether you work out or not, don’t let mistakes compound on holidays!

– Greg Stein, FAST North Scottsdale


I personally do not like to exercise on holidays because I like to enjoy a full days rest. I like to get my workouts in earlier or later in the week, if need be, so I don’t miss any. Holidays are like desserts for me, in the sense that everyone should get one here and there and be able to enjoy it to the fullest when it presents itself.

– Wade Haras, FAST Scottsdale


Whether you do squeeze in a workout or plan to relax poolside, we’re wishing you a healthy and happy 4th of July!

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