Traveling for the holidays? You’re among the majority of Americans who are doing so, and many of these individuals are leaving their gyms far behind—whether it be in another city, state or country. You could search around your travel destination and hope they have a gym with a cost-effective gym package for the short-term, or you could skip this step altogether and do some workouts that were meant to keep you a road warrior. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be confined to four walls.
3 Road-Worthy Workouts:
- Density Circuit
Choose four compound exercises (that target the same muscles or several different ones), a rep-counting plan and a time limit. Density workouts are great when all you have to use is your bodyweight. Try to have the most technical and most metabolically challenging exercise(s) in the first circuit so you don’t tire out too quickly. Try pike pushups, squats, planks and hip thrusts. Repeat for 10-20 minutes and repeat, as necessary.
- Tabata Rounds
Try Tabata Training, which lasts only four minutes, but is one of the longest four minutes you’ll encounter. The structure of the program is:
- Workout at max difficulty for 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Complete eight rounds
You can choose almost any exercise you wish. You can do squats, rows, kettlebells, pushups, etc.—any exercise that works your large muscle groups is strongly recommended.
An example of a 20-minute Tabata workout looks like this:
- Sit ups
- Anything that Can Fit in a Gym Bag
Not into the whole bodyweight thing by itself? You can easily add accessories while traveling. Try packing a jump rope, a few quality and durable resistance bands with challenging strengths for both upper and lower body and one suspension training system (e.g., TRX) assuming you have a safe and sturdy place from which to hang it. For those interested in smaller weights for arm exercises, you can pack those, as well.
And remember, you can always go for a run. All you need are your gym shoes.
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