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Who says you have to have a gym to get a good sweat and a great workout in? In this article we are going to give you some creative ways to stay active and on your game plan while traveling. Many traveling business men and women often find challenges that others don’t, especially when it comes to getting workouts in. Let’s not let the excuse of having no gym deter us from staying on track with being our best!
For many, simply aiming for a complete full body workout routine that will build muscle, burn fat, and also exercise your heart is the best approach. These types of workouts burn even more calories overall versus simple rhythmic cardio on a bike or treadmill (boooo to boring cardio!).
The goal is to move from one movement to the next with less than 30 seconds of rest in between and complete all 4 exercises for a full round. Look to complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes.
Look to perform these 4 types of exercises:
- Legs– working both the front and back of your legs
- Push – chest, shoulders, triceps
- Pull– back, biceps, forearms
- Core– abs and lower back
This means that you can work out almost every muscle in your body with just 4 exercises, keeping it simple and effective!
To Start, Always Warm Up.
This incorporates alternating between jumping jacks, side to side “skaters” (pretend like you’re a speed skater), shoulder rolls, 10 light push-ups off edge of bed and 12 body weight squats. This warm up should be 3-5 minutes to get your muscles warmed up and blood flowing a bit.
Let’s Get into the Workout…
Set your watch or phone clock alarm for 15 minutes and then do as many full circuits as possible in that time frame, using perfect form for each repetition. Do each exercise, one after another, without stopping if possible. If you need to stop between exercises, this is ok, but keep it under 30 seconds if you can. Just remember you’re trying to complete as many circuits as possible within the 15 minutes without compromising your form.
Hotel Workout #1: Suitcase Squat into Overhead Press
The sole purpose of your suitcase isn’t just for lugging around clothes. Pick it up, because it is now your alternate barbell to work your legs and shoulders!
- With each of your hands on the side of it, pick it up and place it at chin level with your elbows directly underneath your hands.
- In a standing position with feet slightly wider than shoulder width, simply drop your butt down into a squat and as you come back up, follow through with an overhead press of the suitcase above your head.
- With controlled tempo, lower it back down and into a squat again and repeat for 15 “ish” repetitions.
Of course, you can always adjust the weight of the suitcase or slightly increase or decrease the amount of your repetitions here.
Hotel Workout #2: One Arm Suitcase Rows
The goal here is to over emphasize the squeeze going into the top of this movement assuming that you may have a lack of challenging weight in your suitcase.
- Grab the suitcase handle with one hand, and with your back parallel to the floor support your body with your other arm
- Keeping your back neutral (no rounding), and close to parallel with the floor, start pulling your elbow up and towards the ceiling like you’re rowing
- Perform 15 “ish” repetitions each side.
Hotel Workout #3: Push-Ups
Whether it is from our hands and feet, knees and hands or off the edge of the bed or a chair, we have all done these before and they are great for working our chest and a little bit of triceps too.
- Strive to keep your core muscles engaged and your elbows at chest (not your head) level on the sides.
- Shoot for 10-15 repetitions here.
If your approach is too easy or too hard, change it up to make it suitable but challenging!
Hotel Workout #4: Bridge – Crunch combo
All we need here is our body and the floor.
- Laying on the floor facing up with your feet under your knees, come into a crunch, return back down to the floor and immediately into a bridge which incorporates squeezing your erectors (lower back muscles) to arc your lower back lifting it along with your butt and hamstrings off the floor as high as you can.
- Repeat this 1-2 combo for 10-15 repetitions.
There should not be any jolting or jerking here but rather smooth and controlled movements while engaging the targeted abdominal and lower back erector spinae muscles.
Cool Down and Stretch
If you did things right you should be sweating like crazy with a racing heartbeat! Given that you kept your rest periods to a minimum here, your metabolic rate should be very elevated for hours to come as well! Don’t forget to walk or pace around for a minute or two and stretch after.
There are many more ways just like this to stay active when traveling often and limited for time. As the old saying goes: “if there is a will, there is a way” and given you have the will (which we know you do), we will continue to show you ways to be your best ever! Stay tuned with us here at SizeSlim for more ideas to keep you on track and learning how to look and feel your best.
Let’s stay fit,
Roger Bowman, CPT