Over the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time traveling for work. As a result, I've had to take a super flexible approach to my workouts in order to stay on track with my fitness goals. Many times I've had little to no gym access, which has forced me to develop workouts that I can do anywhere without the use of weights and cardio machines.
Now, you may be thinking, "Jen, I hear you, but I need weights and cardio machines to have an effective workout."
Trust me, I used to have the same mentality. But the more I traveled, the more important it became to be versatile with my workouts. And you know what? It hasn't hindered my progress one bit. In fact, it's helped me overcome plateaus!
I urge you to try any of the below "no gym needed" workouts the next time you are traveling.
You won't be disappointed!
Perform each exercise for 30 seconds back-to-back without rest. After one full round, rest briefly (up to 1 minute). Repeat this format until the 20 minutes are up.
Optional Items: sliders and jump rope
*Rest briefly, then repeat.
Do the following exercises in order and then repeat 5 times for a cardio burn.
Perform 30-45 seconds of each exercise below, back-to-back. Rest up to one 1 minute, then repeat for another full round. *Note if you have a loop band you can use this around your legs, below your knee, to increase the level of difficulty for any of the exercises below that have a (*).
One of my favorite ways to maximize my “tourist time” while traveling is to throw on my workout clothes and running shoes, and head outside! I often plan ahead and book a hotel that’s near a park or other pedestrian-friendly areas that would be conducive to exploring the location on foot. On a recent trip, in-between seeing some nearby sites, I also stopped by a beach and managed to fit in a serious workout!
Below is another fun challenge that combines bodyweight training with running. If you’re not a runner, you can power walk or jog.
Perform each exercise listed below for 30 seconds, back-to-back, for one full set. Then walk or jog around the park for a lap (or power walk or jog in the area for up to 2 minutes). Then, repeat the circuit for another round. Continue with this format, aiming for a total of 3-5 rounds.
Finish the workout with a brief cooldown. Walk around the park or nearby area to explore and enjoy!
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