Workouts on the GO

As I explained on another page, I am a workout nut.  Since I can’t always take my Insanity DVDs with me (yes, that’s typically how I stay in shape), I devise other ways to work off the beer, fattening foods (aka. yummy deliciousness), & artery-clogging desserts.  I don’t know the definition of dieting.  I partially blame my diabetic counterpart for my declining diet the last couple of years.  Jerk.

Working out = more chocolate, steak & beer.  Duh.

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Anyway, those that travel and want to workout during trips, know it can be a challenge in a tiny hotel room without a gym.  All of the HIIT workouts are body weight only – no weights required!

HIIT WORKOUTS:  High Intensity Interval Training

The 100 Workout is one of my favorites… does not require any weights, just your body.  Perfect for hotel rooms.  I have also done variations of this one.

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Last night, my legs were WAY too sore to do squats and leg lifts, so I did this variation.  Do the circuit AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!!  ~14 minutes

100  JUMPING JACKS

90  REVERSE CRUNCHES

80  SQUAT PULSES

70  (35/35) OBLIQUE HIP UPS

60  JUMPING JACKS

50  REVERSE CRUNCHES

40  SQUAT PULSES

30  PUSH-UPS (CHEST TO THE FLOOR)

20  JUMPING JACKS

10  PUSH-UPS (CHEST TO THE FLOOR)

I just got back from my Grand Canyon/Zion National Park excursion.  While I got lucky at the lodge at Grand Canyon – the lodge had a decent gym.  The lodge at Zion was gym-free.  I busted out one of my favorites… CROSSFIT BUTT KICKER.  It goes something like this:

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After 5.4 miles of hiking one day, Mama Rubes and the dude decided to play cards.  I decided I hadn’t done enough of an arm or core workout today.  During the entire game, I planked across the two queen beds while I awaited my turn to play.  When the cards were being shuffled for the next hand, I did V Push-Ups (at least 40 each break).  My stomach is still sore – proof planking is a great core exercise!

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For when your coworker snatches up the machine you were planning to use for a late morning workout before shift…. Go for time.  I did another 25 minutes on the elliptical after this…. Also good for hotel rooms (no equipment required).

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For when you’re alone in the tiny building gym, and do not care that you’ll look a tad bit strange jumping all over the place, and switching from random exercises to the elliptical or treadmill….

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For when you’re in the Dominican Republic, but refuse to stop working out just because you’re on a relaxing trip.  I did reverse crunches instead, and my hip flexers hated me for the next few days.  Totally worth it!

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BIKING:  Cardio and Legs

Biking is a great option while traveling.  It’s typically easy to rent bikes, and offers a phenomenal way to see cities all while getting exercise.  It’s easier on the joints as well!

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