I was at The Riverside Hotel in Florida ten years ago when this idea first occurred to me. Las Olas Blvd - it's a great place to go for a jog. All the boutique shops and restaurants attract higher end clientele and plenty of tourists. You can hear the live jazz playing out of the open doors if you decide to jog just after sun down. The sounds of forks dancing on plates and the chatter of voices wash right by you even on weeknights. There is a beautiful sea-horse feature next to the hotel that will give you some pause, if only to reflect on the blue light that makes the water glow. There's the Tarpon River, of course, and the running trail behind the hotel.
But for a while, Las Olas Blvd. was a construction disaster. The road was packed and it was not an enjoyable place to stay because of all the noise. The Riverside Hotel had small, but quaint rooms, and as usual, I was itching to work out. To preface, I usually took a taxi from the airport when I visited Florida, so driving out to a gym was not a viable option. Often, I would land late fly in from the west coast only to work early the following day. I decided I would invent the ideal travel workout for myself. Something I could do from any hotel I stayed at if I could not venture away from the hotel for some reason... or even if I simply chose not to.
Over the years I've refined, added, taken out, and come up with a list that I both enjoy and have found to be challenging at any stage of fitness. I've also found that since most travelers are sometimes under a time constraint, this list can be performed for one or more extended sets.
Here are the 8 exercises I recommend, and you should do them in the same order. Total time to complete is dependent on your fitness level. The set range should be three rounds, but start with one round to gauge your fitness.
The equalizer exercise is the push-up. Notice where I place it and the amount of reps I prescribe. Ideally, you should aim for performing all 40 reps at one go. When you get to the push-ups, make a note of how many you performed your first go. As you progress over time once you achieve all 40, add as many rounds as you have time for. Score your rounds over time to see how much progress you have made.
What do you think? Is there a system of exercises you use when you travel?
If you try this let me know your thoughts, and please add a time score in the comments.
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