Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 1
About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program. While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training. One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active. Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a bike whenever possible, etc. Secondly, start and/or end the day with 5-10 minutes of mobility drills or stretching. Below you will find some simple to perform exercises that can be done with zero equipment in virtually any setting.
Jeff Tirrell, CSCS, CSFC, Pn1
Push Ups: Push-ups, when performed properly, work the anterior core musculature, pecs, shoulders, and triceps. These can be regressed by performing push-ups on the wall, elevating your hands to a desk/bed/chair, or done traditionally, or progressed by elevating your feet. Shoot for 2-5 sets of 3-20 reps.
Watch video of this exercise and its variations here