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Training While Traveling...No Problem

Written By: Brian Berthod

Getting in a few pistols while on vacation in Leadville, CO

Getting in a few pistols while on vacation in Leadville, CO

            Traveling has the potential to throw a wrench into your fitness.  Take it from me.  I travel frequently for work.  Living from hotel to hotel and trying to find healthy fast food (if there is such a thing).  Days turn to weeks and before you know it, you have gained 10 pounds. 

So what is the answer?

o     Look no further than your local box.  Most major cities have numerous CrossFit Boxes nearby.  Most of these local affiliates require a small drop in fee to workout.  Or, you may be able to buy a T-shirt in exchange for a couple classes.  What better way to spend a working vacation than meeting fellow CrossFitters.  I even challenge you to visit as many local affiliates as possible. Broaden that palate of yours.

o     No CrossFit, no problem also.  There is almost certain a Globo gym nearby.  Now you’re probably not going to get away with dropping weights and working on your clean and jerk, but there most certainly is a squat rack.  Heavy back squats are a simple and effective way to boost testosterone and spike your metabolism. 

o     Make friends with the hotel gym.  There most certainly is a small closet of a gym where you’re staying.  There is a lot you can do with a pair of dumbbells and an old treadmill.

o     No hotel gym, no problem.  There is that small space next to your bed that is just the right size for burpees.  I know burpees, everyone’s favorite.  But there may be no better single bodyweight exercise that is better for overall conditioning. 

o     No kitchen, no problem.  Avoid the ease and convenience of fast food.  Take an extra minute and find a restaurant that serves real food.  Spend a little extra money and your body will thank you. I like to think of food as fuel.  Would you pour a bottle of water into your gas tank?  Or would you rather buy performance-based fuel?  Your body is a fine tuned, high octane-burning machine.  Feed your body what it wants.  Don’t be afraid to ask the server to customize your order, burger, salad, no bun, and no fires.    

Below are three workouts I like to use when traveling, simple and effective. Give them a try the next time you’re on the road.

Travel WOD 1

10 sets of 10 repetitions – body weight back squat

Rest 5 minutes then:

100 air squats for time

Travel WOD 2

Run 400m

30 dumbbell thruster men 50b / women 35lb

Run 400m

30 dumbbell clean and jerk men 50lb / women 35lb

Run 400m

30 dumbbell alternating snatch men 50lb / women 35lb

Travel WOD 3

Burpees EMOM – Every minute on the minute

Perform 12 burpees EMOM for 10 minutes. 

Traveling and fitness can go hand in hand if you put forth the effort.  It will be as much of a mental battle as physical one, but honestly, isn’t every workout more mentally driven then physical? 

Hold Fast and Happy Training!

Brian Berthod is a Coach, Crossfit Athlete, and Co-Founder of Hold Fast the Iron.