90% of the population doesn’t know how to train in a gym.
Left to their own devices, most people pick a generic training program and flail away for weeks on end before getting fed up and walking away disgusted with training and drowning their sorrows in a pint of ice cream. This is usually accompanied by intense lamenting over the unfairness of it all.
Why do I see no results? Why can (insert name here) eat whatever they want and not gain a pound? Why is everything so hard? God!
Life is a cruel bitch.
And that’s in a gym. Imagine the mental anguish that accompanies the regular gym goer whenever they travel. They had a schedule. They stuck to it. Now they have to leave for two weeks. Watch the panic set in.
Crossfitters have it much easier. We have a box where people yell at us on a regular basis. We have a mainsite that has a new workout everyday in case we’re away from our box. We have affiliates in so many countries odds are we can find someplace to train if we need to.
However, life being what it is, sometimes you don’t have access to any equipment. Or a box. Or really have a plan for your workout. All you have is the floor in your hotel room and 10 mins. Travel doesn’t mean you have to stop training, it just means you need to get creative with training.
What is an athlete to do?
My favorite traveling workouts:
100 Burpee challenge.
You need: A Floor. Guts. A watch.
Can you do it in under 5 mins? Yes or Not Yet are the correct answers.
Annie: 50-40-30-20-10 Double unders/sit-ups.
You need: Jump Rope. A Floor. A watch.
Don’t have a jump rope? Replace double unders with tuck jumps. Complete in sub ten. Remember to breath. Enjoy.
Angie: 100 Pull ups, Push ups, Sit ups, Squats
You need: A pull up spot. A Floor. A watch.
No Pull up spot? You can always skip the pull ups. That just means you’ll have more juice for everything else.
Skill work: Whatever you can’t do.
You need: A floor.
Can you hold a 3 minute hollow? Handstand push ups? How about beautiful strict push ups? Or Pistols? Yes or Not Yet?
Sprints: Go nuts.
You need: 100-400 meters of space to run.
Sprints suck. 5 rounds of 400 M with 2 mins rest? Good times.
Tabata: Any and everything.
You need: A floor. A watch.
The tabata is a personal favorite for when I travel. Bottom to bottom air squats, push ups, sit ups, pretty much anything will do.