The No Equipment Workout on the Road
I talk a lot about working out on the road. I know a lot of people like to go into “vacation mode” and laze about while traveling, but if you are a long-term nomad who spends more than a couple weeks a year on the road, your body will most likely suffer if you don’t make an effort to stay in shape.
Recently, when hanging out with the Globetrotter Girls, we got into a discussion about how difficult it can be to work out when you are in a rented apartment, hotel, or hostel that has people staying underneath you. Obviously, you can’t do all kinds of crazy jumping movements that will have your downstairs neighbors pulling their hair out and plotting your demise.
Don’t worry, there is hope
While a lot of my favorite moves involve jumping, there are alternatives that will work for those times when hopping around simply isn’t an option. And so, I present to you:
The No Equipment Workout On The Road that Won’t Annoy the Shit Out of Your Downstairs Neighbor
Let’s just call it “The Quiet Workout” for short. I even made you a totally pin-able image, but you should actually read the post because I give you some awesome modifications and tips. But seriously, appreciate this image because it took me about 30 minutes of awkward self photo/video shooting to get even these 3 usable photos.
First, try some strengthening exercises. These are slower, steadier, and (most importantly in this case), quieter.
5 Go to Moves:
5. Tricep Dips
Try doing each move in sets of 15-30, running through the list and repeating 2-3 times. There are plenty of ways you can spice these up too. If you feel like these are too easy, try these modifications:
1. One Arm pushups or Diamond pushups
2. Lunges with a weight, twist to the side on each lunge (2 liter bottles filled with water work great for a weight on the road)
3. Squats with a weight (You can also try Plie Squats and stand on a tip toe 1 foot at a time to target your inner thighs)
4. Planks, alternate bringing each knee to the opposite elbow.
5. Tricep dips with 1 leg off the ground (then switch legs)
5 Go To Moves:
1. Plank Punches
2. Bicycle Crunches
3. Reverse Crunches
4. Oblique Crunches
I have a weak lower back, so these are all moves that are easy on the back. I’d start with at least 20 reps for each of these (for the supermans hold for 20 seconds before releasing). Repeat 2-3 times.
This is definitely the trickiest category. Most cardio is pretty noisy, so I’m choosing moves that still give you some calorie burn but won’t involve heavy banging, running, or jumping on the floor.
5 Go To Moves
4. Mountain Climbers
5. Front Kicks
For all of these moves, I recommend using a timer instead of counting reps. Start with 30 seconds, then 45, and work up to 1-minute segments of each move. You’ll notice I included a lot of boxing moves. These are great for cardio and don’t have to involve any foot movement at all. You also don’t need a punching bag or gloves. For all three punching moves, get into a deep squat position. Set a timer and do a “burn out,” meaning punch as hard and fast as you can until the timer goes off. Keep your core tight and punch like you mean it – you may not actually be hitting something, but you need to put force into the punch as if you are.
The mountain climbers can be noisy, so here’s how to be careful. Opt for slow and steady. Instead of going for speed, bring each knee into your chest and hold for a few seconds before switching. You can also toss down a mat if you have one to muffle some noise.
When you are on the road, it’s so easy to come up with an excuse not to work out. I have now taken “I don’t want to bother the people downstairs” off your list. You’re welcome.