By Coach Brittan Morris
We get a lot of athletes, in the gym and online, asking us what kind of training they should be doing while they’re travelling. Now, a number of you travel for work on a regular basis, and others are just taking a vacation from time to time. So, there are going to be different solutions for each of you.
First and foremost, traveling is the perfect time to spend 10-15 min everyday to really focus on stretching and soft tissue work. It is especially important while traveling because you will, more likely than not, be sitting for a long period of time from flying or driving to your destination. Soft tissue and mobility work is something most of us neglect on a regular basis but it is something we all need to incorporate to properly take care of our body. This should be done everyday regardless of how much or how little training you are doing.
We recently teamed up with Austin Sports Therapy to make some videos showing different assessments and ways to help with pain or mobility issues through some stretching and different soft tissue work, you can check out the vid HERE. There is also a video compilation of all of our fuck ups including, but not limited to; stuttering, staring blankly into the camera, kettlebells going up asses, talk of killing oneself, dick grazing, and ass slapping. You can watch all of the greatness HERE, and then come right back to read about training while traveling… which is the whole purpose of this article.
The style of training you do while you travel will be dependent on a few different factors that will determine which one of the options below will work best for you.
Option 1: Continue your current programming in a fully equipped gym.
For this you will need access to a gym with the necessary equipment so you can continue following your program. Either a gym in the hotel you are staying at (though sometimes those are about as worthless as the airdyne in your grandmas basement) or a gym nearby should have you covered for the most part. If you’re following a cycle with progressions it’s almost impossible to stick to them if you’re missing 2-3 of the sessions each week because of travel. So, this is the best option for those of you who travel a lot for work.
Option 2: Follow one of our minimal equipment programs.
If you are driving, you can bring this equipment with you. If you are flying, this obviously is not feasible, but you may have access to a gym with some equipment but not enough to allow you to follow your current program. We have a variety of different programs that only require a single piece of equipment. Sandbag, Kettlebell, and Dumbbell Only are just a few of the minimal equipment programs we offer, you can view the rest HERE.
Option 3: Bodyweight only movements and running.
Traveling is a good time to take a break from lifting them heavy ass weights, so if you do not have access to a gym or any equipment, it’s not the end of the world. Take a few days to work on your movement and go on some runs. This is also perfect for those of you who just simply do not have a lot the time to train while you’re on vacation or traveling for work. We have programs like Warrior One, Run and Bodyweight and Bodyweight Only with sessions you can knockout, equipment free, in 30-40 minutes.
All this being said, it’s totally fine to just take a vacation every now and then, take a break from training and from the gym, and just relax and enjoy your time traveling.
3 Free travel sessions from Warrior One
Warm-up: 3 rounds
100 meter run
5x Lunge e/s
1 ) 5 Rounds – one round every 90 seconds
20 seconds Squat Jumps or Jump Lunge
70 seconds Rest
2) 5 Rounds – one round every 90 seconds
20 seconds Push-ups
70 seconds Rest
3) 5 Rounds
85% Max Reps Pull-up or
60 second Rest
Warm-up: 3 rounds
10x Bodyweight Squats
5x Hydrants e/s
1) 5 Rounds
10 seconds Burpees
20 seconds Bodyweight Get-ups
30 second Rest
2) 5 rounds for time
15 Meter Bear Crawl
200 meter run
3) 3 rounds
20 seconds Toes to Sky
20 seconds Seated Russian Twists
20 seconds Plank Walk-up
20 seconds Rest
4) 2 rounds
10x Facedown Back Extensions
1) 30 minutes
400 meter easy run
60 seconds of one strike (rotate each round through hand, knees, elbows)