Before working full-time as a personal trainer, I had many jobs that required me to travel extensively. I spent years doing production work and music and tour management, with stints ranging from 3 weeks to 10 months each year for about 10 years. Although I wasn’t a fitness professional at the time, I was certainly a fitness enthusiast. One of the biggest challenges to my enthusiasm was staying fit and strong on the road.
Lack of equipment is the most obvious hurdle, but once you’re actually on the road, you discover that time is your real enemy. No company wants to pay you to jerk around, so you learn quickly to make the most of what’s already around you. Yes, sometimes hotels have gyms, but they’re usually no more than cramped, converted broom closets with a few treadmills and a water cooler. You can forget about traveling to a local gym, assuming you could even find one. Furthermore, the proper workout attire for outdoor training doesn’t always fit in your carry-on.
You can try to impress me with stories about the wonderful things you do withresistance bands and other toys, but veteran travelers know that mobile strength training starts with the objects in your hotel room. From one road warrior to another, here’s my guide to maintaining the hard work you’ve been doing back home.
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