Training while Traveling | Erin Stern

May 24, 2016

May has been a busy month! I've traveled to a few cities in the US, gave seminars at BodyPower in the UK, and had to stay "photoshoot ready" while doing it! Over the last few years, I have come up with training tricks/tips that help me stay in shape and stay on track. I want to share these with you, in hopes that you'll also be able to find a way to fit in a workout wherever you go!

Be sure to pack a jump rope and resistance bands. Many hotels have fitness centers, but in case they don't, you have everything you need for a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. Combine the exercises below into a circuit, and use a countdown timer for intervals. YouTube has some great timer options and it's free! I love to combine jump rope, body weight exercises, and resistance exercises. Some examples include:

Body weight exercises:

  • Burpees
  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Scissor jumps
  • Pop squats
  • Lunges
  • Line jumps
  • High-knees
  • Push ups
  • Crunches
  • Planks
  • Jogging in place

Resistance exercises:

  • Squats
  • Thrusters
  • Shoulder press
  • Upright rows
  • Chest press (secured by door)
  • Pull-throughs
  • Bent over rows
  • Pull downs (secured by door)
  • Curls
  • Triceps extensions

If you do have access to a fitness center, you can put together similar circuits there, too. At the gym, I like to perform a push-pull superset, followed by a minute "sprint" on the stationary bike or elliptical. It's a great way to get cardio and weight training done at once! Other options are the stairwell, or just getting outside for a workout!

I have been able to make it to a regular gym about once a week, and I'll perform an upper body lifting day and a lower body lifting day. The traveling workouts help me maintain leanness during my time away from the gym. BetaTOR helps me maintain my strength! I haven't lost any strength in my time away from the gym!

Give these workouts a try, and let me know what you think! It's important to schedule some time for yourself to train. This ensures that you'll be able to get 20-30 minutes in, and you'll find that it'll help you stay lean!

- Erin Stern

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