Taking a break from the gym can sometimes be exactly what I need in order to return to my training a few days later with improved energy and enthusiasm. I recently took a vacation and did little more than eat, sleep and lie by the pool. It was four glorious days, and I never saw the inside of a gym. It was a planned break and it was much deserved, immediately following my powerlifting meet, so I fully enjoyed it. However, for me, this is the exception, not the rule. When I’m traveling, I’m usually training.
In my previous blog, I talked about how I travel a lot. During these travels I am usually fortunate to be able to get to a gym. This was the case last year while on a beach vacation with my family. There was a gym nearby where we were staying so I purchased a one-week pass and worked out three mornings that week. Other times, it’s not as easy. I’ve been to my fair share of hotel fitness rooms that have nothing more than a couple of treadmills and an elliptical machine.
I am proud to say that in those situations, I’ve NOT been tempted to climb on those cardio machines and succumb to my old ways. But I do admit that the first time I was faced with this dilemma, I quickly sent a panic alert to my coach, Jim: “What am I going to do?? Please help!!”
Now, I recognize that most people don’t have a coach on emergency speed dial. I’m a lucky girl in that way. So, I asked Jim if he would help me do a video blog demonstrating a simple yet effective workout that can be done ANYWHERE. He agreed, and I hope you find it helpful the next time you feel like training but don’t have access to a gym! Stay Strong Friends!
Video disclaimer: When I first approached Jim with this video idea, my vision was a kick-your-own-ass kinda workout. Yeah, well … Jim had other ideas. His vision was to provide my readers with a workout that pretty much anyone can do regardless of fitness level. You will notice that even though I don’t really consider myself a beginner anymore, Jim points out several times that I have some work to do and that this workout will definitely help me to lift heavier. All I can say is that I trust him, so you can too.