Without a doubt, traveling can put a damper on your training and diet routine. No more home cooked meals or access to anything that resembles your favorite weights or machines. So, to help you from digging yourself a fitness grave, we asked 50 Cent's former strength coach, nutritionist and cook Jay Cardiello how he helped keep one of the "best bodies in Hollywood" in peak condition, even on the road. Cardiello says it's certainly possible to do but, "I had to deal with a diet and fitness sabotages, which made for a truly a difficult task."
All hotels are not created equal, and that doesn't just refer to the star ratings. Cardiello says, "Contact the hotel and ask the concierge if they offer a gym." That could sound like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people neglect to even ask.
Cardiello produced hotel room workouts in the past five issues of Men's Fitness. He says, "They're effective and they work. Plus, you can literally keep your pajamas on and don't have to worry about locking yourself out in the hall."
Wobble Board Bed:
One of his favorites only requires your bed, a pillow and your own body weight. "Turn your bed into a wobble board and concentrate on proprioception training by performing as many push-ups as possible in 60 seconds, then holding a plank for a minute, and finish with standing on a pillow with one leg and performing single legged squats," Cardiello says.
Body Weight Circuits:
When Cardiello was developing moves for his JCORE system, one of most common routines he put 50 Cent through was a "push-up superset with inverted push-ups, superset with bear crawls across the floor, and superset with full squat jumps."