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The Vacation Workout

Keep in shape no matter where you go in just five minutes a day.
J.J. Miller

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Chances are, you’ll be traveling somewhere you don’t want to be this Thanksgiving and possibly staying in a small, overpriced hotel room—with an equally small and unimpressive hotel gym. As much as you’d like to blow off your family and stick to your regular workouts, that’s not an option. But you do have resources. Try this routine from Jay Cardiello, a former trainer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and owner of Cardiello Fitness. It's suited to the sparsest hotel room or guest room, and you won’t lose progress while you’re away.

HOW IT WORKS: Since you won’t have access to weights, and we don’t expect you to pack gear, we’re focusing on improving balance, core strength and endurance in this workout using only the standard furnishings available when you travel. Fortunately, your bed can serve as a wobble board and your pillow can function as a medicine ball, so getting an intense workout without conventional equipment isn’t as challenging as you may think. You’ll bring up weak areas and really improve your conditioning, so when you return to the weights, you can get more out of them. Bonus: It’s a fast workout that takes only five minutes!

DIRECTIONS: Frequency: You can perform the workout every day you’re away.

How to do it: Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Complete the upper-body routine first (exercises 1 through 5) and then do the lower body circuit. Rest as little as possible (or not at all) between exercises.

The Workouts:

 

 

Part I

Part II

Part III
 

 

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