I’m sitting in a hotel room in Philly right now–and a mighty cozy one, I might add. I mean, a king sized bed just for little ol’ me? Hilariously, I find myself still comfortably sequestered to “my side” of the bed.
Yet as comfy as the bed is, I haven’t been home in 19 days, and Philly is the 4th stop on this trip. This is a typical scene for me over the past year–hotels, airports, train stations…
This year alone I’ve traveled to Thailand, Toronto, Hawaii, San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Diego, Virginia, Minneapolis, and Boston, to name a few. Plus, I’ve spent a significant amount of time traveling between Baltimore and NYC.
What I’ve discovered as I’ve traveled and seen numerous hotel gyms and commercial facilities, is that exercise is adaptable. You can always get in a workout, no matter where you are and what’s available (or unavailable) to you. And although you might not get considerably stronger or leaner (although can still accomplish that), you CAN stay in shape while jet-setting. There’s just no reason to be sedentary, even when most hotels host sorry excuses for gyms.
Sometimes I get lucky and the hotel gym has a pullup bar (yay!). Other times, I’m extremely lucky and have an opportunity to train at an awesome gym in the area or have access to an outdoor playground–such as a few weeks ago when I “trained” at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. You guys. I climbed a muthaeffin rope! I was so shocked that I was able to do it, that I couldn’t figure out how to get down. <<< That part is only funny to me now. At the time I was legitimately scared for my life.
But most of the time, I’m relegated to a hotel gym that is just plain lame. Yet, no matter how lame, there always seems to be a set of dumbbells. Which is why dumbbell complexes have come to be my go-to travel workout. So, while I was in Hawaii I filmed a quick and dirty complex that can be done in 20 minutes with nothing but a pair of dumbbells.
Check out this simple and effective hotel workout:
I was in and out of the gym in 25 minutes and off to the beach to relax. For this complex, I suggest using relatively light dumbbells, especially if you’re traveling and not getting the quality of sleep and nutrition that your body is accustomed to. To give you an example, at home I would typically use 30-35 pound dumbbells or kettlebells for a complex, and this time I used a pair of 20s.
While traveling might not necessarily help me make progress, doing a workout like this one keeps me from losing the strength and conditioning levels I’ve worked so hard to achieve and maintains a mindset of movement-no matter where I am. It also makes me feel better about all the red wine and chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
Now I’m off to film some workouts for Rachel Cosgrove’s new DVD, “Drop 2 Sizes,” before finally traveling home just before Christmas, and blissfully enjoying the comfort of my own bed.