Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go! With the holidays upon us, a trip to Grandma’s is warranted, especially if her cooking is delicious. The problem is Grandma probably doesn’t have a set of bumpers and a bar just laying around for deadlifts and cleans and snatches (unless she’s this lady). When you can’t be up in the gym working on your fitness, how are you supposed to get your sweat on? Bodyweight exercise to the rescue!
Bodyweight exercises are the bomb. They’re free, effective at building muscle, and can be done anywhere. Additionally, there are so many, you could do a different one every day for a month and still come up with new possibilities. Workouts can be as long or as short as you’d like them.
There are a few places you can go to get ideas on what to do:
- Some smart folks over at Breaking Muscle have come up with seven cycles of bodyweight workouts in downloadable pdf’s that promise to get you strong with minimal equipment and no more space than a yoga mat. Download and print a copy to take on your trip. Pick and choose workouts as needed.
- If you’re the creative type and like making up workouts on your own, but keep picking the same exercises over and over again, Greatist has come up with an illustrated list of 50 bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere. Randomly choose 5 exercises to cycle through over 20 minutes. Mission accomplished!
- Maybe you’re the watch and learn type. Nerd Fitness has a beginner bodyweight workout (complete with milk jugs) that shows you exactly what to do with an instructional video. Watch and learn and then apply!
- Back before this CrossFit thing really exploded, the awesome team over at CrossFit LA came up with a bodyweight resource guide. It includes bodyweight workouts as well as workouts requiring minimal equipment like rings and a pullup bar. There are 23 pages of information included. You’re bound to find a workout you’ll enjoy.
The point of getting out of town is to break out of your normal routine. This includes your daily training regime too! If you want to work out while you’re away, consider one of the options above. Maybe Grandma will join you!