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7 Fun, Fast, & Effective Travel Workouts

Working out while you travel can help you feel better, prevent you from losing your hard-earned gains, and up your metabolism so you can indulge a little without gaining weight. We’ve put together this travel workout guide with 7 different styles of workouts to meet your fitness needs while traveling.

Fitness Equipment for Travel

The best equipment for travel workouts include:

Functional Training Workout

AKA “My A$$ Is Flat From Sitting Too Long” Workout

This functional travel workout focuses on establishing strength in the glutes, which tend to get tight from prolonged sitting. No equipment is needed for this workout!

Here are 2 ways I’d integrate this type of workout:

1 | The no-sweat-feel-good workout.

This workout can be one complete workout in and of itself, especially if you are looking for just a “feel good” workout that wakes up some dormant muscles from prolonged sitting (think road trips and long haul flights) and energizes you without having to sweat.

Bonus: Add in the total body workout.

2 | The goal-driven athlete.

This is a good warm-up routine for your more intense workouts below or a great warm-up before your hike or other adventure sports. To prevent sciatica, try these yoga poses to really open up those tight hip flexors.

1 | Side Lying Leg Lift

Leg completely straight, foot flexed, make sure you are completely on your side. You should feel the movement in the outer hip. If you feel it in the front of your hip you are probably using your hip flexor instead of your hip/gluteal muscles.

Side-lying leg lifts

2 | Bent Leg Bridge

Drive through the heels. Aim for your knees, hips, and shoulders to be in one line at the top of the movement.

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Bent leg bridge

3 | Alternating Single-Leg Bridge

Keep the hips high and in one plane, don’t let your hips shift from side to side. Press through the heels and contract your gluteals to help stabilize. Alternate extending one leg so that it is in line with the knee and hip.

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Alternating single legs bridge

4 | Arch Up

Keep toes on the mat, place hands behind the head, and squeeze shoulder blades together while you lift the chest and hands off the floor a few inches.

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Arch up

5 | Dolphin

Keep your upper body on the floor, with straight legs lift the heels as high as you can, trying to get the thighs to come off the ground.

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Dolphin

Simple Total Body Conditioning Travel Workout

Sometimes the best travel workout is the simple one. These 3 easy movements can be done with no equipment and from the comfort of your hotel, Airbnb, or even campground.

1 | Squats

While maintaining a slight arch in the lower back and the chest lifted, bend the knees so that the thighs get close to parallel to the floor. You should have even weight in the toes and heels and the knees shouldn’t go past the toes when you descend.

2 | Reverse Crunch

Feel free to bend the legs to keep your back on the floor. Press the belly into your spine and the lower back into the floor, try to have no space between the floor and your lower back. Lift hips off the floor trying to not use momentum to execute the crunch. The movement can be very small.

3 | Push Ups

Keep your abs tight so that you maintain a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Tuck your pelvis under slightly to avoid sinking in your lower back. If you cannot maintain this position then do a modified push-up with your knees on the floor. Bend your elbows to ninety degrees, making sure your hands are wide enough that the elbows stay in line with the wrists, but your elbows should be lower than shoulder height. If there was a line between your thumbs and your chest you would touch it if you went all the way down. Keep your head in neutral.

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Burn Fat Travel Workout

Now it’s time to get the heart rate elevated! This is the perfect HIIT travel workout to do if you just spent a night indulging too much 😉. The goal is to move from one exercise to the next as quickly as possible without sacrificing form. After you complete one round, allow your heart rate to come down significantly before repeating the sequence. This is also a great workout routine to do at home if you have limited equipment.

1 | Jumping Jacks (1 minute)

I hope you know what these are 🙂

2 | Rock and Roll with a Jump (15 reps)

Place your hands lightly on your knees while rounding the spine and rolling back. Keep the spine rounded and the abs engaged while rolling back up. Draw the heels close to the glutes and drive through the feet to jump as explosively as possible.

3 | Swim Kicks (30 reps total)

Start lying on the floor with the legs up and perpendicular to the floor. While keeping the low back on the floor, alternate lowering one leg until it almost touches the floor, then switch.

4 | Walking Lunges (10 per leg)

Make sure your feet are hips width apart before stepping out to do your lunge. When you step out and make sure your stride length is far enough apart that your front knee stays over your front ankle. Descend with control, your back knee should come close to the ground without touching it. Squeeze your front thigh and gluteal while ascending.

5 | Squat Jump (15 jumps)

Start with feet shoulder-width apart, and maintain a natural arch in your lower back while descending. Descend just as you would a squat, then jump as high as you can, driving through the heels, trying not to let your knees go over the balls of the feet.

6 | Bicycle Crunch (30 reps total)

Keep the lower back pressed into the ground. Lightly place your hands behind your head and alternate touching opposite elbow to knee. Try to round and twist through the upper back so the shoulder blades alternate coming off the ground.

7 | Hollow Hold (20 seconds)

Start by laying flat on your back, place the hands on the top of the thighs, and round your upper back as if doing a crunch. At the top of the crunch position, start to bring the legs off the floor a few inches. If it’s too difficult to keep the lower back down, then bend the knees until the lower back lies flat on the ground or keep the feet on the ground until your abs get stronger.

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Advanced Functional Conditioning Travel Workout

This is a great total body workout that can be applied to improve strength, size, or leanness depending on the rep range you choose, except for the triple threat which we recommend doing 15 reps of in each direction, and the jackknife you should do for max reps.

1 | Bulgarian Squat

Elevate one foot behind you on a bench, block, or ball being careful to select a height that doesn’t force you to arch the lower back excessively. Bend the front leg to 90 degrees using a long enough stance that the knee of the front leg doesn’t pass the ball of the foot. The torso should lean forward slightly inclining forward over the working leg but not rounding. *You can skip using the Swiss ball and place the back foot on a picnic table, chair, or just on the ground and make it a lunge.

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Bulgarian squat

2 | Back Dips

For this movement, you can place your feet on the floor or elevate them if you’d like more challenge. Place hands on the edge of the bench, chair, or elevated surface with the finger facing forward. Bend elbows to 90 degrees or as far as comfortable, keeping elbows over the wrists.

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Back dips

3 | Swiss Ball Triple Threat (15 in each direction)

This combination involves three different movements each targeting a different area of the posterior chain. Start lying on the ground with the arms out to the sides and head resting on the floor. Place your heels and lower calves on the Swiss ball for all three movements. The first movement is done with the legs straight and focuses on squeezing the glutes while lifting the hips up and down. The second movement is done with the legs bent at 90 degrees and focusing on the hamstrings while lifting the hips up and down. The last movement involves the low back, hips, and hamstrings and requires the hips to be held high without straining the neck while rolling the ball in and out.

4 | Swiss Ball Jackknife (max reps)

Place your hands on the floor and your shins on the Swiss ball. Holds a tight plank position. If your hips sink, you will feel it in the lower back which you don’t want. Lift the hips as you bring your knees towards your armpits.

5 | Rear Delt Pull

Hold the band just outside shoulder width at shoulder height. With the arms straight pull the band apart until the band touches the chest. As you separate the hands keep the shoulders down and squeeze the shoulder bladed together. If you need more or less of a challenge, you may need to upgrade to a different size band. The band I use is a #3, or 35# resistance band. You can also make it more challenging by doubling up the band.

6 | Clapping Push Up (max to failure)

Just like a push-up but accelerate as you ascend so you can add a clap at the top of the movement.


HIIT Travel Workout

This is travel workout is great if you want to have fun and challenge yourself, but I don’t have any weights to use.

1 | Burpee (20-30 reps)

There’s nothing quite like a set of burpees to wake you up and get you ready to push yourself! Squat down place your hands on the floor, and jump back to a plank. From the plank, hop the feet back to the hands then jump powerfully up as high as you can.

2 | L-sit (10-30 seconds)

Using yoga blocks or an elevated surface. Sit in a pike position (legs straight and in front of you) and press your feet and legs off the floor.

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L-sit

3 | Spiderman Push Ups (6-10 reps per side)

Do a push-up while bringing one knee to the same side elbow. Your hands won’t be even like they are in traditional push-ups. Instead, think of them being in diagonal from one another with the elbow that touches the knee lower than the other hand and switch with each rep.

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4 | Vertical Jumps (10 reps)

Make sure to swing your arms powerfully and jump as high as you can while controlling the landing.

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5 | Handstand Push Ups (4-8 reps)

As a beginning option, start facing away from a wall and walk your feet up the wall. Eventually, you will get your feet up high enough and your hands in close to the wall to do some partial push-ups in this position. The end goal is to be able to start facing the wall kick up to the handstand with your back against the wall and then do push-ups. Or have someone hold your feet.

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6 | Handstand Tap Ups (10 reps- try starting 5 with each foot in front)

If handstand push-ups are too much, do regular handstand holds instead. Start with one foot in front and arms overhead. Visualize trying to keep a straight line from the arms overhead to the toes of the back leg. Slowly lean forward keeping the body straight and tight. As the hands touch the floor use some momentum to kick up to a straight body position.

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7 | Tuck Jump (10 reps)

Jump up as high as you can and at the the top of your jump, bring the knees to the chest.


Gymnastics Travel Workout

We taught gymnastics for 25 years. This is a fun travel workout to do if you have kids. It helps them stay healthy and gives you a bonding experience. Alternate the jumps with cartwheels and have fun with it.

1 | Standing Broad Jump (10 reps)

As you bend your knees, swing your arms behind you and bring them forward powerfully as you jump as far as you can landing in a squat position.

2 | Cartwheels (10 reps- try starting 5 with each foot in front)

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Hotel Travel Workout For Building Muscle

It’s easy to get a travel workout in when you are staying in a hotel since most hotels have a gym with dumbbells. Do this routine from top to bottom two times through with a weight that fatigues you by 15 reps. For true strength gains, your RPE (rate of perceived exertion should be between 6 and 8 and your rep range from 8-12 so adjust the weight accordingly.

1 | Shoulder Press

Hold a pair of dumbbells at shoulder height with the palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells overhead and together while keeping the neck long, ears in line with the shoulders, and scapula depressed.

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2 | Alternating Bicep Curl

Start with the palms facing towards the body and as you bend one elbow, rotate the palm to face that shoulder. Remember to keep the elbow close to the body and pointing down.

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3 | Overhead Tricep Extension

Hold one dumbbell in both hands and extend the arms straight overhead. Focus on keeping the elbows pointing upward and triceps parallel to one another as you bend the elbows and then re-extend the arms.

4 | Squats

While maintaining a slight arch in the lower back and the chest lifted, bend the knees so that the thighs get close to parallel to the floor. You should have even weight in the toes and heels and the knees shouldn’t go past the toes when you descend.

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Squats with weight

5 | Good Morning (aka Straight Leg Deadlift)

With a flat back, hinge forward with mostly straight legs until your back is parallel to the floor or you reach an endpoint in the stretch of the hamstrings. Then squeeze your glutes to return to standing. You should feel a nice stretch in the back of the legs for this one but use your butt muscles and not your back to bring you up to vertical.

6 | Bent Over Row

Bend the knees and hinge forward so that your back is almost parallel to the ground. With a nice arch in the lower back and the chest slightly lifted, start with the dumbbells hanging under your shoulders then squeeze your shoulder blades together as you draw the elbows up past the rib cage.

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Bent over row

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