Total body travel workout

16 Jun

One thing about being on vacation and out of town that throws me off my game is getting out of my exercise schedule.  I like schedules… and lists too.  They keep me on track and sane.            

When I’m away from home I like to get some type of exercise in each day.  Some days it’s running, sometimes just walking but strength training usually doesn’t happen.                          

That’s going to change.                       

I put together a total body workout that targets each muscle group with 2 different exercises each.  You can either go through the routine by completing 12-15 reps of each exercise, move onto the next exercise then repeating the entire workout 1 or 2 more times, or choose how many sets you want to do, complete the 12-15 reps of both exercises for muscle group, rest for 15-20 seconds and repeat 1 or 2 more times before moving onto the next muscle group.                       

All the equipment you need is an exercise band which is light and easy to take along with you while you’re on the road (or in the air).                         


Total body travel workout        


*Warm up for 5 minutes with an easy jog*                      


Extended bench lunge                       

Start with one foot on a bench (or chair) in a high lunge Bend your front knee until your quad is parallel to the ground (keep your knee behind your toe)


Bend your front knee until your quad is parallel to the ground (keep your knee behind your toe)


      Tree squat                       

Sit against a tree (or wall) for 30-60 second increments - keep your quads parallel to the ground





In a high lunge hold the exercise bands in your hands, palms facing each other


Pull your elbows straight back and tight to your body


Start it ups                       

In a low lunge step on your exercise band (the closer to the handle the more difficult)


Pull back with your arm - elbow straight back



               Shoulder press                      

Stand in a high lunge with one foot ontop of the band - lift your arms into a W position



Press your arms up


Lateral raise                      

Start in a high lunge, one foot on the band, with your hands facing each other - bands in your hands


Raise your arms straight out




              Crossed fly                      

Start with the bands crossed (in an X), palms facing each other


Extend your arms out keeping then at the same level from the ground they were


Push up                        

Begin in a high plank position, holding your abs and entire body straight


Bend your elbows down into a push up -- keeping your body straight



                      Slow bicep curl                       

Begin in a high lunge with one foot on the band - palms facing up with the bands in your hands


Curl up slowly - 2 counts to get half way up



2 more counts to get all the way up (4 counts going back down)


       Hammer curl                        

Begin in a high lunge with one foot on the band - palms facing in with the bands in your hands



Curl up -- keep your palms facing in




Overhead tricep extension                        

Stand in a high lunge with one foot ontop of the band - lift your arms straight above your head with the bands in your hand



Drop your hands down behind your head keeping your triceps still -- press then back up to the starting position


Bench dips                        

Place your hands on the edge of the bench, legs straight out ahead of you


Bend your elbows down - your tush toward the ground



Hinge Crunch    


Start laying on the ground with your knees bent and hands behind your head



Crunch your elbows to your knees -- keep your knees wide


       Mason twist                      

Start sitting on the ground with your legs lifted off the ground -- drop your hands to the right side--switch and drop your hands to the left side then keep switching


 *Stretch for 5-10 minutes once you’re done*                    


Just 1 more day to enter my giveaway for an awesome book!          


5 Responses to “Total body travel workout”

  1. james5555 June 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Great stuff Heather. Glad I found your site. I like simplicity and body weight routines. I eat raw vegan and exercise every day. You are doing well and inspiring others, keep it up!

    James Reno

  2. Nicole June 17, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    You’re too cute! I love the workout, and it’s certainly a total body workout!!!

  3. eatingRD June 17, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Nice! I have to admit, I’m not the best worker-outer on vacation, unless it’s walking all over the city to find new places to eat lol Boy, you’re arms look nice!

  4. Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 17, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    just found your blog-very inspiring~
    i think Heather is the most popular name in the foodie/health blog world!!

  5. kim June 18, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    I just found your blog – love it! I travel a lot and this workout will come in handy 🙂

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