Never Gymless

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One of the top reasons I miss workouts is because I’m out of town and am not willing to pay $10 for a day pass to the local gym.  Because of that I had to find a way to still get my training in without hauling tons of heavy weights with me.  Here are my top picks.

1. Bands
Bands are a great way to add resistance with out lugging excessive equipment around.  Throw them over a door for push downs, wrap them around your shoulders for good mornings, or attach them to your KB for some explosive swings.

2. Suspension Trainer (ST)
Most people are familiar with the TRX or Elites Blast Straps but aren’t will to drop the money on them.  Dig around for some DIY plans to make your own and they’ll be a mainstay not only in your travel training but your regular training as well!

3. Body Weight (BW)
I know this may sound a little silly but no matter where you go you always have your own body weight!  You can get an incredible amount of work done in little time with nothing more than push ups, squats, lunges, and pull ups. 

4.Kettlebell (KB)
They are portable, versatile, and can be used anywhere.  The last place my wife and I traveled all I brought was a kettlebell and found a local park.  A ton of snatches, swings, and pull ups later I was beat!

5. Towel
This can be draped over a bar or around the handle of your KB to work your grip harder.  It can also be used for see-saw pull ups and several other exercises.

With just those five pieces of equipment you can travel and without falling behind on your training. 

Here are a couple sample training sessions.

BW Squat x 15
Band Pull Apart x 10
Single Arm KB Swing x 10 per arm
Push Up x 15
KB Snatch x 10 per arm
ST Fall Outs x 10
Do 3-4 rounds with as little rest as possible between rounds

ST Push Up + Knee Tuck x 10
ST Inverted Row x 10
Split Squat x 10 per leg
Pull Up x 10
KB High Pulls x 10
3-4 rounds with minimal rest

These are just examples.  If you don’t want to haul equipment with you then rock out with the body weight only training.  Burpees, bear crawls, and hill sprints are some powerful moves that will not only get you strong but will kick up your metabolism too!

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