2 Workout Tools I Never Travel Without

Quick Exercises for Vacation

What do you know about vacation fitness? That’s a term you don’t hear often, right? After all, for some people, vacation is a time to relax, drink, eat and forget about fitness.

But for others who truly care and know the power of a great sweat, vacation fitness is important to a degree. You see, whenever I travel I know that if I don’t get my workout in then my energy is off, my focus is off and I’m actually more stressed! Not the emotions I’m looking for while on vacation. So realizing that my vacation time is a time for relaxation, I only allow myself to work out for 20 minutes per workout. The rest of the time is for straight-up rejuvenation.

Here are my two workout tools that I never travel without. They fit easily in my suitcase and I can get a ton of exercises done using just these two tools.

Band #1 is a small mini band

Band #2 is a larger resistance band.

You can buy both of these bands easily on Amazon. However, I like the durability of the Rogue Monster Bands for the large resistance bands.

Here are some exercises you can start doing now with each of these bands!

Mini Band Bent Over Y’s

Hold a solid athletic stance with your chest up, knees bent and shoulders back. Put most of the weight back on your heels. Take the mini band and put it around your wrists.

Keep your arms straight and raise your arms overhead, pulling against the band to make a Y shape.

Do this for 15 reps or 30 seconds, keeping tension on the band the entire time. 3 sets of 15 Reps will have you feeling great!

Mini Band Push-up to Arm Raise

Perform a solid push-up with the band on your wrists. At the top of the push-up position, raise your arm to head height and keep your arm perfectly straight, going against the band resistance.

Go for 3 sets of 30 seconds and your chest & shoulders will be lit up!

Resistance Band Split Squats

Put the band over your neck as if you were putting on a hood. Cross the band and place it right under one of your feet.

Take one step back with the opposite leg and perform a split squat going against the resistance of the band.

3 sets of 15 reps each leg!

Band Thrusters!

Place the band under both feet and get under the band with your hands like you would for a front squat.

Squat down slow with good form (chest up, butt back). Squat back up, and at the top of the squat raise your arms over your head against the resistance of the band.

Repeat! 3 Sets of 30 seconds and you will be sweating!

So there you have it! Two things you should never travel without.

Keep your gains, stay in shape and keep your energy sky high throughout your vacation!

Ben Boudro, MS, CSCS

Ben Boudro is a former Division I college wrestler, fitness junkie, husband, dad and dog lover with a passion for fitness through strength and conditioning. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a bachelor’s and Master of Science degree in kinesiology, and the owner of Xceleration Fitness. Ben has helped millions of people unleash their inner beast through fitness, take control of their lives and believes: “The sky is the limit, and I live my life to one common theme: You can either wait for success to come to you or you can chase it … CHASE IT!”

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