The summer months have kicked in, the sun is shining and you want to keep active. In a previous article I have given you some workouts for you to try outdoors and hope they went well for you.
In this article I will include some of the best equipment out there for people who are on the road, away on their summer holidays or people who just want to train outdoors with little to no equipment.
When going abroad to the sunshine on your holidays I like to encourage my clients to spend as much time outdoors doing workouts with little to no equipment or even doing some swimmimg,cycling,running and so on. Enjoying your holiday with good food and drink, switching off,reading, taking in some sun by the pool and overall spending good quality time with family and friends should be your priority but still allow some time on your health and fitness. Some of you readers spend enough time training indoors during the winter months in the gym, now is the time to get outside and use your fitness while getting in some vitamin D.
Below are some great pieces of equipment you can use while away from the gym floor. All the equipment mentioned here are easy to carry around and pack away into a bag, don’t cost that much and are highly effective tools to give you a good workout.
TRX suspension trainer
A super tool that fits very handy into your bag. It comes in a small netted bag that you could easily cram into a backpack, and is lightweight. You can simply hook the TRX up in any door frame, tree, or railing and you’re good to go. Great piece of equipment that can be used for all fitness levels and can literally train any body part with it from upper body to lower body to a challenging core workout.Squats,pistols,rows,presses,planks,holds you name it most drills can be done using this piece of equipment.
There are so many workouts out there now online.Here is a video below showing you 50 exercises using the TRX.
Another great tool to have in and don’t cost that much at all.So many options here on what to use bands here for. From warm up drills to mobility exercises even to assisting you with some pull ups the resistance band is something to throw into the bag. They come in varying degrees of tension (resistance).
Here are a handful of great drills you can use.
Banded pull aparts.
Super upper body pulling exercise excellent for improving posture,increasing shoulder health and overall a general good exercise to incorporate into your exercise routine.
Another great lower body exercise that will activate your glutes and is a good prep for you before you squat or deadlift.Great drill to bring into your warm up
Pall of press
Super midline core exercise where all you need is a band tied around a poll.Keeping tension in the band,core tight and sending band out and straight while holding out in front for a couple of seconds and then returning to start position.
Bands are also great for assisting with chin ups/pull ups and push ups and for the person looking for more of a challenge they can be ideal for making your push ups more tougher like the video below.
Slip one of these into your suitcase and you’ll have an intense cardio workout wherever you go. Jump ropes are great for circuit training or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Not only will you give your cardiovascular system a run (or jump) for its money, but jumping rope is great for improving coordination
Another great and super portable tool that can be thrown into the travel bag.Perform exercises with these gliding tools under your palms, knees, or feet, you can work an area from every angle—a basic lunge,mountain climber,seal drags,push ups with a knee tuck.
Client of mine here using the valslides here with a push up and seal drag combo
Along with these tools above I also suggest staying on top of your mobility and flexibility drills.Stretch daily,do some yoga and even use the bands to assist you with some mobility exercises.Have a mini foam roller/lacrosse ball with you to stay on top of things keeping your body loose and injury free.
Hope this info can help you out.
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