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Weight Training While Traveling

Weight Training While Traveling

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For gals serious about staying on track with their exercise and diet, vacation, or traveling for work, can be a bit nerve racking. What is supposed to be a relaxing and recharging time for you can turn stress-filled as you fret over losing all the tremendous ground you gained from weeks or months of staying on track. Fortunately it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to some wonderful and simple inventions and ingenuity with resistance bands, weight training on the road is now easy.

Resistance bands are lightweight, portable, and can be used to work just about every muscle. While it's difficult to replace a standard free weight workout, resistance bands come awfully close and if you're traveling and don't have access to a gym, there is nothing better.

They typically come in various levels of resistance strength. The more advanced you are in your development, the stronger you want your bands to be.

They also come in various forms. There is the standard band with handles on each end. Then there is the circle band and figure 8 band, for ease of various exercises. Really all you need is the standard band. The other two can be nice but are not necessary. So for less than $20 you have a complete workout system in your carry on luggage. :)

I've searched around the net for a comprehensive video showing how easy it is to use resistance bands for every body part and without help or extra apparatus. The best one I have found yet is by Max Wettstein and included here.

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

Member Comments

I typically search for a hotel that has a fitness center. Although bands are a great alternative. I just prefer to use actual weights and maybe get a little cardio in.
--Kim Schaefer

I much prefer a fitness center, but these are great in a pinch! They are a MUST to have backstage at a competition too! At smaller shows, getting your hands on the dumbbells can be tricky. At larger shows, they line you up so early, you can use bands to continue your pump-up while you're waiting to go on.
--i1tiger

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