Muscle building on vacation?

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    Oct 08, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    So I'm going away and i want to work on my muscles while I'm gone... I can't bring dumbbells/weights and I don't have a band. Can anyone suggest some bicep/tricep muscle building exercises that don't require those things and/or what could be used as a replacement ?

    I guess I could bring a heavy book... I should be studying for school anyhow icon_redface.gif.
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    Oct 08, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    I travel a lot with my work and have to deal with the no-access to a gym problem myself. Fortunately, with a little imagination, you can still do something of a 'maintenance' work out.. without even leaving your room if you like.

    Google 'hotel work out'.. or check out

    http://www.realjock.com/article/825/

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1194/


    But to answer your specific questions..

    For tris you could do dips using the edge of the bed/bath/sturdy table, or doing push ups with your hands really close together

    For bis - if you've got access to a playground you could do close grip pull-ups with your palms facing you, or you could get a gallon of milk/water in each hand and do convential curls..

    Otherwise.. it could be worth investing in a resistance tube.
    They often cost all of $10 and take up no space at all in your luggage!
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    Oct 08, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    I'm thinking the majority of hotels have some sort of a fitness center, yeah?
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    Oct 08, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    KardioKing saidI'm thinking the majority of hotels have some sort of a fitness center, yeah?


    Actually this isn't always the case, sadly.

    I've stayed in quite a few that that don't.. and many more that have 'fitness centres' that consist of a treadmill and a stationary bike and not much else.

    The 'good' ones often have those multi-exercise gym station things.. I hate them because they're not very adjustable for a short-arse like me.

    So if you're lucky, yes.. but best to be prepared in case you're not!

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    Oct 08, 2010 6:42 AM GMT
    KardioKing saidI'm thinking the majority of hotels have some sort of a fitness center, yeah?
    Most hotel fitness centers I've seen were geared toward cardio, not muscle building.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:23 AM GMT
    Hence I really loathe vacations. But if it's a short vacation, you can probably just do body weight exercises for maintenance.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Not only that, but I'm going on a trip as part of a group and I think we will be housed with locals ... not in hotels, which would be rather expensive.

    I really didn't think this trip through... I should have planned to get a tube/band weeks ago and my trip is this Sunday. It's a 3 week "vacation." I'm kinda effed up here.icon_lol.gif

    I'll give those a try R evolution, thanks.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    Search on body weight exercise. Search on road warrior fitness.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    QuadraticEquation
    If it is not too late, try to get the tubes. I take some on vacation with me. They give you a nice workout and are light so you can pack them. You can get them at and store like Walmart and they are not real expensive.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidQuadraticEquation
    If it is not too late, try to get the tubes. I take some on vacation with me. They give you a nice workout and are light so you can pack them. You can get them at and store like Walmart and they are not real expensive.


    By tubes, i thought he was referring to elastic stretching bands?... Is that the same thing?
  • Geoedward

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    Oct 08, 2010 7:50 PM GMT
    Yes! Sorry
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidYes! Sorry


    I'm not anywhere near a Walmart, but I'll check Target and see if they have 1. Thanks.
  • Geoedward

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    Oct 08, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    They should. Good Luck!
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    Oct 10, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    Went tonight picked up a band for close to $10.. I'm happy i did. I needed one anyhow.

    Target had 3 different 1s: Light, Medium, and Heavy. I bought the Heavy one, because I thought I might break the other 1s more easily.
  • sportsjockla

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    Oct 10, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    If you are going to a populous city, there should be a local gym. Otherwise you can do pull ups, push ups or other military style exercises. Bands are good for toning and maintaining.