Just me, on a beach.. no gym, no weights.. eeep!

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    Mar 29, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    So.. I am going away for a ten day holiday.
    It's pretty much just going to be me, my partner and a shack on the beach, which will be mostly bliss.

    Except that 10 days away from the gym, when I go 4-5 days a week lifting heavy, makes me nervous. I want to be able to hold steady as much as I can in those 10 days away, so figure I'll need to do full body weight exercises every day. But I need a hand with putting together a full routine.

    So far I can think of

    Chest: Push-ups (different varieties)
    Back: ??

    Legs: Burpees, squats, lunges

    Triceps: Dips (if I can sort it between chairs or something), 'close grip' push ups
    Biceps: ??

    Abs: Crunches, sit-ups, all the usual


    Clearly, I'm struggling to think of something for back and bis, and I could do with some other options for the rest.

    Any and all advice appreciated..
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    Mar 29, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    Heh. Maybe I will be able to find "some kind of horizontal bar".
    Here's hoping.

    And don't worry. I'll enjoy the break.
    My OP possibly made me sound more anxious than I actually am about this. I'd like to keep up some activity, but I'll just do what I can.
    The rest of the time, I'll be doing hardcore Not Very Much.
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    In the Army we called them "jumping jacks", not sure if you know them by a different name. We also did side leg lifts, or scissor lifts. We often faced the same challenge you did: exercising without facilities or equipment, with nothing but the ground underneath you. You might try googling military or Army exercises without facilities/equipment for ideas.
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    You do realize that it's OK to give your body a break now and then? Just do some cardio. The gains won't fade that fast. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    You have the bodyweight exercises covered. If you're really concerned about back and biceps, take a heavy duty resistance band with you. It weighs next to nothing and even though it won't be exactly the same as free weights, you can do curls and lat rows with it.

    OR, just enjoy the vacation and hit the gym hard when you return!

    Above all, enjoy your vacation! icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:34 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. I do completely forget about giving the body a break, so this is a handy reminder. I'll pack a resistance band.. and otherwise enjoy the sun, sex, sleeping, eating routine.
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    i just youtubed it and got this... interesting idea: using a weighted backpack.

    Have a gander icon_smile.gif
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  • Laurence

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    Mar 31, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    You're on holiday. Relax and enjoy yourself. Giving your muscles a break will do them good too.

    I find that by doing a run every other day I don't feel too sluggish and feel justified in laying on a beach drinking cocktails the rest of the time.

    Loz