HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR GAINS WHILE ON VACATION

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    Jul 19, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    So I'm going on vacation for 3 weeks and I am trying to prepare for it. Some of the places I'm going will surely have a gym but some of the small towns in part of my road trip will be lucky to have a park with a swing set in 10 square miles.

    I am planning on picking up a set of resistance bands and handles (much like a Bowflex-to-Go) and perhaps an adjustable bathroom curtain bag so i can do pull-ups.

    Does anyone have suggestions on "hotel room workouts"? I got my cardio covered with the beach for swimming and running shoes.
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    Jul 20, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    3 weeks is a long time to lay off your workout, but I just returned from a week of vacation where I only worked out once. I decided to take the opportunity to give myself a break from the 6-day-a-week routine I've maintained for several years.

    I also consumed lots of ice cream and other desserts. Tomorrow I'll be back in the gym and Monday I'll be eating egg whites for breakfast; everything in moderation.

    It's definitely mentally healthy and physiologically beneficial to give your body a rest once in a while; especially for those of us of a certain age.

    Enjoy your vacay and don't work out too much! (and don't feel guilty about missing a few)
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    Jul 20, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
    pushups..feet on the bed.. .shoulder stands against a wall press up and down
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    Jul 20, 2008 4:52 AM GMT
    A full body workout once or twice a week will preserve you. Three weeks is just not that long.
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    Jul 20, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    I haven't had all that many "vacations" but I have had to travel frequently for work for up to 8 weeks at a time. Frankly, it usually killed any progress I'd made in the gym, but I did take steps on the longest trips.

    1) Obviously, book hotels that have gyms, although those gyms are usually a joke. I once joined a gym that had lots of "reciprocal memberships" listed as a perk, although when I showed up at one of those "partner" gyms, the desk people often knew nothing about it. There's a site http://www.airportgyms.com/ that purports to show the nearest gym to any airport.

    2)There was a "hotel room workout" in men's fitness last year, although it did seem to involve some improbable feats, such as removing the hanger bar from the closet.

    3) Take a bicycle along, or make sure that one can be rented at the destination. Sometimes, I've been able to substitute a bike for a rental car. There are logistical hassles with this - I know people who pack roller blades instead.

    4) For long stays, book a family hotel or B&B. They're more likely to cook real meals instead of "restaurant food," if you know what I mean.

    Actually, any vacation that I can imagine taking involves plenty of physical activity anyway. It's the business trips that kill me.
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    Jul 20, 2008 9:11 AM GMT
    When I go away on vacation I always up my cardio
    ... good way to see some sights
    get out and start footin' it around
    run
    walk bike if you can... rent one
    you in the mountains?...
    near a State or National Park? Hit the trails

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    Jul 25, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    Do heavy weights now and consider your vaca the fat shredder period and go jogging? That's what I'll do when I'm on vaca. But then again I'm going to Munich and Tel Aviv (lots of walking around & activities). Plus aren't you in eough phenomenal shape? That's like the richest guy in the world asking "Hey guys I want to travel to the moon but I'm worried I might lose some money."
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    Jul 25, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    I do one of my favorite Marine workouts, a bodyweight workout, where all you need is a deck of cards and 4 exercises (I use pushups, crunches, mountain climbers, and lunges). Grab a deck of cards, each suit is an exercise, and the number or face is the amount of reps. Diamonds would be pushups, for example. Shuffle the deck, turn the first card over, if you get a 10 of diamonds, you're doing 10 pushups. Then pick the next card and do what that says. And continue until you've made your way through all 52 cards. You can do this anywhere, without any equipment (but a deck of cards, of course). And you can make it harder by doing it as a four count exercise, which is demonstrated in the video: