Keeping up workout routine on a vacation

  • wesv

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    Feb 07, 2015 5:37 AM GMT
    So my brother is thinking about taking me to Vancouver this summer. His plan is to stay for at most a week (too long isn't good for me). But I have my weekly workout routines. I feel like I'm going to miss out on my workouts for a week and will not have access to my supplements.

    How do you guys manage to travel and stay on your routine?
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    Feb 07, 2015 12:32 PM GMT
    I usually take the week off from my normal training routine. I'm not idle, as I tend to visit large cities and do lots of walking (10-15 miles per day), but it is nice to have a change of pace.
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    Feb 07, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    When I was traveling a lot for business - especially when the business involved sitting in meeting rooms all day - I would seek out local gyms. I was a member of a club that had reciprocal benefits at lots of other places (though this was before the permeation of the big national chains.) If the trip was long enough, I'd take my bicycle. (Now I have a folding bike that would make that much easier than it was back then.) I knew guys who packed roller blades. Often, I'll explore a new area by taking a morning or evening jog through the neighborhoods.

    If traveling for vacation - well a) It's a week off - you're supposed to do something different. and b) The kinds of vacations that I take are pretty good workouts all by themselves. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 15, 2015 5:10 AM GMT
    If I haven't had a week off in awhile (deload week) I will usually just treat that as my deload week. If not i'll usually look for gyms in the area and then hit them up to workout. It's kind of expensive though usually. Like if im going to the beach for a week, the local gyms will have daily passes or sometimes weekly passes and daily it has been around $20-$30 and weekly it has been up to $100. For me though its worth it as its my hobby and I plan on competing in mp so it isn't to big of a cost in the grand scheme of things.
  • jjguy05

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    Feb 15, 2015 5:36 AM GMT
    When I travel at least in the US, UK, and Canada, I look up local YMCAs which sell week and day passes, and very many of them surprisingly have weight rooms that are perfectly adequate for serious lifters. YMCAs are underrated with respects to this.

    DO NOT expect hotels to have anything...as much as they boast about their "fitness room", you'll have a couple treadmills and some DBs that only go up to 30 lbs.

    I should also mention that when you're traveling, the working out part doesn't always pan out the way you want. You may find yourself short on time, especially if you're traveling with other people, and you have lots of things to do on your travels. Try to make it into the gym, and at least do a minimal heavy-sets workout (presses, squats, pullups, rows, etc). You can skip the lighter isolation work if pressed for time.

    Supplements: when traveling, I make sure to at least have a bottle of casein with me...you can have a scoop for breakfast, a scoop or two before bed, and also as a snack if you won't have a solid meal for a while. It's great to bring this bottle with you -along with a shaker- especially if you'll be taking trips outside the city, have that emergency protein with you. I don't see why you shouldn't be able to bring some supplements with: casein, whey, and pre-workout. If not, they should definitely be available in Vancouver. As for your regular meals...try not to eat out at a restaurant all the time. Eat out of supermarkets. Even better if you'll have access to a kitchen or kitchenette, but you can make do without one.
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    Feb 15, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    ^ I can't help wondering what Customs Agents and TSA drones think about supplements.

    I'm thinking that might be a use for all of those free samples and trial-sized packages that accumulate in the back of the cabinet. They're sealed, original packaging, clearly labeled...

    Of course if one really were a smuggler, it wouldn't be that difficult to fake such things, but it gives them an excuse not to look. Unless they're bored. After all, I've had them squeeze all the toothpaste out of my tube before icon_rolleyes.gif