This Bodyweight-Only Workout Is Great When Traveling

The morning of the eclipse, I woke up with the desire to move. We had traveled to a friends’ house in Columbia, Mo., to see the total eclipse, and I hadn’t really planned on fitting in a workout, but I really, really wanted to the moment my eyes opened that morning.

(Side personal thing I’m just now realizing: I tend to like to work out the morning of any any milestone-esque day. The day I quit my full-time job to do FBG … the morning I found out I was pregnant with Gwen … before I did this speaking engagement. A good workout clearly just sets a good tone for a good day — which is even more important on the big days, ya know? You know.)

And so I did! I only had workout clothes and a pair of running shoes — no equipment and I wanted to do some cardio and some strength training, all in about 20 minutes. Here’s what I did!

Travel Workout 1: 12-Minute Tempo Run

It’s pretty self-explanatory: just go out and run or walk fast at a faster-than-normal pace for 12 minutes.

It gets you nice and sweaty — in not a lot of time. And then, if you want more …

Travel Workout Two: 8-Minute AMRAP

For this one, you set a timer for 8 minutes and then see how many times you can get through this circuit (AMRAP = “as many rounds as possible”):

  • 12 walking lunges (do 12 on each side)
  • 10 plyo squats
  • 10 plyo side lunges (also called super skiers)
  • 10 push-ups

This one will get your legs burning like whoa, get your heart rate up and still work your upper-body and core with the push-ups. Talk about a full-body travel workout! AND, you have just 8 minutes to see how many rounds you can get, so push yourself. (Obviously, it’s made a touch more challenging after that 12-minute tempo run!)

After doing this, I felt great. Totally accomplished and energized. After a quick shower, I grabbed some food and water, and was treated to this later that day — alongside a glass of wine because balance. (Although the photo does it no justice — my phone simply couldn’t capture the ring!)

Thanks, Mother Nature. YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING.

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  1. tom marlo says:

    Oh my goodness!! All of these pictures of yoga are so gorgeous!!

  2. Nhick says:

    A good workout clearly just sets a good tone for a good day.. Agree.

  3. I completely agree that a good workout sets the tone for the day, Jenn. Thanks for sharing your travel workout. I need something new, because let’s face it, my go-to travel workout is pretty soft. I’m going to push myself a little harder next time!

    As for the eclipse, I was working that day, but we did sneak outside to view it together, and it was pretty amazing. It was about 90-percent eclipsed where I am, still pretty cool.

  4. Thanks for sharing this – I quit my gym membership about a year ago and haven’t looked back. Instead, I’ve done almost exclusively body weight exercises, kettlebells and step aerobics and love it. The time I save not having to drive somewhere to get my workout in or wait for a machine is priceless.

  5. I love this! Thanks for sharing, I love how quick and convenient it is for travel. I’ve heard different takes on the idea of working out on days with big life-changing events, like one person in the fitness industry said he doesn’t generally work out on days of big events because his adrenaline is already up, and working out might up the nerves even more. But I can see a short workout like this is good to balance out the body. If anything, just zoning out and taking your mind and body somewhere else for 20 minutes has to be helpful in taking the pressure off!

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    Health is the most important part of life nothing is more valuable than good health it is only possible when we do workout on daily basis nice article its very interesting, informative and motivative also i really enjoyed it thanks for it.

  7. Marshall says:

    Great post, Jen. I’m a new fitness blogger and I really love this post. I totally agree that they are good body-weight exercises when we’re traveling.

  8. Nice approach i am very inspired by this post its very informative and motivative very helpful for me specially thanks for share.

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