Thursday, October 21, 2010

Training with No Excuses

Training while traveling can be a little tough at times but if you are creative and dedicated, it can be done.  Sometimes there are only basic tools available and many times you can’t safely leave the property on your own. 
Even a walk down the beach can turn into a problem if a local person gets angry or if you get in bad location.  Many people don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain.  You gotta be careful, that’s for sure.
On this trip, although the hotel is more of a beach resort and is really quite nice, the gym is really minimal with just some dumbbells, antique treadmills and bikes, and an old Cybex Universal machine.  You actually have to go down to the reception area to get a key just to get in the room.  The room is also about 80 degrees and 90% humidity which means it is a sweaty mess for a guy like me.
The alternative is to use my room and do a stability ball workout, or yoga, or just basic calisthenics.  Sometimes all you need is just a clear space on a floor and it’s amazing how good of a workout you can get.
The problem is that you have to fit it into an already packed schedule.  In my case this week I may leave the hotel at 7:30 AM and not get home until 9 PM.  That means you have to get up early to get it done.   You have to put it into your schedule and make yourself do the work. 
I don’t know if I’ll get faster or stronger this year, but it won’t be because I didn’t try.