COMING CLEAN: OntheRoad Workout


By Courtney Lewis Opdahl |

This weekend, I traveled to Madison, Wis., with a friend for a bridal shower. Our hotel accommodations were just swell: comfortable and clean rooms, a pool and hot tub, and a complimentary breakfast that included hard-boiled eggs. My only complaint was a fitness center that left much to be desired.

Sure, it had cardio machines — treadmills, elliptical machines, and upright and reclining bikes — but I’ve become accustomed to circuit training with free weights, exercises like renegade rows, squat thrusters and man-/woman-makers. Yes, I could’ve used the machines, but the thought, at least right now, makes me yawn. An open floor, dumbbells, plates, barbells, kettlebells, bands and boxes…now we’re talking.

Add to fitness snag #1 was the fact that we were traveling, and I was very tempted to sleep in. I mean, I’m on vacation!

But I knew my Boot Camp team in St. Paul was meeting that morning (a few were planning to meet early for hill sprints), so I dragged my body out of bed, suited up and headed downstairs. I had hill sprints and pushups in mind, and I thought back to our November 2011 story, “Body-Weight Training for Beginners,” for inspiration (for ideas, check it out online and watch the video, produced and narrated by yours truly, for demonstrations).

Summer is usually my busy time for travel, so I’ll be experimenting and blogging about my workouts along the way.

Here’s what worked for me last weekend:

  1. Stretch with a few yoga poses: downward dog, warrior 1, warrior 2, triangle pose. Add a few more poses that feel good, if you’d like. Incorporatebreathing with your movement and clear your mind to make it more “yoga” than simply stretching.

It took me about 45 minutes to complete this workout, but it could easily take less time. It could have been a 30-minute workout, but I did allow for adequate rest during the sprints. I was on vacation, after all.

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