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Tools and Methods for Fitness while Traveling. Part 1:Suspension Training

 

This post offers all the information you need to get a toned core and full body strength if you find yourself on one or more of these categories:

·         You Travel frequently

·         You have limited time for training

·         You would rather not workout in a gym facility

·         You're already engaged in endurance training and need strength and core work to  supplement that activity.  


Travel can throw a monkey wrench into the best-laid fitness plans. Although the occasional break in routine can be a good thing, repeated or unexpected interruptions in your training can result in poor consistency, as well as the added mental challenge of having to get back on the wagon and get the forward momentum rolling  again.  

When you add up all the other stresses of travel, such as such as too much sitting, irregular or poor nutrition options, unfamiliar sleeping situations, and time zone changes,  and you don’t have workout options easily available, it’s easy to throw in the towel and resign yourself to temporary defeat.  Some of the same challenges can present themselves to the time-crunched professional who is attempting to train and balance work, family, and a fitness schedule. 

Having the resources and the plan to keep your fitness priorities a part of your routine on the road, can keep you from slipping off the wagon, keep you feeling good about your training, and will counteract some of the negative effects and general stress of travel.  This article goes over some of the tools to help you stay on track when on the road, or when your schedule gets too chaotic and too many things are competing for your time.
  
Each training tool is linked back to an online library of exercises, as well as instructional videos for several movements that you can use as resource to plan a workout in your hotel room, an empty conference room, a nearby park, rest stop, or anywhere you happen to be!

Suspension training

Suspension training was created as a way to train and maintain conditioning with limited training space or equipment.  The equipment is lightweight and easy to store and throw into a suitcase or gym bag for travel.  This tool can be used anywhere, from the hotel gym, to a local park, the pool deck, or within your house (or hotel room).  Unlike traditional weight training that often focuses on specific muscle groups, suspension training targets movements and requires the body to stabilize itself in all planes of motion during each exercise. 

Suspension training uses gravity and your own body weight as resistance through pretty much any type of movement you can think of. You can improve or maintain functional strength, balance and core stability, coordination, power, and flexibility in many ways that are extremely relevant to general fitness and daily living activities, as well as cycling, running and swimming performance. 

There are several suspension trainers on the market and they generally work on the same concepts.  We will be using the TRX suspension trainer for the purpose of demonstration.  It can be anchored to fences, trees, poles, rafters, or anything you can get to that is stable enough to hold your weight. The handles should be about 6 inches off the ground when anchored, and there are extenders you can use if up find your anchor is too high.   


How to set up a Suspension Trainer in your home
A door anchor will be needed to anchor the suspension training as shown here:

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The solid square piece goes on the backside of the door and the nylon piece has a loop on the end of it. This is the piece to which you will connect the suspension-training device.  Just make sure the door is either closing toward you, or locked so it won't accidentally pull open when you have your weight loaded on the suspension band.  




We have put together some resources to help you develop a plan of action if you are traveling or just want to start incorporating some strength work into your routine.  

Examples of a few fundamental movements that can be performed on a suspension trainer 

       


Resources for Suspension Training
 
A video library of movements that can be performed with the suspension training can be found HERE.

Some movements that complement each other along with more detailed form instruction and short clips you can follow for practice and repetition can be found HERE

Cycling Center Dallas, under Coach Christenson's leadership, has suspension trainers and offers intro sessions as well as group classes, check the schedule for class times and descriptions.

If you would like to purchase your own, you may do so from the TRX Website or just google 'suspension trainer' (make sure to check out the reviews to make sure its decent product).


 

Tools and Methods for Fitness while Traveling. Part 2:Elastic Bands and the Rip Trainer


 

 

 


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