For any gym bunny or muscle queen, there’s nothing more earth-shattering than checking into a hotel and finding there’s nary a treadmill nor weight room in sight.
Some would use the lack of amenities as an excuse to veg out and finally just relax, but for devoted, type A gym-goers, there are still challenging and effective workouts that can be done in a hotel room or on the beach. If you can, try to pack an exercise band, a jump rope, or any lightweight, portable equipment you have. But for those who prefer to leave it all behind or have limited luggage space, model and globetrotter Kevin Carnell is here to help. “I aim for a complete, full-body workout that will build muscle, burn fat, and increase my heart rate,” he says. Carnell only travels with a carry-on and relies on his own body weight, so his routine will keep you active no matter where you end up.
Carnell recommends warming up to loosen your muscles and increase your core temperature. So start by doing all of the following:
25 jumping jacks
2. Circuit Workout
“Do all of these exercises without stopping in between,” Carnell says. “Make sure to maintain proper form for five rounds, with a one-minute rest at the conclusion of each circuit.”
20 body-weight squats
3. Ab Circuit
Like the previous workout, do these exercises back-to-back for five rounds, resting one minute after each round.
1-minute mountain climbers
“Always remember to stretch, regardless of how you’re feeling post workout,” Carnell adds, suggesting 10 to 20 seconds per stretch.
Reach down as far as you can and try to touch your toes.
Lunge and pause with each leg.
One more tip: Make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard. This is your vacation, after all. “If the workout is too strenuous or rigorous,” Carnell says, “do what feels comfortable for you and regain control of your breathing.” Bon voyage et bon physique!