Embrace a change in your routine without derailing your training
It’s finally summer! The kids are out of school, family vacations are on the schedule, and the weather is warming up. As great as summer is, it can signal a break in your normal routine. Although this break is needed, it can also throw your training into a tailspin and quickly regress your progress—unless you pack one simple piece of training equipment.
Pack a Resistance Band
If you have a trip coming up, pack a resistance band. With this simple piece of equipment, your training opportunities are endless. Even if you’re in a small hotel room, you can still complete meaningful training to help your kick, pull, and body positioning. A band takes up minimal space in your luggage and is a great way to maximize your training when time is short.
The exercises below are simple enough to complete almost anywhere. Depending on the time you have available, you can complete one, two, or all three of the following segments. I recommend aiming to complete one or two of these sessions each week when you’re on the road or in need of a quick routine to keep you on track.
Complete two to three sets of each exercise. With resistance band movements in general, the farther you are away from the anchor point, the more challenging the exercise will be.
Lower Body Strength to Improve Your Kick
- Romanian Deadlift + Band (10 reps)
- Stabilization Lunge + Band (10 reps each side)
- Lateral Band Walk (10 reps each side)
Upper Body Stability to Improve Your Shoulder Health
- High-Low Row + Band (eight reps each side)
- Shoulder Pull-down + Band (eight reps)
- Split Stance Alternating Press + Band (eight reps each side)
Stability Exercises to Improve Your Body Positioning
- Plank + Lateral Band Reach (eight reps each side)
- Tall Pillar + Band (six reps each side)
- Side Bridge + Band (30 seconds each side)
Summer travel is fun, and a short change in your routine is beneficial in keeping you feeling fresh in your training. You now have a few tips to help manage your mindset and still execute effective training. Do these routines whenever you need a quick, but effective, training session or are on the road and not able to access your normal training equipment. These routines will help you continue progressing toward your goals while capitalizing on a much-needed break from your typical routine.
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