Hotel Workouts - Portable Fitness Training in Your Room
preparing for the British Columbia Championships in 2003, I found
myself in the largest blackout in Canadian and American history.
This meant that I would be without power, with translates into no
gym, fresh chicken, or even gas for a taxi to get anywhere.
It was August, 2003 just a few weeks from my figure show. I was
in shock when I heard that I would be stuck in a hotel, stranded
in Toronto, Ontario between flights as I traveled from Nassau, Bahamas
to Victoria, BC Canada. My new 'home' was actually in Mississauga,
and to create a workout, I relied on the only power around.
My 'will power'.
Here are the basics I always use when it comes to staying fit
anywhere, and at anytime! (Repeat circuit at least two more
times for a total of three sets. Do up to five sets.)
- Pushups for your chest and front deltoids. Great for
getting your heart rate up.
- Squats for your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Also raises
your heart rate fast.
- Dips from a chair with feet on the floor. Works your
- Crunches (reverse, side and regular), working your abs.
- Skipping or jogging on the spot for 2 - 3 minutes
for getting the sweat flowing. Be sure to always have a skipping
rope in your suitcase. It's something you can trust where is a
lack of power to run a treadmill.
- Lunges for your glutes, quads and hamstrings, and keeping
your heart rate up.
The other part of 'The looking and feeling great equation' is eating
right. It was very hard finding the right foods without power, but
do your best. Come contest time you will thank yourself! If you
can get to grocery store, you will find canned tuna, protein bars,
and in the deli there may be foods that are safe to eat such as
rice, and salads. Be sure to also drink lots of water. Use this
time to break from the television and read. You can be sure the
newspapers are full of facts and speculations on why you are in
If you have a show coming up, or want to train just for your health
and well being, use this workout anytime you are in a bind, or have
little time to spare. In just 15 - 20 min, you would have done your
heart, mind and spirit a favor!
The end result for me, was placing 2nd in the figure short class.
On July, 3rd 2004. I competed at the Canadian Nationals in Brantford,
Ontario and place 9th out of 28 extremely talented athletes.