When it comes to our health and fitness it is easy to fall off track when our routines are disrupted. One of the most common excuses I hear from friends, family and clients alike is that “I can’t workout when I’m on vacation!”
My reply… you ready for it?
If anything, finding time to exercise when on vacation should be easier to coordinate than when you are at home. Think about it, no distractions like work, personal and professional appointments, kids soccer games, and dinner with the in-laws?! So what’s keeping you from finding a local gym, CrossFit box or the hotel gym? That is a rhetorical question – I already know that there’s NOTHING keeping you from finding time to workout while on vacation except for the little muscle between your ears telling you otherwise. Am I right or am I right?
After being away for two weeks in Miami, Bahamas, then Toronto, I realize how crazy schedules can become. Between time changes, the to-and-fro of airports, hotels and events, it gets pretty hairy at times. All that being said though I made sure to put my health and fitness on the top of my priority task list while traveling. How did I do that? Simple. I just did it.
After arriving in Miami I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our hotel, the Conrad, was attached to the CrossFit Vida box (coincident I think not). Christie and I set to it and confirmed our drop-in the next morning before going shopping for the day and checking out some local hot spots.
Being in Miami was pretty amazing (I have another post on our experience at Vitality 2012 being posted later) but the humidity was intense. I’ve been spoiled with the nice weather of Vancouver for too long, and it definitely showed in my training in Miami, Bahamas (Atlantis Resort) and Ontario…
I documented much of our travels in photos in albums posted on Facebook. Check them out here:
My time was 30:21
My time was 2:17
Loading the bar to 135lbs complete the following 5 times
Lower bar and repeat without letting go of the bar or regripping.
My time was 1:42
While completing my first workout at the resort gym I met a couple young fit dudes from Alabama. They watched me complete my heavy front squats and asked the type of training I did. I shared with them the concepts and philosophies of CrossFit and invited them to join me for a workout the following day which they eagerly accepted.
What better WOD to introduce them to CrossFit than “Fran”?
Walt and Jeremy did amazingly well. Walt managed to get through the set of 15 thrusters and hit the 11 minute mark and had to tap out… reminded me of the first time I did Fran. And Jeremy pushed through it with a sub 8:00 minute completion – awesome! I think we have a couple new CrossFit converts on our hands…
I didn’t have a PR performance but still eked in at 4:12… damn humidity! LOL!
While visiting my parents in Ontario I looked up CrossFit Oshawa and fortunately was able to make it work to hit a Saturday WOD
My time to complete was 9:09 (deadly humidity in Ontario… in fact I’m sure it was hotter than Miami and the Bahamas!)
Keep in mind everyone, if you are looking for a bunch of workouts that require no equipment at all, be sure to check out this post for a full list of 92 equipment free workouts… no more excuses!
This article was written by Dai "The Moose" Manuel
Dai Manuel is a dad, husband, Fitness Town COO, Toastmaster, Crossfit Coach, Ambassador with Visalus & Fitfluential. How can I help you reach your goals?