In my last post, I mentioned how a deck of cards can provide a useful workout when staying in a hotel. It’s rare that I travel anywhere without cards. Card workouts aren’t your only option though. As you’ll see below, there’s plenty that can be done in a small hotel room. You don’t need a lot of space or any fancy equipment to perform an efficient, yet challenging session. Below, you’ll see one recent hotel workout of mine, and then I’ll share a takeaway lesson that extends far beyond any hotel room.
Hotel Workout Demonstration
First, here’s a quick demo of a hotel workout that I performed last month in New York City. I was away preparing Katie Taylor for her world title fight at Madison Square Garden. Fight week is always hectic, so I opt for short workouts in my room to make the most of my time.
Keep it Simple
When I’m on the road, I don’t pay attention to sets and reps. Instead, I allocate a block of time (ex. 30 minutes) and strive to fit as much into the session as possible. I push myself hard with each set and rest as needed. Nothing is tracked. I never know how many sets or reps I’ve completed. Therefore, I suppose you could describe the workout as random.
It’s not senseless however, as I try to include some push, pull, lower body, and core. It doesn’t always work out that way though depending on time. If I’m quite busy, I might just perform a few sets of squats and pushups. As I’ve said before, something beats nothing.
Take Home Lesson
Despite the random and somewhat unpredictable nature of these workouts, one constant that always exists is effort. Regardless of what I do, I push myself to do the best that I can. I’m not just going through the motions so I can check that I trained from my To-Do List. Whether it’s 10, 20, or 30 minutes, I’m doing everything that I can to make the most of my time.
When I push myself to do the best that I can, good things tend to happen. I don’t need to be following a specific program or protocol. The specifics matter less than the intent behind the work. And that alone is a lesson that more people need to hear.
In summary, despite what the fitness industry would like you to believe, complex programming is not necessary. You can do well with almost anything if you are committed and consistent. I certainly didn’t regress while away for a week just because I wasn’t following any specific plan. In fact, it’s been almost 15 years since I followed a structured plan. That doesn’t mean I’ve thrown logic out the window. On the contrary, it is more a testament to the potential of common sense coupled with knowledge gained through experience. As the years pass, you tend to figure out what works for you and it’s not something that needs to be written down or followed precisely.
Show up regularly, work hard, strive to be your best, and you’ll do well with almost anything. It isn’t rocket science.
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn