Staying fit on vacation

Spring is in full swing and the weather is getting nice.  Many of us are looking out our windows and envisioning ourselves emancipated from the shackles of gainful employment.  Reality sets in and we realize that we still would like to not get wet every time it rains, that is still be able to pay the mortgage, so we continue like good little worker bees busily tending to the mundane tasks that the modern work environment has thrust upon us.  Thanks to the tireless efforts and incessant moaning of our forefathers we are afforded several weeks per year to pretend we are like the 1% of the population whom work about as often as they pay taxes.  We call this special time:  Vacation!

Vacations are great.  We jaunt off to some fabulous place with our most revealing swim wear.  We then strut around on the beach and show off the hard earned physique we have been building at the gym.  Finally, we find ourselves sitting around drinking and eating our six pack into a keg.  By the time we get back to Atlanta our waist line has decided that outward expansion is it’s manifest destiny.

This is the scenario that many of my prior to working in the fitness industry vacations were.  Now that being in shape is a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement for continued employment such slovenly behavior can not longer be perpetrated by yours truly.  As such, I have come up with a fool proof way to not completely turn into a slob while on vacation.  It is highly recommended that you train first thing in the morning because the mimosas the resort staff is going to try and force upon you at breakfast will keep you from doing it any other time.

So without further adieu here are the Unit 2 Fitness beach resort workouts:

On the beach workout:

Do 3 rounds of the following with a 2 minute break between every round.  Sprint as fast as possible!

  • Sprint 100m
  • Walk back
  • 50 push ups
  • Sprint 100m
  • Walk back
  • 50 squats
  • Sprint 100m
  • Walk back
  • 50 crunches

Why does it always rain when I’m at the beach and I’m stuck in my room workout:

This should take about 1/2 hour.  Use the wall, if needed, for hand stand push ups.

  • 40 push ups
  • 40 squats
  • 40 hand stand push ups
  • 40 split jumps
  • 40 crunches
  • 2 minute break
  • 30 push ups
  • 30 squats
  • 30 hand stand push ups
  • 30 split jumps
  • 30 crunches
  • 2 minute break
  • 20 push ups
  • 20 squats
  • 20 hand stand push ups
  • 20 split jumps
  • 20 crunches
  • 2 minute break
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 squats
  • 10 hand stand push ups
  • 10 split jumps
  • 10 crunches

There you have it, the quick and easy guide to maintaining some shape at the resort.  This also doubles as fantastic guilt reduction therapy for those of us that treat vacation like an excuse to try and out sloth Jabba the Hut.

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