If you travel most of the year then you know firsthand how hard it can be to squeeze in a good workout. If you have access to a gym then you’re problem becomes more of laziness instead of access. For those of you who don’t find yourselves with gear on standby then I have good news for you! All you need are 3 pieces of gear:

 

  • EZ furniture sliders
  • A resistance band
  • A suspension system (total weight is 2.5lbs!).

 

EZ SLIDERS

At first glance the EZ sliders might seem a little confusing for many of you to use in training. What you might no realizes that the EZ sliders are quite versatile as a training tool for upper body pushing strength, lower body strength, and mobility. The best part about EZ sliders, based on its design, is that you can use it on a multitude of services. Rubber floor? No problem. Concrete floor? Even better! Also, at less than $10 for a pair on Amazon it is arguably one of the cheapest and best pieces of gear to take with you on the road.

EZ Slide Upper Body Exercises:

  • Alligator Crawl
  • Planche Leans
  • Archer Pushups
  • Fly’s
  • Alternate Push Aways
  • Spiderman Pushups

 

EZ Slider Lower Body Exercises:

  • Forward/Reverse/Side Lunge
  • 1-Leg and 2-Leg Curls
  • Skater Lunge
  • Dynamic Sumo Squats
  • Sled Push (cardio as well)

 

EZ Slider Core/Cardio Exercises:

  • Pikes
  • Push Away’s
  • In-n-Outs
  • Climbers (lower body as well)
  • Crisscross Mt. Climbers
  • Knee-to-Elbow Mt. Climbers

 

After all that you might only take the EZ sliders with you on your next trip and forget the next two pieces of gear. Alas, it’s good to have variety and options!

 

RESISTANCE BAND

As for your resistance band the level of resistance will vary from person to person. For myself I use a thick green band from Quest-Nutrition. This is just strong enough for me to perform a number of exercises but not too strong that I would be limited with my options. If you go with a band with too little resistance then you’ll run into the issue of not being challenged during your workout. To be safe I would have an additional, slightly weaker band with you if you have the room.

Resistance Band Exercises:

  • Good Mornings
  • Bicep Curls
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Pushups (resisted or assisted)
  • 1-Leg and 2-Leg RDLs
  • Squats
  • Pistols
  • 1-arm and 2-arm Rows
  • 1-arm Military Press

 

SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Finally, we get to the all-popular suspension training system. As long as you have a door you can use a suspension training system. A popular brand that is synonymous with suspension training is the TRX®. However, if you don’t feel like dropping $150 you can get the Ultimate Body Press system for $50.

The number of exercises are too numerous to mention but each system comes with a diagram with more than two-dozen exercises with descriptions and workout schedule. If you’re thinking this system isn’t going to give you a real “workout” then remember this one little fact: the creator of the most popular system in the world, the TRX®, was designed by a United States Navy Seal. If it’s good enough for a Navy Seal it’s good enough for you. 

 

STAY FIT MY FRIENDS!

About Josh Jarmin

Originally from Washington, D.C. (NOVA) Josh moved to Atlanta to be a Middle School history teacher after graduating from James Madison University. He joined the Marine Corps infantry as a reservist and served in Iraq honorably. Josh then turned his attention to personal training after his tour in order to help others reach their health/fitness goals. At one point he was 275lbs and 28% body fat. Now he's 195lbs and 13.5% body fat. Josh worked for several fitness facilities in Atlanta and developed a loyal following of trainees. He's created a training program of his own personal design and has established himself as one of the top kettlebell and body movement experts in the Atlanta area. Josh is currently the Co-Owner and Director of Fitness at Blueprint Fitness.

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