Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD
Packing on slabs of muscle is easy for those who have all the time in the world to train, eat, and rest. Unfortunately, 1% of us fall into that category. The question then arises as to what to do for those of us who are "running" on the corporate treadmill that keeps increasing in speed.
Admit it, you’ve fallen prey to corporate work hours, your significant other may complain you are not spending enough time with the kids, you are consistently traveling for work, your nutrition has gone to pot, and frankly, you are beaten by life. Does this scenario sound familiar? Well now it’s time to do something before your washboard turns into a bowl full of jelly.
Sometimes weights aren't always available when you travel, which would at least allow you to maintain or improve your physique; fortunately, there's a workout for you too. Weights aren't crucial to improving your physique; let's take a look at some exercises that can not only maintain your hard earned muscle, but even improve your physique. If nothing else, it's a great way to add some variety (even if you are still using a gym).
Walking lunges across hotel room floor (at least 10 repetitions for each leg)
25 pushups with hands shoulder with apart
Repeat set 3 times
Duck walks (squat into the lowest comfortable position and walk forward from one side of the hotel room to the other. Continue walking repeatedly for 30 seconds. Stand to shake out the legs and repeat 3 times)
25 pushups with hands in a triangle position
Leap Frog (you don’t need to ask your co-worker to play with you; this can be done across the room on your own. Squat as low as possible, leap (without hitting your head on the ceiling). Do so across room.
Bodyweight triceps extensions (place your hands on the dresser or other stable furniture with your feet about 4 feet away from the furniture [the lower the furniture and further away the feet, the more difficult the exercise]). Lower your head by only bending your elbows (thinking of upside down skull crushers). Return to starting position.
Military pushups (this if for the more advanced. Get into a handstand with feet against the wall or with friend holding your feet. Lower your body towards the ground and pushup to starting position). Complete 10 repetitions.
Rear delt lifts (lying on back with arms out to side (making a cross with body and arms). Bend arms at elbow so fingertips are pointing towards the ceiling. Raise your upper body keeping only elbows and butt touching the floor---for the more advanced, raise the entire body off the floor). 10 repetitions
One leg deadlifts (raise one foot off the ground and behind the body. Squat down as low as possible until back leg is just above the floor. You may have to hold onto something for balance to start). Repeat 10 repetitions on each leg
The Plank (keep only feet and forearms on the ground; raise body off the ground keeping your body in a straight line). Hold for 25 seconds
About the Author:
Dr. Chris Mohr RD, PhD is a health nutrition consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations including Discovery Health Channel, Clif Bar, Waterfront Media, and Fit Fuel. He has authored and co-authored several textbooks and textbook chapters, including consulting with LL Cool J on "LL Cool J's Platinum Workout" (Rodale Press, 2006). He is also co-creator of Meal Plans 101 nutrition software. For more information on how you can utilize Chris's expertise go to MealPlans101