Working out when traveling is a huge chore. We all leave town with the best intentions, but when it comes time to hit the hotel weight room, there’s always something good on TV.

I feel like I’ve written hundreds of great workouts for my clients and have sent them across the globe, but the vast majority never see the light of day. Some don’t get done because the hotel gym is unfamiliar, some get skipped because time is short. Bottom line: we don’t like to train when we travel. With this in mind, I’ve built two workouts that require nothing more than a few minutes of your time and some space.

With these two workouts, you should be able to eliminate all your excuses and still come home with some fitness. The first one takes less than 10 minutes, the second takes exactly sixteen. Feel free to substitute similar exercises for the ones I’ve listed below. The real difficulty is the pace of the workouts, not the exercises themselves.

BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT 1
Do one push-up followed by a lunge with each leg. Then, go back to the push-up, but this time do two. Then two lunges, and so on until you fail to complete either the push-ups or the lunges without resting.
Rest two minutes, and start back down. Most athletes will finish in less than 10 minutes.

BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT 2
Do the following four pairs of exercises for 15 seconds each, with 15 seconds rest between. You’ll do each pair four times, for a total of four minutes.

BODYWEIGHT SQUAT
PUSH-UP

SQUAT THRUST
PALM PLANK

JUMP LUNGES
BENCH DIPS

SPIDERMAN CLIMB
SQUAT HOLD

For descriptions of these exercises, please visit our website at elementaltraining.com, or take advantage of the thousands of demos available on YouTube.

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