Do what you can, with what you have, where you are


I’ve been traveling for 2 weeks now and have noticed a few things different.

1) It feels like I have been gone forever and hardly remember what a normal schedule or days of the week feels like.

2) My workouts have been very different than normal.

Neither of these are unexpected, I guess. The longest I have been away before this was 10 days and I still have another 2 weeks to go on this trip.

Training-wise it has been very different. I haven’t had access to the normal equipment I usually use so I’ve been forced to improvise. I still try to incorporate a push and pull with the upper and lower body to stay as balanced as I can, but just use whatever I have available.

A couple examples:Sweden handstand
Sweden: I found a large public rock climbing wall (cool!) so I did some climbing (pull) paired up with some handstands (push) and some flexibility work in between so I didn’t burn myself out too much.

As a finisher I noticed a large set of stairs on the way over there so I did some sprint intervals and realized that running stairs is hard and different than hill sprints. Not harder, just hard and different-er. But I dug it.

Amsterdam: There is a huge place called Vondelpark, basically a giant park with all kinds of cool stuff and a big river running through it with fountains, etc. I actually ran over there, about a mile, and then ran until I found a good place to do some other stuff (~1 mile, the total track was 3km). I found a large rock formation next to a sideways tree with lots of branches.

 

1) Handstand on rocks with different hand positions
2) Front levers on tree limb
3) Jump onto rock formation (about 4ft high)
4) Unweighted Single leg deadlift with quad stretch combo
-Repeat until comfortably tired

** Tried to balance on chains (like slacklining) on the way back as well.

Nailed all my major movements and ran back around the park to the hotel (~2m)

Now, my running is usually measured in meters, not miles, but it was good to change it up and I made sure to do a couple things to make sure I had it dialed down.

If my technique changed at all, I stopped. This included hearing a harder foot strike, landing on my heel, shortening of my stride, overall roughness. This only happened three times in total.Vondelpark

I lamented at the other people jogging and wished I could have helped them. If what you are doing looks like a painful, non-running, forced march, you should probably take a break and reset.

This whole discussion has sparked something I’ve been starting to think more recently about training sustainability. One thing I am always looking to do is make it easier for people to stick with a fitness plan (or non-plan). Think about that “fresh” feeling when you start a new program or learn something new, how excited you are to train or “exercise.”

Location based training split
You’re going to see the most long term benefit from consistency and high quality movement, so let’s make it easy to stick with it. Here’s an example of what I mean.

Monday (beach workout)
Tuesday (gym workout)
Wednesday (sprints outside, anywhere)
Thursday (playground workout)
Friday (gym workout)

This way, rather than be confined to one place, you get to try new things at new places and get creative with your training.

There are lots of places that you can get in some good training–or even just activity, how about you throw the frisbee around instead of running sprints one day? You’ll run fast, and probably have more fun.

Change it up, get outside the normal designated workout zone and have fun while getting ridiculously strong and flexible.

Better Every Day.

-Max