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The Best Travel Workout Ever and Why I Did It Everyday For a Month

The Best Travel Workout Ever and Why I Did It Everyday For a Month

The simple solution to working out involves no equipment, no machines and no gym membership. Perfect for those of us who travel frequently.


Ockham's Razor is a principle that, loosely translated to English, means the simplest solution is usually the correct one.

This can be applied to many things, including fitness.

We live in an information age where anyone can gather information on anything at anytime.

With so much available to us, it's no wonder that the number of options we have for exercise seems to be multiplying.

Despite the countless variations of exercises that are shared everyday, I always find myself circling back to the simplest solution.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The simple solution to working out involves no equipment, no machines and no gym membership. Perfect for those of us who travel frequently.

Your bodyweight is all you need. By performing push-ups, sit-ups, and squats, you are targeting almost every major muscle group in your body. You're building strength, stamina, stability and endurance all at the same time. As you increase the number of repetitions you perform and improve the time it takes you to complete them, you are covering the most important principle of fitness: you're always improving.

Here is a simple as can be, yet very effective workout that you can literally do anywhere and is time-efficient (it should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete). 

The Workout

There are a couple of key things to remember here. This workout, while simple, contains a high number of repetitions. Those with higher levels of fitness may not have a hard time doing all 100 reps in one shot for each exercise. Most people would be better off partitioning the reps of each exercise.

There are countless ways you can do this but here are a few that I have tried and liked:

  • 10 rounds of 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 squats.
  • 5 rounds of 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 20 squats.
  • 4 rounds of 25 push-ups, 25 sit-ups, 25 squats.

Why I Did This Workout Everyday For a Month and What Happened

Let me start by saying that I enjoy my strength training with weights in addition to bodyweight workouts.

I also was not traveling when I did this.

However, I enjoy experimenting on myself in the name of fitness and I love this workout so I figured why not? I was also curious to see what effect the high number of repetitions on a daily basis would have on my strength and endurance.

To measure my strength at the beginning and end, I tested my one rep max (RM) on the bench press. To test my endurance, I timed my mile and a half run. I started this experiment on the 2nd of November and ended on December 2, 2016. I did the workout everyday and partitioned the repetitions in one of the three ways I outlined above every time I did the workout. 

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The Stats

First Workout Time: 12:23

Last Workout Time: 8:13

Bench Press 1RM on 11/2: 245

Bench Press 1RM on 12/2: 260

Mile and Half Run on 11/28: 9:34

Mile and Half Run on 12/3: 9:29

As you can see, there was improvement in every area. Not bad at all, especially when you consider again the simplicity of this workout. While I did this workout every day, it is advisable to rest every third or fourth day.

I experienced some minor soreness on days 2 and 3 but nothing after that. By the end of the month, there was significant improvement in my form on all three exercises and I was far less tired afterwards.

The Bottom Line

Consistency and simplicity are most important. Stick to your routine. Hold yourself accountable. Create triggers during your busy day that will remind you to do your workout. This can be done by putting it in your calendar, setting reminders or by doing the workout at the same time every day. It's about whatever works best for you. 

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