How the Fittest People in the World Stay Fit While Traveling
Top performing Crossfit athletes know how to stay fit while traveling. Learn their travel habits and apply them to your next trip.
When I struggle with something, like staying fit while traveling, there's a proven method to finding good answers that always works for me. I always seek out what the top performers in that area do.
So for fitness, who better than the fittest people in the world?
Doing enough thrusters, cleans, and pull-ups to make the average person puke are among the typical feats of strength and conditioning on display at The Crossfit Games. It's complete fitness in way that many of us have never seen before and that's partially why Crossfit has developed such a massive following.
The athletes who compete in the games every year are the fittest people in the world, yet they struggle with the same thing we do: staying fit while traveling.
When you're at home with your normal gym and usual routine, things aren't so tricky. When you hit the road, everything gets thrown in the air. Gyms aren't always available or in line with how you like to workout and even packing is an arduous task.
What should you bring?
Will it all fit?
When it comes to answering questions about any topic, turning to the top performers in that space is usually a good place to start.
Here's what the top crossfitters do when they travel.
What to Pack With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Kara Webb
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet was crowned the world's fittest woman at the 2014 Crossfit Games. She works hard, travels often and is busy with both Crossfit and continuing her education in chemical engineering. As someone who knows about what it takes to stay in peak condition, here is what Camille packs when she travels:
- Jump rope
- Booty shorts
- Sports bras
- Knee sleeve
- Fuel-5 workout fuel
Kara Webb is one of the fittest women in the world. She's competed in the Crossfit Games five times and holds the Guinness World Record for most pistol squats in a minute (42). It's safe to say she knows a thing or two about packing the right gear for when she travels.
Here's what Kara packs:
- Reebok Crossfit Nano shoes
- Progenex protein travel packets and bars
- Melatonin to help with jet leg
- Rehband knee sleeves
- Weight belt
- Again Faster leather grips
The Rich Froning Bodyweight Travel Workout
"A bodyweight workout that you can automatically do on a travel day or when you're stuck inside is essential. You really don’t need any gym equipment to challenge yourself with a tough workout," says Rich Froning. He's won the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" four times at the Crossfit Games in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. If it's what Rich does, it's probably good enough for the rest of us.
Here's his go-to bodyweight travel workout:
- 20 Push-Ups
- 20 Squats
- 20 Burpees
- 20 Pull-Ups
- 20 Pistol Squats
Hotel Workouts With Jason Khalipa
Jason Khalipa won the Crossfit Games back in 2008 and has gone on to open his own gym and training company, NC Fit. He made his own list of "workouts on the go" and advocates using hotel fitness centers for what they're worth. Mindset is important to Jason when traveling. "You don't have a coach or support system, be your own."
Here are a few things Jason considers important when traveling:
- See if you can play music off your iPhone. Ear plugs they just get in the way.
- If you use a timer on your phone, switch the auto lock off.
- Scale accordingly (should be challenging but doable with good technique)
- Hit it hard and always complete a full range of motion.
- Immediately get on the treadmill or bike when you walk in the door. Start walking or jogging then decide your workout…..don't sit there and think about it, get your body moving ASAP! You should have a decent sweat before you start, get the floor a bit wet, a gym needs a little sweat on the floor sometimes.
The Jason Khaplia Special
30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.
Set a treadmill to the highest incline, speed starts at a jog for a while then at moderate for 3 minutes, more challenging for the next 3 minutes, very challenging for the next 3 minutes. Hard as hell for 1 minute.
15% incline and level 8.5mph is pretty legit. Total work time is 10 minutes.
Perform 6 Burpees every 30 seconds for 10 minutes.
Immediately after, run 1 mile for time.
- 100 Dumbbell Thrusters (35/25 lb)
- 5 Burpees at the Top of Each Minute
Start with 5 burpees. Then complete as many thrusters as possible until the minute is up. Repeat until 100 total thrusters are completed.
*a personal favorite of mine when I travel
Top performing Crossfit athletes travel just like the rest of us and have developed some great routines and practices for when they hit the road. Learn from them and apply it to your travel fitness routine and you'll be well on your way to hitting your fitness goals.
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