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Be a Traveling Gym With The Best Travel Fitness Gear

Be a Traveling Gym With The Best Travel Fitness Gear

Why be at the mercy of a gym when you can be your own? Just bring the right tools with you when you travel.


When you're away from home, it can be easy to throw your fitness routine aside. It's tempting to just take the time off and forgo working out and eating right.

The problem, especially for frequent travelers, is that this begins to add up and before you know it, you will have completely abandoned your healthy habits in favor of unhealthy ones.

The are many obstacles to staying fit while traveling.

Hotel gyms are great but they're not always an option. Bodyweight workouts are insanely effective but there are times when you need to add in some variety. You need the right travel fitness gear to bring with you when you travel.

Here are our top picks for the latest and greatest, travel-friendly, portable fitness equipment.

The EmPack ($149)

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The EmPack is the first and only backpack designed for use as a weight training tool. It's incredibly practical for travelers - it's a backpack after all, so you're probably bringing one on the road anyway. 

Water bladders allow you to easily add weight and it's made from military-grade materials, so you know it's durable. Use it as a barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell, or to add weight to your favorite bodyweight exercises. 

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Monkii Bars 2 ($195)

Incorporating fitness gear into travel workouts can be tricky but Monkii Bars 2 are the perfect tool that can go just about anywhere and still give you a killer workout. They're strong but light. You can use them anywhere and they work. 

Setup is easy. It's small and light enough to fit in a carry-on and not take up too much space. The workouts you get using Monkii Bars are highly effective.

You can also download the Monkii app on your phone. The app comes with curated workouts for your Monkii Bars and workout videos, including hotel workouts, park workouts, and a "workout in the wild." 

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BeMaxx Fitness Speed Rope ($29)

Jumping rope is incredibly effective for burning a ton of calories quickly and is perfect for travelers. You'll drive your heart rate up, boost your metabolism, and burn a ton of fat with a tiny piece of equipment that takes up almost no space in your carry-on.

This is a quality speed rope. Premium 90 degree vertical ball bearings allow for quick turning and speed while anti-slip handles provide a comfortable and firm grip in your hands. Adjustable wire cables are premium quality and easily replaceable. The BeMaxx Fitness Speed Rope also comes with a free workout guide to get you jumping rope like a pro.

Kettle Gryp ($35)

While the other things we mentioned here are more for use without a gym, this one is included specifically for those of you who love kettlebells. Let's face it, not too many hotel gyms have them. But if you travel with the Kettle Gryp, you'll be able to turn any dumbbell into a kettlebell.

The Kettle Gryp is a dumbbell adapter that is designed to fit onto dumbbells and turn them into kettlebells. It's small, light, and easily fits in a carry-on. You can travel with it and put it to good use anywhere you find dumbbells - which is the case for most hotel gyms.

Lifebeam Vi ($249)

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Lifebeam's Vi is the world's first artificial intelligence personal trainer. Yes, you read that right. A.I. is taking hold of many different aspects of our daily lives so why would personal training be any different? It makes sense for travelers, since you're probably not bringing your human trainer on the road with you and phone calls and texts are not the same as them being there in-person.

It's expensive, and whether or not it's worth the price is up to you. What we can say is that it makes more sense for less-experienced runners. Vi will log your speed, distance, heart rate, and step rate on all of your runs and will give you instructions and the occasional pep talk (in a female voice). 

Want to learn more about Vi? Check it out here.

Morph Collapsible Foam Roller ($68)

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Rolling your muscles with a foam roller is like a massage - flushing toxins and relieving trigger points is incredibly effective at improving performance, speeding up recovery, and making you feel great. 

Foam rollers aren't exactly travel-friendly, but the Morph Collapsible Foam Roller by Brazyn is perfect for travelers. It collapses, making it portable and easy to pack in your carryon. It's light, so it's easy to travel with but durable enough to withstand some heavy rolling. 

Bottom Line

It's no secret that you can get a great workout without a gym. With the right tools, fitness is boundless and great workouts can be had anytime and anywhere. Travel with the great fitness gear and you'll never have an excuse for not maintaining your routine away from home.

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