Personal Training Session -- Summer Travel Workout

working out on the beach
Flickr photo by TravelEden

Taylor Ryan, head trainer for The Art of Weight Lifting and the Charleston, South Carolina-based Fat Blasting Boot Camps for Moms is The Stir's personal trainer, here each week to help us get in shape.

Oh, no! Taylor's on the injury list this week, so we've confiscated her video camera and handed her a laptop for this week's session instead. With summer travel just around the corner, here are Taylor's two great suggestions for staying in shape while on the go ...


Start each morning with a 20- to 30-minute workout while the kids are still sleeping -- or even include them. Also, the two pieces of gym equipment you need to use take up no space in your room or gym bag.

1. Exercise bands

Bands are great because you can pretty much do the same things that you can do with free weights. They roll up to fit in socks so you won't have to sacrifice packing your favorite shoes. Bands are low-cost and you often get three different resistances in a pack. Try band squats, push-ups, shoulder presses, bent-over rows, and even dead lifts!

2. Jump rope

Even if you aren't going anywhere this summer, a jump rope is something I strongly urge. Jumping rope burns massive calories in no time, and it's a great cardio workout, great for intervals, and even a great total body toner. Ten minutes of jumping burns over 100 calories! I suggest jumping really fast for 30 seconds, followed up by 1.5 minutes of light jumping, and back up to a hard 30 seconds. Keep this pattern going for 15 to 20 minutes and you'll easily burn off that frozen fruity cocktail from the night before.

If you're staying in some exotic, sandy locale and can work out on the beach, even better. In case you hadn't noticed, the sand forces you to work your muscles extra-hard for stability.

(As always, these are just general recommendations. Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.)

More Taylor workouts:

Quick Bikini-Ready Workout

4 Essential Post-Workout Stretches

Bent-Over Rows

Dips for Women on the Go

Tighten Core, Get Sexy Shoulders  

Tighten Core Like an Olympic Athlete

Push-Up Up Downs

Double Lunges

Also see ...

How to Buy a Stability Ball

The Gym Spy

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