When I am on vacation I love to workout. Working out is not a burden to me, it’s something I love doing because it makes me feel great. That’s why, whenever I go on vacation I try to book a hotel with a gym. However, you can never be sure what kind of gym you are going to get. For the most part, I have been pleasantly surprised, but this past trip I was massively disappointed. My husband and I just got back from our trip to Santorini and while the weather and scenery was beautiful, the gym was rather lacking. While I love getting exercise by running or biking outdoors, I wanted to do some strength training too, so I headed to the gym. The only equipment they had were a shoddy old treadmill, an elliptical, a stationary bike and a barbell chest press with a few weight plates.
Never one to give up, I relished in the challenge of getting a good workout with just the items listed. I decided on a circuit style total body workout, I used the barbell from the chest press to do squats, deadlifts, lunges, bicep curls and shoulder presses. Turns out, with a little creativity you can get a great workout with minimal equipment. I’ve also linked each exercise to a video explanation if you need it!
- Chest Press– 10
- Barbell Row-10
- Plate lateral raises-15 (I used the weight plates since I didn’t have dumbbells)
- Shoulder press-10
- Bicep Curl-10
- Tricep dips (off chest press bench)-20
- Lunges-10 on each leg
- Hip thrusts– 10
- Pop-squats 20
- Tredmill Lunges 1 minute
You can find a link to my other ideas for working out on vacation here. I also did some yoga on my trip and I can’t wait to tell you about the studio and my experience!
Any great hotel workouts you’ve had?