Keeping it simple…working out while traveling

Last year I did a lot of traveling.  And had a hard time figuring out how to workout, being that I could not take my gym with me; or didn’t have access to one.

So recently I discovered…by watching an episode of the the Biggest Loser, that I can do a great workout in my hotel room, or guest room at a friend or family’s house.  And all you need is you, comfy shoes and a deck of cards!

deck of cards


How it works:

Assign a different move to each suit.  Face cards are equal to 10, Aces are equal to 11.  Then draw the card and do the move!  And here are some ideas for those 4 moves…

  • Burpees
  • Thrusters (Use the hotel chairs, but watch the ceiling!)
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Push-ups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Seated Cross-body Punches (Sit on floor, legs up and punch across your body twisting and engaging your obliques.  Grab 2 full water bottles for weights!)
  • Step ups (Use those hotel room chairs for this one)
  • High knees
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Bridges
  • Glute Kickbacks
  • Keep the Jokers and assign them a “Wild Card” move, and make them equal to 15, 20, 25…you get the picture!


This is also a great buddy work out, and can be done at home too!  Or at the gym…the key to loving working out is to keep it interesting and to change it up!  You will see more and better results if you keep your body guessing.

Do you have a go-to travel workout routine?  How do you keep your workouts on track while on the road?


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