Let me begin by giving you my background in weightlifting.
At age 27, I was 55 kilograms soaking wet, with a pot belly to boot. Furthermore, I was working night shifts, skipping breakfasts, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and eating fast food whenever I could. My sleep schedule was shot, and I was a sure candidate for heart disease and obesity….despite retaining my scrawny and pot-bellied frame.
Then I decided to start lifting weights. It wasn’t easy being the weakest guy in a room full of muscleheads, but I persevered. I didn’t necessarily eat right, but I ate to gain weight and bulk up. And so I worked my way to 70kg.
Until I had to go to Europe on tour for a month, which threatened to ruin all the progress I’ve made.
How frustrating can it be? Very extremely frustrating. Frustrating enough for someone like me to have to start from scratch. Until I found that I didn’t have to completely down tools and start from square one.
See, it’s very easy to lose what motivates you in the first place to start lifting iron, especially when access to a proper gym isn’t readily available. After all, not all of us can afford to purchase an gym membership, nor do all the places we are in have gyms at our beck and call.
But then there is one thing you should always remember whenever you travel: your body is a gym. Furthermore, there are machines you can buy that you can take on the road, if you’re as serious as I am when it comes to lifting. Lastly, there is the ingenuity of the human mind: when there’s a will, there’s a way.
And there is a way for you to always be in shape no matter where you are, and no matter what the circumstances are.
Your Body is a Gym
Bodyweight exercises are some of the most underrated exercises that we usually take for granted. However, as you’ll find out when you start having to travel for a living, your body is your best friend. And there a multitude of exercises you can do. It can be simple as a set of push-ups and sit-ups. It can be as simple as doing squats. It could be simple as doing planks and knee tucks. It can be as simple as combining all of these in a workout. There’s no limit to whta you can do with bodyweight exercises; just the ones you imagine.
Bring a Portable Machine
If you’re focusing on your back, you would know that a water rowing machine gives you the best all round exercise. Trouble is though, there aren’t any portable water rowing machines available yet, but there are ones for simple rowing exercises, such as the Stamina Trac Glider 1050, which folds for portability. It’s easier than ever to take an exercise machine on the road. There are portable chin-up bars you can take anywhere that you could easily hook up in any hotel room. They’re easy to stow in your car’s trunk, ready to go at a drop of a hat.
Whatever It Takes
Human ingenuity will always find a way to do something that needs to be done, provided that one really wants to do it; so, next time you find yourself in a remote part of the world, go out of your comfort zone and find a place that has a serviceable set of iron for you to work on. It can’t be that hard. Whether you are in the busy streets of Manila, the alleyways of Madagascar, or the muddy banks of the Mississippi, there’s always going to be someone who will be able to help you. That is, if you’re willing to help yourself.
You’ve just run out of excuses. Next time you’ll be out of the country or city for a while, keep these things in mind – you’ll thank yourself you did.