On-The-Go: SMACK! Media’s Guide To Travel Workouts

Travel does not need to get in the way of your fitness routine and goals. In fact, the team at SMACK! often uses travel as a way to challenge ourselves with new workouts and efficient higher intensity workouts as ‘exercise time’ tends to be limited on the road. Last week Eli, Joanna and Nicole spent two days in San Francisco meeting with prospect clients and clients. In addition to not missing a beat with efficient morning workouts, there were also no excuses made towards eating healthy meals and recovery. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for “packing along” your healthy lifestyle on your next trip!


If possible, recruit a friend, family member or co-worker that is along for the trip to workout with you. This will hold you both accountable and make the workout more fun!

Seek Out A Gym

Call ahead to ensure that where you are staying has a gym or access to a nearby health club. A view like this, found at a rooftop Olympic Club gym from the SMACKANISTAS recent trip to San Francisco, doesn’t hurt either!

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Apps Help

We used the app 12min athlete, which also has a website here: https://www.12minuteathlete.com It selects a workout for you based on what equipment you have or what you’re in the mood to do, runs through the workout, counts out your 30sec on, 10sec rest, and alerts you when it’s time to move on to the next exercise. It is absolutely perfect when you just want someone to run you through your workout AND you get to pick what you want it to encompass.


Make It Count

High intensity HIIT workouts give you the most burn for your allotted time and will leave you feeling energized for the rest of your day. Here is a sample workout plan that Eli and Nicole followed during a two day business trip:

Elliptical or rowing machine to warm up each morning for 20 min

16min HIIT workout: burpees, dive bomber pushups, high knees/tuck-jumps, lunges, box jumps, sit-ups, plank holds and wall sits. 2 sets each.

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Take the time to source out a healthy and nourishing meal after your workout. This will ensure that you recover properly and have enough energy to take on the next tasks on your agenda.


Pack For Recovery

In addition to workouts, sitting for long periods during travel and meetings can beat up your body. be sure to pack a portable massage tool like TriggerPoint’s MB1 Massage Ball or GRID Mini and the MarcPro to restore blood flow to your muscles.

With a little extra prep work, a high dose of motivation and a solid game plan, we promise that you won’t miss a beat (or workout) during your next trip! What fitness tips or hacks do you use when you travel? We’d love to hear from you and build them into our “on-the-go” routine!