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5 Tips for Staying Fit While on Vacation

You’ve been working hard in the gym, adhering to your diet, and leveling up your strength all Spring. Exiting the shower each morning, you make sure to wink and flex at the sexy beast looking back at you.

All this hard work and dedication has stared to pay off and you’re stoked for beach season.

But there is still one problem you have to face.

Your vacation accommodations don’t include a gym. How are you supposed to workout if you don’t have access to a gym?

Humans are ingenious creatures. We found a way to keep ourselves warm by rubbing two sticks together to create fire. We invented pizza delivery. We went put a man on the moon. Needless to say, we’re kinda awesome.

Your workouts help you feel even more awesome. That’s why, this year, you decided that you’d stay active on vacation.

But the lack of a hotel gym is threatening your goal.

This is where a little human ingenuity comes into play. These five tools below will ignite your metabolism and burn plenty of fat on your vacation.

5 Tips for Staying Fit While on Vacation

Your Bodyweight

Bodyweight exercises may not feel as intense as squatting 300 pounds. But with less weight you can hammer out reps for speed, perform intervals, keep rest periods shorter, and have the freedom do these anywhere.

Powerhouse exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, glute bridges, and hip thrusts can be done anywhere.

If you want to take bodyweight training up a level, try 1.5 rep variations of the above exercises as well.


Every hotel room comes stocked with plenty of towels. Why not use these bad boys for rows or hamstring curls?

Hang a towel over a closed door (towel goes over the door then shut it) and use it like a suspension trainer for rows.

You can also lay your heels on a towel of your bathroom floor and perform towel hamstring curls.


Most of us travel with more than the clothes on our backs. If you pack intelligently you can get all your clothes for your trip in your carry-on luggage.

That suitcase you put in the overhead bin of the plane weighs anywhere from around 8-10 pounds empty.

Flip it over on the side and grab the handle there and you have a great tool for performing one arm rows.

When it’s stuffed with your clothes, your suitcase can double or even triple in weight. This means you have anywhere from a 16-30 pound dumbbell in your hotel room!

You can also use that carry-on luggage as added weight for squats. Wrap your arms around the suitcase and hold it against your chest and perform squats with it.

It may be a little larger than a dumbbell but it’s close enough to a goblet squat in execution.


Unless you stay in a one bedroom AirBnB, most hotels you book will have a second floor.

Climbing stairs is an excellent way to increase your heart rate and stimulate your metabolism.

Does the thought of climbing stairs for twenty minutes or more bore you?

You can use the stairs for more than walking. Change the angle of your bodyweight exercises and perform incline push-ups or decline push-ups. Grab your suitcase and carry it up the stairs for an added challenge. Or do lateral step-ups as you ascend to the second floor and beyond.

Parking Lot

Explosive movements, like sprints and plyometrics, force your nervous system to recruit extra muscle fibers. The more muscles that fire, the more calories you burn.

Find an empty parking spot and use the white line as a marker.

Hop over the line jumping forwards and backward. Turn to the side and hop laterally. Bunny hop over 2-3 different spaces or perform shuttle runs between a few empty spots.

Enjoy Your Fitcation

You don’t have to sacrifice your fitness regimen while on vacation. Even if your hotel lacks a gym or the equipment you desire, get creative and have fun with your workout. Use these tips while you travel on vacation or for business.


  1. Marco

    Great tips Robbie, doing explosive workouts in a parking lot is a great idea! 🙂

    1. Robbie Farlow
      Robbie Farlow

      Thanks Marco. Hope this helps you on your next vacation.

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