Recently, Tony Horton’s “P90X” workout videos have become increasingly popular. I began doing the p90x workouts long before it became the recent fad, and I’ve been traveling the entire time. Thanks to the fact you can use resistance bands to complete the workouts, all I had to do was carry a couple of bands, a door hook, and I was good to go.
Rightfully, P90X deserves the attention it has been getting (and I’ll have a full review of the program later), but for those of you who might travel during your 90 days of workouts, you might not have bands, or simply no room in the your bags. What are you to do? Well, many aren’t aware that Tony actually did come up with what he calls, the “Traveler’s Workout.” Based on the exercises in his videos, he designed a workout you can do on the road. From his website:
The workout is made up of four rounds, with four exercises in each round. There is a fifth bonus round with four moves. The first exercise in each round is always a 1-minute cardio move. The second exercise is always core/abs. The third is legs, and the last move in each round is always upper body.
Here it is:
1. Run in Place: ~1 minute
2. Elbow-to-Knee Crunch: ~1 minute (just like in Power 90)
3. Squats: ~30 reps (just like in Power 90)
4. Push-Ups: Maximum reps that you can do while maintaining good form
1. Jumping Jacks: ~1 minute
2. Hip Rock Raise: ~30 reps (Power 90 version or P90X-style)
3. Step-Back Lunges: ~30 reps (From a standing position, step back into crescent pose, minus the arms. Alternate legs.)
4. Military Push-Ups: Maximum reps that you can do while maintaining good form
1. Tires on Fire: ~1 minute (running in place with wide legs and high knees)
2. Crunchy Frog: ~30 reps (see P90X)
3. Run-Stance Squat Switch: ~30 reps (looks like squats but you’re switching feet to a fighter’s stance on every rep)
4. Wide Push-Ups: Maximum reps that you can do while maintaining good form
1. Fast Feet: ~1 minute
2. Mason Twist: ~30 reps (see P90X)
3. Plié Squat with Calf Raise: ~30 reps (Do wide squats with toes raised at the top. Reach up with both arms at the top.)
4. Switch-Hand Push-Ups: Maximum reps that you can do while maintaining good form (One arm does a military push-up while the other arm is doing a wide push-up. Switch after each rep.)
1. Wacky Jacks: ~1 minute (see Power Half Hour®)
2. Roll Up/V Up: ~30 reps (more P90X stuff)
3. Super Skater: ~20 reps each leg (from P90X)
4. Side Tri-Rises: Maximum reps that you can do while maintaining good form (from P90X)
All these moves are found in Power 90, Power Half Hour, or P90X. If you don’t have Power 90, Power Half Hour, or P90X, don’t try to figure out some of this stuff. Just do anything you want as long as you keep the sequence of cardio, core, leg, and push-up moves the same.
I’ve done this workout and, even if you’re not on the road, it makes a good “Full Body” workout, and it takes only 30-40 minutes, depending on how much of a break you take between rounds. Finally, don’t forget to stretch afterward, drink or consume some sort of recovery food or drink, and enjoy!