Vacation

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Vacation

Postby Felix » Dec 24, 2005 18:22

Hello everybody,

What do you guys usually do for training when on vacation. I myself am going on vacation for 2.5 weeks. I might be able to find some gym, but I don't have high expectation for the country I'm going to. And I doubt if I can even do my sport specific strength training out there. So the only thing I can probably do there are one legged squats, hindu squats, (handstand) pushups and maybe some situps (or at least crunches). Running will probably not work as well, since the surfaces outside there aren't exactly smooth and bouncing. But I'm not too worried about my aerobic endurance training, but rather my strength training. Any thoughts are very welcome.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Vacation

Postby mmeloon » Dec 28, 2005 13:28

Felix wrote:Hello everybody,

What do you guys usually do for training when on vacation. I myself am going on vacation for 2.5 weeks. I might be able to find some gym, but I don't have high expectation for the country I'm going to. And I doubt if I can even do my sport specific strength training out there. So the only thing I can probably do there are one legged squats, hindu squats, (handstand) pushups and maybe some situps (or at least crunches). Running will probably not work as well, since the surfaces outside there aren't exactly smooth and bouncing. But I'm not too worried about my aerobic endurance training, but rather my strength training. Any thoughts are very welcome.

Thanks in advance


Felix, I don't know if you've already left for vacation or not. Hopefully you'll read this before you go.

I usually use vacation to take a break from my usual workout routine. Now "take a break" can mean different things, depending on my mood. It may mean that I play tennis instead of doing my tae kwon do workouts. I may do cross-country runs outside instead of using a treadmill at the gym. I might just settle for some push-ups. And I might do nothing at all. It depends on how I feel.

Now I realize that you specifcally stated that you are concerned about strength loss over vacation. That's a natural worry and I used to do the same thing. However, I think that a break from strength training once in awhile is a good thing. After all, muscles grow when they have a chance to recover. I admit that 2.5 weeks is a little longer than I would suggest for a layoff, but I don't think it will be the end of the world if you have to take that much time off. You may find yourself re-energized and motivated when you come back.

If it was me, I'd put in one or two very intense workouts (maybe you use forced sets or super-sets or some other high-intensity technique that you wouldn't normally do) in the gym the week before I leave. Then enjoy the break from the physical and mental strain of training.

-Mark
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