Q: I travel fairly often. When I am on the road I rarely have time to seek out a gym. The hotels I stay at have nothing more than a junkie universal gym machine and dumbbells that could hardly challenge a 4th grade school girl. Is there a way to increase/maintain strength and power while traveling?
A: Yes, but obviously its not ideal. You can get a pretty decent body weight workout to get you by. The only thing that is challenging to do is pulling exercises. A heavy band can work for this. I send my traveling clients off with a miniband (for activation exercises), tennis ball (for soft tissue work), a heavy resistance band for rowing variations and maybe a valslide. Here is what a workout may look like:
1. Soft tissue work with a tennis ball
3. Activation (glutes, psoas, etc.)
4. Movement prep
5. Power: (the folks staying below you in the hotel will love this)
SL squat (use a chair for range of motion)
Feet Elevated Pushup (try a 5 sec down, 5 sec hold and drive up)
Valslide leg curls
One arm band row
You could also make this have a more metabolic effect by taking no rest between sets.
There you go........no reason not to workout :-)