Hey boys and girls of Crossfit Portland! Before all the great summer vacations begin, let’s talk about traveling and maintaining training.
There are quite a few of you out there who are required to travel for work, and others who simply enjoy nomadic ways. Read on for a few traveling training tips from Coach Brad, a.k.a. Constable Brad (thanks for the nickname, Ford!). I’d encourage athletes to share their own ideas in the comments section below.
Your Final Destination Environment
Ever consider the environment of your travel destination? Let’s get practical tactical. What are the weather conditions, terrain, altitude, and amenities?
A few years ago I flew out on vacation to the Rocky Mountain National Forest, which features a change in altitude of around 8,000 feet. I tried the “Annie” WOD and began dry heaving after the second set of double-unders. Way too little oxygen for me at that altitude. Moral of the story: know your enemy, or at least your environment. Quite a few of those things are out of your control, so be prepared to adapt or scale your workout on the road.
Traveling With Equipment
Another anecdote about that trip: let’s talk about traveling with a jump rope in your carry-on luggage on a flight. Below is a link to the TSA’s guidelines for carry-on items for reference. My jump rope had metal weighted grips with a metal cord wrapped in plastic. Under an X-ray machine, it looked a little too much like two sticks of dynamite wrapped with wire. TSA took me to the side for a full search. I even subtly “mentioned” that I was a police officer, but to unsympathetic ears. I received the full roto-rooter over a jump rope. So consider putting your jump rope in packed luggage.
Other portable equipment items you might consider bringing along …
There are a variety of pieces of equipment that are really portable besides a jump rope, and practical, even practical-tactical. I’ve seen a lot of quality exercise products for portable gymnastic rings, pull-up bars, and push-up bars. Do your own research and I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking for those items. I even own a set of 2.25-pound juggling balls that add a goofy yet decent upper-body dimension to running (see the link below). I’d also consider putting the juggling balls in packed luggage.
Items I would NOT suggest for travel, but maybe go to Youtube for a laugh, are the shake-weight, tug-toner, and body blade: all superb wastes of time.
Crossfitting In The Digital Age
Don’t forget about your Iphone and Android Apps! I’d suggest downloading a Crossfit timer, a Tabata timer, heart-rate monitor, and a workout log. These are all great tools while on the go.
Get Creative With Your Travel Workouts
To get you started, below is a link with 100 travel workouts. Plus, think about all your bodyweight exercises, such as: push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, dips, squats, BURPEES, planks, and pistols. Find a park with a jungle gym and go wild. Find a heavy rock for some Turkish Get Ups. If you’ve got a hotel with a fitness center and dumbbells I’d recommend thrusters and man-makers. Mix it up, get sweaty, and don’t lose your level of fitness just because of travel.
I hope this generates some innovative ways of WODing on the road. Be sure to get your photos of your Crossfit travels back to us at CFPDX to share with the community.