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Vacation Workouts

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Happy Friday!

Let me start by saying I have never been so excited to write a vacation workout! I believe it was 2 years ago when I asked an ANCHOR member if they wanted me to write a few workouts when they were away. I’m pretty sure the response was a laugh in my face and a heck no.

I have never had to write so many vacation workouts and I love it! Since we re-opened last year around this time, I have seen so many people recommit to their health, fitness, and strength journey. Many have taken their fitness to another level. Training for bike races and StrongFirst Certifications, powerlifting meets and more. I have seen consistency and an increase in the number of days that individuals average training at ANCHOR. To make it even better, having so many of you ask for vacation workouts has been such a great feeling.

When it comes to vacation, I think I may look at it a bit differently than some of my peers in the fitness industry. To me, vacation is a time to disconnect from work and technology, connect with family and friends, try new foods, learn something new, and just slow down a bit. You are supposed to enjoy vacation and unlike others in my industry, I do believe you should still make sure you are getting in movement every single day while you are away. This does not mean a structured workout, but something that gets you moving. It may just be walking the dogs, hiking, paddle boarding, biking, yoga, etc. But, with the extra time on your hands, making sure that you get your movement each day should be a priority. For those of you who can travel with a kettlebell, awesome. Vacation is the time to mix things up, have fun with some complexes outside and some fun challenges along the way. For those of you who aren’t normally early risers, it may be an opportunity to grab your bell and get some swings in while watching the sunrise. There are so many ways to mix it up and take what you have learned from ANCHOR and enjoy the new scenery. There are also opportunities to maybe find a gym and keep up with your program or work with a new coach. (If anyone travels to Rehoboth, let me know, I have a great coach to connect you with). If you have no equipment, I have plenty of options for bodyweight workouts as well to mix things up.

If you are planning a vacation, you can always connect with us via Zoom or if you are like me and sick of technology, let me know and I can send you a program. Just give me time to put it together for you.

Here is my plan for my vacation that is coming up in a few weeks.

I will be heading to a beach (Hilton Head) even though my heart belongs in the mountains. It will be the first time in about 10 years that I’ll be with my Mom and sisters on vacation. Very excited for that (plus, the benefit of having a babysitter will be a major bonus… Thanks, Mom! :)

For my workouts, I’ll be bringing a kettlebell with me (probably the 16 or 24KG). Fortunately, my program worked out perfectly from a timing standpoint as I will max out all 3 of my powerlifting movements the week before I leave. So, a great opportunity for a deload week and take the time to just “play.” I will also be taking my road bike with me since I have my first ever mountain bike race the Sunday that I return from vacation. (Thank you, Brian Matlock). I only plan on riding my bike 2 times while I am there. I am also going to do some research and see if there are any beach yoga classes. Besides that, I am taking 4–5 books with me to read (if the opportunity arises, but with babysitters, I may luck out ;). I will also be getting in some kayaking as it is my youngest sister's birthday and that is what she wants to do for it.

For my food, we did research and there is a Whole Foods. So, the plan is to stock up and shop on our way in. That way, I can keep the nutrition dialed in. Most breakfasts and lunches will be made at the house and probably a few dinners. My guess is we will go out to a restaurant maybe 3 times when we are away. I’m obsessed with oysters and I have already made a reservation for Renee’s birthday at that restaurant. Looking forward to trying some new things and really just staying away from technology for a bit.

(So, if you email, text or call me when I’m away, I probably won’t respond. It’s been a long time since I’ve thrown the cell phone away and just disconnected completely. I will most likely turn my phone off and leave it inside and not have it with me. So, I apologize now if it takes a week or so for me to get back to you! Just know, that whole life balance thing that I preach, I need to start practicing more myself. Now that I put that out there, you all can hold me accountable).

For those of you who have already been away or are currently away, how are the vacation workouts going? What have you learned? Is this the first time you focused on movement while on vacation? I want to hear from you.

Until next time,

Pick up heavy things and put them down!

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