Turn Your Hotel Room Into a Gym

Turn Your Hotel Room Into a Gym
By Craig Ballantyne

Hotel gyms have a reputation for being tiny, ill-equipped, and crowded at peak hours. So next time you’re on the road and need to stick to your workout plan, here are a few exercises that can turn your hotel bed into an impromptu exercise device.

Beginner Routine:

  1. The incline push-up. Instead of struggling through full push-ups, place your hands on the bed to reduce the difficulty. Lower your chest toward the bed and push back up to the start position.
  2. The bed-squat. Stand at the side of the bed, facing away from it. Push your hips back and lower your body until your butt rests on the bed. Then push through your feet to return to the standing position. (You can use a chair instead of the bed.)

Advanced Routine:

  1. Advanced push-ups. Place your feet on the bed and your hands on the floor. Sink down, bending your elbows. Then push up until your arms are straight.
  2. The advanced bed-squat. Lift one leg off the ground and point it straight ahead. Push your hips back and lower your butt to the bed as slowly as your supporting leg will allow. Extend both arms straight ahead for balance. When your rear end touches the bed, push with your supporting leg to return to the start position.

Alternate between the two exercises, doing 8 to 12 repetitions each. Do up to three sets for a quick five-minute workout.

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