Thursday, July 3 (Mallorca, Spain) - In New York, I tend to be pretty active. I enjoy going to the gym, love my boxing, and I am pretty set in my fitness routine. But traveling is a different story. I've been on plenty of hikes, bike rides and jogs over the past three months, but I'm sure many of you gym rats will understand that it doesn't quite feel the same.
So when I went to Mallorca for the more relaxing part of my trip, I found an incredible personal trainer - Sam Bloomfield - who came to my hotel and kicked my butt! Most of the exercises we did are bodyweight exercises that don't require any special equipment, so they can be repeated just about anywhere on the road. Sam gave me some great ideas for working out on the road that I am excited to share!
Expert Insight: Getting fit on vacation with trainer Sam Bloomfield
So I moved out here in 2005 and worked in hotels as an entertainer for several years. My job was to keep the hotel guests entertained, so I would do all kinds of sports i.e. football/soccer, aerobic & water aerobic classes, spinning classes, etc., so I was always active.
In the winter months when the hotels were closed, I went to Thailand to become a scuba diving instructor and then spent a few years doing this around the world but I was always drawn back to Mallorca. So here I am! But in order to work here [in a very seasonal/holiday island] all year I needed to change professions so I became a personal trainer and fell in love with it.
How do you keep people motivated to work out?
I try to keep my clients coming back and motivated by listening to them and tailoring the training session on their targets, as well as keeping it varied and fun. I also like to get to know my clients and have a friendly relationship with them so they feel more comfortable and are more likely to relax and tell me the truth about their nutrition and any possible pain or injuries they have.
What is your best advice to travelers who are moving around from place to place and may not have a gym in their hotel (or access to a trainer) but want to stay in shape?
My best advice for those on holiday who don't have access to a gym or a trainer would be try to be active as possible. You can go for walks, rent a bike, swim in our (Mallorca's) beautiful clear waters, etc.
But, if you want a harder workout, here is a go-to routine that requires no equipment, can be done anywhere and hits the whole body! Repeat the round of exercises below five times and boom, there is your total body travel workout!
- 20X BURPEES
- 20X SQUATS
- 20X PUSH UPS
- 20X TRICEP DIPS (ideally off a bench or chair)
- 25X CRUNCHES
I highly recommend training with Sam if you find yourself in Mallorca (and I also highly recommend Mallorca!). Visit his website to get in touch!