A couple of week’s ago The Boy and I had another adventure, spending a long weekend in the home of his favourite team, Juventus. Also home to the delight that is aperitivo, the weekend was full of good food and negronis, interspersed with the city’s traditional hot drink, Bicerin – a calorie loaded mix of espresso, whole milk and hot chocolate. It was all utterly divine and wonderfully indulgent; the perfect mini diet break after three weeks of low-carbing.
Still trying to be aware of my goals though, part of my weekend adventuring meant checking out the NH Collection Torino Hotel‘s gym. Sticking to an exercise regime while travelling can be tricky, especially as hotel gym equipment is normally fairly basic. With a little bit of planning though, it’s totally possible to still get in a good workout. So here’s a little idea of what I got up to…
I’ve yet to go on my travels and find a hotel gym without a treadmill. I know I’m not the biggest cardio fan, but while shredding it’s definitely something I’ve added back into my programming. Plus, when the treadmill is placed in a sun-drenched alcove overlooking the stunning architecture of Turin, interval sprints don’t seem quite so torturous. Super, simple, I always do a 2-3minute walking warm up before cranking up the incline and the speed, sprinting for a minute, resting for 30 seconds. Just 10 – 15 minutes of that is a serious heart raiser!
I don’t think I ever do a workout without squats – I’m a bit obsessed! The gym didn’t have a rack, unsurprisingly, but I swapped out for a couple of dumbbells to add a little weight while working on my front rack position. Sitting at a desk all day really tightens up the shoulders, so practicing holding weights with your elbows up is great for improving flexibility.
Dumbbell Single Arm Row
A favourite of mine for working the upper back, I added in a couple of sets of dumbbell rows to my quick travel fit routine. It’s a great one for when you’re limited on equipment as all you need is a dumbbell and a flat bench. Excuse the patchy shoulder, I forgot that wearing a cold-shoulder top in the sun would be problematic!
An exercise I love to hate, I’ve really been working on adding lunges into my workouts. I’m terrible at them, my balance is always off, but I’m a big believer in practicing the things we’re bad at because that’s how we improve. My hotel workout was actually a great opportunity for scaling back on these and really working on my form, keeping the chest up, legs in line with hips and engaging my core more to increase stability.
Lat Pull Down
Having finally managed to get my first chin up a few months ago I’m now working on getting pull ups in the bag too. The gym didn’t have a pull up bar, but did have a cable machine which I used to do some lat pull downs. These are a great gateway exercise for pull ups as they use all the same muscles, building up the strength for the goal movement.
So, to recap, here’s the exact routine I created while away. It only took 30 minutes so we had plenty of time still for exploring and aperol spritz in the sun. Priorities right?
- Warm Up: Brisk walk on treadmill (2 – 3 minutes)
- HIIT Sprints: 1 minute on, 30 seconds rest (10 minutes)
- Dumbbell Squats: 3 sets x 12 reps
- Dumbbell Single Arm Row : 3 sets x 12 reps
- Walking Lunges: 3 sets x 24 reps (12 on each leg)
- Lat Pull Down: 3 sets x 10 reps
Let me know if you give it a try. Or if you have any other travel fit ideas throw them my way too!