When You Can’t Make The Gym

Making it consistently at the gym is vital to your overall success as you maneuver through your fitness journey. However, you may experience times where you can’t be at the gym and still want to train. You may be on a work trip, vacationing with the family or maybe it’s a Saturday and you want to add something to your weekend. What do you do?

One single piece of equipment can go a long way. Do not put pressure on yourself and think that you need an entire gym in your house; you can’t take that with you. Instead, you can buy a dumbbell or kettlebell; Tools that allow you to accomplish many different exercises with one single weight. You can use it to train at home or easily pack it in the car for use on vacation.

Now, picking one weight that can be used for many different exercises simply means you will probably use different rep ranges for those exercises. Train according to your abilities with that particular weight and you can still accomplish a great training session at home or on the go. It certainly beats the price point and hassle of traveling with numerous pieces of equipment.

Superbands are also a great training tool when you are unable to get to the gym. They are inexpensive, easy to pack and versatile. Buy one that will allow you to accomplish as many exercises as possible. Buying a second superband of different thickness will allow you to perform even more exercises with no traveling issues. Superbands offer a different type of resistance than dumbbells and kettlebells as well as additional exercise options. They can be found on Amazon for $10-20 each. The thicker the band, the higher the price.


As versatile as these equipment options may be, let’s not overlook the most important tool we have in our toolbox, our own body. We can use our body to accomplish many exercises including:


Side Planks


Push Ups


Bodyweight training can offer some of the most beneficial returns of any exercise option and it is readily available.


Whatever the situation, a few pieces of equipment and some bodyweight training can offer a solid training session anytime you want to fit exercise into your day. I personally take a dumbbell and a few bands to the beach each summer. I train a couple mornings during the week and swim a lot. If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, their gym will likely have even more options. Enjoy your weekends and travels but remember that staying consistent in your training when possible is great for continued success!

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Michael Allen

Author Bio

Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.