Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!

Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!
by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES and Matt Carroll, USAW LVL 1, AFAA CPT

The rise in popularity of obstacle races is undeniable. The obstacle course race (OCR) community is growing every day with a plethora of different types of races becoming available. There are races for those in the best shape of their lives and there are also races designed to get people from couch to race day. Continue reading

Take Your Workout on the Road: Eating Right by Hugo Rivera

Dieting and eating healthy during travel is by far the most challenging part of traveling and staying fit. The steps below will help assure that meals are not missed and that smart choices are available to you.

 

1. Make sure that prior to selecting the hotel, you choose one that has a refrigerator in the room and that provides access to a microwave.

2. Find out where the grocery stores are at so that as soon as you settle down you can go grocery shopping. Ensure that you get plenty of Ziploc bags while you are there.

3. The day that you jump on the plane, carry with you a small bag full of chicken sealed in individual Ziploc bags. For carbohydrates you can have bags of brown rice ready as well. In addition, bring with you some Tupperware containers, Meal Replacement Packets (MRPs) and/or Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Shakes. This will guarantee that you do not miss meals on the day that you are heading to your destination. As far as water, since now you cannot carry those in the planes, drink as much as you can before the checkpoints and then drink some more during the flight.

4. Invest on a small George Foreman grill so that you can take it to the hotels with you. This makes it easy to grill your own chicken even without a kitchen in the room.

5. Wake up early each day to get your meals ready in individual bags or tupperware containers and carry them with you in your book bag.

6. For good fats, get some almonds and have a serving or two of these per day.

 

Are Fast Food Restaurants Recommended?

The best way to do things is to use grocery food but if you find yourself for whatever reason without food during the day and there is a fast food restaurant around, here is what you need to do:

 

1. If it is not your cheat meal day, refrain from fatty choices such as french fries.

2. Drink between 8-16 ounces of water before you get there and then drink an additional 8-16 ounces more while you are eating. This will prevent you from feeling hungry and falling to temptation. If temptation is strong remember two things:

* There is nothing better than being in shape.

* You control everything that goes into your mouth. Food does not and should not control you!

3. Always combine a serving of low fat protein (in the case of fast food restaurants, this is either skinless chicken or turkey) with a small serving of carbs. Remember that if you are eating a chicken or turkey sandwich the bread will count as the carbs.

4. Salads in addition to a serving of protein and a serving of starchy carbs are always good since they provide fiber and they fill you up. However, avoid using high fat/high sugar dressings.

5. Refrain from using high carbohydrate sauces or mayo.

6. In traditional restaurants, combine a low fat protein like chicken with a good carbohydrate such as a baked potato and have a salad to go with it. You may also opt for Wild Alaskan salmon which gives you your daily source of Essential Fats. And remember, drink plenty of water!

 

As you can see, even though it will take more effort to get or stay in shape if you travel, it is not impossible. If you are determined enough to make things happen, everything is possible!

Also read Travel and Your Fitness Program: Planning Ahead and Travel and Your Fitness Program: A Traveling Training Routine.

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

Take Your Workout on the Road: A Travel Fitness Routine by Hugo Rivera

Take this exercise band and body weight traveling training routine on the road with you!

Below is a description of the exercise and training part of the routine. You will perform this routine every day in your room by alternating between Workout (A) one day and Workout (B) the next day, using 5 sets of as many reps as possible in each exercise. You may ask if one day in between would be enough for the muscles to recover. The answer to this question is yes due to the fact that you are not lifting heavy weights.

 

Workout (A) – Upper Body

Tri-set #1

Pushups

Rows with the bands

Crunches

 

Tri-set #2

Lateral raises with the bands

Curls with the bands

Close grip push-ups

 

Workout (B) – Lower Body/Abs

Tri-set #1

Squats (Close Stance) with no weights

Squats (Medium Stance) with no weights

Squats (Wide Stance) with no weights

 

Tri-set #2

Lunges (Pressing w/ heels) with no weights

One legged calf raises with no weights

Leg raises

 

There are two tri-sets in each workout, which are three exercises performed one after the other with no rest in between sets. After all three exercises have been performed, you can take a 1 minute rest and start over, or, for a more pronounced cardiovascular effect, and a quicker paced workout, you can continue performing the exercises in circuit fashion up until all 5 sets have been done. Once you are finished with tri-set #1, then you can move on to tri-set #2. You can rest 60 seconds between the time you finish tri-set #1 and start #2 or you can simply start the second one with no rest.

If you perform the routines in circuit fashion without rest, you can get away without doing additional cardiovascular exercise. However, for those of you who would like to still perform your traditional cardio, a quick power walk for 20-30 minutes after the workout or first thing in the morning if you rather do the resistance portion at night.

Also read Travel and Your Fitness Program: Planning Ahead and Travel and Your Fitness Program: Maintaining Proper Diet.

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

 

Take Your Workout on the Road: Make a Plan by Hugo Rivera

Planning and Preparation are key to your success!

The key to keeping up with your natural training and dieting while traveling, provided you are determined enough to do so, is planning and preparation. If you do not plan ahead and fail to prepare in advance it may be nearly impossible for you to keep a healthy and fit lifestyle as you travel. The steps below will make the process of planning and preparation simpler.

Training During Travel

Before you go on your next trip, ensure that you have a place to work out. The following steps will aid you with your planning:

1. Find out if the hotel that you are going to stay in has a small fitness facility or at least a set of dumbbells. Call the hotel and see what they have available as far as fitness equipment. Gather as much information as possible. Most of the time however most hotels are just equipped with some stationary bikes and a “universal type” weight machine at best.

2. If the hotel does not have a suitable fitness facility, then find out the location of the closest gym and plan to work out there. The Internet is a great way of finding out what is nearby the hotel you will be staying at or you can even ask the customer service person from the hotel over the phone to lead you in the right direction.Once you look at the list of gyms – unless it is a well known chain – call and ask for daily rates, times of operation and type of equipment. If you are staying over 5 days, also ask if they have a special rate for just one week as opposed to paying for a daily pass each day. This may save you some money.

3. If there are no fitness facilities in the area, then take with you some exercise bands, which is better than nothing. If this is the case, you can do a maintenance type of routine like this exercise band and body weight traveling training routine.

Also read Travel and Your Fitness Program: Maintaining Proper Diet.

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.