Smart workouts for time-pressed business travellers

These workouts are perfect for you if you think your busy travel schedule doesn’t allow time for exercise.   So, give them a try next time your travelling.

Every minute on the minute (EMOM)

The great thing about EMOM is it works with any exercise.  It’s an interval workout and this is how it works:

  1. Start your timer
  2. At the beginning of each minute perform your chosen exercise to failure
  3. Rest for the remainder of the minute
  4. Repeat for as many minutes as required

You can keep it simple and focus on just one exercise such as press-ups or get creative and switch between two exercises:

  • Odd minutes: 10 Burpees
  • Even minutes: 10 Squat Jumps

Adjust the workout to fit how much time you have; so 5 rounds of each for a 10-minute workout or 10 rounds of each for a 20-minute workout.  The reps I’ve suggested are a guideline and you should adjust them up or down to suit your fitness levels.  It’s important to get a short rest period within every minute.

The benefits of this type of workout are its simplicity, speeds and measurability – you can track your progress over time.

Bodyweight Blaster

Here’s another short, simple yet effective workout you can literally do anywhere.

  • 20 squats
  • 20 burpees
  • 20 press-ups
  • 20 plank jacks

Complete up to three sets with a two-minute recovery between each.

Upper body strengthener

If your focus for the summer is strong arms and shoulders this circuit will help you strengthen and tone:

  • Shoulder Taps
  • Mountain climbers
  • Commandos
  • Downward Dog
  • Side Planks

I’d recommend 30 seconds for each exercise followed by a 30-second recovery before you move onto the next exercise.  Keep moving through the exercises to failure.

Lower body pyramid set

You can improve your leg strength and endurance with a pyramid workout:

  • 40 squats
  • 20 squats
  • 10 squats
  • 40 reverse lunges
  • 20 reverse lunges
  • 10 reverse lunges
  • 40 forward lunges
  • 20 forward lunges
  • 10 forward lunges

Allow for a 60-second rest between each pyramid set or longer if required to maintain good technique.

If you’ve access to a hotel gym add weights to each pyramid increasing the weight as the reps go down.  For example:

  • 40 bodyweight squats
  • 30 squats with 8 kg kettlebell
  • 20 squats with a 12kg kettlebell
  • 10 squats with 8kg kettlebell

Always remember to warm down and cool up either side of any workout and if you’re unsure how to perform an exercise correctly seek advice from a qualified exercise professional.

©  Executive Travel Vitality 2019


Author: Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specializing in weight loss and body transformation results. She is a level 4 skilled personal trainer and a qualified member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Julie also holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Prior to training as a fitness coach and establishing herself in the health & fitness industry, Julie spent over 20 years behind a desk in London employed in a variety of roles in the management consultancy, executive search and mining industries. Whilst working as part of a global team at Rio Tinto Julie experienced first hand the challenges of incorporating fitness and wellbeing into an international travel schedule. A keen marathon runner she often found running whilst on a long a haul trip an ideal reliever for jet lag.

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