I’m a mid-thirties programmer of average fitness -- which means I’m as fit as a 65-year-old marketer (or our CEO in his 90s). As a business traveller, I also spend a lot of time in hotels. It’s hard to stay fit on the road! Far from your gym and your kitchen, it’s easy for hard-won good habits go out the window.
15 Minute Full Body Workout Routine with Lora Workouts
Lora’s 15-Minute Full-Body Workout Routine looked like a great match: it’s a workout you can do in a hotel room, without needing any weights or machines. You just need some clothes you can get sweaty in, and a chair for tricep dips. I ended up running through it in the hotel fitness center, next to other business travellers sweating on the ellipticals.
The workout starts out with figure-8s; I used an 8-pound medicine ball (a mistake! My neck and shoulders complained enough that I dropped to 4 pounds afterwards). After that it was squats, the shoulder-touch plank (ouch), tricep dips, and toe-touches. The first set wasn’t bad -- though I was definitely breathing hard -- but by the second set I was sweating and cursing the hotel’s breakfast buffet. The third set was ragged, and afterwards I lay on the fitness room floor for a little while and just recovered.
Lora kindly explained that it’s okay to take a 1-minute rest between sets if you need to. Every time through the workout, you should aim to rest less. That’s what makes it such a good workout in such a short time: you keep pressing hard, and your body will rise to the challenge.
I’ll keep that in mind for tomorrow when I try again. This time with less breakfast pancakes first!