Not Just Your Usual Gym: Workouts for Busy Professionals

by Scott Mulvaney

“I’m traveling, so I’ll just schedule my rest days on my travel days.” What do you think drives statements like this? If you’re a heavy traveler, maybe it’s the frustration and boredom from the low-quality fitness facilities in many hotels. Another simple answer is just the fact that many busy professionals have fallen into a robotic training regime which doesn’t allow for flexibility and excitement from challenging yourself with new experiences. There’s more to a successful fit life than living on a hotel treadmill. If you travel often, many of us become overwhelmed with the decision to take the risk of selecting a new place to drop in as a guest.
Well, this is 2018, it’s time to drop the excuses and embrace the fears. Trying out new types of exercise or visiting boutique fitness facilities will assuredly come with initial concerns. The big benefit though is the excitement of gaining new ways to challenge your body and mind. This is your opportunity to think outside of the norm and try new ways to grow your healthy lifestyle balance. Here in the USA, we’ve developed limitless ways to stay fit.
Depending on who you speak to these days, you’ll find all types of trends that your fellow high performers are investing time into. Some of the top trends that have flowed over into 2018 include: HIIT, CrossFit, Zumba, Pilates, GRIT Workouts, Boxing, MMA, Barre, Yoga, and good old-fashioned weightlifting.
For the longest time now, a popular choice for travelers was to join a big name gym which had locations in all major cities. This ensures you can visit any of their facilities as an included benefit to your membership. Well, times have changed, and we can grow beyond the basic chain fitness brands. If you don’t mind paying a small drop-in fee, you can visit many other specialized facilities. Some of these can include local HIIT fitness facilities, CrossFit Boxes, MMA gyms, Yoga, and more. CrossFit is a great example of a worldwide brand that has grown beyond major cities. CrossFit boxes exist in just about any local community. This is thanks to its strong ties to entrepreneurial coaches who decided to build their own healthy community of members.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the top movers that have held sustained annual interest into 2018:
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and high work rate-type resistance training, also referred to as metabolic resistance training.
Quoted from the blog of NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life.
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GRIT Strength:
LES MILLS GRIT ™ Strength is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate, and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups.
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TITLE Boxing and MMA Training:
Boxing has been traced back to as early as January 1681. The first recorded boxing match, in Britain, was engineered by Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle.
As of 2018, you can train in Kickboxing, Cage Fighting, and many of the MMA styles. This was a major expansion since 2007, beyond the traditional form of boxing when TITLE was founded in 1998.
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Barre is about the physical as well as the aesthetic benefits of lengthening muscles while strengthening them. Barre combines Pilates, Yoga and Ballet moves to give you beautiful, sculpted, lean muscles – without the impact and injuries dancers endure.
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“Don’t knock it, ‘til you try it!” Life is short, movement of the body is crucial at all ages. Openness to change, as in fitness, shifts with age, income, and lifestyle. Nutrition, rest/recovery, and exercise are all essential for balancing a healthy life. Please be patient with your goals and allow for realistic timelines to prevent self-defeating reactions. As with any new change, it takes time to allow your interest and positive results to get established.
Disclaimer… The information provided above is my own research, opinions, and experiences. Scott Mulvaney (LIVETHEFUEL) is not liable for any personal decisions. Please always consult a professional doctor when appropriate, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

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