The Road Trip Routine
Your Excuse-Proof Workout Plan
You've worked too hard in anticipation of bikini season to let summer travel set you back. These six moves require nothing more than what you'd already have in a hotel room, at the airport, or even on the open road so you can stay fit on the fly.
How it works: Do 1 set of each exercise back to back. After you complete the last move in the circuit, rest up to 2 minutes, and repeat the full circuit one more time.
The end of your vacation doesn't have to mean the end of this workout! You can do this routine at home up to four nonconsecutive days a week.
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Reps: 10 per side
Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Take a big step forward with right leg and lower into a lunge, hinging forward from hips, touching fingertips to floor on either side of right foot [photo A]. Push off right leg and return to start.
Next, take a wide step out to the right, lunging with right leg, hinging forward from hips, touching fingertips to floor on either side of right foot [photo B].
Push off right foot and cross right leg behind left, lowering into a curtsey lunge by bending both knees. Hinge forward from hips and reach fingertips to the floor about 12 inches away from the outside of left foot [photo C]. Return to start. That's one rep. Do 10 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.
Pushup Pike Press
Begin in a straight-arm plank with feet slightly wider than hip width. Slowly lower body until chest is a few inches above the floor, elbows bent by sides [photo A].
Quickly push back up to full plank, and then pike hips up, bringing chest toward thighs, pressing heels down to the floor (soften knees or keep heels slightly lifted if needed) [photo B]. Return to start. That's one rep. Do 10 reps.
Toe Touch Squat Jack
Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Jump feet wider than hip-width apart and lower into a deep squat, reaching fingertips to toes [photo A].
Jump feet back together, reaching arms overhead [photo B]. Immediately repeat, moving as quickly as possible until you've completed 20 reps.
Lie facedown with arms extended overhead in a 'Y' shape, thumbs pointing up to ceiling, feet hip width, toes pointed. Extend spine and lift chest and thighs as high off the floor as possible (keep focus down to avoid neck strain) [photo A].
Maintaining extension, bend knees, and curl heels into body (knees may open to sides) until feet touch, bending elbows in by sides and pressing shoulder blades down to hips [photo B]. Extend arms and legs back out, and then return to start. That's one rep. Do 10 reps.
Dip and Kick
Reps: 10 per side
Sit with knees bent, feet flat and hip-width apart, hands behind hips, fingertips facing body with palms pressed against the floor. Lift hips up into tabletop position (body should make a line from knees to hips to shoulders) [photo A].
Bend elbows to lower hips (stopping just above the ground) while right leg extends to ceiling, foot flexed [photo B]. Step right foot back down and return to tabletop position. Repeat on other side. Do 10 reps on each side, or 20 alternating reps total.
Plank Lunge Stand Up
Reps: 10 per side
Begin in straight-arm plank with feet together. Lift right foot and bring it between hands into a deep lunge [photo A].
Shift weight into right leg and stand up, lifting left leg up behind hip, balancing on right leg, and reaching arms towards ground [photo B].
Lower back down into a lunge with right leg forward, pressing hands into the floor, and then quickly step right leg back to starting position. Repeat, this time stepping left foot forward. Do 10 reps on each side, or 20 alternating reps total.
Photo credit: Vanessa Rogers Photography