Travel Tabata – Pagosa Springs

Travel Tabata Workout - Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Have you ever done that thing where you go on Vacation and within a couple days of “steaking” and “bloody-marrying”, you are pretty sure you could shoot someone’s eye out with the flying button off the top of your pants. Just Me? That used to be my modus. Just insert indigenous food and drink items and it was same story different beach or different ski hill. Often I would come back from these trips feeling run down instead of rested. I started making it a priority to working out on vacation. If the hotel didn’t have a gym, didn’t matter, I got heart rate up and muscles pumping come hell or high tide. My husband will tell; I have run on the beach with yaks, (or the El Salvadorian equivalent of a cow), and I have lifted rusty park weights in Portugal. Wherever my travels take me, there are always workout and fitness options. 



What is Tabata? Tabata is a workout of intervals comprised of intense, 20-second rounds with 10-second rest periods in between. You can perform any exercise during the 20 seconds as long as it is physically taxing. It is recommended that you perform a Tabata for eight rounds (give or take) depending on the athlete’s (or squishy person’s) ability. If you stick to pure Tabata style, your workout is 4 minutes. (What??- Not lying.) However, lots of folks recommend doing back to back Tabata to comprise about a 20-minute workout. 

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Here is a link to another Tabata post on WELLFITandFED! 



Travel Tabata- Pagosa Springs

Last winter my husband and I stayed in a beautiful log home on the river in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This skier’s town is best known for their Hotsprings in the middle of town, their” living off the grid” lifestyle and their alien sightings. (not kidding). Nestled between the mountains, we enjoyed the majestic views and the consistently stellar skiing. But the way Brent and I ski leaves a little something to be desired as far as cardiovascular effort. So after a few turns, and the mandatory apres ski wine, we would head back to the cabin for a little apres-rest Or rather, he rested and I set up a little Tabata circuit to kick my butt. This Tabata takes advantage of the benefit of “up ad down” work. (One of my favorite ways to challenge myself in a workout circuit is to make sure each exercise standing is followed by one down on the ground. More effort, more reward.) Enjoy this video from Pagosa Springs! 



This week, don’t give up on your workout because you don’t have time. The above workout took less than twenty minutes and was super challenging. Consider a Tabata-style workout for 10-15 minutes! You will be stunned at what great results you can get. 



If you liked this video, you would do lunges for these! 

Park Bench Workout

Rest Stop Workout





36 Responses

  1. great idea! It’s so hard to work out when we travel, it’s usually the last thing on my mind about fitting in. I need to get better about this!

    1. I just find it gives you lots of freedom in regard to where else you let your hair down during vacation.

    1. Let me know how it goes! You’ll have so much more energy for all of those vacationy kinds of things

  2. I’ve tried Tabata workouts a couple time. They are really intense, but I always feel great afterwards. They seem to be perfect for vacation. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Of course Shann. Remember do them slower until you get your form down and you see what your breaking point is. Too many folks start out way to fast on Tabata workouts.

    1. Me too! I always take a jump rope and a stretchy band EVERYWHERE. no excuse not to work out if you have those handy. 🙂

  3. Yes! I’ve been looking for something when we start our travels this summer. It seems to be the time of year that I start falling off of my workout band wagon and I am determined to not let that happen this time 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Easy to do! Fall off the wagon AND the perform a TABATA. Ha Ha. In all seriousness, this is a great workout and maybe it will just keep you on track!

    1. I ease up on my food plan as well so it is a nice investment to have a little workout daily when you are on vacation!

    1. Me too! Joanna. You should check out my REST TOP workout too. It is great for road trips! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Steff. I try to make sure that there isn’t too much equipment you need and that the workouts are adaptable to any level. Good luck!

    1. Excellent, Lixa! It really is pretty straightforward. Even adaptable to a hotel room!

    1. Thanks, Joules. I try to come up with stuff that is relevant and adaptable to lots of people’s skill levels. Thanks for commenting.

    1. It is like an interval workout with a set time function. Always 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest. It is the best way to get the most bang for your exercise buck.

  4. I created a free workout timer that you can use for Tabata intervals. It can be found at

    It’s a free web page – no app to install, nothing to download, you can be up and running in seconds. Just select “Tabata” from the Saved Options, then click “Start”

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