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. 

Thus, The TRAVEL TABATA SERIES Was Born!

 

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. 

Here is a link to another Tabata post on WELLFITandFED! 

HOW TO DO A TABATA WORKOUT AND FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD BE DOING THEM

 

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! 

 


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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

HEY! IF YOU WOULD LIKE LINKS TO THE EQUIPMENT IN THE VIDEO, HERE YOU GO! 

JUMP ROPE

RESISTANCE BAND

BROOKS SHOES