The Secret To Gains and Great Lifts Is Tougher Than The Workout

“Rest day = I sit at home and think about working out”
“Deload week = Rest day on steroids” 

One of my favorite parts about the start of a new week is – surprise – planning my workouts for the week. This week, in addition to figuring out my swim, bike and run combos for my upcoming triathlon, I’m super excited about my leg workout. Why this week? I’m coming off a deload week.

I’ve read about deloading plenty of times (the concept of scaling back the intensity of lifts for a week to let muscles recover and encourage gains) and I’ve done it with my upper body lifting routine and had great results. But because of the cycles I follow with my running training (intensity and speed) I hadn’t really ever actively deloaded my lower body workouts. Then I recently read an article on the Eat to Perform website, which came at perfect timing.

Side note: if you’re not familiar with Eat to Perform, do yourself a favor and check it out on Twitter and Facebook.

Back to the article; the timing was good for me because it forced me to think about the last time I took a week off from hard leg workouts. Not since the two weeks leading up to my last marathon, which itself was about 10 weeks ago, had I done so. And, let’s face it, running 26.2 miles isn’t exactly taking it easy on the legs. I trust what I read on this site so I decided last week would be a deload week for my lower half. And, as much as I hated to do it, I decided I would skip leg day altogether.

There is a degree of deloading that states a person can simply do lower weight and intensity on his/her leg workout. But I know myself well enough to know that strategy wouldn’t work for me (I would end up trying to add another plate to the squat rack or do “just one more” set of weighted walking lunges) so I made up my mind that I was going to forgo it completely. No cheating!

Minnesota-Vacation

As much as I hate rest days, they are easier in the summer

Let me just say this – it sucked. You know that feeling you get on rest day? That guilty feeling of being a slacker and nearly convincing yourself you probably should go to the gym? I can’t be the only one…right? Anyway, deloading is rest day times 10. Just about every day during my deload week, I was thisclose to saying screw it and loading up the leg press machine. I had to fight the little voices in my head that said, “Don’t be a baby, you can handle a heavy lift,” and, “Just a short lift, squats only,” to, “Why are you doing this?! You know you shouldn’t skip leg day!” But I’m glad I didn’t cave because now I’m really excited to see how my leg workout goes this week and, bonus, how good my body feels during running and biking.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? Some people dread going to the gym and lifting – I dread not doing it.

In the spirit of coming off deload week, here are a few older blogs all dedicated to my love of #legday:

Favorite Lower Body Exercises

No Weights, No Equipment, No Excuses Leg Workout

My Ode To Squats

Do you believe in deloading? Why or why not? If you do, how often do you work it into your regime? Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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Gluten-Free – It’s Not A Diet, It’s How Some People Don’t Die

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Last week, something happened to my friend, Hannah that infuriated me. Hannah has Celiac disease, which means she’s allergic to gluten. Upon visiting one of her favorite restaurants, one that offers completely gluten-free options, she was left feeling shamed and angry. Had I been there with her, my big mouth may have gone loose and words would have flown. Bad words. I may have been banned from said establishment for life but it would have totally been worth it.

Two members of this restaurant’s staff were beyond rude. Not realizing Hannah had just ordered a gluten-free sandwich, their comments ranged from the unnecessary, “Ugh, this person who needs gluten-free food is so annoying,” to the uneducated, “It’s not like this diet does anything,” to the downright dangerous, “Oh, I guess I better change my gloves now, “ (laden with sarcasm).

Not only did these two employees make complete asses of themselves, they disrespected a customer and their employer. A company that touts itself as a provider of gluten-free food has a major responsibility to uphold that. One, people on gluten-free diets deserve it and two, people who need gluten-free diets could get horribly sick from eating contaminated food. Think of a child with a peanut allergy who, maybe doesn’t even eat peanuts, but eats food prepared in the same area as peanuts. Celiac sufferers have that same degree of sensitivity to gluten.

This brings me to a slight problem I have with gluten-free diets – not people who have Celiac disease and who’s lives depend on eating this way, but people who think gluten-free is the hippest new weight loss diet like low-carb or low-fat. And they just have to jump on the bandwagon.

Gluten-Free-Food

This is what the world has come to – gluten-free cherries.

I have nothing against people who choose a gluten-free lifestyle for personal reasons. I mean, come on, I’m a vegetarian. Not because meat makes me sick or I’m allergic to it; I just don’t like it and I choose not to eat it. What I have a problem with is people who have no clue what gluten even is and, therefore, have de-sensitized people to its actual significance. The people who insist they need it (and really don’t) and have made it an annoying request that almost always results in an eye roll from the server. The people who have contributed to it being nothing more than a buzzword, a marketing term food companies can use to jack up prices, and make themselves seem “healthier.” That image of cherries? That’s real. I didn’t Photoshop that. I’ve also seen proud “gluten-free” packaging on products like milk and eggs.

To understand my frustration, here’s a little lesson: Gluten is a combo of two proteins; it essentially acts as a “glue” that holds together products like wheat bread, rye crackers and flour tortillas. As a rule of thumb, it’s typically found in more carb-rich foods and, also, barley-based beers (which is partly why gluten-free and cider beers have become so popular). So, will cutting it out of your diet lead to weight loss? It could. Now, does gluten sound like something you’d find in beef jerky or fruit?

Educate yourselves, people. If you need or choose to be on a gluten-free diet, know what it is and where it’s found. Don’t let yourself to be up-charged for gluten-free rice cakes and coffee. Don’t pay more for gluten-free versions of breads, cupcakes and cookies unless you have Celiac disease and can’t live without them (I’ve read research that cautions people who don’t have Celiac disease to avoid these types of foods, as they’re processed differently and not necessarily good for you). And please don’t call it a diet.

Finally, for the love of all things good, if you work in a food establishment that proudly promotes gluten-free options, please learn why that’s important. Understand that not everyone is trying out “the new gluten-free diet” – know that some people will legitimately get sick if they eat it. Respect that and treat them like a small child with a peanut allergy. You wouldn’t roll your eyes at a kid with a peanut allergy – would you?

How many of you live a gluten-free lifestyle? Is it due to Celiac disease or for personal reasons? Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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Triathlon Training Tips for First-Timers

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

This week marked the official start to triathlon training for me. And I’m not alone; it’s that time of year for a lot of athletes, including two of my friends who are trying their first triathlon this summer (good luck Jess and Kate!!).

In the spirit of them and all others trying a tri for the first time, I thought I’d dig into the archives and share a blog with some training tips for newbs. I added in a couple new nuggets of advice too. Happy training!

Lap-Swimming

This is me, excited to swim laps yesterday.

1. The Swim
This is typically the really intimidating part of a triathlon for most, especially if it’s an open-water swim. But don’t stress, the swim isn’t bad! It’s all about training then, more importantly, trusting your training on race day.

If you’re not a strong swimmer, now is the time to jump in the pool and start lap swimming. This will give you a chance to learn technique, practice breathing, even ensure your goggles fit properly. If you are a strong swimmer, brushing up a few weeks before the event never hurts.

Word of warning: An open water swim is totally different from a pool. It’s like doing all your marathon training on a treadmill, then finally hitting the road for the first time during the race. It’s gonna be a shock and much harder – that technique you’ve spent weeks, months or years perfecting will likely go right out the window. But by practicing in the pool, you’ll have a great foundation to help you through the first part of the race.

2. The Bike
More than the actual training, the type of bike you have matters. A lot! A road or hybrid bike is a great investment, as they’re lighter and go faster with less effort than mountain bikes or cheaper versions. You’ll really notice this during the race, when you’re putting a ton of effort into pedaling and someone on a road bike flies by with minimal effort.

If you can’t afford a new bike, try to borrow one from a friend – and be sure to take really good care of it. I borrowed a nice road bike from Chris last year and it made a huge difference. Another option? Go used. Bikes are like cars; you can get a perfectly good used one for much less than brand-new. Scope out local bike shops for sales or scour the paper for a used model.

3. The Run
The swim might be the most intimidating part of a tri but the run is the toughest part for many.

If you’ve never run a road race, try to find a small one prior to the tri. Not only is it a great way to experience the race-day atmosphere, it will get you mentally psyched.

If you’re a running pro, train like you would for any other race. With one additional component…

Triathlon-Training

Practice your transitions now – you’ll be glad you did on race day.

Bringing It All Together
The final tip I have, and really the key to overall triathlon training is brick workouts: doing two or more different workouts, one right after another. For example, a bike ride followed by a run. Triathletes often incorporate this style of training to prepare themselves for the multiple disciplines and transitions from one to the next.

Brick workouts are especially important for the bike-to-run transition. You’ll notice your legs feel much different post-bike than they do when you run with fresh legs. I’d also recommend a few swim-to-bike or swim-to-run workouts. Not as much for getting used to the transition but for practicing putting on a tank top and socks when you’re wet. FYI, that’s not easy and you don’t want to look super-awkward trying on your first race day (I did).

Good luck this triathlon season! Train hard now and trust your training on race day. You got this.

Need additional tips? Or have others to share? Comment below or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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There Is No Substitute For Squats

“Drop it like a squat”

For some reason I’ve noticed a lot of articles and videos lately about different exercises a person can do to replace squats. From the obviously titled video, “Alternatives to Squats” to the absolutely ridiculous article, “When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Squats” several of these have come across my Facebook and Twitter feed lately.

I’m not sure why
A) the sudden influx of articles on this same topic and
B) (more importantly), do we need any substitutes for squats
Because I can’t offer any insight into social media algorithms, I’ll instead weigh in on question B. My conclusion: There’s no reason for needing these or any other type of similar articles.

Want the benefits of doing squats? You have to do squats.

Want the benefits of doing squats? You have to do squats.

Let’s first examine, “Alternatives to Squats.” What’s the point of doing exercises similar to squats? Lack of equipment, weights, space or time? Well, that’s bullshit. All of those reasons are invalid. Two weeks ago, I did a 35-minute lower body workout in my hotel room that consisted of four different types of squats – no equipment, no weights, very little space and a small amount of time.

As for, “When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Squats.” Um, you suck it up and do them anyway. When did it become okay to wuss out and skip one of the best parts of a leg day workout? And, unless you’re training for something very specific, you’re probably only doing one leg workout a week, at most. One. So STFU and squat.

Whether you want strong legs or fast legs, the squat is one of the best ways to get there.

Whether you want strong legs or fast legs, the squat is one of the best ways to get there.

No amount of hip bridges or wall sits or other “alternative” to squats is going to match the good you get from the squat. Nothing against those exercises, not saying there’s no place for them in a lower body workout. But when it comes to the squat, there isn’t anything equal to the squat. It’s pretty much one of THE best exercises a person can do, not just on leg day, but period. For so many reasons – convenience, bang for the buck, no need for equipment or weights… You literally can do squats anywhere, anytime.

And if you’re not fond of the traditional back squat in the rack or don’t “feel like it”, I have good new for you. Standard dumbbell. Single-leg. Front (bar or dumbbell). Pistol. Jump. Pulse-Kick. Goblet. Sumo. There, I just gave you enough types of squats to keep things interesting. #TeamSquat.

Where do stand on squats? Do you feel there are equal alternatives or are you like me and 100% #TeamSquat, all the way? Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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Dating and Fitness – The Two Have A Lot In Common

“I have a date tonight. It’s gonna be hot and steamy, and I probably won’t be able to walk after. In other words, I’m going to the gym.”

At this time in my life, I’m in the very early stages of wedding planning. Yay! Not for the planning and the wedding, but for getting married.

That moment you realize you never have to date again.

That moment you realize you never have to date again.

It’s true, I’m super psyched to be married. First of all, I love Chris. Obviously. Second, I’d like to have children soon and I’m somewhat old-fashioned in that I’d like to be married before that happens. And, let’s face it, at 32 years old, I’m past the point where getting pregnant will be as easy for me as finishing an entire Chipotle burrito.

And one of the best parts about getting married is… no more dating! Not that dating was so awful for me; in fact, I really lucked out and never had any dates so horrifying they’d win any sort of “Worst Date” story contest. Nevertheless, it wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed and I heard plenty of horror stories from girlfriends that only furthered that feeling.

As I tend to do with just about everything, I started thinking about what dating has in common with fitness. I actually found quite a few similarities!

The Internet Has Changed Things
I can’t speak from personal experience but it’s pretty impossible to be unaware of all the dating options available today via the worldwide web. For the times we live in now, Chris and I meeting the way we did (at a house party) is pretty rare – so many people now meet on the Internet.

In addition to all the different sites a person can join, the number of prospects skyrockets. Some of my girlfriends who’ve dabbled in the online dating world have said there’s no shortage of potential dates they have to choose from on a given week. But in this case, quality is not equal to quantity. As many suitors as they have to choose from, less than a handful are what they’d deem even potentially compatible.

Keep that in mind when seeking out anything fitness related on the Internet – whether that be nutrition advice, workout programs or a personal trainer. Anyone can post anything about any topic he/she chooses (Hi, I’m Lindsay. Welcome to my blog) and anyone can call him/herself a fitness expert, health coach, or any sort of title they deem worthy of what they’re trying to sell.

Just like with dating, be aware of what’s on the Internet. Be very aware.
What’s On The Inside Counts
We’ve been told this since kindergarten, yet, we’re all guilty of disobeying the rule in dating and regular life. When going on a first date, one has to keep an open mind, as physical appearances aren’t all that matters. First off, if you’re meeting someone in the way of the aforementioned paragraph, they may not look like their profile picture. Get over it, you might not either (c’mon, we all choose our very best photos to be our profile pics). Shift focus away from the outside and give the inside a good look. On that same note, and this is just some personal advice from me, don’t focus too much on your own looks during a date either. All that time you’re spending touching up makeup or taking selfies isn’t impressing the person across from you trying to engage in a meaningful conversation. Unless they’re equally narcissistic – in which case, please continue.

The same is true when it comes to fitness. People tend to get too caught up in how things look on the outside and take away focus on what’s happening on the inside. For example, many assume that a skinny person is healthy and a bigger person isn’t. This is often the exact opposite of true. From eating disorders to being the skinny fat guy, thin doesn’t always mean healthy or fit. Likewise, someone who appears to be overweight may not be – he or she may be muscular, something you can’t always see under shirts and through jeans.

Your muscles, bones, heart, stress level, they’re all living on the inside. True, you can see plenty of exterior results from working out (nicer skin, bigger muscles, fewer spots that wiggle) but it’s not all surface. The scale may not always reflect the good you’re doing for yourself, something fitness newbs tend to focus on too much. Finally, and I may burst some bubbles here, the time you’re spending taking and posting gym selfies? It’s not making you fitter. Neither are the videos of yourself doing curls or rows. So please stop it. Stop it now. 

Keep focus is on being strong, feeling good and being healthy on the inside. And don’t worry so much about the outside cover, it probably looks pretty good.

It took him a couple tries to get the hang of paddle boarding but now it's something we love.

It took him a couple tries to get the hang of paddle boarding but now it’s something we love.

Always Give A Second Chance
Most people aren’t their usual selves on a first date. Chris refers to it as having your representative out aka: trying to put your absolute best self forward. Sometimes though, the worst in people comes out on a first date, especially when those awkward silences hit. In an attempt to keep conversations going, some may come across too chatty or self-involved. Others may inadvertently overshare life experiences and reveal too many personal details too soon. No matter what a first date is like, it’s likely not going to be an instant love connection. So unless the guy/gal is a murderer, sociopath, doesn’t like dogs (I had to throw that one there) or something seriously awful, it’s typically a good idea to give that second date a chance.

Same is true with a new workout or program. Your attempt at running sucked? Sounds about right. First leg day left you nearly immobile for a week? Yep. New to yoga and felt like an awkward fool the entire class? Totally normal. The point is, like a person, developing a relationship with fitness takes a long time. It’s not going to be love at first sight. Give it another chance. Down the road, you may have to give it another. Fitness and relationships are both ongoing and require work, commitment and some TLC.

And finally, as the quote at the beginning of this blog states, when a relationship is really great, things will heat up. You’ll sweat. Your heart rate will go up. Blood will be pumping. And you may not want to get out of bed the next morning.

Fitness friends, do any of these experiences ring true to you? What other ways are fitness and dating similar? Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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Let’s Be Honest About the 21-Day Fix – It’s Bullshit

“I’ve been on a few diets because I can’t get enough to eat with just one”

What’s up with this 21-day fix craze? I’ve been seeing tons of social media posts about it, people showing their meals and accountability to the 21-day fix plan, which apparently promises to teach portion control and jumpstart your healthy eating plan.

21-day-fix

Pretty much!

Let’s get right to it here, I’m calling BS on this program and others like it. First, I hate that concept of “jumpstarting” a healthy anything – it implies going from zero to 100 in an instant. Healthy is a lifestyle; if you haven’t been living one, it’s not something you can change all at once and expect to sustain.

Second, the name itself just screams fad diet and easy “fix” (intentional?). Fad diets are just that – fads. Like crimped hair and fingerless gloves, society realizes they’re bogus, they go away and everyone who took part is like, “WTF was I thinking?” And a program that touts “lose 15 pounds in 21 days!” is a huge red flag. Healthy, sustainable weight loss is typically one, maybe two pounds per week; even less for a small person. Rapid weight loss means you’re losing some muscle too. But I guess trying to sell anything in the health and fitness world with the headline, “Lose weight slowly, without sacrificing muscle mass, and maintain over time with sensible eating and exercise!” isn’t sexy or appealing.

Always one to be open-minded, I welcome someone to explain this program to me. Like really explain it. Because I think I’m missing something big as to how this is A) teaching sustainable, healthy eating habits for the long term and B) allowing the body proper fuel for any sort of athletic performance in the short term. I wasn’t able to find out exactly how many calories a person eats or what exactly is the basis of the food plan; I assume that’s only revealed after the credit card is swiped. Based on the photos I’ve seen and the research I’ve done, I’m baffled as to how someone could eat the type of “meals” (I wouldn’t call 8 cucumber slices, 10 carrots, 5 rice cakes and 2 hardboiled eggs a meal but that’s just me) on this plan. For every meal. For 21 days.

Hungry and Angry is Hangry

And for how I acted…being hangry is no way to be.

Have you ever heard the word hangry? I’d be hella hangry if I tried to survive just one day on this “eating” plan (again, words seem to get thrown around pretty loosely with this program). Aside from being hangry, I’ve tried to wrap my head around how anyone could gut through a tough workout on this diet. I’ve had days where I’m so busy, I don’t take time to eat enough or properly during the day. And guess what happens? My workouts that evening suck. If I’m running, I feel like I’m slogging through the miles, no chance of any speedwork happening; if I’m lifting, I feel like I can barely rep my normal weights, let alone push myself hard enough to fatigue. No performance enhancements either way.

Speaking of that, I do believe there’s also a workout plan included in this program? I don’t know how intense a workout it is, if it requires endurance or heavy lifting, or if it’s actually mean to push a person to become fitter. But with an eating plan that’s primarily focused on cutting calories drastically, a typical person can’t expect to make any true fitness gains. The two just don’t add up.

Then there’s the aftermath. I’m having a hard enough time fathoming the 21 days – so, what happens after? If the name is any indication, you certainly aren’t expected to continue eating tiny portions of unsatisfying food and shakes beyond the final day of hell. Or, are you supposed to continue?

Maybe you’re so delirious from not eating, you’ve forgotten about food at this point. Maybe you’re supposed to not miss that thick layer of peanut butter on your toast (really, is that any way to live?) or enjoying more than 4 ounces of wine per day (the program boasts that you can drink wine – 4 whole ounces of it!). Maybe you get used to toting around fun, brightly colored boxes and ensuring anything you eat can fit into one.

Or maybe, and what really happens, is you remember how delightful it is to dine out without having a panic attack. How enjoyable life is eating real meals and treating yourself here and there. How much better workouts are when you’re properly fueled. And then you go back to eating like a normal person. In addition to the pics I’ve seen of people’s accountability meals, I’ve also seen a few of what people eat after they complete their 21 days – an entire pizza, ice cream, beers, basically a binge-fest. Good lessons being learned.

That brings me to the real problem I have with this. How is this truly helping us, as smart, capable adults? Have we become that out of touch with our own biological cues (eat when you’re hungry, stop when you no longer are) and simple common sense (come on, you know an entire plate full of pasta is excessive, do you really need a properly-portioned container to confirm that)? Are we really so impatient and desperate for a quick fix that we’re wiling to shell out more than $100 for a few pieces of tupperwear and a generic, one-size-fits-all exercise plan because we simply can’t take the time to figure out on our own what works best for us, each individual – with individual genetics, triggers, metabolism and priorities?

Running-A-Marathon

Do I look perfect in a bikini? Of course not. These moments are what drive me.

I do understand everyone’s goals and lifestyle aspirations are different. Just because my goals are to run faster and lift heavier doesn’t mean you want that. My lifestyle aspirations include not having to force all my food to fit into containers and enjoying a couple cold beers on a Saturday afternoon – that doesn’t mean everyone else is looking for that. I don’t want to be skinny; some people do. I’m happy having a little bit of a gut and thighs that can barely be contained by normal pants if it means not having to fight an uphill battle against my genetics. I love feeling strong at the gym and being able to lift heavier weights than some of the guys there (doesn’t happen often but it does happen). I love being able to say, “I’m not fast ‘for a girl’ – I’m just fast.” and back it up with my performance.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t all pay attention to what we eat and do our best to make good choices most of the time. I’m very conscious of what I eat; I realize when I’m making the right choice and when I’m making a splurge choice. I understand a splurge isn’t the end of the world, it just means I need to be strict going forward to balance it out. I know what a cup of pasta looks like, a serving of vegetables, protein and ice cream. I understand taking the time for a healthy breakfast every morning helps me avoid the tempting doughnuts in the office cafeteria. I’ve learned what I need to do, what works best for me to be balanced and successful.

I didn’t learn all this by reading one generic pamphlet and dropping a lot of cash on containers that are essentially just measuring cups. I learned by making a choice to educate myself, to track my food and understand what foods are going to help me achieve my goals. Every day, I pay attention to portions and serving sizes. I’m focused on being conscious, yet not obsessive.

I’m not gonna lie, it hasn’t taken me 21 days to get to this point – it has taken me years. I know, I know, that’s not sexy and appealing to most people. But a true, sustainable lifestyle can’t be made in 21 days. It just can’t. It has to be a long-term commitment. It’s all about balance, 365 days a year. Not a quick – or, sorry, 21 day – fix.

It’s like qualifying for the Boston Marathon; it didn’t take me just those few hours on race day to do that. Or a few weeks of regular running. Or even a few months of hard training. It look me years to achieve that goal. Failed attempts. Frustrations. Setbacks. Hard work. But, in the end, I did it. A healthy lifestyle is nothing different.

Am I being unfair to the 21-day fix? Is there something with the program I’m missing that truly promotes a healthy, balance approach to eating and quality exercise? Please comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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Travel Workouts With Resistance Bands

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

Something happened this weekend. Something Chris and I haven’t done for several weeks. We stayed home. We went out for a dinner date, got in some much-needed R&R, did a ton of stuff around the house, watched hockey and had solid gym sessions both Saturday and Sunday morning (I’m headed out right now to get my Sunday Sweat on!). That last part was probably the best feeling out of everything.

Lake-Vacation

Love.The.Lake

Living less than an hour from beautiful Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and having the added bonus of all our parents owning lake properties, we’re spoiled in that we get to live at the lake every weekend from late April to early October. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. It’s fun. It’s also tough on the diet and workout routine.

I’ll often get up early on Saturday morning at the lake to run with Burton – however, the warmer summer weather limits the distance we can run (we both get hot!) and my famous hard Sunday lifting sessions go by the wayside. I do my best to work within my surroundings but it’s just not the same. Same goes for travel; I’m great about making time to get in workouts and making do with what I have with the hotel and nearby facilities, they’re just never quite as good as when I’m home.

As I prepare for a work trip to Montana this week, I was checking out the area and gym facilities so I could set up myself for best success. Cardio should be no problem; if there aren’t safe trails nearby, I always have the hotel cardio machines. But the weight room is always lacking, no matter how nice the hotel. Then, I started thinking about resistance bands and how convenient they’d be for traveling and working out away from home, lake or other far off place.

I’ve never worked out with resistance bands. When we talk lifting, I’m a heavy weights girl. But I feel like they could be a great option when away from home, so I’m looking to buy a couple and find some good resistance workouts. It may take awhile for me to experiment with moves and find good combos I like, but I have a feeling a blog along the lines of, “My favorite resistance bands workout” is coming soon.

In the meantime, I could use some advice – do you have any good resistance band workouts or moves? How about general tips to make workouts happen when you’re away from home? Leave a comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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