That said, I was visiting with a friend of mine last week at his home while traveling on business. I travel with a variation of the Perfect Push-up when I am on the road for work. At the end of the day, it is a good quick upper body workout. I use them at home as well. Again, I’m still not making it to the gym. So, while visiting with my friend, he showed me a program he was going to start at home before he started on P90X.
The program was called “the hundred push ups training program.” It is much more than a 100 push ups program, however. It is a seven week program that gets you on the way to building upper body strength. The Website links off to “the two hundred sit-ups training program,” “the two hundred squats training program,” and finally “the fifty pull-ups training program.” Now, don’t get all in a bunch, yet. The programs start off slowly, and don’t take much time… They seem to prime you, and work you up to the 50, 100, and 200 reps sets over about seven weeks. This I think I can do. It looks a lot like a program that both works you for strength, multiple muscle groups, and cardio simultaneously. It also looks like that if you have 15 or 20 minutes in the beginning of the program, you could do this at home, with the exception of the pull-up program. However, after watching the P90X program, I think I can buy a Pull-up bar, and a stool to help me assist my pull-up until I can strengthen my biceps and back enough to lift myself the way they indicate you should be able to.
As I mentioned, this is a program I think I can handle when I get home from work or get up early in the morning before I get ready for work. I have done all of these things in the past, and any activity at all will be better than none. A body in motion and all that stuff. So, if you suffer from the winter blahs and/or you just cannot make it to the gym, this may work for you. Take a look and give it a shot:
- the hundred push ups training program
- the two hundred sit-ups training program
- the two hundred squats training program
- the fifty pull-ups training program
They even have a logging tool and iPhone apps that you can download with links on the websites above.
Wish me luck. I’ll update everyone in three weeks, about half way through the program(s).
As long as I can still lift my beer to my mouth I feel I’m doing good. 😉
If you travel a lot, try this: http://www.fitnessanywhere.com or Google the TRX Suspension Trainer. It was made by the military for people out on deployment that can’t make it to a regular gym. We have one at my gym, it’s a full-body workout and it’s “scalable” to your ability level.
Me, I’ve been rotating through using Doggcrapp training (yes, that’s the real name) for strength, AmericanParkour.com has some good workouts for mobility, and CrossFit for overall cardio/strength/endurance. The best part of CrossFit is that it doesn’t require a gym — most of the time you just need any Oly bar (Olympic bar) with weights, some dumbbells/kettlebells, a medicine ball, or a pull-up bar.
Great Advise, Thanks @ArmyOpFor
I’m on week 3 of the 100 pushup thing. I’m progressing slower than the plan, (I do the same week over now and then) but that’s OK.
I like body-weight exercises as you can do them where-ever you are. Well, at least squats, pushups, situps — stuff like that.
I thing the main thing is not to beat yourself up — readjust your goal a bit by pushing out the timeline you set up for yourself? That IS a crazy schedule, but even if you just do the basics first thing in the AM its something.
I am with you, with the body weight exercises. When I travel for work, I bring a variation of the perfect push-up and resistance bands with me, but the “fittnessanywhere” mentioned by @ArmyOpFor above intrigues me… It is an all in one type of solution using your own body resistance, and small enough to take anywhere…