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A Recipe for Traveling Lawyers: How to Put Together an Effective Workout for Your Hotel Gym

We've all been there: you get to a new city or country, get your workout gear on (despite being wiped out), and head down to the hotel gym only to draw a complete blank. There is nothing more deflating than getting geared up for a fun and intense workout, only to be met with a tiny gym that's overpacked or a lack of our favorite equipment. However, you can get a good pump in even in the tiniest of hotel gyms and even when you are the least motivated. The secret? Having a formula for an effective hotel gym workout!


Tip #1. Scope out the Scene





First things first, take a quick recon trip down to the hotel gym and see what equipment is available. If it looks like a good mix of dumbbells and cardio equipment, as well as some weight machines, you are in good shape! However, even if there are only mats and Swiss balls, you can still get in a good pump. Knowing what's there and preparing goes a long way to having a good mini-hotel gym workout!


Tip #2. Write it Out


Working out is easiest when you can turn the music on and go from exercise to exercise seemlessly and without confusion. Therefore, writing your workout down on a piece of paper or in your notes on your phone is a great way to stay on track and "mindlessly" flow. As a rule of thumb, pick 6 exercises from your typical split (or do an upper and lower day or several total body days) and do 3 sets of 8-12 reps for recomping/weight loss. If there are limited weights, up the amount of reps to 15-20 and implement pause sets and time-under-tension (negatives). If there is only cardio equipment, do some bodyweight exercises first (push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats, lunges, etc.), then speed away. For help building hotel gym workouts, get in touch with a personal trainer for lawyers!



Tip #3. Aim for Consistency, not Perfection


Finally, and most importantly, aim for consistency in your workouts, not perfection. Our personal trainers for lawyers will tell you time and time again -- every little bit adds up! It is better to bust out a 15 minute workout with light weights than to skip the workout all together because the equipment isn't good enough or the gym isn't big enough to get an epic lift in. Use your time to focus on decompressing and the mental benefits of exercise as well as the physical. As always, contact one of our personal trainers for lawyers to strategize staying in fighting shape while you are on your next business trip!

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