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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #6 (Bangkok)

This workout feels like a very long time ago! I’ve had it saved on my phone for a good couple of weeks now but wifi issues, and generally being busy travelling around has meant that it joined the backlog of workouts to be uploaded.

The ‘gym’ that we had in our Bangkok apartment complex didn’t have a vast amount of equipment, but neither Tom or I really minded. With stunning views of the Bangkok skyline from the 53rd floor, we were perfectly content with the yoga mats, Swiss balls and TRX provided. It was more than enough to start our couple of days in the city with a satisfying workout. (more…)

An Introduction to my Travel Fitness Workout Log

An Introduction to my Travel Fitness Workout Log

Welcome to FlexFit’s travel fitness workout log! This is where I’ll be keeping of all (well, most) of my workouts whilst Tom and I are travelling around Asia and Australasia.

Before we left, people kept asking me how I was going to keep up with my training whilst travelling, and to be honest I never really knew how to answer. It was just as much a mystery to me as it was to them.

All I knew was that as two Personal Trainers, who spent our London lives counting macros and making programmes, addicted to protein and peanut butter and slaves to the squat rack – we were not going to do without. We’d find a way to train.

So this will be a bit of an experiment to find out how we manage. Whether it’s a hiit workout on the beach, a trek through the jungle or even a Thai boxing class, this is the place to see how we manage to adapt our training to suit our new backpacker lifestyle.

And if we can do it, anyone can. So, enjoy – you can read the very first workout right here.

Travel Fitness Workout Log

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

When you’re in the fitness industry, especially as a Personal Trainer, you get used to people asking you HOW you train. How many times a week do you workout. How long do you spend at the gym. Do you do the exercises that you’re now making your clients do. What weight do you use.

Something I don’t hear as often, but that does crop up every now and then, is the why. Why do I workout. What is it for. I’ve even heard;

“but you don’t want to lose weight. So why do need to workout?”

Which of course is ridiculous on so many levels. I’ve always been an active person, and when I started dancing less often, the gym seemed like a natural substitution. That’s why I got into it in the first place, along with my quest to get stronger.

Still, I got myself into a bit of a tizz the other week because it seemed like everyone I knew was training for something in particular. Some sort of race or obstacle course, a bodybuilding comp or powerlifting qualifiers. I started to wonder if I should be doing the same thing.

What’s the point in training if you’re not training for anything- right?

Well actually, wrong.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.

After a couple of stressful days, panicking over my laptop as I searched for an event that I actually wanted to do, I came to the sudden realisation that I was giving myself a whole load of bother over nothing.

Just because you’re not in training for something doesn’t mean that your workouts are pointless. I certainly wasn’t about to enter myself aimlessly into some sort of competition just because it might look good on my CV or make me more sellable as a PT.

In the grand scheme of things, I’m relatively new to the whole fitness world. I’m still finding my feet and figuring out what it is that I do and do not enjoy. I’ll go through phases where all I want to do is powerlifting… and then the next day train for hours on plyometrics and callisthenics. My goals range from deadlifts to handstands to learning to kick box. Sometimes I want bigger muscles. Sometimes I even wonder, if I trained cardio every day could I ever improve my stamina…

And sure, it might mean I’m not focusing enough on one particular element. Perhaps my own ‘programme’ isn’t adequately specific. But the important thing is that I go to the gym every day because I genuinely want to be there. And if I don’t? Well then, I won’t go. I’ll train what I want to train because it takes my fancy in that moment… not because it’s a stepping stone on the route to something else.

Perhaps in the future I’ll be training for something. Maybe there’ll be days where I don’t want to go to the gym but I force myself to anyway because I have a bigger picture in mind. But right now, I don’t know what that is so I’m just going to accept the fact that I often train for the sake of training. I enjoy it.

And you know what? that’s ok.

Why it’s actually okay to workout…just for the sake of it.