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Workout anywhere (no excuses)

I travel - a lot.  Partly it’s because I commute between Seattle and Chicago - both places where I have work.  But also because I find travel opens up my brain, makes me more creative, and forces me to work differently.  And helps me find the coolest new strains to put into Jetson probiotics. 

All that said, when I’m on the road, I don’t always have access to a gym - or the time to go seek one out.  In the past, that was just an excuse to yell “cheat day!” down the halls of hotels but when you find yourself yelling that about half the time, it’s a slippery slope for cheat day becoming every day.  

I tried a bunch of different things to minimize the space my travel gear would take in my luggage (because PROTIP: never check a bag) - from buying resistance bands, to buying the world’s most ridiculous looking shoes to even the TRX system - and the reality was I was never motivated enough to bring them (and constantly made excuses like not having enough room in my suitcase).   

The one thing I always have with me?  My phone. Which means YouTube. Which means access to an amazing bevy of workout videos - but still - many required gear that I didn't want to bring.  Finally, I stumbled across Fitness Blender on Youtube (along with apparently 5.7M other people - never say I am not current!)  I love these guys - simple, FREE no-BS workouts that generally require no gear and you can plow thru them in as little as 10-15 minutes.  There are 550(!) videos on the channel even though there are only 320 pairs of muscles - go figure. Daniel, half of the duo, is awesome and doesn't make me feel like a weakling when I have to drop to my knees for the 8th push-up set.  

There are, I’m sure, many other excellent videos out there (like this guy and his awesome accent who punishes a towel in search of the perfect no-weights-required bicep), but the bottom line is you can literally work out anywhere.  Bonus tip - you don’t even need to bring workout gear anymore - when you work out in your hotel room, undies fit the bill. Just try to avoid the mirrors.

Onward!

-Stefan