Let’s say you are at a hotel and your time and options are limited. Sometimes facility access is tough to get to a weight room and things are not easy? This week we are reducing our weights purposely and doing a recovery block but we still need to train. What training on the road is damage control and the best thing to do is take advantage of the dead time. While some athletes may be thousands of miles away from home, that pesky Samsung Galaxy smart phone is still buzzing and the key is deprogramming. In my years of coaching, I find that hotels are not as bad as people think and a lot can get done by simply being creative and being grateful of what you have. Here are some tips I feel may make a trip easier and this can include training camps.
Plan Ahead- The best plans are those that are done with some details in mind. Drive times are key and locations of various places to eat. I find Whole Foods Market at 10 dollars a meal is a great option since no service is needed and is like a giant training table. Some hotels are more like extended stay America provide cooking options. Time share places in Florida are dirt cheap and even offer a small pool. With warm weather camps being so valuable in the winter and early spring, plan and make a payment way in advance. While weight room and track access is vital, don’t ruin good training with poor recovery and logistics.
No Equipment- Don’t bring equipment besides spikes and training flats. I find that the best workouts are just you and your body and most of the time at home we take for granted this. Lift heavy and hard at the home base but be smart with other people’s equipment. When you are comfortable at home lifting sometimes going to a place with small changes can be risky. I have seen racks fail, platforms be shady, and cables snap because of lack of broken signs. Stay simple and make sure you warm-up gradually with weights to ensure bars are spinning and dumbbells are not loose. Make your own equipment such as water jug sleds, aquatic tools from towels, and even partner exercises from the 1960s.
Enjoy the Break- A change of location is magic if done right. Don’t try to do too much and reduce the sightseeing to a minimum. I like one off day every three days. The goal is to rest the brain to make the workouts better or to help recover from heavy training if doing therapy. Over the last few years I find a simple week away can make or break a season going down the tubes. The mental vibe of a sunny or different location away from distractions is a real game changer. Also, time spending with the athlete is a nice way to see how things are going with recovery habits and lifestyle.