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Workouts From The Road – Strategies For Getting Strong While Traveling That You Can Use At Home

by GEOFFN on August 10

So I’m in Hungary between RKC level 1 and RKC level 2, which starts on Friday.

My hotel room at the Bohem Art Hotel on the Pest side of the Danube in Budapest is very nice, but pretty small.

I’m off my “structured” diet but still eating roughly the same amount of calories – maybe a little less. Breakfasts here are amazing so I’m eating breakfast again – at least for the next two weeks or so.

They typically look like the following:

  • 2 cups of “long coffee” + 2 shots of espresso (long coffee = regular coffee). Hungarian coffee is very good. And there’s a cup of espresso sitting next to me as I write that I bought up the street for about 50 cents…
  • Smoked salmon
  • Prosciutto
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Fried eggs – sunny side up. The yolks here aren’t yellow – they’re orange. Which is one of the signs that they are still loaded with nutrients, as opposed to the over-farmed, under-nutriented eggs we get at the grocery stores back home.

I’ve been eating around 930-10 am and then eating a standard dinner of meat and something around 10-11 hours later. Still staying lean with no problem.(It helps to have a system and structure with interchangeable parts to follow to keep this happening.)

Speaking of lean – Rif gave a lecture on “Lats – The Super Muscle” yesterday at Peter Lakatos’ facility and one of the RKCs came up to me and re-introduced himself. He said he didn’t recognize me from 2 years ago when I was here and he was my assistant because I’ve lost about 20 pounds since then. (Plus the hair’s gotten shaggier and grayer too.)

And I’ve been training in my hotel room, which has just enough room to move around in, thus proving you don’t need a lot of space to get some high quality work done. And fortunately, we had some pull-up bars at the training facility last weekend and Peter has one at his place, so I got some specialty pull-ups in this week as well. But I didn’t need to.

In fact, I’m really glad that my training lately has been focused not only on bodyweight, but body mastery.

Now you may be wondering how a Master RKC can get away teaching kettlebells and not actually be using kettlebells for his training.

(I know you were thinking it – go on, admit it. I’m not scared to address the elephant in the room.)

Simple. The RKC, although a kettlebell certification, is based on learning how to be strong and by practicing our strength as a skill. It so happens that the kettlebell is the perfect tool, other than our own bodies, to give you feedback you need to do so. (In fact, many of the strength techniques we teach and apply at the RKC can be found in The Naked Warrior.)

And let’s face it, I’ve done more than my fair share of kettlebell work over the last 9 years. The one thing I haven’t focused on during that time-period is pure bodyweight management and mastery.

Which brings me to the point of this post -

Even though you use kettlebells for your training/workouts, you shouldn’t be overly reliant or dependent on them.

See, the real tool for strength is your body.

Learn to master it, and your kettlebell work will be so much easier, and so much more productive. In fact, life in general – in all areas, will be so much easier as well.

Let’s face it, as a society, we’ve completely lost the concept of “body mastery.”

We’ve become victims of technology.

iPad, iPods, iPhones, – sure, it’s all about “me” but it’s merely an illusion of control. These devices have become an external stimulus needed for internal survival. (Fortunately, my Droid isn’t a global phone so I had to go back to old Samsung flip phone and can no longer check my email every 90 seconds.)

But the reality is, our survival is really based on our minds and our ability to control them. Control the internal, and the external becomes easy. You’ll have more peace while traveling and more while at home. And the best way to do that in my opinion is through bodyweight exercise focused on bodyweight mastery.

For example, Monday night I alternated between 1 One-arm Push-up (OAP) per side and 5 Pistols each leg, performed with total control on the way down, holding the bottom position with a pause, and a smooth ascent.

The OAP is hard for me because I never fully rehabbed a torn left oblique from years ago. Sure, I did the PT, but it wasn’t enough. So I leak tension in the plank position.

I worked up to 7 or 8 sets of 5 Pistols on each leg.

And I took my time on all of it. And it all felt great. I felt in complete control of my body at all times. It’s a weird feeling that’s hard to explain. Sure, I normally feel in control, but this time was different somehow.

Overall, with new/different foods, a different bed, and a different time zone, I feel better than I ever have while traveling. And about the same as I normally do at home.

Here’s how you can do it too, regardless of where you go, or who you’re with.

  1. Realize that “road-warrior” workouts should be bodyweight based for convenience sake. This also gives you peace of mind while on the road in new and strange places. (And of course you can take that home with you too.)
  2. Seek to perform either strength workouts for bodyweight mastery, which promotes body control, and therefore greater mind control, and therefore greater body control, and so on…
  3. Or, seek to perform conditioning workouts with your bodyweight, which can still help you achieve body mastery. (You learn how your body performs in an “unloaded” fatigued state.)
  4. Have a flexible eating plan which will allow you to not stress about how much food you eat and when you eat it. (I’d tell you what mine is, but I’m saving that for another time.)

And that’s pretty much it.

Those strategies have made this time in Hungary away from my family so much easier to bare because I’m able to control as much of myself as possible. And you know from the chatterbox in the back of your head that that’s not always an easy thing to do.

Resources For Hitting The Road

Here are some resources you will find helpful in your quest for body mastery both on the road and at home. (Just as an aside, with the amount of new stress in my life with a new son and all that goes on with that, I can honestly say that using the “body mastery” approach I haven’t felt this good in probably 15 to 20 years. Seriously.)

– Pure body mastery strength training program – here.

– Body mastery/bodyweight strength training and conditioning for at home or on the road – here.

– No fail “dieting” strategies for on the road – here.

I hope you found this post useful.

I know really owning these concepts has given me not only an inner peace about my strength training while traveling, but it has also helped me feel younger and more in control of my life at home. Put this “body mastery” concept to work for you and I’m pretty sure you’ll start to feel the same way I do.

I’ll catch up with you again when I get back from Hungary.

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