One of the most challenging aspects of life in the events industry is the constant travel. How do you stay healthy when you’re working? What kind of exercises can you do in a tiny hotel room?
Life in the live events industry is difficult for a number of reasons. But one topic that comes up over and over again is our health. Whether that’s the catering on a job site, lifting and loading heavy equipment, or the long shifts late into the night – this industry takes a toll on our bodies.
Nothing is more important than your health. We need to steal a few moments a day – at least! – to dedicate to exercise. Road life doesn’t always lend itself to the best conditions for working out. That’s why we’ve called in our resident fitness expert and Crossfit certified colleague, customer success manager John Barron, to show us a few ways you can stay in shape, no matter where you are.
Warm up before you begin
Start by loosening up with the “couch stretch” – a series of static stretches you can do against a couch, a wall, a hotel bed or whatever your space may offer.
Continue with lunge kicks: Start from a standing position. Lunge backward until your back leg’s knee just touches the ground. From there, push your hips towards the ground while driving the knee forward. As you stand back up, kick that foot as high as you can in front of you.
Wrap up your warm up with wall push ups: Just like you would on the floor, position yourself in front of a wall and perform 10-15 wall push ups.
Keep it simple with the “7 by 7” routine:
Repeat this cycle seven times:
- 7 squats
- 7 push ups
- 7 sit ups
Maintain good form on each repetition. If you can’t maintain good form to complete the exercise, or you can’t complete it with the modified version of the exercise, stop there. You may not be able to complete seven cycles of this loop – and that’s okay! The important thing is that you challenge yourself.
Refer to these tips to check your form on each exercise:
Squat: Make sure the hips pass below the knees on each rep. Your knees should track, or stay over your toes the entire way down.