Use these three tricks to keep your upper body engaged while on the road.
Swimming can be one of the toughest sports to maintain while traveling. Here are a few go-to options for when a lap pool is nowhere to be found.
Hit the hotel gym
Go through a rotation of exercises with weights: lat pull-downs, tricep dips, chest flys, lateral raises, shoulder press, and cable rows.
Pack some stretch cords
Hook the bungee system to a doorknob or pole. Mimic the underwater catch, pull, and finish on dryland by holding the ends of the bungee for resistance. Perform sets of 30 seconds on/30 seconds off while maintaining high elbows and good technique.
Use that jellybean-shaped hotel pool with this time-based workout.
Swim the perimeter of the pool, in circles, if possible. Take 30 to 60 seconds rest between sets.
5-minute easy warm-up swim (change directions at 2:30)
5 minutes as: Streamline kick one length of the pool, scull one length, non-free one length, FAST free one length
5-minute swim as 20 strokes hard, 20 strokes easy
5-minute swim with sighting every fifth breath
5 minutes as: Swim 4 lengths of the pool, climb out at the steps, do 5 push-ups/10 crunches/5 squats, REPEAT
5 minutes choice cool-down swim (change directions at 2:30)