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The Fitness Trail: Fitness on the go

Check out the contents of this fitness on the go workout bag featured this week and then chat with your qualified/certified personal trainer so they may design an exercise program for you utilizing these contents.
Jackie Wright / For Sky-Hi

We are all incredibly busy these days and fitting in fitness, particularly during vacation or business trips, is challenging. However, preparing for those situations when you are “on the go” pays off excellent dividends which include maintaining your fitness level while out of pocket and avoiding the “big dread” of resuming your workouts when you return home.

While it is a great idea to scope out where you will be staying while away to determine what the workout possibilities might be at that resort, hotel or city, keep in mind that traveling with your workout tools provides you with immediate access to simple, yet effective workout programs. This is a practical approach which addresses those days when traveling to a health club, or even into the fitness studio at the venue, may not be possible.

Many of our clients request a “workout in a bag” that we design specifically for them which may be utilized anywhere. Check out the contents of this fitness on the go workout bag featured this week and then chat with your qualified/certified personal trainer so they may design an exercise program for you utilizing these contents. All you need is a small space clear of obstacles, a door hinge and you! As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

“Workout in a Bag” Contents

-Workout Bag – we utilize a small drawstring backpack design with a zipper in the front for room keys, cell phones, identification and for the assist-a-strap that is the primary anchor for many of the exercises which utilizes resistive tubing.

-Lanyard – the lanyard is attached to the zipper and also holds the individualized exercise programs for the specific client as well as the specific contents of the bag.

-Several different gauges of resistive tubing (i.e. light/medium/heavy/very heavy, etc.). You need different gauges of tubing for different exercises just as you require different increments of dumbbells when training for different exercises.

-Several different types of resistive tubing. There are various types of tubing which are designed for upper body or lower body uses when the traditional tubing is not practical.

-Assist-a-Strap – this is essential as mentioned previously to anchor the resistive tubing to door hinges for a plethora of exercises.

-Mini ball – small, pliable ball that provides additional challenge to many core exercises.

-Stretching Strap – a strap designed to enable the client to stretch many areas of the body that may either not be feasible without the strap or may be enhanced when using the strap.

-Other options – may include the TRX Suspension System which is not always practical for the workout in a bag concept since it is a little bulky and small weighted balls if practical in terms of the total weight of the bag.

-The exercise programs. There should be at least two and each should be limited to three-five exercises which may be repeated several times in a circuit format that addresses all major muscle groups of the body and includes a complete description of each exercise. Ideally, you should meet with your trainer prior to traveling with the bag so that you are familiar with the exercises and simply need the written reinforcement to perform each one safely and effectively.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness, LLC located in Granby. She may be reached at her website at, her email at and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.

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