Thursday, September 3, 2009

Eye of the Tiger

I went looking for Rocky at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. On the way, I found the Star Trek. Ya'll know this made me happy. Apparently if I had been at the science museum at any time other than 7 a.m. I could have gone inside and seen the Enterprise. Star Trek, Rocky, and exercise are a great way to start your day.

Wednesday Exercise Journal
30 minutes of weights in hotel gym
1 hour walk/run to see Rocky. 4 miles at 7 a.m.
2 hour walk from downtown Philly to the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. 6 miles at 5 p.m.
Walk from hotel to meeting. 2 miles.

Weird Weight Loss Tips
Skip the Mascara. My walk/run to Rocky took a little longer than expected. I had planned to walk for 30 minutes, but I could see the Art Museum in the distance and made a calculated decision. 1) I could go to museum and take a longer walk or 2) I could take a short walk and have time to put on my mascara. I've never liked mascara even before I started exercising, so this morning seemed like the wrong time to decide that mascara was important.

Like the white rabbit, be late. Have a very important date. My meeting started at 8:30 a.m. and my long walk turned into a long run back to the hotel so I could have time to shower. I ran just so I wouldn't be late for my very important date. I'm pretty sure no one cared that I was lacking mascara.


  1. Vacation exercise ...

    I do hit hotel gyms on occassion, but I've been more inspired to go outside if the weather is nice. I really don't care if I look stupid or people think I'm crazy. I'm doing this for me.

    Things I look for ...

    Park benches - great for pushups, squats

    High Stairs, ledges - great for step ups, jump ups, split squats

    Stairs -- great for sprints

    Boulders - great for overhead press (when I was in DC. the river had some 20-30lbs rocks by it. Picking these up into an overhead press was a great work-out)

    Playgrounds -- usually not many kids in the early AM, so you can usually find pull up, push up spots. Do jumping pull ups if you cannot do regular pull ups

    I scope out an area and look for a little mini-circuit to do high-intensity training.

    For example, while in Seattle, I did springs up 5-6 stories of stairs, followed by push ups, squats and step ups. The mix of aerobic and strength keeps your heart rate up so you burn more calories in a shorter period.

    While in Ashville, NC, I found a park setting with a bench and playground. Sprint to the bench, 15 pushups, sprint to the playground 15 jumping pullups, sprint to a tree, 15 squats ... repeat 6x.

    When in DC, I ran down to the white house, found some stairs on the way back and stopped and did some pushups and stepups in a park.

    Mix it up. Have fun. And don't care what others think.

  2. Should read sprints not springs - wish I had some springs by the end of it.

  3. Jeff, you should create a city by city workout guide! I like these suggestions.