Travelling is no excuse to get fat

Many people put on weight when they travel, but travel is no excuse to get fat.

You can prevent this with a simple holiday workout in your hotel room or the hotel gym if there is one:

You’ve done all the hard work and you’re looking good for your trip. Sydney PT Brandon Hasick says don’t make the mistake of letting all go. Follow these simple steps to maintain your results without having to go to the gym.

Slow it down

Even though weights based training is ideal, you’ve got to use what you’ve got. Start with your body and get creative with the intensity and modalities. The main focus for any strength training is force production. Because you can’t control the amount your body weighs, you’ll have to control force production another way.

Start by increasing the amount of time your muscles are under tension (TUT). I.e. Slow down. The muscles will be stimulated by the TUT and you’ll get a similar result to lifting heavy.


Sydney PT Brandon Hasick demonstrates a simple hold you can do almost anywhere for core and arm strength. Travel is no excuse to get fat!

Try 10 slow and push ups with full range of motion, each minute for 10minutes.

Go full body

Turn your body into a metabolic machine by ensuring all muscles are working and having to grow and repair. The more cells that work means that there will be more cells needing oxygen. The more cells which require oxygen means that the more calories you will burn – ensuring you don’t get fat whilst travelling.

Try doing 50 chest to floor burpees as fast as you can and you won’t feel so guilty about eating those extra few chips.

Gymnastics training

You don’t often see gymnasts with small muscles and big bellies. This is for a reason. Their style of training requires strength and stamina. Both are great ways to keep your body looking sharp, and don’t require much equipment.

Try doing 3 wall climbs every minute for as many minutes as you can. Aiming for 5-10 minutes.

Brando utilises slow and controlled movements as an alternative method to increase strength

Brandon Hasick is a Sports Scientist, movement coach and owner of BodyByBrando, a group fitness studio in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Brando holds a passion for helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary results with their bodies with his ultimate goal to help as many people  understand how they can build a better body that functions at optimal capacity day in and day out. He has many fitness mantras, one of which is travel is no excuse to get fat!

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