Traveling is one of my favorite things. I love getting out of the routine and enjoying days in places far from home. It’s fun to break away from the day to day schedule. However there is one routine that I miss when I’m away – my workout routine. You know, the weekly who/what/when of training. But, travel provides a great chance to switch things up, try new activities and jazz up the regimen. Because, the routine is always there upon return.
I just got back from 2 weeks in Southern California and had a great time finding a workout everyday of the trip. I needed to be flexible because traveling with kids, it’s not realistic to schedule anything in concrete. So in advance of the trip, I made a simple list of my workout options and studios I wanted to check out.
- At Home Options (days without childcare): Nike Training Club or YogaGlo
- When in Newport Beach: YogaWorks, WORK Irvine, Barry’s Bootcamp, Grit Cycle
- When in Thousand Oaks: Orange Theory, Drenched, YogaWorks, Core Power Yoga
Simple. But, helpful for me to narrow the options in advance and make decision making easier in the midst of vacation-mode. There were several mornings that I relied on my trusty Nike Training Club for cardio drills. And a handful of days that YogaGlo and my travel yoga mat came to the rescue. (Surprisingly, I did not go for one single run while I was there. Weird. But, it just didn’t make as much sense on this visit.) I did have many chances to break away from the fam and visit a few new studios though.
We spent a few days up in the Thousand Oaks area with Isaac’s family. While we were up there I worked out at Drenched Fitness and Orange Theory in Westlake Village. Both are 60 minute HIIT workouts using treadmills and weights. And both were great. Orange Theory was so sweaty and fun that I went two mornings in a row. (More on Orange Theory later… they’ve got a unique thing going.)
While in Newport Beach, I spent most of my free workout time at WORK in Irvine. A best bud has been working out there for months and I had been looking forward to going with her. It was a blast and a totally awesome workout – my buns and triceps are still sore. No joke. I made it to four classes there – Pulse, Overtime, Rooted and Force. The trainers were great, facility was awesome and group energy was fantastic. I cannot wait to go back on my next visit.
But now, back to my routine! I hit the saddle at BurnCycle this morning and have the alarm set for Nike Training Club tomorrow morning. It’s good to be home.