Friday, November 9th 2012

5 Wk Travel Fitness Summary and 4 Free Training Videos

"A 'Balanced' Fitness Mindset is the Key to Maintaining the Fitness Lifestyle - and Living to the Max..."

It's been a few weeks now since I've been back in the USA, from the Australia/New Zealand trip - and I've taken some time to summarize and highlight the key points of how I not only maintained, but also improved my fitness condition during the 5-Week trip. (The last photo on this page was taken at the end of the trip, a few days before heading back to the USA.) And I also have 4 Free Fitness Training Videos that are being edited and trimmed, along with a few other items, which you'll have a chance to access earlier in the new year, which will be here VERY SOON. But, I've included some sneak preview images for you to see. Just keep reading...

5-Week Travel Fitness Summary Highlights

1 - Proper pre-planning: Made a checklist of items to pack and made sure they were packed for trip. Trail sneakers, resistance bands, suspension strap, gloves, workout clothes for appropriate climate. 2 - Pre-ordered some nutritional essentials and had them shipped to Australia so they would be there when needed. Electrolyte packs, natural digestive enzymes, etc... 3 - Shopped for staple food, snack and beverage items within the first 12 hours of arrival. Stocked up on teas, nut butters, granola/muesli bars, fruits, eggs, nuts, bread, etc... 4 - Explored whenever and wherever possible ON FOOT. Hikes, walks to town, etc... 5 - Kayaked a few times. ...and biked a little bit. 6 - Took advantage of the hills and mountains by doing short runs and run/walk combos almost every morning. It was incredible to start running again since the herniated disc episode from last year. Feeling awesome about it now - but keeping "balance" about it. (still doing lots of biking). 7 - Went in search of all the playgrounds I could find in each location we stayed at - and did most workouts on the playgrounds. An intrigued video crew offered to film a series of 4 training sessions, in Paihia - and we then recorded a few more outdoor training videos on our own (preview shots are below).

This was the fitness training rotation we followed:

Day 1: a.m. Cardio hike/run pre-dinner Bodyweight Workout (focus on lower-body) p.m. stretching Day 2: a.m. Cardio hike/run pre-dinner Bodyweight Workout (focus on chest and back) p.m. stretching Day 3: a.m. Cardio bike ride pre-dinner Bodyweight and Band Workout (focus on shoulders and core) p.m. stretching Day 4: a.m. Body-weight Cardio on playground pre-dinner Bodyweight and Band Workout (focus on arms) p.m. stretching Day 5: a.m. Cardio hike and jog intervals pre-dinner Bodyweight Workout (focus on abs and core) p.m. stretching Day 6: we start the cycle over again from Day 1 above. Keep in mind there were some days where travel, work or sightseeing didn't allow for total training sessions - maybe some good stretching, etc.. (like at the airport on long stops). 8 - Generally speaking, only ate when hungry - BUT didn't restrict myself from having a few genuine treats here and there. 9 - Shopped at the local farmer's markets a few times and had a great time creating simple new recipes on the grill, and the stove. Also learned about a few more unique ingredients and very easy recipes for HEALTHY Desserts and GOOD-for-YOU Cupcakes...

Here's a preview photo of the GOOD-for-YOU Cupcakes:

[caption id="attachment_804" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Healthy Delicious Nutritious Cupcakes"]healthy delicious nutritious cupcakes[/caption]
Eating these was divine - almost sinful - but just knowing they were made from wholesome and healthy alternative ingredients made it all OK and left me feeling great (not 'sick' in the stomach or "guilty" - at all.) I'll be sending you more info on these sinfully D-Lish recipes next week - so stay tuned. 10 - NO BOOZE during the flights. While I enjoyed my share of incredible wines and Limoncello during the 5 weeks, I did not drink any alcohol on any of the flights - even on the 15 hour flights, where the drinks were "all included" in the airfare. 11 - During the long travel days to and from AUS/NZ, I stuck to the same nutrition rules as any other day - and also kept some "safety rations" in my back-pack, just in case. 12 - Made sure I didn't forget to share enough of this trip and the strategies implemented with you - so you can do the same, whether at home - or on the road. Below are 4 preview shots of the free videos we'll be sharing with you early in the New Year, in the Playground Hard-Body Training Series. These 4 Outdoor Body-Weight/Band Sessions are going to be in the Bonus Package:
Outdoor Stretching Cornwall Park Auckland New Zealand photo
Outdoor Body-Weight Cardio in Cornwall Park Auckland New Zealand photo
Smoking Shoulders with Bands and BodyWeight Paihia New Zealand Photo
[caption id="attachment_800" align="alignnone" width="419" caption="10 Minute Total Body Band Workout Paihia New Zealand Photo"]10 Minute Total Body Band Workout Paihia New Zealand Photo[/caption]
That's it for the 5-Week Travel Fitness Summary and the sneak preview of some of the new freebies coming your way. Stay tuned so you don't miss any of them - and please post any thoughts, comments or questions on today's update - in the box below my photo. That space is there for you :-) ...Even though there was lots of work to be done - the trip was a lot of fun and VERY productive in many ways... Some great stuff is coming your way. Your trainer for life, - Joey Atlas
[caption id="attachment_808" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Joey and Friend in Cascades, Auckland, New Zealand"] joey and friend in cascades auckland new zealand[/caption]


  • Patti

    Wow that one next to you is really solid.  Actually you look absolutely great and I envy you because at this present time I am trying to recover from chronic lyme disease and I am dying to be able to work out again.  My right knee is and has been inflammed for 4 months now and that stops me from doing your workouts.  My fatigue stops me from doing the upper body……..but I’m still fighting and plan to be back in a few weeks.  Thanks for all the help. 

  • Trishonda

    Wow!!! The last pic is really hot!  Joey you have the hottest body of all!  That’s my opinion and I’m sure others would agree.  Thank you for traveling all around the world helping people with their fitness and sharing your experiences.  Experience is the best teacher, right? lol.  You’re fantastic.  I love you!!!

  • Juli Sicobo

    LOL, I do see the resemblance in the picture :)) Thanks.
    Very good reading, encouraging. Thank you for sharing.
    Ju

  • HAIRRAGE590

    GREAT PIC. WHAT A RESEMBLINCE! WORKOUTS OF YOURS ARE GREAT THANKS

  • vicky

    Hey Joey, thanks for yet another interesting read. You are a source of inspiration – my wife has been thinking of cancelling my travel plans with the pretext that we may be off – routine – but you have shown the way to strike a balance ! Many thanks – btw – in the photo above – thank god you dont have that frown as your friend has  🙂 LoL

  • Joyce Milnes

    hi joey,what a lovely photo you look so fit and happy after  your holiday,enjoy reading your updates,Joyce.

  • Cathystorrier1169

    Your body looks as good as my husbands lol regards from Australia

  • Rina

    Great ideas, Joey. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sureshgokhale

    wonderful photos as well as work out.what is your age .haveu undergone cardiac testing.i am 74yrs.playing good tennis for 5days.2 days full gym workout. i am littlle bad in indurance as i have execise  induce  dyspnea profilactic angio plasty 3 ys.back.
    bye
    dr.suresh gokhale
    m.bb.s  dch  fellow in sports medicine

  • Jcunningham

    you know there is a similarity: if the fella beside you had dark glasses you might be taken for brothers.

  • Anonymous

     true!
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

     keep up the great work, dr… 74 years young!
    last cardiac test i had showed healthy and strong results.
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

     pleasure, Rina!
    -J

  • Anonymous

     He’s got “it” then!
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

     Thanks, Joyce!
    – Joey

  • Anonymous

     keep with it, Patti – you are on the right track.
    Best
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     keep with it, Patti – you are on the right track.
    Best
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     keep with it, Patti – you are on the right track.
    Best
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     you are toooooooooo kind, Trishonda, but I love it! You’re fantastic too!
    sending love back!
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     thanks, Ju!
    keep cranking,
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

     thx! which ones are you doing??
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

    total pleasure, V,.. thanks.. Where youz’ traveling to?
    -Joey

  • Cuttingedgept

    funny that I thought the same thing when I looked at the picture, distant relative perhaps?????
    Cant wait for delish cupcake ingredients. Bring It On!

  • Hilda

    Hi Joey,  what’s your twin’s name?  He sure needs your freebie videos to shape up!  
    I am leaving for Aus on 2 Dec, staying there for +- 3 months, so I’ll be looking forward to your new stuff.  Hilda xx

  • Sarah Matthews

    Thanks for sharing these travel tips and workout videos.  Love the photo of Joey and Friend in Cascades.  That’s a keeper1

  • georgina

    Congrats for such a wonderful trip.  You promise we´ll look as strong and healthy as you do if we follow the same exercise routine?  Thank you so much for sharing the videos.  Could we possibly have the recipe of the cup cakes?  All the best, dear trainer for life!

  • Anonymous

     Yes, Georgina – I promise! 🙂 …stay tuned for some recipes – coming this week!
    Thanks!
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     …thanks, Sarah!
    -Joey

  • Anonymous

     Enjoy, Hilda!
    ..friends name is Woody.
    Joey

  • Anonymous

     some recipes coming soon!
    -Joey

  • Amazing physiques!!!!!  🙂

  • Anwen

    thank you for sharing Joey – sensational ~ 🙂
    Anwen

  • sunilkumar

    wonderful