Double-Duty Travel Partner

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Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you need to give up resistance training. In fact, as long as you have a companion, you don’t even need to pack any equipment or scout the area for a gym. Partner’s improvisational resistance Training (PIRT) can help maintain strength when you’re away from the weight room. Use the chart below to get a full-body workout with your partner.

Bodypart

Exercise

Partner Position

Abs

Crunch

Lie on the floor in a crunch position and have your partner apply resistance to your shoulders while you curl up.

Back

Back Extension

Lie on the floor facedown. Your partner applies resistance to your upper back as you raise your head and shoulders off the floor.

Back

Lat Pull

Face one another, toes touching, holding each other’s wrists with bent elbows. Both of you will simultaneously extend your arms to lean back and then pull yourself back to the starting position. Keep your bodies straight throughout the exercise.

Chest

Chest Press

Lie on the floor faceup with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and arms extended toward the ceiling. Your partner should lie face-down with his or her hips supported by your hands with his or her arms extended, touching the floor alongside your head. Bend your elbows to lower your partner, then extend them to return him or her to the starting position.

Legs

Leg Press

Lie on the floor faceup with your legs raised so they create a 90-degree angle at the hip. Have your partner lie facedown so that your feet support him or her at the hip and hold each other’s hands. Bend your legs to lower your partner and straighten to lift him or her up.