3 Tips for Building a Game Day Workout

3 Tips for Building a Game Day Workout

So you’re traveling for a college football game this weekend and thinking about skipping out on your normal workouts? NOT SO FAST… just because you’re on the road and don’t have access to a gym doesn’t mean you have to be sedentary.

With a bit of creativity, you can still get an awesome workout on the road.

Start Early

There’s no way that you’re going to be able to get in a quality workout after you’ve grilled out, drank a beer or two, and started hanging out with your friends (and no, bean bag tossing games of any kind don’t count). If you’re going to exercise, you’re going to have to do it soon after you wake up.

Start the day with an iced coffee and a piece of fruit, then start your workout. 30 or 45 minutes later, you’ll be glad you got it over with.

Use What You Have

You don’t have to have 105 lb. dumbbells and a Smith Machine to get a great workout in; you just need to use what you have around you. If all you have is your body weight, then use it.

Mix it up with push-ups, chair dips, sprints, or various yoga poses. You can even use this situation as an excuse to do abs on Saturday… something you probably never do.

Focus on Your Weaknesses

If you typically lift weights 4 or 5 days per week but you don’t get much cardio in, try going for a short run or even running a few sprints.

College campuses are great places to go for a run, so take advantage. If you never stretch, then make an extended stretching session your workout for the day; you’ll be surprised how great you feel afterward.

If you get creative, there’s really no reason not have a great workout on Game Day, but if you need a little help, try something like this:

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Half Mile Jog---
Clap Push-ups5AMRAP45 Seconds
Incline Push-ups51030 Seconds
Decline push-ups51020 Seconds
Stretching Session---

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Matthew Johnson is a fitness writer, personal trainer, strength coach, as well as a former gym owner. Matthew holds an MBA from The University of Memphis and a Master’s in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew has also earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the NSCA. Matthew recently published his first book, 300 30 Minute Workouts for Busy People, and lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Anna, and their dog Henderson, and cat, Sox.

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