Holiday Training

May 25, 2016


Holidays are an important part of our yearly schedule. They are something to look forward to and provide us with opportunities to visit new places, experience new things and spend time the people that are important to us. With most of us leading hectic lives, trying to balance the demands of work, family, study, training and social activities. Holidays give us the chance to break from our normal routine and recharge the batteries, ready to come back and pursue our goals with renewed vigour.


Many people ask me the following questions:

  • Should I train on holidays?

  • What type of training should I do while I am on holidays?

  • How often should I train while I am on holidays?


As with most things in life and fitness there is no one right answer. My response is usually “it depends”. The factors that will impact the correct response are:

  • What is your goal?

  • How are you feeling in the lead up to your holiday?

  • How long are you going on holidays for?


Ultimately the main question that you should ask yourself is:

  • Do I want to train while I am on holiday?


If the answer is “yes” then training on holidays is great!



I am going to outline a really simple and enjoyable session that I completed while away in Italy on my holidays earlier this month. I took the first 5 days off and just walked around taking in the sights and sounds that Parma, Florence and Rome had to offer. When I felt that I wanted to work out again I took myself out to the balcony of my hotel, blasted Bruce Springsteen’s live album from my laptop and got my body moving again.


Session outline:

  • 5 exercises

  • 10-20 reps on each

  • A mixture of upper body, lower body and core exercises

  • 20-30 minutes in duration


Sample session

  1. Push up

  2. Band pull apart

  3. Bodyweight squat

  4. Bodyweight reverse lunge

  5. Mountain climber




The purpose of this session is to improve muscular and aerobic endurance with minimal equipment and in a time efficient manner. You want to feel that you are moderately out of breath for most of the session and feel that you have worked your entire body when you have finished the session.


I hope that you enjoy this holiday workout as much as I did. If you do then please send me an Instagram or Tweet showing you smashing your holiday workout in some exotic destination.


Ciaran Ruddock


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