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Experts / May 2016
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

3 Insane Workouts to Try on Your Next Road Trip

Vacations are great. There’s no denying that. Not so great? The six hour drive that comes with reaching your destination … and the additional two hours you spend held up in traffic.

We’ve all been there—hours and hours in the car just sitting behind the wheel.

No road trip is complete without the inevitable bathroom break. But instead of hitting up the fast food line, do your body a favor and see that rest stop as your gym.

“There are many reasons why we should actually be more inclined to work out if we are on the road,” attests Founder/Owner of PumpFit Club and ReebokONE trainer Hannah Eden.

“Our bodies are designed for regular movement. Staying in a sedentary state while sitting in a car for extended amounts of time can cause muscle stiffness and back pain, all of which can easily be relieved by simply moving around with some simple exercises and routines throughout your trip.”

We’ve teamed up with Eden to give you three quick and dirty workouts to do while on your next road trip. 

Tabata Heaven

There are four parts to this workout: A,B,C,D. Each part has two movements. 

Do each couplet Tabata style (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) for four minutes, alternating between movements. After the four minutes is up, rest for one minute before moving onto the next couplet.

Couplet 1:
Tire toe taps 
Downward dog push-ups 



Couplet 2:
Virtual double unders 20/10
Broad jumps 20/10



Couplet 3:
Tuck jumps
Bent leg hollow body hold



Couplet 4:
Jumping lunges 
Bear crawl hold 



The 45's

There's no need to weigh your suitcase down by packing fitness equipment when items you're already carrying in the car can be used just as effectively.

In this workout, spend 45 seconds on each of the below exercises, resting for 15 seconds before moving onto the next exercise. The key is to set a pace that you can maintain for the entire 45 seconds. After two full rounds, rest for 1 minute before completing two more full rounds. 

Water bottle half moons

Luggage squat holds

Bear crawl shoulder taps

Bulgarian split squats, alternating legs each round


30:60:90 Body Shock

This workout includes three exercises. Start by performing star jumps for 30 seconds before resting for 10 seconds. Follow that up with a 60 second car handstand hold and 20 seconds of rest. Finally, perform as many burpee bag jump-overs and v-ups as you can in 90 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds; then, repeat the sequence over from the beginning. You should complete three rounds in total. 

Star jumps 30/10

Car handstand holds 60/20

10 burpee bag jump-overs, 10 v-ups 90/30


Experts / May 2016
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom