Monday, August 7, 2017

On the Road as a Coach

bob on vacation
Whether we hit the open road, or the open skies, travel can be a big part of our personal and professional lives.
From visiting family to attending industry conferences to just exploring a new country or continent just to see more of our amazing world, it's inevitable that travel will be a part of our lives at some point.
view from airplaneHowever, travel brings with it a whole host of fitness related issues such as how to best handle jet lag, options for good nutrition, and places to train. As coaches, we can be very good about creating a travel plan for success for our clients, but we are often not so diligent about implementing, or even creating, such plans in our own lives.

What About Food?

Nutrition is often the easiest one for us to deal with, in part due to our knowledge of good nutrition, as with the exponential growth of vegetarians and vegans globally. This trend means that there are myriad of options for healthy and balanced meals/foods around the world, even in meat-obsessed places such as Spain and Poland.
One of my favorite things to do on the road is to find a local farmer’s market for a nice selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish that I can’t always get back home. In the rare cases where there isn’t one, or if I’m too lazy to go, I simply opt for the local grocery store to pick up nutritious foods that I can have on hand. You can also pack an extra bag of your favorite snacks to bring along on your journey if shopping is not on your vacation’s to do list.
We can also opt for healthier options on the menu of restaurants, such as choosing baked instead of fried meals, or forgoing the ritual drowning of our pasta and salad in sauces, dressings, and oils. We can select water instead of juices and sodas, and leave the extra packet of sugar for our post meal tea or coffee on the table.

Places to Train

When it comes to working out, we, just like our clients, can be lost if we don’t have a plan going in. Michael Granger, a tier 3+ trainer at Equinox and a black belt in karate, shares his plan for success:
hotel“As for working on the road: it is all dependent on the type of travel. If I travel for karate {competitions} then I am always practicing utilizing the space I am in or that is available.
If it is for leisure, then it is dependent on the locale. In Cape Cod, I joined a gym for a week. In Guyana, I exchange coaching tips for gym access. Otherwise I do my mobility circuit and in place karate moves.”
Even if we aren’t a black belt in karate like Michael, we can get some free passes to, or join a local gym for our stay. There is also my favorite option, TRX workouts, since the TRX is light and easy to carry.

Your Turn

Fellow coaches, we need to remember to take care of ourselves on the road, so that we can continue to change the lives of our clients, families, and friends.
Questions? Have a travel hack you want to share? Leave a comment below.
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