All of my travel workouts have three things in common - they're quick, they're almost always barefoot and they only use bodyweight or lightweight equipment. On the equipment front, I have my tried and true pieces (mini bands, pilates ball and gliders) but I also love to experiment with new equipment because the more you mix it up, the less likely you are to plateau. The problem is that I'm picky...
There is so much out there that is just a gimmick or slight modification from an existing tool. There is nothing worse than making the time to work out and finding that you don't break a sweat or you're so uncomfortable with some apparatus that you get discouraged or wary of injury. This is why I constantly keep my eye for new innovations that actually work.
Introducing Wearbands. Wearbands are just what they seem to be - a resistance band system that you physically wear. The system includes a belt that you strap around the waist and open-toed footies that are custom to your shoe size. The system looks equal parts intimidating and badass. Let me tell you, it's definitely the latter! I tried this out on the rocky slopes of the Algarve and every tourist looked away from that stunning view to check out my fitness kit.
It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you're comfortable with the Wearbands system, it really takes bodyweight exercises to the next level. Imagine lunging, squatting or jumping with resistance added. You have multiple resistance band levels to choose from - although I only made it to the second level thus far (it's that effective.) The goal is to gradually increase your resistance as your progress.
I love that these are something genuinely new (not just an incremental improvement or change) and that they take up such little room. I'll be doing many more workouts with them. Take a look at the 10 exercises below to see what you think! (All of these can be done bodyweight as well if you'd like!) I would love to hear what you think of these and any interesting moves to add!