I’ve always been an active person, so being on the move and traveling around the world isn’t incredibly exhausting to me like it may be to others. I say Dora the Explorer over Netflix any day. I know, I know. Call me crazy. It shouldn’t come as a shock that I love a good daily workout, whether that be lifting a 52 lb suitcase (chronically overweight) or running through the heart of a new city. But what about the many times I’m stuck in a hotel room? Maybe it’s raining outside. Maybe I’m feeling too lazy to navigate a city (just being honest). Maybe the hotel doesn’t have a gym. What’s a travel blogger to do? Time to break out the laptop.
I’ve professed my undying love for 8 minute abs previously, but Les Mills On Demand kills it in the online streaming workout game. I’m talking lasers, bangin’ playlists and sweat galore. Did I just arrive to a Tiesto concert? Debatable. Plus, there’s a really good chance it’s cheaper than your gym membership, and there’s a really really good chance that it’s cheaper than your specialized pilates, barre, cycling or yoga classes too. Get unlimited access for $12.99/mo (there’s a free 10 day trail everyone should take advantage of), but that’s not even the best part. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good Lulu outfit, but this will save you big time on activewear. Who can judge you for planking in pjs? Wait for it: Nobody.
There’s something for all fitness levels from GRIT (no equipment needed!) that’s more in line with a HIIT class to a SH’BAM dance class. Les Mills doesn’t discriminate, but I might. My two favorites are CXWORK and BodyBalance.
Not for the faint of heart (or core), CXWORX classes are 8 minute abs on crack. About 5 minutes into the class, my abs were BURNIN. The class puts twists on classic core exercises like planks and leg lifts. Fortunately, the instructor moves relatively quickly between exercises in order for you to constantly work different areas. 8-pack here I come!
Note: Some exercises in the CXWORX series require resistance bands or weights.
Deemed “New Yoga,” the BodyBalance and BodyFlow classes range from 30 to 55 minutes. Taking elements from yoga, pilates, and tai chi, the classes have a subtly faster pace than traditional yoga which I enjoyed. Ahhhh, just the type of unwinding I need in a hotel room after a long travel day!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.