FIVE Fit-for-Travel Tips From Professional Fitness Coach Taylor Rank
Chōsen Experiences’ strength and conditioning expert Taylor Rank is no stranger to life on the road. His career in fitness has taken him from the United States to South Korea and Hong Kong, and now he is based in Dubai. Taylor runs our Dynamic Lifestyle week, helping participants apply his hard-won nutrition and movement knowledge to their daily lives. Here, Taylor shares his top tips for a travel-ready lifestyle.
Nurture Through Nutrition
Nutrition, Taylor insists, is essential to dynamic living. Food fuels your body to achieve your goals during the day, and so when faced with a hotel buffet selection, he usually chooses eggs and cold-cut meats.Taylor’s Tip: When travelling, plan on meeting your nutritional needs with non-meat sources such as nuts and seeds. Pack a few small bags of mixed nuts in your suitcase and carry-on. They are also a great on-the-go snack between meals.
Prioritize and Plan
Days on the road can be unpredictable. Taylor suggests reviewing your schedule the evening before travelling, and prioritizing focused time for a workout. This may mean waking up 30 minutes earlier. Chōsen Tip: Invest in a travel alarm or ask your hotel for a wake-up call. Avoid using your phone as an alarm – you risk getting stuck into emails the moment you open your eyes and missing that exercise slot!
Take up Tabata
Tabata is a training method employing 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for four or eight minutes. It’s a proven way to maximize workout effectiveness when time is short. Tabata can be applied to any type of exercise, including push-ups, lunges and air squats. A Chōsen team favorite combination is Tabata vertical jump x push-up x sit-up repeated eight times. That’s a 12-minute workout!Taylor’s Tip: Travel with a skipping rope. It takes no room in your luggage and is a quick way to get your heart rate up even in small spaces – a great morning energy boost to combat jetlag!
Wherever you travel, vitamins B6 and B12 are key to maintaining energy reserves. Consult with your organic store for a naturally sourced non-synthetic brand. Chōsen Tip: Once you have found a brand that suits you, double up when buying. Keep one batch for home use and place the other straight into your suitcase – so you’ll never forget to pack them!
Learn Through New Experiences
Finally, you are in a new place, so indulge in a new experience. Whether it’s a qi gong session in Hong Kong or a kickboxing masterclass in Bangkok, this is your chance to get out of your comfort zone. If you will be staying in a hotel, email the concierge in advance to research the local experience that grabs you, and book before you arrive. Chōsen Tip: Try joining a group. It’s ok for others to know you are new to something - it shows your interest in the local environment and is a good way to make new friends.