Sunday, October 25, 2009

On the Road

I’m used to traveling quite a bit for work, but thankfully, I’ve been able to beg off any out-of-town trips since I began P90X. I now have a handful of trips planned, though, and know that sticking strictly to a P90X schedule won’t be easy. I’ll probably just hit the hotel gym and take advantage of the standard offerings: free weights and machines. Hopefully, I won’t get stuck somewhere without a decent fitness center.

But here’s another option from Tony Horton himself: Tony recently did an interview with the U.K.’s Exec Digital magazine, and spoke about a P90X-based workout that can be done just about anywhere:
“It’s called UCML and I created it for R&B superstar Usher, conducting this program in Washington D.C. with a group of senators and congressmen at the congressional gym.  It’s a sequence of four different types of moves – essentially muscle confusion all in one workout.”
The acronym UCML stands for Upper, Cardio, Middle and Lower.  In addition, Horton says, all you need is “gravity and a floor” to have an excellent workout.
Horton explains that you start with your upper body and suggests any kind of push up or pull up for 30 to 40 repetitions.  Next, do some cardio for one minute, such as jumping jacks or running in place.  For your middle area, do any type of sit up or core movement for another 30 or 40 repetitions.  And for your lower body, legs, Horton suggests lunges or squats, and once again do the move for 30 or 40 repetitions.
“Any kind of push up you want or have seen with P90X, some jumping-jacks, lunges or squat type moves will make a difference because, after you do your first round of UCML, it’s time to start again for up to an hour.  You will get a tremendous workout, you will burn a bunch of calories and you won’t have needed anything other than gravity,” Horton says.
When it comes to eating on the road, Horton has a five-word answer: “Ask for what you need.  If you need healthy food, ask for it.  If you really care about your fitness, just ask for it. The excuse I was traveling and had to eat out doesn’t work anymore.”