Board meetings, speaking engagements, touring facilities — the life of a chief executive officer can get a little hectic, something that the CO-CEOs of Fabletics Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg know all too well. It’s very easy to leave healthy choices and workouts by the wayside when you’re traveling, but there are a few things Don takes with to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When empty, these weights take up virtually no space in your luggage. Simply add water from your hotel room and you can take an in-room workout to a whole new level. Don recommends also carry a deflated stability ball and a basic air pump. With your back on the stability ball, use the travel weights to do three sets of 20 reps of overhead presses. Usually the goal is to create a circuit of three exercises to give the muscles a little break between sets. Running in place, jumping jacks, lunges, pushups and sit ups are all exercises that require no special equipment and can be done in your hotel room.
Check Out The City
When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than an early morning jog in a new place. Unique sights, sounds and smells make it more interesting than my typical run around the block at home. Mr. Ressler recommends keeping an eye out for juice bars and taco stands that offer breakfast burritos. But you can occasionally get lost, but thanks to technology, that’s no longer a concern. If you’re staying in the mountains or up north, try to pack several thin layers that you can peel off as necessary. The first layers are usually a Kent Tee and a 1/2 ZIP with my Hermosa Shorts, both of which Don Ressler recommends from his brand. It’s always a good idea to chat up the hotel staff before venturing out. They can often suggest a more scenic route and alert you to any trouble spots.
A travel day can leave you achey and sluggish, which is why Don loves to get a good stretch in before bed. Overhead presses are a great way to get those shoulder muscles in motion. Simply stand in the center of the band with your feet shoulder-width apart. Push your palms upward to extend your arms. Do three sets of 10 reps for each resistance band exercise. Next, tie a band around my knees to do bridges on the floor. It makes the bridge a bit more intense. Lastly, use a resistance band for a bent-over row. It stretches your back muscles and will helps anybody sleep like a baby after a long day of travel.
There’s Always The Hotel Fitness Center and Pool
Being a fervent traveler, Don has seen his fair share of antiquated and practically nonexistent hotel fitness centers. Here’s a tip from a frequent traveler: Look for free bottled water in the hotel gym. These areas are not usually staffed, so the machines may be unsanitary. Be sure to wipe down any equipment before and after using it. If you get up early enough, you can usually have the hotel pool to yourself.
Walk When You Can
Rather than planning a full workout early in the morning or at the end of the day, you can often rely on mini-workouts throughout the day. Wear sneakers when you can, so you’re prepared if you get an opportunity to move. Sometimes, you can pull over at a beach mid-day unwind and take a little walk. It’s a great place to return calls as well. Consider making dinner plans at a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. If you can find time for a 30-minute walk and get in a few intervals of resistance training, you’ll sleep and perform better throughout your trip. Keep a Fabletics bag stocked with water, towels, an extra pair of our arch compression socks, plus a few other supplies in my rental car at all times.
Above all, take care of yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the objectives of the company or that specific trip. However, keeping yourself in top shape makes you more productive and healthy in the long run.
About Don Ressler
Don Ressler is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Fabletics and TechStyle clothing brands. Alongside Adam Goldenberg, the two set out to create a modern fashion brand that would provide affordable athleticwear, that was more tailored to their user base. Through technology, and input from celebrity partners like Kate Hudson, Don has been able to craft a unique fashion brand that’s about so much more than just how the pants look.