Nothing can kill your workout routine like a business trip or even that much needed getaway, but with new technology and minimalist exercise plans, training on-the-go has never been easier. Enter personal trainer extraordinaire Carmen Morgan. Her fitness app My Trainer Carmen is a handy source of quick and reliable fitness information like bodyweight workouts, meal ideas, and in-depth form tips. We paired up with the perfect workout buddy, smartwater at W Hollywood where Morgan showed off her best workouts to do at home or on the road.
What’s your fitness philosophy?
CM: I’ve always been about making fitness as approachable and accessible as possible. There is no wrong way to approach fitness, find something that speaks to you and kick butt!
How would you describe your lifestyle?
CM: It’s a crazy mix of business, fitness, family, and travel. I’m a one-woman operation, but I don’t let that prevent me from taking advantage of opportunities, and enjoying life while heavily integrating fitness. Likewise, I love helping clients figure out how to integrate health & fitness into their specific lifestyle.
How do you keep fit on the road?
CM: When I travel I love to take advantage of the uniqueness of the location. Like when I’m in LA, I try to hike at Runyon or run along Venice Beach.
CARMEN’S GO-TO WORKOUT MOVES
Carmen put together 6 fun and effective exercises that you can do anywhere: by the pool, in the hotel gym, on your terrace, in your bedroom, or even mid-hike.
In plank position on your forearms, shoulders directly over your elbows, feet together. Keep your belly button pulled in as you hop your feet out wide and then back together. Don’t let your lower back sink or your booty poke up in the air. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.
Stand with feet hip width, squat down, place hands on ground in front of you, hop your feet back and away; then hop them back to front, and return to standing. Concentrate on maintaining good form & squeezing the booty at the top of the movement for an extra burn. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.
Reverse Lunge Knee Up Hop
Standing, step right leg back into a reverse lunge, then return to standing bringing the right knee up. Hop to switch to left knee up and then repeat lunge on left side, keep alternating. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.
Opp Knee to Elbow Crunches
Standing with feet hip width apart, arms behind head, bring right elbow down and left knee up to meet in middle, then repeat on other side. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.
Shifting Side Planks
In plank position, on your hands, shoulders directly over wrists. With your core engaged, turn toward the right lifting right arm off ground till you’re on your left hand with right hand reaching up toward the sky or ceiling. Allow your feet to fall all the layover onto their sides. Then back to center and repeat the movement on other side. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.
Pike Push Up
In down dog position, with your gaze fixed between your feet, hands placed wide, bend at the elbows and lower your head till its nearly touching the ground. Pause for just a sec and press back up, repeat. Get ready for an intense shoulder and tricep burn. Repeat the move for 20 seconds.