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7 Best Portable Fitness Equipment for Travel (review, overview & guide)

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Not having access to the gym, shouldn't be an excuse to not workout. If you are looking for the best portable fitness equipment to workout while on-the-go, you found the perfect answer. Plus, I am here to share exercise series with many variations for you to follow and to inspire you to have a healthy lifestyle.

NO GYM WORKOUT - BEST PORTABLE FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Is traveling getting in the way of your fitness goal?

I get it, and I am on the same situation as you - traveling can make it tricky to maintain a workout routine. For this reason, I have tested and now am sharing a review of the top 7 portable fitness equipment for a workout on-the-go.

I am a fitness athlete for more than 20 years, and I love going on adventures to explore the world. For many years I also traveled the world 40% of my time for business. When I am not training hard for a competition, I am traveling and vice-vice.

But the good news is that we can take control of our fitness routine!

I have worked very hard to find a balanced lifestyle between travel and fitness, and just as important as a balanced life, it is important to have discipline and consistency to dedicate to our fitness routine.

I hope this review can help you to see the many options that are available for portable fitness equipment, and how cheap, easy and effective it is to use these fitness gear on-the-go and to keep up with a fitness routine.

 

HERE ARE MY TOP 7 PICKS FOR PORTABLE FITNESS EQUIPMENT:

Tube Resistance Bands

Looped Resistance Bands

Pull-up Assistance Resistance Band

Jump Rope

TRX Suspension Trainer

Core Sliders

Travel Yoga Mat

Best Portable Fitness equipment for travel

 

 

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REVIEWS OF MY TOP 7 BEST TRAVEL EXERCISE GEAR

1-TUBE RESISTANCE BAND

BEST FOR TONE MUSCLE AND STRENGTH


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE RESISTANCE BANDS

You can get fit on-the-go and get a full body workout with this resistance band routine. They are available in a variety of lengths and strengths. It is a piece of very cheap workout equipment and when used correctly it is very effective for a variety of exercises.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A RESISTANCE BAND

It is very cheap. The most portable form of fitness equipment, you can store it very easily and you can carry in your luggage with you if you are traveling. You can be creative with a variety of exercises. It is a very effective way to work out. With this resistance bands you are working out against gravity, and the bands switch up the lines of force to strengthen new movement patterns, and they offer variable resistance - the more you stretch them, the heavier they get.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A RESISTANCE BAND

You can be very creative with the variety of exercises you can do with a resistance band. Resistance bands are great for increasing strength, adding some muscle, maintain fitness condition if you don't have access to a gym. They are also great to add resistance for your work out at the gym, I always have a couple of resistance bands in my gym bag.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE RESISTANCE BAND

Resistance bands are very efficient tools to promote the improvement of the physical conditioning by allowing the execution of a series of movements that work all the muscular groups: arms, abdomen, shoulders, back, glutes and thighs. Plus research shows that engaging resistance and training into your workout helps to improve balance, gait function, and flexibility. When the band is combined with high-intensity workout and a proper diet, they also help to sculpt more defined muscles as well as getting your heart rate high.

REVIEW: HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST RESISTANCE BAND

First important thing:  you need to consider what level of resistance your are looking for. If you are already advanced on your fitness journey, I recommend to get a resistance band set, as you can have a variety of weight and add some additional resistance. If you are a beginner, you might want to start with a lighter resistance band.

 

The SPRI Xertuve Resistance Band, is sold separately and is a great option for a budget resistance band. You can choose from 4 different colors, which represents resistance levels from light (yellow) to ultra heavy (purple).

 

 

NH-Sport Resistance Bands is a kit with 5 level of resistance bands from 5-30 lbs that can be used separated or together to add more resistance. It also comes with a e-book for workout, a carrying bag and a wrist band.

 

If you are very serious about your fitness level, this Fitness Insanity Resistance Band Kit is the perfect choice for you. The kit includes a package with 5 resistance bands, a carrying bag, workout guide, a door anchor and some straps.

 

2- LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

BEST FOR LEGS AND GLUTES WORKOUT


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

The looped resistance bands come in different designs and different strengths - you can find the rubber version or a fabric covering the band. By placing  the looped resistance band just above your knees or at your ankles, you an get great hip and glute workout. I also love to use my looped resistance bands during my weight training at the gym, as it add resistance to my workout activate my core, help to stabilize and to maintain a proper form during exercises such as squats or leg extensions.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

They are a very low-cost portable fitness equipment. They are very easy to use. Easy to pack and use on the on-the-go. You can workout in small spaces, such as a hotel room. The looped resistance band help target large muscles as well as stabilizing smaller muscles.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

Muscle strength. Core when you incorporate a plank circuit. Warm ups. Toning. Hip and shoulders activation. Maintaining and priming proper form. Stability. Low impact joints. Rehabilitation.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

You can be very creative with this looped resistance band. It targets glute, legs, arms, core and shoulders workout.

 

HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST RESISTANCE BANDS

You can add variation by using rubber looped bands or fabric looped bands with various sizes and strengths -there are a variety of colors which indicates the different levels of resistance - light (green) up to heavy (black).

 

My Fit Simplify Resistance Loop is one of my favorite portable piece of fitness equipment. It comes on a small bag easy to pack on your luggage. It comes with 5 bands with different resistance levels and it has a lifetime warranty.

 

 

This Sling Shot Mark Resistance Band is the fabric version.  Sold individually and comes in 3 different colors (resistance levels) to choose from.

 

 

My favorite set is this Arena Fabric Booty Bands as the fabric version stays in place better and do not slide or roll easy. This kit comes with 3 levels (light, medium, heavy). Comes with a 33-page workout program included. It has 12-months warranty.

 

 

3- RESISTANCE BAND PULL-UP ASSISTANCE

BEST FOR PULL-UPS AND STRENGTH


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

This pull-up resistance band is great to give you weight assistance when trying to perfect a pull-up, as the name indicates. These bands do not have handles like the tube resistance band, and they have a flat surface. It has around 4 feet long. The colors have different assistance level, ranging from 35 to 123 lbs.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

This resistance bands are very affordable. They are very versatile, giving you the chance to incorporate the bands into a number of different workout. There is a very nice range of elasticity and durable. You can either order them individually, or a whole set of 4 different bands of varying thickness - the lighter is the red color with 15-35 lbs and the heavier is the black with a range of 25-65 lbs.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

The pull-up resistance bands allow you to completely customize your workout, whether lightweight strengthening workout or weight assisted. As the name indicates, they are great for assistance pull-up. Also good for mobility, strength such as squats, deadlifts, pushups, glutes and abs workout. They can also be used for HIIT workout.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

Great option for a back workout if used as a pull-up assistance. You can also do a variation of exercises for arms, chest and legs. They can also be used for HIIT workout.

 

REVIEW: HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

There are many great options to choose from. You will get the set which usually stated as light, medium, heavy and extra heavy. They should be approx. 5-50 lbs. of resistance. If you are just starting, I recommend to choose a lowest strength band, which has green color, and you can start to increase the strength as you feel more comfortable with the exercises to perform.

 

If you are looking for a very affordable, and you don't mind about the variation of resistance, you can buy a single WOD Fitters band for a full body workout. You can choose the resistance based on the color - red is lighter and black heavier.

 

 

This INTEY Pull Assistance Band comes with 4 different resistance bands at an affordable price. Each band has a different assistance level, ranging from 35-125 lbs, so you can choose as much or little resistance as you need.

 

The WOD Fitter Titanium Resistance Band comes with 5 different levels of resistance. You can use then alone of combined to add strength to your workout. Easy to store comes in a carrying bag. This set has a lifetime warrant.

 

4- JUMP ROPE

BEST FOR CARDIO & FAT BURNING 


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A JUMP ROPE

You probably learned how to jump rope when you were a kid. Bring it back now and have some fun while you work on your cardio. You can jump rope for 30 to 90 seconds in between other exercise sets to increase your heart rate and burn more calories - we call it interval training. There are some jump rope techniques  that can help you to improve your fitness condition.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are very cheap, portable, excellent for cardiovascular exercise, improve agility, increase endurance, burn calories and can be used anywhere.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are great for heart rate pumping, it trains coordination, agility, improve coordination and it is proven to increase bone density.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A JUMP ROPE

Jump rope targets several muscles in your upper and especially lower body, including quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves, It also recruits the muscle in your shoulders, arms and core.

 

REVIEW: HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are available in all sorts of materials and with a variety of high tech handles. The most important thing, the rope you decide to buy should be comfortable to hold and have a smooth spin motion.

 

If you are looking for a very affordable, lightweight and fast jump rope, the Survival and Cross Jump Rope is a great option for you.

 

 

This Sonic Boom is perfect if you are serious about a speed jump rope. It is very good quality, the rope-locking function is brilliant and you can adjust to your size very easily.

 

The Cross Rope is interchangeable, speed +sprint and has an elite premium bolt handle jump rope system. It also fully adjustable.

 

5 - TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER KIT

BEST FOR STRENGTH FULL BODY WORKOUT


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER KIT

This suspension training system is as minimalist and robust as you can get from a portable exercise equipment for travel or home gym. It can be used from beginner to intermediate and also advanced levels. All you will need is to have a door, tree or similar to hand your TRX system. TRX is an abbreviation for Total Body Resistance Exercise, which is exactly what TRX suspension training workout do.

✔︎  WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF TRX

TRX is one of the best portable workout gear for strength training for all the levels of fitness. It is time-efficient and can be done anywhere without access to specialized equipment, which makes a perfect option for home gyms and frequent travelers. You can get a full-body workout in less time. It weights under 2 lbs, and it fits in your carry on!

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH THE TRX

TRX is a suspension training that works strength and cardio in one system. It works major muscle groups and stabilizing muscles at the same time. The suspension systems allow you to use your own body weight and the resistance of gravity to perform over 300 highly effective exercises.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE TRX SYSTEM

TRX is a great system for a full-body workout and due to the nature of using hanging straps during workout, your core and stabilizing muscles are used to give you balance as you work each major muscle group: legs, arms, shoulders, back, chest and core. It is very effective and helps to build and maintain muscle.

 

REVIEW: HOW CAN I CHOSE THE BEST TRX TRAINING SYSTEM

The TRX suspension training system are a perfect solution while traveling and for a home full body workout, making them a wise investment for your portable fitness equipment. The 3 TRX kits I reviewed below, are ready to use on a door or pole right out of the box.

 

This TRX Training GO is a travel friendly kit and has the basics to weigh you down on the go. It is budget friendly and a great alternative to other TRX kits. This is the lightest and leanest TRX trainer for those on the go.

 

 

This TRX ALL In One is the best selling training system and the one I use and love. It comes with a 35-pages workout guide. Includes 6-months access to TRX premium app.

 

TRX Training PRO comes with strap extenders and it is reinforced as strongly as possible and built to industrial standards. It comes with a 8 week workout program. Rubber handle to they are easier to pull during the most intense exercise.

 

6 - CORE SLIDERS

BEST FOR CORE & LOW IMPACT WORKOUT


✔︎ HOW CAN I USE THE CORE SLIDERS

The core sliders are double-sided for use on either carpet or hardwood floor. It makes a perfect travel gear for a hotel room workout on-the-go.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF CORE SLIDERS

They are very affordable and extremely lightweight. They add challenge to your workout because they change the amount of friction that exists between your body and the ground.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A CORE SLIDERS

I am a big fan of core sliders and I even use my set at the gym to complement my heavy legs workout. You can use your core sliders for a variety of exercises like plank, lunges, bodyweight training, mountain climbers. I even like to use it as a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) exercise, just adding speed to some movements, such as mountain climber.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE RESISTANCE BAND

Core sliders are great to build stability. It focus especially on shoulders and core and you have to really engage to fight back against that force and keep your body stable, which means you have to workout harder throughout the entire movement.

 

HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST CORE SLIDER

If you don't have yet, you can pick a pair for a very affordable price, and incorporate some exercises between your sets, or at the end of your workout. The more you use them, the more you will love them.

 

Synergee sliders are actually the ones I am using now. They are great on both carpet and hard wood floor. The size is great and you can choose from a variety of colors.

 

 

This SKLZ Slidez are made of low friction materials and work smoothly on any surface. They are larger on size, contoured on top to reduce slipping, with a smoother bottom surface.

The Core Flyte can be used in multi-surface. It has an innovative technology that uses ball transfer technology inspired by the aeronautics industry to facilitate omni-directional movement.

 

7 - TRAVEL YOGA MAT

BEST FOR FLEXIBILITY, STRETCH AND STRENGTH


✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A YOGA MAT

I think you would agree that hotel carpets are not something you would use to practice your yoga. But at the same time, you are not going to want to carry a full-size mat if you are traveling. The good news is that you can find super-thin and lightweight mats for travel use.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A YOGA MAT

Primarily if you practice yoga, carrying a portable yoga mat during your travel is something you will want to do, since yoga can be done almost anywhere. You can also use your yoga mat for stretching and pilates exercise.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH YOGA

I have been practicing yoga for a few years now, and I cannot reinforce enough the benefits of it. Besides of burn calories and tone muscles of your whole body, yoga also works total mind-body. Yoga combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing mediation.

 

REVIEW: HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST TRAVEL YOGA MAT

Travel yoga mats are usually thinner and more compact. Often the material are more pliable and they sometimes come with additional straps or pouches for added portability. The best ones are foldable, so you can pack them in a suitcase without taking up too much space.

 

If you are looking for a very affordable, compact and grippy option, the Gaiam Foldable Travel Yoga Mat is a great option for you. It is only 1 lbs. at 2 mm thick.

 

 

 

 

This Jade Yoga Travel Mat comes in two sizes to accommodate people of different heights. It is available in 68 and 74 inch length. Sustainable made of natural rubber.

 

 

This Manduka Eko Superlite Yoga Travel Mat weights only 2.2 lbs. and 1.5 mm thick and is highly flexible for travel, without sacrificing the quality of the material.

 

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      Hi Ophelie, yes, the sliders are something I have been using for the past years to add some different muscle workout between my sets at the gym and I love them. I really recommend to buy a set.

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  1. I love my yoga mat! You’ve definitely picked some great choices here; they look perfect for yoga on the go. I’ll definitely be checking out more of your articles! 🙂

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