How to exercise on the road – no equipment and (mostly) free workouts – Partial Hook-ups

How to exercise on the road – no equipment and (mostly) free workouts – Partial Hook-ups

// This is an excerpt from a post originally published on RV Miles on Mar 4, 2019. You can read the full article here! // This workout series has 4 parts: ideas for full hook ups, partial hook ups, boondocking, and my weekly routine regardless of where in the world we are! //

Please note that I’m not a fitness expert—just a lady who wants to be able to run with her kids, hike to the top of a relatively short volcano, and swim in any body of water we happen to be near (and maybe have some fantastically toned arms if we’re being honest). Make sure to consult with your personal doctor before embarking on any fitness plans!

Partial hook-ups

If internet access is iffy but you still have electricity to charge devices (via solar or through your campsite), these are my favorite workout sources: 

This is the only app that is not free in my list – but it’s on because it works. My husband has been using the app for over a year and has trimmed his belly and (honestly) gotten some pretty impressive muscles from using their strength workouts. After watching him faithfully complete 5 workouts a week, I decided to buy it for myself. It’s certainly good – you rate yourself on how hard each workout is and it responds by adjusting the next week to your performance. 

Total Body – Freeletics

That said, the downfall of this one is that workouts can be 30-55 minutes, which is frankly too long for me. I’ve found myself gravitating back to Lucy on YouTube because I can knock out a few workouts throughout the day. But, if you have an hour to devote to working out and getting your sweat on, Freeletics is fantastic. Here’s a special invitation link with 20% off if you’re interested (full disclosure – I get a towel or some other paraphernalia if you join).

Joe mastering the handstand push up with Freeletics. What?!?


I love the Interval Timer – HIIT training (free!) app to set up runs. My favorites are crossfit running endurance and tabata inspired (and make sure to warm up with a brisk walk first!):

Run 1: Run hard 20 seconds, walk 10 seconds. Repeat 8, 16, or 24 times.

Run 2: Run 1.5 minutes, walk 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Run 3: I call this the rainbow. The general idea is to walk 1 min, run 1 min. Then walk 50 seconds, run 1 min. Walk 40 sec, run 1 min. Continue down to 10-sec walk and then come back up. Once I could do this easily I moved a ‘double rainbow’, running 1 minute in between these walking breaks: 60 sec, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 20, 30, 20, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60.

Up next… workout options when boondocking or dry camping! Or, you can always read the full, original article at RV Miles where I’m a contributing writer Road Warrior!

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