The Pull Up Queen Hits the Airport

If you’re traveling, there’s no reason you still can’t get your pull up workout in. Look at it this way, there are so many weirdos in the world, why not be one of them?

I travel a fair bit, and sometimes, when I have a lay over or long day, I just can’t get a ‘traditional’ workout in. So I train where I can.

I was returning from California from a Fit Body Boot camp meeting where I helped get other trainers ready to kick some boot camp a$$ in their respective locations all over the USA.

Now you’d think I’d be a bit shy and well behaved in an airport, given my trip down to Cali a few days prior. Turns out Border Services thought it’d be cool to detain me for two hours while they asked me a ton of questions. Not cool, but the good news is I got into the country. I’m not the security or employment risk they think I am. I’m fully transparent upon questioning, next time maybe I won’t be as honest…

Anyway, on with the workout…

I always travel with my beloved skipping rope and my timer.Lucky for me as I started this little workout, I spotted a beam just low enough that I could jump up to fairly easily.

I asked a nice normal looking lady to snap a few pics to show that I really did this workout in the airport.

I set the timer as such:


This is 30 seconds of work with a 5 second transition for 20 sets.

Skip (You could do burpees here, but I’m still on my burpee fast due to my hamstring.)

Push up

Pull up

Body weight squat


Repeat four times for just over 10 minutes of airport fun. I actually would have liked to have repeated this circuit a few more times, but my plane was taking off. As much as I like airports, I like leaving them best.

By the way, if you don’t have a timer, count your reps. I tried to keep my reps as such:

60 skips
25 push ups
10 pull ups (it took a few seconds to get up and down from the rafter)
25-30 squats
30 second count holding a plank

If you don’t have anything to hang from, as is often the case, or if you haven’t achieved your first pull up yet, I’d do two sets of skipping. Honestly, I did this my first set until I discovered the rafter: skip, skip, push up, squat, plank.

So I got a few sideways glances. I really don’t care. This was a fun lil workout for me. Don’t think you need to head to an airport to do it, feel free to do it in your living room, or anywhere you find yourself in need of a quick workout.

Oh, and if you want to learn how to do a pull up, it’s totally possible. I’m getting awesome feedback from my pull up program. You can check it out here.

Check out what these ladies had to say about it:

I’ve never been able to do more than 3 pull ups consecutively. Well, I only just purchased your program and with just a few tricks
and tips, my pullup already increased by 1! I did 4 the other day and although #4 was hard , I did it. Now I want
to be able to do 4 effortlessly and add #5!
Thanks! April


It’s working!
Workout #1: pull up pretest I could move my body a few inches
Workout #4: I got my forehead up to the bar
Yaah 😉
Shawna I love this program, my weights are also heavier by workout #4. Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for!
Collette P (Calgary, AB)

I’d love it if you told us about the strangest place you’ve done a workout or sneaked in some pull ups…

And if you want to improve your pull ups, go  here.



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