Fitness: Vacation workouts

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's spring break time, when morning margaritas and sedentary afternoons rule. Easy to see why exercising while on vacation can be tough.

Demi McBeath and Ashley Blackstone are certified trainers who have been helping clients break a sweat at That Gym on Grandview since they opened its doors last summer. The gym focuses on personalized plans for maximum achievement no matter what a client's fitness level or lifestyle.

While nothing's wrong with a bit of R&R indulgence, here are tips from the two trainers on how to make sure your hard work is not lost during the reward.

• Before the trip, find out about the hotel's fitness facilities and plan accordingly. Make being active a bonus of the vacation by checking out bike tours or kayaking and surfboard lessons. Cruises often offer things like yoga and water aerobics classes.

• Take a brisk, 30-minute walk on the beach every day. It's a great way to start your day, McBeath and Blackstone said, and walking on sand can increase the number of calories burned by nearly 50 percent, according to UC Berkeley's Foundations of Wellness.

• Set aside the time to skip the cab and walk or bike to that day's destination. Ask the front desk where to rent some wheels, or try a website like

• Stay in the room and play it old-school with a workout of push-ups, crunches, dips, lunges and squats. Don't forget the caloric expenditures associated with carnal activities as well.

• Pack a pair of resistance bands. They're lightweight, fold up into suitcases nicely and offer adequate resistance for shoulder presses, tricep kickbacks, bicep curls and squats.

That Gym on Grandview

1310 Grandview Ave., Grandview