Commercial Break Workout

One of the benefits of working out in our hotel’s gym is that it’s basically a deserted space that we have all to ourselves. Not worrying about any machines or free weights being taken or the judgments of others when I do some totally awkward exercises is oddly freeing!

Today I did a weights workout that you could easily do at home with a few free weights, but it might actually be a little hard to do in a real gym.

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I call today’s workout the “Commercial Break Workout.”

My workout included three sets of 15 repetitions of the following exercises:

  • Superset One: Lunges, Overhead press
  • Superset Two: Deadlifts, Tricep extensions
  • Superset Three: Tricep dips, Front shoulder raises, Squats with exercise ball

And then here’s the fun part! I had the television on in the gym and during the commercial breaks of the show I was watching, I did one of these exercises… for the entire commercial break!

  • Bicep curls (10 lb. dumbbells)
  • Bridges (25 lb. weight)
  • Various shoulder exercises – side, front, overhead press (5 lb. dumbbells)
  • Ab work on exercise ball

If you think commercial breaks seem long when you’re watching television, try targeting one muscle group during the entire commercial break. I swear those commercials felt like they were five minutes long!

This workout was actually a lot of fun! It was very stimulating because I worked hard to fit in one of the supersets while the show was on before scrambling to do one of the “commercial break” exercises when the commercials came on.

I rounded out my workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical. <—I did cardio after weights today. Groundbreaking stuff here, people. And if you want your head to swim with information about whether you should do cardio before or after weights, be sure to check out all of the informative comments (from kinesiology majors and personal trainers!) on this morning’s post.


Today’s lunch was so good.

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I am starting to really, really miss my traditional meals and having a real kitchen. Thank goodness we have a fridge and microwave in our hotel room because at least that allows me to keep some fresh produce and perishable goods on hand.

Today I made myself one of my favorite bagelwiches!

I topped a wheat bagel with melted muenster cheese, strawberry jelly and an egg white.

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I cooked the egg white in the microwave by placing it in a bowl covered with a paper towel, and microwaving it for 50 seconds.

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I also grabbed a peach to round out my meal.

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Good meal!

Back to work… and time to check Fandango for movie times. Hoping to see The Help tonight!


  1. Candice says

    I am loving your hotel updates. I’m living in a Holiday Inn in Texas for all of August for work training. Whenever I am about to go crazy I look at your meals and workouts. Thanks!!!!


  2. says

    I microwave my egg whites, too! Such an easy way to add protein to breakfast.

    I wish I could let you borrow my kitchen! 🙁 It’s definitely hard when you don’t have much control over your meals.


  3. says

    I’ve done commercial break workouts before. I like doing cardio bursts during them. Either sprint if already doing cardio, or put down the weights and do something along the lines of jumping rope or jumping jacks. Great way to keep things fresh! But this sounds good. I’ll have to try it some day (I totally see myself doing ab work then).



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