Month: June 2022


Vacation workout or not? My thoughts

Last week my wife and I flew out to Aruba for a nice vacation. A little pricey yeah but I’m doing around 55 hours a week of personal training in Boonton, and simultaneously promoting my motivational speaking modern day performing strongman business. With my modern day performing strongman business, it sometimes involves me having to wait till my kids go to bed to create a custom proposal for the corporate shows I do.

My wife works a lot of hours too, sometimes to the point that I have to tell her to hang it up and go to bed. In other words, we were both due for a vacation where we can kick back and relax.

Us in Aruba

Now a question I’m often times asked when I have a personal training client that is about to take a trip…”What should I do? What should I eat when I’m on vacation?”

My answer is “enjoy yourself”

Here’s the thing, a week of enjoying yourself isn’t doomsday on your results. Any weight you put on is mostly water, and it can be beneficial to your metabolism. Your lean muscle isn’t going anywhere either…in fact in powerlifting there is a strategy of ‘softening up’ so you can reignite your gains. Taking it easy can give you a mental reprieve as well and when you get back, you go back in hell bent for leather and ready to rock.

Pic my wife captured of me in one of the restaurants over there…apparently I was doing my impression of James Dean

Even me, being in shape is part of the job. It’s my job to be strong, and it’s my job to look the part. I’ve gained personal training clients because I walk the walk. And being a modern day performing strongman...I have to be strong for the stage. But the only thing I lift on vacation is 12oz if you catch my drift.

Now my wife on the other hand, also doubles as a BeachBody accountability coach. She wanted to exercise on vacation…because she feels good when she does. There’s nothing wrong with that.

So if you want to workout when you’re on vacation, that’s cool. If you want to take it easy, that’s cool too.

But what you should do, is get into shape beforehand. Yeah, the best time to start would have been years or even just a couple weeks ago…but the next best time to start is today. Trust me it feels good to be in shape, to look good and feel good, not just on vacation but every other time of the year.

If you need help with this, I offer a free trial at my personal training studio on Main Street in Boonton. Just send me a text at 973 476 5328 and introduce yourself.

Wine and dinner with my wife on the beach in front of an Aruban sunset…life is good.

Eric Moss is a personal trainer in Boonton and moonlights as a world-record-holding modern-day professional performing strongman, author, and motivational speaker. In the tradition of the strongmen more common during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, associations, nonprofits, and government entities as well as for schools and universities. His personal training studio is located on Main Street in Boonton New Jersey and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, Montville, Butler, and Parsippany New Jersey.