You have 20 minutes to make it to your gate, and for some reason you decided to buy a bunch of bowling balls on your trip to Frankfurt and pack them in your carry-on luggage. And your gate is like a mile away.


Thankfully that was just a nightmare. But what if it did happen? Well, I’m here to help you prepare for this almost certain inevitability.

I like to perform this routine in my backyard, barefoot during the summer. If that’s an option for you, do it.

Try and complete the exercises back-to-back, with very minimal breaks for a predetermined time (i.e. 20 minutes).

  • Suitcase carry for 20 seconds in one hand, then switch hands and perform another 20 second carry.
  • Perform 5 to 10 push ups.
  • Short break (~20 seconds), repeat until predetermined time hit.

But Wait… What are suitcase carries?

The movement is performed exactly how you probably imagine. Grip a weight in one hand while steadily walking, maintaining a solid, upright posture. A heavy dumbbell or kettlebell will work great, but if that’s not an option… find something else heavy?