South Carolina Travels – Myrtle Beach & Hilton Head

Myrtle Beach

A diabetes symposium brough me to Myrtle Beach.  Needless to say, if you sit through enough diabetes talks, you’ll get/keep your ass in a gym and out of the hotel lounge.  I stayed at the Sheraton Convention Center which, was well maintained and clean.  I didn’t make it to the hotel gym; however, I did do some research into the local crossfit boxes.  This is a particularly tough time year to travel with the Crossfit Open in full swing because each box tends to have dedicated time for their members to complete the Open workouts.  All good stuff, but a little challenging if you’re trying to find an open gym or get another workout in.

I reached out to both Crossfit Myrtle Beach and Crossfit Crescent Coast.  I left messages for both gym and both were very responsive to my drop in request.  I wound up dropping in at Crossfit Crescent Coast and spoke with Heather.  I chose this box because there was a little more flexibilty in open gym options.  I had space to work on MUs, complete a modified version of the Open 15.3 workout and cool down/strectch.


As for the @spg facility – very similar to all others. On the smaller side regarding space and headroom. Same available equipment. No pull up bars. There is a pool but with the same size constraints as most hotel pools. Pool is square and tends to have kids in it. All things clean and bright to my eyes.

Pit Stop – Manning, SC – JK’s House of Ribs

Boy, what a let down.  The house wasn’t made of ribs?!  Get with the program JK, this is misleading!

I ordered a half slab of ribs, a 1/2 pound of brisket and cole slaw.  Ribs weren’t the fall-of-the-bone kind, but had great flavor if you prefer your ribs this way.  I’m looking for ribs-so-tender that I could eat the bone.  Wait, is that a McRib?  My world is upside down.  But I digress…Brisket had a great crust and was on the fattier side of briskets I’ve had.  But hey, it’s brisket and brisket is fatty and delicious.  Cole slaw was on the sweeter side, less mayo and more mustard/vinegar.  Give it a shot if you’re headed down 95 in SC, it’s 5 min from the highway.  An oasis from the miles of protein bar wrappers that I’ve purchased from gas stations.

Hilton Head

First off, I had a weak moment and went to the Reebok and Vitamin World Outlets.  God, that’s sounds so stereotypical; bah, well, so be it.  Either way, mad sales, yo!  Lifters, sprinters AND nanos for < $175.  Holy S.

Staying at the Westin on the beach; holy beautiful batman.  I explored the running trails in HH and, they are a’plenty.  See a list from the state municipality here.  I drove down to, what looked like, the main area and put in 3-4mi here:


As for the gym, it’s more of the same as to be expected from @spg.  However, there are many more universal machines here than usual gyms…so, you’ll find a leg press, pull downs, one of the crazy life fitness machines with a computer interface.  There’s more ab mats and stretching devices than most places too.  And, most of the treadmills over look the pool as a change from many gyms that are without windows and natural light.  Not to mention, it’s people watching central.



As for dropping in @ a Crossfit box, I found my way to Coastal Carolina Crossfit for a kettle bell mile. (8 RFT, 20 Kbs, 200m run) WTF?!


There’s a good rapport amongst the coaches w the members and they were very responsive to me dropping in. I was working on muscle ups and the owner walked over to coach me. They have a good online system for signing up and paying for classes as well as a number of pricing options depending on how long you’re in town. Check em out!

All in all, it was a fairly fit trip. Good food, good workouts and beautiful weather. And, I scored some sweet swag in the deal.

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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

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