What Does It Take To Remain Fit During Your Hotel Stay?

10 - 07 - 2013

It seems like every few weeks, there is a new fitness offering from a hotel chain trying to lure the healthiest of travelers to their properties. Some hotel brands have put together new and flashy fitness offerings while others are just doing the bare minimum (i.e. two cardio machines, a set of dumbbells and some free weights.) Yet even after we created our very own workouts to get a good in-room-sweat on, we've been asked the question: What do gym-junkie travelers want from a hotel while on the road? Well, here's what we think:

Firstly, have a look at the fitness facility. After motivating ourselves to push through the jet-lag and hit the gym, all we want is a room that inspires us to maintain an elevated heart rate. What can really send us back up to the room are horrible ventilation, wall-to-wall carpeting, awful views and poor lighting. Carpeting is just gross because fitness facilities get hot and people sweat and carpeting makes the room seem hotter. Even more so, if the AC isn't working properly. Having pleasant views and great lighting, however, will help us extend our workout time.

Second, invest in some equipment that is commercial grade. We know not everybody hits the gym while traveling, but we can't stand to see broken equipment or pieces that squeak and aren't durable. One other thing that commercial grade equipment does is makes things easy. This writer has been a personal trainer for more years than he wants to admit, so dealing with operational consistency is the first "win" in the battle of fitness-frustration.

If upgrading the hotel fitness facility isn't an option, then why not make room that can accommodate a yoga mat or some furniture that can double as equipment for in-room push-ups? Often times we might be happy enough to get 10 minutes of meditation or deep yoga stretches, so this extra space can be masked for non-fitness guests, but transformed for any fitness fanatic. Finally, in the effort to make the entire property healthy, we love to see some healthy options for room-service. Wouldn't it make sense to order healthy grub before we leave the gym, while we are on the endorphin high? Pop a menu or an iPad in the gym so ordering is easy and wait times are limited.