No matter how good your intentions may be when you’re packing and toss in your workout clothes and running shoes, it’s hard to have the discipline to hit the hotel gym once you’re on that business trip. But for those who constantly are on the road for work, it’s important to make time. Fortunately, it’s getting a lot easier to squeeze in that workout. From in-room gyms to airport fitness centers, here are a few ways to get your sweat on during your next trip.
A room with a view — and gym
As if having a gym a few floors down isn’t convenient enough, a number of hotels are converting standard guest rooms into a mini fitness center of sorts. Hilton is the latest to do so with its new Five Feet to Fitness room, which incorporates 11 pieces of equipment and accessories, including a stationary bike, yoga mat and Gym Rax™ training station that allows guests to perform strength, core, suspension and high-intensity exercises.
Gym equipment always has been featured in the guest rooms of EVEN Hotels, an InterContinental Hotels Group brand that focuses on travelers’ wellness needs. Its in-room training zones include a foam roller, yoga mat, yoga block, core exercise ball and a mounted fitness wall with resistance bands.
Westin Hotels & Resorts recently announced a partnership with the boutique cycling company Peloton™ so guests can go for a spin in the privacy of their own room. Now featured at 31 properties across the United States, the WestinWORKOUT™ rooms include a Peloton commercial-grade bike as well as a 22-inch HD touchscreen guests can use to view 14 live studio cycling classes streaming daily and more than 4,000 on-demand classes.
For those who want to take their workout outside, many Westin hotels also offer a customized running map of roads and nearby trails, so guests safely can explore the city by foot while also burning calories. Some Westins even have a “run concierge” who organizes group jogs as well as New Balance sneakers available for rent in case you forget to pack your own.
Also, be on the lookout for familiar fitness brands, such as SoulCycle™, Barry’s Bootcamp™, Cyc™ and David Barton™, collaborating with hotels to give guests even more workout options. And Equinox plans to open its own health-conscious hotel brand, the first of which is slated to open in 2019.
Fitness on the fly
Possibly coming to an airport near you: a fitness studio where you can pack in a workout when you have time to kill before a flight.
At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, passengers can let travel-related stress melt away and enjoy a moment of Zen in one of two yoga studios, which feature practice mats, exercise balls and stretch bands along with instructional videos.
ROAM Fitness™, a high-end fitness studio currently with locations at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, has plans to expand to 20 more airports within the next five years. For 25 bucks, travelers will get a day pass that includes access to all of its equipment, rental workout clothing and sneakers, a shower and, if you bring your own athletic gear, it will vacuum-seal your sweaty clothing so the odor doesn’t permeate in your carry-on.
If you ever have a long layover in Munich, head straight for the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Fit & Fly Spa. Centrally located in the airport, it boasts a 55-square-foot-long pool area and 425 square feet of workout space. There also are personal trainers available upon request, a hot tub, a solarium, a Finnish sauna and steam bath. It’s about 30 euros for a full day pass or 20 euros for a two-hour pass.
You’ll definitely be pumped up to exercise at the Airport Fitness and Wellness Center at Zurich Airport, a luxury 6,500-square-foot facility that will feel like a total escape from the airport chaos. It’s about US$35 for a single pass, which includes access to cardio and strength-training equipment, a steam bath and three different types of saunas. The fitness center also offers Zumba, Pilates and yoga classes and has a super-friendly staff.
Find or follow a class
Prefer to have more of a local experience while you’re in town? Try ClassPass, a flexible gym membership that allows you to work out at more than 8,000 participating fitness studios in 39 cities worldwide. Monthly memberships begin at US$45 for three classes.
Or, if you prefer to have some “only me” time, download the top-rated fitness app Nike+ Training Club, which offers a variety of no-equipment video tutorials for every fitness level, ranging from 15 to 45 minutes in length, so you truly can work out anytime, anywhere.
Finally, this last app is for the exercise haters: The 7-Minute Workout Challenge. Designed with your busy life in mind, this mini-workout program crams in a number of high-intensity exercises. Because it doesn’t allow you an opportunity to rest, you get maximum results in very little time. Don’t even have seven minutes to spare for this workout? Well then, we may have to throw the fitness towel on you!