If you've ever taken a look around the hotels you've stayed in, I'm sure you've poked your head around the door of the hotel gym every so often, just to see what's on offer.
Chances are you weren't particularly impressed. More often than not, these supposed areas of health, fitness and vitality are little more than a customer service afterthought, a spare area of space that would no doubt have been a store room in it's former life.
The trouble is there is NO life in these places! They are soulless, underpopulated, uninspiring areas.
If someone installed a treadmill in your closet at home and told you to exercise for 20 minutes in there, would you?
Of course you wouldn't, so why would you bother using the small and airless hotel gym either?
At your health club at home you get greeted at reception, given a fresh towel, you start to recognise your fellow regulars and you pass the time of day with people.
NOT in a hotel gym. You're like every other person there - travellers passing in the night, not interested in making friends, striking up conversation or feeling at home. You're there to exercise, and most people in there look pained for doing just that.
Do yourself a favour and escape the norm. Don't become the hotel gym regular who moves aimlessly from one piece of prehistoric equipment to the next, unsure what he or she is meant to be doing, but thinking that 'a little bit of everything' is better than nothing at all.
Have a plan and don't leave your hotel room. Workout in privacy and comfort.
Set the air-con to how YOU like it...
Watch or listen to the TV Channel of YOUR choice...
Do the exercises YOU want to do, without waiting for other people to finish...
"But how do I get the equipment in my hotel room?", some of you might ask...
You donʼt need it. The only resistance you need is gravity, and youʼre already carrying your bodyweight around with you.
Put it to good use and save yourself time.
Depending on your fitness and ability, perform bodyweight exercises that force you to move your whole body.
Forget crunches, sit ups or leg raises.
Instead, focus on exercises that force your abs to work while working your whole body - push ups, squat variations, lunge variations, floor exercises.
In the time it would take you to get to the hotel gym, you could complete a fast and highly effective workout circuit in your own room, that hits many areas of fitness - cardio, strength and endurance - with the added bonus of fat burning.
A programme like Fit Business Trip offers you an unending variety of exercise options that you can mix and match to create your own challenging workouts, without ever stepping foot in the hotel gym again.
So, save your soul and your time - stay in your hotel room!
What are your experiences of hotel gyms? Do you like them?
Do you have time to use them? Do you wish you did?
Please leave your comments below...
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