Your Gym Has Clean Sheets

Want a spin bike delivered to your room? Get that and more with our guide to staying fit on the road.

Jul 17, 2006
Outside Magazine
Run the Numbers

Cross a GPS with a sophisticated wrist-top training tool and you get the GARMIN FORERUNNER 305, an ultraprecise data cruncher that can track pace, mileage, heart rate, elevation change, and calories burned, then help you find your way back to your hotel, anywhere in the world. $350;

Travel Fitness

After a predawn start, a bout with jet lag, and a triple-meeting afternoon, you're ready to head to the hotel bar rather than face an aging rowing machine stashed in a dank, windowless room. Put that martini on hold. You'll feel better during and after your trip if you squeeze in a workout, and we're here to restore your motivation with a guide to fitness-centric hotel services, the perfect in-room regimen, smart tips from a travel-savvy exercise physiologist, and more. Take our advice and you can retire to the bar and toast your health.

Hotels nationwide are catering to health-conscious travelers. Here are eight ways you can reap the rewards.

[1] PERSONAL GYM: Stop waiting in line for the cardio equipment and book a WestinWorkout room. For about $20 more than the standard-room rate, you'll get a treadmill or spin bike, adjustable dumbbells, and a stability ball, plus a fitness library, training videos, and total control over the remote.

[2] AWAY GAMES: What's better than a hotel with a gym? A gym with a hotel. At Renaissance ClubSport, in Walnut Creek, California, your room comes with 12,000 square feet of workout space, an Olympic-length swimming pool, and full-size basketball and racquetball courts with regular pickup games. In May Renaissance broke ground on a second ClubSport, this one in Southern California.

[3] ROOM WITH A RIDE: Call down to the Fairmont Chicago's front desk and an hour later you've got a Trek 1000 road bike. Take it for a spin on 21 miles of paved paths along Lake Michigan. $15 per hour; half-day, $50;

[4] CARDIO TO GO: Omni hotels deliver stationary cardio equipment to your room. Reserve a treadmill for $15 and it'll be in your suite upon check-in, so you can go for a run without going out.

[5] ADRENALINE CONCIERGE: The Rock Stars program at selected Rock Resorts one-ups the "dude at the front desk" found at typical mountain-town hotels. Exhibit A: The Lodge at Vail's "spokes-person" is charged with dishing beta on the area's singletrack. A climbing guide is in the works for the chain's Keystone Lodge.

[6] FITNESS CHANNEL: Order one of ten complimentary on-demand workout programs covering the likes of yoga, Pilates, core work, and meditation on the new Mind.Body.Spa channel at Kimpton boutique hotels (yoga mat included). Westin's DVD-based fitness programming includes similar offerings, as well as spinning instruction.

[7] GYM BAG: Omni, Kimpton, Marriott, and Hilton all offer bundled exercise equipment you can take to your room at no charge. Hilton's Fit Kits include sets of low-weight dumbbells, yoga mat, resistance tubing, and a 30-minute workout book. Marriott provides the BodyRev, a handheld cardio-and-strength trainer.,

[8] NEW YORK EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan's Affinia Dumont features exercise equipment delivered to your door and rooms with full-length wall mirrors and ample workout space. You also get access to a wellness library, an exhaustive city fitness directory, and a minibar stocked with healthy snacks.

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