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ExerciseTV To Make Us Feel More Guilty About That Room Service Cheeseburger

February 24, 2010 at 12:34 PM | by | ()

The fitness center at Element Las Vegas...which is apparently not enough fitness for the hotel experience.

What is this obsession with hotels wanting us to workout all the time? First, they started building fitness centers in their hotels. If there wasn't enough space for a full-fledged fitness center, then they partnered up with a nearby gym to extend day passes to hotel guests.

Then someone decided that hotels should bring the workout to the guests, creating specialty rooms and suites with fitness gear already inside, like treadmills, light weights and exercise bands. Oh and don't even get us started on the yoga craze where hotels not-so-subtly equip your room with yoga DVDs and mats.

Now hotels have completely crossed the line into what we once considered refuge within our hotel room--the TV.

Michelle Higgins at the NY Times reports today that The Hotel Networks, a programming company that delivers on-demand channels to hotels has struck a partnership with a ExerciseTV to put free workout videos in more than a million hotel rooms across the U.S.

The workout shows will be available at Hyatt, Marriott, Fairmont, InterContinental, Hilton, Loews, Omni, Radisson, Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree and other hotels. The videos, which include titles like Incredible Abs, 6 Round Slimdown and Hollywood Celebrity Circuit from trainers like Cindy Whitmarsh and Stephanie Vitorino, are expected to reach about 18 million hotel guests each month — unless those guests flip the channel and order room service instead.

Great, thanks. Just what we needed--another reason to feel like crap about not working out on our vacation or our business trip.

Hotels, please stop the insanity! Why can't we just go to a hotel room and relax? Stop pressuring us to workout. Let us eat our room service cheeseburger in peace.* Besides, have you tried working out in a hotel room? Not so fun. (Although you could feasibly do it naked which is really the only plus here.) Also, we'd rather you gave us free WiFi than free workout videos.

*Yes, we know that hotels mainly implement these exercises services based on feedback from hotel guests. Those health nuts also need to stop giving hotels this type of encouragement! A fitness center is plenty enough!

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