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 HotelChatter contributor 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. Think about outfitting your gym with LifeFitness, TechnoGym or Cybex since these are the most common around the world.
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. We tip our hats to Sheraton and Hyatt for overhauling the in-room offering. We think more hotels can take a page from their book. 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.
What say you? What would you like to see in your favorite hotel's gym? How have you transformed your room into a make-shift gym to get a little pump before heading out on the town? Pop your thoughts in the comments section below and maybe some hotel execs will read it and use your idea.
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