As a Fitness Professional, I am often asked about how to maintain a workout plan while traveling. Sometimes, depending on the client and her goals, the answer is simple, take the breaks when they come. That might work well for a one or two night stay, but what about those times when you’re traveling for a full week or even two?
For those clients who are constantly on the go, I try to come up with a plan for them so they can easily stay on track with their fitness goals. If time permits, I also try to do some research by looking over the hotel’s website to see if it’s amenities include a fitness center and if so, what type of equipment is available. Sometimes, that’s not possible so I often need design a specific travel workout (there’s one from the Fiteeza blog to help you out).
This may sounds strange, but when I travel, I always try to get at least one workout in using the hotel gym or, at the very least, I go take a look at it. I like seeing what equipment they have and I especially enjoy working out in a new space. It’s something me and the hubby consider another enjoyable adventure as we travel. If you do this too, let me hear from you in the comments below about some of your favorite hotel gyms!
This past trip was no exception and I was fortunate enough to workout in two fabulous hotel gyms. The Hotel Conrad in Dublin, has a fantastic Fitness Center with great TechnoGym equipment. It’s sparkling clean and the equipment was barely used. The London Edition hotel also had a very nice fitness center and by the time we got there, we were ready for a great workout. It did not disappoint! (Bonus: the fitness center was on the same floor as the pub! Did you know beer is a great post workout beverage?)
Another trend I am seeing as an exercise option, is running and walking maps for guests who want to take their workouts outdoors and explore. One such map, from the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, was laminated and on a lanyard. It outlined a three mile running, and a one mile walking route that hangs around your neck. The Sacher Hotel in Austria has a similar option. Theirs is a fold-out map of routes around Vienna and the directions were in German and in English. Wunderbar!
Years ago, I traveled frequently to Chicago for meetings and always stayed at the O’Hare Hilton. That gym was amazing and it was even staffed with fitness professional, which was unheard of at the time. They offered yoga and cycling classes as well. That ammenity made the frequent traveling less of a strain because I knew I could count on it to be there for me at the end of a long day.
Another great city to workout in (not mention eat, drink or shop in) is Charleston, SC. There are several fabulous hotels there and most of them have great gyms. I have had the pleasure of working out in Charleston Place, The Grand Bohemian and The Renaissance. These hotels are all in the downtown area and also offer outdoor running routes, typically around The Battery or Waterfront Park. These are some of the best views of charming southern homes, gardens and public parks.
Most hotel websites have details about their fitness centers and the types of equipment they offer. I enjoy trying out new equipment while traveling, most recently TechnoGym, or using something I don’t typically use, like a rower. Even economy hotels like Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn have fitness centers for guests to utilize during their stay. This past weekend while staying at the Hampton Inn in Mooresville, NC for my cousin's wedding (Congratulations Beth & Peter!!), I was able to get in a quick run on the treadmill while catching up on the news. A much needed pick me up after a 5 hour car ride!
If you're in the Charleston area, check out the newly renovated Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant. It has a well equipped fitness center that includes a space dedicated to private yoga sessions. The fabulous pool area is lined with palm trees and has a walk-up bar service on the patio, for that post-workout beverage.
There are no more excuses for not working out when you’re traveling. Do the research for yourself or your clients to help them be more active while road-trippin'. Then, when you get back, let us know how YOU stayed active on your vacay. We can’t wait to hear about it!