Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fitness and the Traveling Salesman

Ok, so I'm not really a traveling salesman, but I am traveling for 3 of the 4 weeks in September for my super-cool new job. I'm halfway through week one, and I just got done paying $16.23 ($15 plus tax!) for the privilege of working out in a Gold's Gym down the road from my hotel. That's highway robbery!

But I'll probably continue to pay similar fees in my travels, since hotels don't really quite understand the concept of a "fitness room." See, cardio is but one aspect of fitness. And, in my semi-informed opinion, it's the aspect of fitness that it most easily taken care of by paying attention to the other aspects of fitness, such as strength, speed, agility, endurance, etc.

But the wonderful folks at Holiday Inn and Hilton (yeah, I stay classy on the road!) seem to believe that all of their patrons' fitness needs can be met by stuffing two treadmills and an upright exercise bike into a converted guest room. If they're feeling particularly generous, they might throw in a nice big swiss ball to do crunches on.

But I'm traveling, sleeping and eating on the company dime, so it's definitely worth shelling out $15 every couple of days for a decent workout.


Charlotte said...

Good to see you back, Lucas!! And i agree with you 100% about the lame fitness rooms at hotels. The irony is that a decent set of free weights would not be that big of a $$ investment. They could even sell off one of the treadys and add a jump rope or two. Or just give you a map of the city with all the dangerous parts crossed out;)

gilesdm said...

you don't need weights to train... Just a floor, and maybe a wall... and if you want to be fancy, something to hang off.

Bish Bash Bosh!

MizFit said...

I always shell out as well.

why dont the hotels get a clue?

and gilesdm? Im too afraid of whats on the floor with me ;)