New Balance & Westin to provide communal workout clothes
One of my biggest pet peeves when traveling is not being able to workout. So whenever I travel there are two amenities I look for in my hotel — free Wi-Fi and a gym. Most of the time I find a gym, but it’s usually small and packed with old (and broken) treadmills. Still, I manage to squeeze a workout in, but I tend to stray away from cardio because the last thing I want to lug back home are sweaty gym clothes. Well, all that is about to change.
New Balance and Westin are debuting a new service wherein Westin hotel guests will be able to borrow workout clothes (provided by New Balance) than they can use and then leave behind for housecleaning. There’s no mention of how much this service will cost, but they plan to roll it out worldwide. Westin will carry women’s sizes from small to extra large in apparel and 6 to 10.5 in shoes. Men’s sizes will range from medium to extra, extra large in apparel and from 8.5 to 13 in shoes.
The idea is brilliant, but I can’t help but feel a little skeeved out by this. I sweat a lot when I workout, and the thought of wearing a gym outfit that someone else has sweated in grosses me out (although Westin says the workout clothes will undergo the same strict laundry regimen that its bed sheets undergo.)
On a side note, the best hotel gym I’ve ever worked out in is at the MGM Signature in Las Vegas. They have a full-fledged gym with plenty of dumbbells, modern cardio equipment, barbells, and more.