I’m heading up to Newport, RI for the weekend, so I might not get to workout, which is ok ’cause I already did my 3 weight workouts and 2 cardio sessions for the week. In fact, I even started my workout routine for next week. That said, I the hotel I’m staying at has a pool, so I’m hoping to maybe get some laps in. We’ll see.
I did some strenuous weight workouts this week, so I hope to feast on some good seafood/protein while I’m up in Newport. Here’s to the weekend!
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.
I hate missing a workout. As a result, every time I travel I always check to make sure the hotel I’m staying at has a gym. My personal “best hotel gym award” goes to The Signature at MGM in Las Vegas. Not only is their gym immaculately clean, but it has free weights, a good selection of cardio machines, a pull-up bar, barbell, the works. The last two years I’ve gone to CES I’ve stayed there and always worked out. Other times, I’ve just done push-ups, crunches, and squats while inside my hotel room.
This weekend, however, I was at Blackberry Farm in TN. Aside from a yoga area, I didn’t see a full-on gym, so I skipped one workout last week. Not so bad, but I do hate when that happens. Today I jumped back on the treadmill and I felt pretty refreshed. And it also made me realize — it’s ok to skip a workout once in a blue moon. It’s good for your body, it helps it recuperate.
And speaking of recuperating, while I was at Blackberry Farm I signed up for a Swedish massage. I’m not a massage person, but I must say it felt great! The masseuse told me I need to stretch after my workouts. This will prevent any tightness and help my muscles grow even bigger. The more you stretch, the fuller they fill in. So I’m gonna try to incorporate some stretches into my workouts this week. We’ll see how it goes.
As for Blackberry Farm, it was great if you ever get the opportunity to go!