View Full Version : hotel gym :(
03-09-2011, 05:06 AM
So I just got a email at work stating next Sunday I leave to go a whopping 2 hours away to a city I despise (Logan, wv) for training. Yay me...
Sadly the first thing I thought was "I REALLY hope they have a gym!" Looked it up and they do!
Bad thing is I'm doing NROLFW and some reason I just highly doubt there will be free weights let alone a squat rack there lol any tips/tricks?
Not too thrilled :( although it did make my day when my boss told me to try on my work polos that just came in because they run small.. they are actually loose on me until it gets to my arms where its kinda too tight. Hah :)
03-09-2011, 05:12 AM
I've never seen a hotel gym (from my limited work travel) that had anything more than a couple of treadmills, maybe an exercise bike, and maybe 4 sets of light dumbbells. When I had an extended stay in Cali I went to a local gym and negotiated a fee for the couple of weeks I was there.
03-09-2011, 05:17 AM
That is a great idea...too bad this is out in the sticks. Actually the entire place was just built not long ago and its on an old coal mine....
03-09-2011, 05:26 AM
I've been to many hotel gyms, and they all suck. Mostly just treadmills and balance balls. If they ever have freeweights, they rarely go over 50 pounds, and sometimes not even that high. And thats just dumbells, forget about barbells. Sometimes they will have some randomly selected cable pulley machines; and it's usually something stupid like a leg curl machine and an ab abductor. You're screwed man.
ETA: You can get creative with the stuff there. You can do a pullup on just about anything. Get a backpack and fill it with weights, then hold more weights in your hands to do squats and lunges. Use the weighted backpack to do pushups. Put two incline benches side-by-side in the highest position to do dips.
03-09-2011, 05:40 AM
If I remember correctly (?) In the back of the book he mentions that the use of hotel gyms is the time to get creative with your workouts, it's ok to go off track once in a while. As long as you really push yourself.
I like to do things like burpees, plyo pushups, squat jumps, mountain climbers, split jumps, skipping (if you have a rope) or a few all out sprints on the treadmill. Just use whatever you can find and try and create a whole body workout.
I'm going away this weekend and I'm stuck with a hotel gym, luckily, mine has a weight bench and a good amount of dumbells.
Now I won't feel TOO guilty when I chow down at my favorite indian restaurant ;)
03-09-2011, 06:13 AM
I'm hoping this place is near the only place to get food out there!!
Id read the back of the book but my dog ate it :( sat the book on top of my motorcycle.... that didn't keep it safe.. damn dog got mud on my bike as well as scratched an unseen piece... he's lucky I love him... but yea he spared the normal workout section.. just has some nibble marks at the bottom of the pages.:sighs:
I'll be sure to bring a backpack just in case!!