5 Ways to Make Hotel Gyms Work

If you're one of my fellow Frequent Flyer Club members, you know how difficult it can be to stay on a regular training schedule. With limited access to quality gyms, an agenda of back-to-back-to-back meetings, and the ever-constant pull to cozy up in your freshly made bed and watchFriends reruns in the evening, fitness quickly moves down the priority list.

If hotel gyms were 6,000-foot elite training facilities, this wouldn't be the case. As it is, their dumbbells top out at 50 pounds—if you're lucky—and the exercise equipment is usually limited to the creaky ol' treadmill, a half-inflated Swiss ball, and a laughable ab device of indeterminate origin.

The easiest option is wing it and try to be satisfied with a half-decent improvised workout. Wait, scratch that: The easiest option is to forego training altogether and order room service. Of course, you could also always revert to sweating away on whatever cardio machine is available, but for some of us, that's not the same thing as "training."

If that sounds like you, it's time to get creative. [Tweet "Here are five workout options you can take on the road with you to get your strength training fix."] If you still need to collapse in a puddle of sweat after these, throw in some metabolic conditioning circuit or intervals on the treadmill afterward.

Now that all your excuses have been smashed, what are you waiting for?

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