Find the best Hotel Gyms in Sydney (2022) | HotelGyms.com Blog
20Jan 2022
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Find the best Hotel Gyms in Sydney (2022)

Traveling can interrupt your workout schedule, but you can maintain your fitness regime if you choose to stay in a hotel with a gym. You can find some excellent hotels with gyms on HotelGyms.com. We strive to provide information on the best hotels that allow you to keep working out while you travel. Our GymFactor list over 100,000 hotels worldwide to choose from, featuring gyms. In this post, we will showcase the three best hotels in Sydney, Australia, with excellent fitness facilities: - Hilton, Sydney - The Fullerton Hotel, Sydney - Little National Hotel, Sydney Why Sydney? Sydney is a coastal city with many famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can visit these and more after topping up your tan on one of the dozens of sun-drenched beaches peppering the spectacular coastline.  You also have the opportunity to experience pristine bushland right on the city's doorstep and lush parks in the middle of town. After a long day exploring the area, you can enjoy a sophisticated food and drink scene. There is plenty to do for active people too. For example, if you love watersports such as diving, sailing, or surfing, you will find the perfect place to do it in Sydney. You can even take on the Olympic white-water rafting course, kayak on Sydney Harbour. Hilton, Sydney A quick look at The Hilton in Sydney's website does not give much away about its fitness facilities. However, they take you to the Fitness First Pitt St Platinum website, an external professional gym in the same building. As a hotel guest, you get free entry 24 hours. It provides just everything you need to keep active during your visit. We rate the spa and wellness center highly, thanks to its extensive selection of cardio and weights machines. The 25m pool is a great place to get some low-impact exercise in too. Click here to get to the Hilton Sidney detail page.  More about the Hotel The Hilton is located in Sydney's Central Business District and is home to the city's largest hotel health club. The spa and wellness center has saunas and steam rooms to relax in after a session in the state-of-the-art fitness center. You can join one of the sightseeing tours to take in those landmarks. Alternatively, you can hire bikes from the hotel so you can explore the area while getting a workout. The hotel is very well located for taking in the sights, as it is just a 10-minute walk to Darling Harbour and Sydney Aquarium. When you return to the hotel, you can choose to dine in one of three stylish restaurants and bars. A visit to the award-winning glass Brasserie, Zeta Bar, with its rooftop terrace, should not be missed. Alternatively, take in the elegant atmosphere of the heritage-listed Marble Bar. The Fullerton Hotel The Fullerton Hotel in Sydney has bags of character and elegance. It is a luxury five-star hotel, so you can expect big things from its facilities and services. The Hotel's Fitness Centre is located on the sixth floor and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can use the range of cardiovascular equipment, free weights, assault treadmill, and strength machines to ensure you get an effective workout during your stay. Click here to get to the Fullerton Hotel detail page. More about the Hotel The Fullerton Hotel is located in the heart of Sydney's financial and fashion district and not far from the harbor. Therefore, if you fancy an outdoor workout, you can easily find a route that will take in the city's sights. During a run around the local area, you can see iconic landmarks such as Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo, the Sydney Opera House. Once you have finished exploring, you can choose between the many dining options within the hotel. For example, head to the stunning atrium on the first floor. Here you will find The Place. This fantastic restaurant offers à la carte specials for lunch and dinner. Alternatively, head to The Bar in the hotel lobby. Here, you can enjoy the hotel's signature Afternoon Tea. Little National Hotel Sydney This hotel opened just mid-2020 in Sydney's prime location. This accommodation comes with a gym equipped with the latest TechnoGym equipment. Using TechnoGym allowed Little National Hotel to maintain its brand promise of "improving our guests' quality of life through exercise." The gym concept is very clean and perfect for a lengthy cardio or weights session. In addition, hotel guests get access to the hotel's own fitness app called "DOMA Fit" to further enhance the experience in their hotel gym. Click here to get to the Little National Hotel Sydney detail page. More about the Hotel Located just 50 meters from the Wynyard Train Station, it connects to the entire city. The property will host 230 high-tech rooms that deliver the signature blend of luxury while also showcasing the efficient use of space. In other words, this hotel is sleek, modern, and tastefully minimal. And when you are not exploring the area or working out, you can eat in the restaurant or even order your favorite food from Uber Eats. Overall, Little National has it all in a heartbeat for business or leisure.  plan. travel. workout. As you can see, Sydney has some incredible hotels with fitness and wellbeing facilities. These are just three hotels, but we chose them for their luxury, facilities, quality of service, and location. But there are many more hotels to choose from in the area that will allow you to maintain your fitness. If you have personal experience with these hotels or similar ones in Sydney, we would love to know about them.
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The big Fitness Equipment Brands | HotelGyms.com Blog
21Jan 2022
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The big Fitness Equipment Brands

Using the right fitness equipment can make your workouts fun and effective. In contrast, low-quality machines ruin your workout experience, make exercises less effective, and put you at a higher risk of injury. The question is, how do you determine if the equipment you are using is good? One option is to look at the company that has made the devices you want to use. Often, all you need to know about a machine comes from looking at the brand. In this post, we will take a look at seven of the biggest fitness equipment brands to seek when trying out a new gym in your town or on the road.  1. Technogym Technogym is a fitness brand founded in the distant 1983 in Italy/Europe. A couple of years after coming to life, Technogym released heir first strength training line and followed that up with a home multi-station in 1986. After that, Technogym's management began diversifying in the digital world, unlike many other companies. In 1996, they released Wellness System - software that helped people manage their training. For the first time in its history, Technogym was chosen as the official training equipment supplier for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In addition, the company was again chosen to supply athletes with equipment for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Throughout its long history, the folks behind Technogym always pushed the boundaries by coming up with the first cloud platform in the fitness sphere and releasing beautiful home training equipment. The company released Technogym Bike in 2019, an indoor bike equipped with live and on-demand cycling classes. 2. Life Fitness Founded in 1977, Life Fitness is based in the United States. The first product Life Fitness ever sold was an exercise bike. Since then, the company has specialized in producing and distributing fitness equipment, including stationery bikes and treadmills. Life Fitness was the company that created the first-ever electronic stationary bike.  In 1988, the company created the first computer-based strength training program to promote an active lifestyle and teach people practical training principles. The company has specialized in producing and distributing equipment, such as stationary bikes and treadmills. Life Fitness considers itself as a "Family of Brands"; it makes sense as they also own other well-known brands: - Hammer Strength - Cybex - SCIFIT - ICG Indoor Cycling 3. Matrix Not to be confused with the 1999 movie starring Keanu Reeves, Matrix is another massive player in the fitness industry. The company was launched in 2001 to produce and deliver premium fitness equipment to facilities worldwide. Matrix Fitness is part of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), a multinational company that manufactures and distributes fitness equipment worldwide. Since its start in 2001, Matrix Fitness has become one of the most profitable brands inside JHT, often accounting for up to 70 percent of its annual revenue. What began as a humble project with a handful of strength and conditioning machines quickly became versatile and highly profitable. Today, Matrix Fitness offers over 500 products and serves commercial gyms worldwide. 4. NordicTrack Today, most people know NordicTrack as this huge brand that manufactures and distributes high-end fitness equipment to facilities worldwide. But despite its current dominance, the company wasn't always an industry leader. Like other companies on our list, NordicTrack has been around for a while. The company was founded in the distant 1975 and began with a single product: a ski machine. Edward and Florence Pauls started the company as a modest mail-order business in their basement. Ed Pauls worked on the device to become a good skier. Their initial products were branded under Nordic Jock, given their initial target market of college ski racers.  Today, NordicTrack manufactures all sorts of equipment, including items you can buy for a home gym set-up. Because of their versatility, many NordicTrack devices are also present in hotel gyms that bet on high-quality equipment. 5. BowFlex BowFlex was established in the mid-1980s with one goal in mind: Bring a genuine gym-like experience to the home of every enthusiast. While other companies obsessed over signing big contracts with large gym chains worldwide, the folks behind BowFlex developed some of the first multi-gym set-ups that are so popular today.  People liked BowFlex precisely because it offered something different from many competitors. Trainees could now invest some money, get a versatile machine, train at home, and make excellent fitness progress. There was no need to make small talk in the gym, wait around for equipment, or deal with the post-workday crowds.  These days, BowFlex does much more than that, and the company offers a wide range of devices and weights for training facilities and home gyms. One of their most popular products is the adjustable dumbbell, which innovatively adjusts resistance in seconds. 6. Rogue Fitness Rogue Fitness is a relatively new company, having been established in 2007. But despite its late start when compared to competitors, the brand quickly made a name for itself. Bill Henniger began a website when he struggled to find all the necessary equipment for his new gym. His website sold all the equipment one would need to set up a CrossFit gym.  The company began by selling equipment from other companies before slowly transitioning into manufacturing. These days, Rogue Fitness manufactures all kinds of CrossFit equipment, barbells, squat racks, weight plates, and accessories like benches, dumbbells, medicine balls, and more. Rogue also offers accessories for squat racks and cardio equipment, like their Rogue Echo Bike. 7. Precor Like many other industry leaders, Precor has also had its fair share of successes and failures along the way. The company was established in 1980 and has since grown into one of the most recognizable fitness brands.  Precor's first achievement on the manufacturing scene came in the form of a fully-functioning rowing machine. A decade later, Precor delivered the first cushioned treadmill that set the stage for safer and more effective treadmills. The company is also responsible for creating the Elliptical trainer, one of the most popular and versatile cardio machines. Since then, the company has never stopped pushing the boundaries, innovating, and delivering versatile devices to people worldwide. Today, Precor is known as one of the best brands for cardio equipment. End of 2020, Precor got acquired by Peloton.  Some closing Thoughts Of course, not all fitness equipment is the same. High-quality equipment not only looks great, it feels great. However, not every brand produces the same products, as you can see in the overview below: If you want to stick with your brand, many hotel chains have agreements with one or two brands to equip their gym. In addition, as part of the "Hotel Gym Insights" in our search, you can check which brand is used primarily in your selected hotel gym before booking - no more surprises.
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Dry January, is this your alcohol-free month? | HotelGyms.com Blog
10Jan 2022
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Dry January, is this your alcohol-free month?

December and Christmas holidays are already behind us, a new year is about to begin, and it is a great moment to reset and come back more vital to our fitness routine. We all know drinking alcohol affects our performance and results, especially if it is not done in moderation. So, not a surprise, reducing alcohol consumption is in many New Year's resolutions, and there is also this famous "Dry January" campaign. Let's dig into this story a bit deeper and see what one (1) month without alcohol could do for you. Let's go. What is Dry January?  Dry January began in 2012 as public health campaign initiated by an organization called Alcohol Change UK. The campaign's slogan was "ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days," and it is a one-month challenge focused on the benefits of an alcohol-free life. You can read more about the campaign here. And to put it into their words: It is not about giving anything up. It is about getting something back. Get your fun back. Get your energy back. Get your calm back. Why participate in Dry January?  The truth is that alcohol is not all that bad, we wrote about this in an earlier blog post. However, drinking alcohol can negatively impact our bodies and performance when it is not consumed in moderation. Our body and performance are mostly affected by the caloric surplus of (junk) food or by not getting enough hours of sleep rather than drinking alcohol. However, a month without booze could have some potential benefits for your fitness journey. Cutting down on alcohol calories gives you the margin to eat more real food and add a wider variety of nutrients to your diet. It is also proven that you are getting better quality sleep; therefore, you feel less tired during heavy workouts. Ultimately, it lowers your sugar intake since many alcoholic beverages are quite high in refined sugar. How to complete a month without Alcohol? 1. Define your why. Everything starts with the "why," as Simon Sinek once said. To complete a month without alcohol you should think seriously about why you are taking this challenge. Is it because you see it as a detox opportunity, have you noticed that alcohol can negatively impact your physical performance and progress, or are you just curious to see how it feels to be completely sober in social events? Having a clear intention before starting something is very important. Think about your "why." 2. Plan your social activities. If a certain situation or a specific group of people makes you want to drink, it does not sound like a great place to be. But have we not been quarantined enough? Those reading this article probably enjoy drinking a glass of wine or a refreshing gin tonic. But under no circumstance should we feel forced to do it! Instead, let friends and family know about your intentions and encourage them to keep you accountable. Better yet, enlist someone to do the challenge with you. 3. Find alcoholic free beverages you enjoy. Quitting on drinking might be tough but substituting alcohol with something you still like makes it way easier. So when you crave a drink or cocktail after a long week, reach for alcohol-free beverages like sparkling water, soda, or virgin drinks—basically, the nonalcoholic beer, wine, or cocktail. But, and here it comes, some brands still contain a tiny percentage of alcohol. So if you have no idea what to order, try the following:  - Kombucha: A healthy nonalcoholic alternative to natural wine could be Kombucha, a fizzy sweet and sour drink made with tea with multiple health benefits thanks to its probiotics. Kombucha is often compared to natural wine because they pass through the same fermentation process. - Mocktails: Who said that cocktails have a complex and balanced taste only because of the alcohol they contain? Mocktails can achieve the same harmonious blend of acidity, sweetness, and bitterness as regular cocktails. Mocktails based on natural fruit juices and do not contain sugary syrups can also be very nutritious.  - Alcohol-free beers: If you cannot give up on the taste of your favorite beer, you can look at a 0-alcohol version of it. In the last couple of years, numerous beer brands have created beverages without alcohol that are equally refreshing and tasty. Are you still not convinced about your favorite alternative? Here are some suggestions from BBC Good Food and NY Times. Final thoughts Dry January is an excellent opportunity to kick start the New Year, detox from the Christmas booze, and focus on your fitness goals. However, even if taking part in challenges like Dry January or Sober October is intriguing and fun, the question is, "how could you implement a part of this change into your whole life?". It does not have to be all or nothing when it comes to alcohol. To build the body you want, you need commitment and dedication, but balance is also key. After all, remember that you can only have long-term results if your healthy changes become lifetime habits.
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How to maintain your Gym Performance as you Diet Down | HotelGyms.com Blog
06Jan 2022
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How to maintain your Gym Performance as you Diet Down

The new year is here, which means only one thing: Many people are dieting to lose fat and get beach-ready. The good news is, dieting helps us get lean and look better with each passing week. The bad news is, our gym performance tends to drop, which can be disheartening. To offset this, we have put together a list of four things you need to do as you diet to stay strong and athletic. Let's dive in. 1. Lose weight more slowly How quickly you choose to lose weight will significantly impact your well-being, energy levels, performance, and ability to preserve muscle mass. The best way to maintain your gym performance is to lose weight more slowly. According to some research, a weekly weight loss rate of around 0.7 percent appears optimal. For example, if you initially weigh 180 pounds (81 kg), this would mean aiming for weight loss of just over a pound (450 g) per week. 2. Get plenty of protein Protein is essential because it provides us with amino acids - the building blocks of life. When dieting, we are at a higher risk of losing muscle mass. However, by getting enough protein, we provide the body with the nutrients it needs to repair muscle after exercise, strengthen it, and, most importantly, keep it around. Plus, protein is highly satiating and makes consuming fewer calories for fat loss easier. According to general guidelines, we should aim for an intake of around a gram per pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 180 pounds, aim for up to 180 grams of protein daily. In addition, you might want to track some of your food to understand your daily intake better. 3. Trim the fluff from your training While dieting, learning how to preserve your energy is crucial. Meaning, you need to take a look at your training and ask yourself, "Which parts of this training program are essential, and which ones could I live without for a while?" Benjamin Schnabel is a Personal Trainer and the co-founder of the fitness app Alpha Progression. He recommends the Pareto rule (80-20), strategies that require only 20% of effort but give 80% of the potential possible results. Focus on the most important things, such as: 1. Manage the time to train regularly; 2. Start with a training plan that does not include too much exotic stuff; 3. Do not bury the head in the sand when something does not work out. Following this is much more time-saving and gives much better results. And by doing so, you can narrow your focus on select few activities you deem essential and cut back on everything else. Another reason to trimm the full is that you will not maintain your performance across as many activities simply because you will not have as much energy available. So, you need to trim down and focus on retaining your strength by focusing on core lifts. For most people, this means reducing the amount of accessory and isolation exercises you do and instead focusing mainly on the core barbell lifts like deadlifts, squats, and bench press. 4. Be mindful of your carb intake Carb timing makes no difference when eating more food and building muscle. But things change when you are getting leaner, and energy is cut short. Specifically, you should consume some carbs soon before your training sessions and right after finishing them.  Having carbs before your workout will provide you with the energy you need to push through and perform well. In addition, the post-workout carbs will kickstart the recovery process by replenishing lost glycogen (the complex carb form we store in our muscles and liver). This, in turn, will allow for muscle protein synthesis to occur uninterrupted and let us recover as best as we can, given the circumstances. Conclusion There are different ways to achieve these goals - what works for you might not work for someone else (and vice-versa). Find the scenario which works for you; at your desired pace. Another tip Benjamin shared with HotelGyms.com, be specific. It is better to set a goal of "losing 10 kg by May 1, 2022" than "I want to have lost weight by May 1, 2022". The latter is not binding. Even studies show that these vague goals tend to be achieved less.
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The 7 unwritten (Hotel) Gym Rules | HotelGyms.com Blog
29Dec 2021
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The 7 unwritten (Hotel) Gym Rules

A gym is a casual place. You can wear almost anything you want, train however you wish, and communicate with everyone. But despite the laid-back atmosphere, the gym comes with a set of unwritten rules everyone should know. So take a few minutes to get familiar with all the guidelines and follow them to save yourself nasty looks from others and potential embarrassment.  So, let's dive in. 1. Always re-rack your Weights There is nothing more infuriating to members of any gym than a person who does not re-rack their weights. For example, someone would take a pair of dumbbells, do a few sets of curls, and leave them on the spot. Or, maybe they would load some weight plates on a barbell, squat, and leave the bar as such. Aside from confusing others and making them wonder if you are done with the equipment, you create work for someone else. It might also be possible; the next person cannot lift as much. Always re-rack the weights you use. 2. Wipe down the Equipment Some people sweat a bit more than usual, which is nothing wrong. The problem is, some of these individuals use equipment, drench it in sweat, and go about their workouts without a second thought. Let's face it: Having to wipe someone else's sweat off equipment is not nice. Even worse, you might lie on a bench, only to realize it is covered in sweat. Not fun, and hello?! Did we not all learn something about hygiene during the pandemic? Take a towel with you and wipe down the equipment after using it. 3. Do not interrupt people during a Set Picture this: You have put your earbuds in, you have unracked a heavy barbell, and you are doing a set of squats. Then, out of nowhere, someone comes up and starts talking to you. Sure, you can not hear what they are saying, but that does not stop them from distracting you and possibly shortening your set. You would get mad, right?  Never interrupt people during a set, especially if they look focused, train with dedication, and listen to music. Instead, wait for them to finish what they are doing and respectfully engage them. And be mindful about people who are "just" going to the gym to work out and not to have a chat. The gym is no offline version of Tinder either. 4. Share Equipment You do not have to share equipment you have claimed but doing so is part of the unwritten gym rules. For example, let us say that you have claimed a squat rack and started doing sets. If someone comes up and asks to work in, let them, assuming you are both: - Doing the same exercise - Using somewhat similar loads Sure, it can be a bit tiresome, but that is how it goes with public training facilities. Especially in a hotel gym where the equipment might be limited, sharing becomes part of the concept. 5. Adapt your routine to each (Hotel) Gym We enjoy the occasional circuit workout as much as the next guy. But there is a time and place for such sessions. For example, if you have an entire hotel gym at your disposal, by all means, use all the equipment freely. But be considerate to others if you are in a crowded gym. Do not use a few pairs of dumbbells and several machines simultaneously. Instead, use one piece of equipment, do a few sets, then move on to something else. 6. Respect personal Space Gyms can be crowded at times, but this does not mean we should invade each others' personal space. For one, working out close to strangers is not fun. Second, being too close together can be dangerous. For example, if someone drops a weight, it could mean broken toes for you. On that note, do not stand in front of others if you see they are using a mirror while doing a set. Trainees often look at themselves while training to ensure the proper execution of different movements. 7. The discreet way of taking Selfies Selfies can be an excellent method to track training progress. But taking pictures in a public space, what (hotel) gyms are, might be delicate. Limit it to less busy times or days when you are not getting into the way of others. As a general rule of thumb, we know you want to take them and should be able to, but do not infringe on anyone else's gym experience. And ensure to not include others in the picture. To conclude As so often, it all boils down to the same concept: "be considerate of other people." If we could all do that, the gym would be a much friendlier — not to mention tidier — place to visit.
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Big News ahead for Fitbod Members in 2022 - Fitbod Rebuild is here! | HotelGyms.com Blog
04Jan 2022
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Big News ahead for Fitbod Members in 2022 - Fitbod Rebuild is here!

If you have read some of our previous content, you know that we are big fans of our partner Fitness app Fitbod. The data-driven app works beautifully, offers an excellent user interface, and provides users with many options for effective workouts and tracking their fitness progress. We are excited to let you know that Fitbod is releasing a big update that will offer even more versatility to users worldwide. In their words, "Fitbod is about getting better, which means moving forward. We are bringing you an all-new Fitbod experience, redesigned and rebuilt to make you better." So, let us dive in to see what the new Fitbod has to offer and why you should consider using the app.  1. A new and beautiful Interface The first thing users will notice when they log into the new Fitbod 3.0 is the new and improved interface, which will feature updated visuals, buttons, and more. While that might not seem important or necessary, the occasional design refresh benefits users and maintains the app's futuristic look. Plus, the folks at Fitbod have not made unnecessary changes like moving the different options. Instead, they have kept many essentials the same but have updated their UI for a pleasant and practical training experience. And that is how the new app will come around starting December 27th, 2021: 2. All new Exercise Videos One of the best features Fitbod offers is the sheer number of instructional videos you can watch for many exercises. Doing so is vital for learning proper form, spotting errors in your technique, and saving yourself injuries down the road. The best part is, Fitbod 3.0 is coming out with all-new exercise videos shot from multiple angles for improved guidance. The team has recorded new videos in high-quality and supporting different angles. This really helps a lot to get a workout. 3. Greater Training Variety Fitbod has always been a versatile app because of the many options it offers. But the newest update is taking this up a notch by providing even more to the user. The app's latest update will come with a vast library of fitness equipment, unique exercises you can use to put together your favorite workouts in seconds. The team also added 120 requested exercises from the community. Plus, Fitbod is quickly becoming the most helpful fitness app with built-in guidance, 120 new exercises, and given the new and improved instructional videos. 4. More for the endurance Athlete Endurance athletes will be happy to hear that Fitbod 3.0 offers some huge additions. Fitbod also focused primarily on strength training by providing exercises, training styles, and instructions like many other fitness apps. Now, the app will also come with cardio exercise logging to offer a complete training experience. The reason for the addition, as said by the folks behind Fitbod, is, "Considering that over half of all gym-goers utilize cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills, rowers and ellipticals — with many more enjoy exercising outdoors — supporting cardio is critical in supporting our customers complete active lifestyle." The cardio interface will feature many of the same options we have enjoyed so far, provide exercise suggestions, and note what muscles are being trained. As a result, the app will be able to track your recovery, even if you do mixed training. You will also be able to include cardio activities (such as running) as part of your regular training and track everything inside a single window. 5. What about Fitbod on Android? The app was initially launched for iOS in 2015 and had the first version for Android ready in early 2020. However, it is no secret that the iOS version is still ahead of the Android version. While this lead to some frustration in the community, Fitbod committed to getting better in the future. Are you an Android User? Then you want to read their public statement on Android Parity Update. More details regarding the feature release plan are available in the Fitbod Support Area; think of their form of a roadmap. plan. travel. workout. Are you ready to be part of the experience and become a member? The monthly plan costs $12.99, but you can pay $79.99 for an entire year - to lower the price to $6.66 a month. Click here to redeem your 25% discount code ("HOTELGYMS") for Fitbod. With this elite membership, you have the option of logging as many workouts as you can, using the exercise library, and watching demonstration videos. And thanks to our partnership with Fitbod, you get the app with a 25% discount.
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Never get stuck with the wrong Power Plug when you are traveling | HotelGyms.com Blog
17Dec 2021
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Never get stuck with the wrong Power Plug when you are traveling

Do you ever find yourself heading to another country, and at the last minute, a thought crosses your mind; which power adapter do I need in this country?  If you plan to explore it with your must-have gadgets like a mobile phone, tablet, action cam, and more, you need to figure out how to plug each of them into the local power grid. Because so many countries—and even regions within countries—developed their electricity standards, it is safe to say that diversity reigns out there. Power Plug Types The first challenge before you travel is to be sure that you can plug your device into the wall outlet. Where the plug type differs, you will need an adapter power plug with the correct prong configuration for outlets at your destination. According to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), there are 14 different plugs (Type A through Type N) used around the world: To research the plug(s) you need for any destination worldwide, check out the IEC World Plugs List, broken down country by country. For countries that list multiple plug types, advice from your hotel or lodging provider can narrow your choices. Or you can play it safe and get adapter plugs for all the listed plug types for a country. The world also runs in two (2) voltage ranges: 110-127V or 220-240V. If your device falls within either range, variations within that range will not be a problem for short-term use. For example, if the local power is 110V, and your device lists its input at 125V, it will work. However, if you plan to live in a country for several months or more, replacing your device with one purchased locally (for an exact voltage match) is worth considering. If you see "Input: 110-240V" on your plug or power cord, then your device has dual-voltage capability, and no voltage conversion is needed. Before you travel We have integrated the power plug information per country in our city search to make your life easier. The data is easily accessible as part of the hotel detail page and will be a helpful indicator for your next trip. We have built this to help you reduce the additional research and planning required when you leave on your next trip. More detailed information is available on our new city pages, e.g., for Dubai, New York or Tulum, to name just a few. Before you leave on your next adventure, here are the steps to figure out if you need an adapter or converter while traveling: - Verify the plug type that fits outlets at your destination. - Get the correct adapter plug for that outlet. - Verify the voltage in the outlets at your destination. - Also, verify the voltage input on each of your devices. Look for this info on its cord, plug, or somewhere on the device itself. - Get the right voltage conversion accessory if needed. The right adapter We do not sell power plug adapters, but we have done some legwork for you. Here is an Amazon link, where you will find a great selection of travel adapters. A few things to consider before you buy your adapter... - Power Plug Compatibility - You must be able to plug your device into the backside of a power plug. Some might have an outlet designed to accept a few different plug types, but you want to ensure your power plug(s) fit. - The USB Ports - You might want an adapter that includes USB ports to charge your mobile devices while using the power plug, e.g., for your notebook. Ensure to check and compare the voltages. - Power Plug vs. Cable – You might also consider getting a local charging cable for your laptop as an example. This could use less space and is more stable when connecting to the power plug.  Good to know, some hotels and other businesses have outlets designed to accept plugs from multiple countries. Before you go, check with your hotel or lodging providers. And in case you forget, though, big international airports are an excellent place to look for them. That is also how I ended up with lots of different power plugs – it feels like collecting souvenirs from other countries.
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Alpha Progression - The Gym Logger App from Germany (2022) incl. Discount Code | HotelGyms.com Blog
09Jan 2022
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Alpha Progression - The Gym Logger App from Germany (2022) incl. Discount Code

It is no secret that we can pick between countless fitness apps these days. Go on Google Play or the App Store, search fitness app, and you will see dozens of options that seem good enough. But despite the sheer amount of possibilities, most fitness apps fall short because they are too identical. In other words, it would not matter much which you choose because most offer the same few features. Alpha Progression is a relatively new app that offers some unique features, making it superior to many options on the market today. Let’s see why that is in today’s review. What is Alpha Progression? Alpha Progression is a versatile fitness app that lets you set up a gym profile, put together a training plan, and start working out in just a few minutes. The app features a clean and minimal interface with just the right number of options, but it is not stripped of essential functions. The app features built-in progression recommendations for lifters, which is an excellent way to keep you on track and push you to improve. Compared to other fitness apps, this feature makes a difference and stands out in the test. Like most apps, Alpha Progression also features a free and paid version, which will go over a bit later below. What features make Alpha Progression an App worth considering? Alpha Progression is worth considering because of three of its key features: 1. Planning The app is great because it gives you the freedom to put together your unique training plans or draw ideas as needed. You can write your plans inside the app or use the plan generator based on your preferences, goals, schedule, and more. In other words, the app is excellent for all sorts of people. Whether you enjoy being in full control of your training experience or simply want a good plan without having to think about it, Alpha Progression gives you the option. 2. Videos Alpha Progression comes with a rich library of over 450 exercise instruction videos. Sure, that might not be that valuable for a gym veteran, but it can be incredible for everyone else. The app allows you to browse many exercises, come up with interesting ideas, and study proper training forms on the go. 3. Progression Progression is part of the app’s name, so the feature should not come as a surprise. However, what many apps fail to do is give proper guidance in progression. The problem is that doing the same thing ceases to bring improvements, and we end up exercising instead of training. Progressively doing more work and keeping ourselves challenged is at the core of ongoing progress. But pushing hard is also about being smart and knowing when to take a step back. The app does an excellent job of providing progression recommendations that keep you training hard and improving. Alpha Progression: Free version or Pro? Like most fitness apps, Alpha Progression offers a free and paid version. The free version gives you a taste of what the app offers and provides more than enough functionality. You can put together training plans, track your workouts, and more. But the app’s paid version offers more to the user, so you should consider it, at least for a month. Getting the paid version offers unique features like: - The plan generator can create custom training plans based on equipment, gender, training experience, frequency, duration, muscle preference, etc. - Includes progression recommendations during the training based on your past workouts performance to achieve the next higher strength level. - Provides graphical insights to evaluate your training graphically afterward. There are other exciting features, such as deload weeks to plan scheduled breaks or access to extensive exercise details in their exercise evaluation. Of course, the Pro version does also not contain any advertisements. After sign-up, you get a two (2) week access to the Pro version for free. The monthly Pro subscription costs $10 per month or $5 per month if you get the annual version for $60. However, we got you covered. Want to save 20% on your subscription? Use "HOTELGYMS" as the code when signing up here. Click "Try for free" and you will get the yearly subscription for only $48, after the two (2) weeks of free testing of course. Based on our experience, this is one of the lowest subscription prices we have seen for a professional fitness app. What do others say about Alpha Progression? Alpha Progression is a relatively new app and does not have the social proof of giants on the market. Still, with over 1,000 reviews on Google Play and a rating of 4.9 out of 5, it is safe to say that people enjoy the app and find it helpful. The app also has a good rating in the App store, with a 4.9 out of 5. What many people love about the app is the sheer simplicity of using it. Unlike many fitness solutions, Alpha Progression is intuitive, simple to learn, and has a basic user interface. Many people also enjoy the program generator and progress recommendation features, which only come with the pro version. Both are incredibly beneficial and make for a fun, effective, and challenging training experience. The third feature people love is the instructional videos and written instructions the app offers. Instead of going off the app and looking at instructions elsewhere, the app includes everything a trainee might need to complete each workout successfully. An advantage of a relatively new app, you still get easily in contact with the founding team Benjamin Schnabel and Marwin Sinapius. The Facebook Group is open to asking questions, getting training advice, or providing feedback about the app. How to get started with Alpha Progression Getting started with Alpha Progression is no different than using any other app. You first have to download the app and set up a gym profile. The app asks you about basic information that helps it mold a better training plan. You will have to select your: - Gender - Lifting experience (in years) - Current weight (in lbs or kilos) You can then start putting together your training plan. The app recommends its plan generator, but you can put together your plan from scratch or start with a single workout to test the app if you do not have the Pro version. Regardless of which option you choose, putting together a training plan requires extra information from you. If you decide to put your plan together, the app asks you about: - How often you want to train; - How many weeks you want your training plan to last. You then proceed to build your workouts. The app also offers “Expert settings” that include built-in deload weeks, tracking your RIR, and periodization. RIR stands for "Reps in Reserve" and describes how many reps you could have done more (with perfect technique) when ending the set. For example, if you do 10 reps in one set and could have done 2 more reps, you track 10 reps and 2 RIR. If you do 10 reps in one set and could not have done more reps, you track 10 reps and 0 RIR. However, these are all Pro features. Speaking of Pro features, Alpha Progression does a great job of putting a plan for you. In addition to the above, it also asks you about: - How many days per week you want to train; - How long you want each workout to be; - What muscles you want to focus on (or neglect). You can also dedicate to your training plan’s length. Once you have put the information in, the app comes up with a training plan for you. What is great is that you can tweak your program later. For example, you can swap an exercise easily if you do not like the app’s recommendation. To conclude Alpha Progression is a new fitness app that deserves its space. Compared to Fitbod, our favorite for travel and hotel gyms, Alpha Progression has a 100% focus on traditional strength training. While Fitbod will generate a new workout every time you train, this app is designed to stick to a plan for several weeks. This can be beneficial if you are doing a movement for the first time or after a break. The first one or two sets will be less effective since you are re-learning the movement and figuring out the correct weights. What about the Strong app, another fitness app featured on HotelGyms.com? Strong does not create custom plans and contains less guidance on weights or repetitions. There is no equivalent to the progression recommendations. However, some prefer to have full control over their workout plan, and Strong is a fantastic tool for tracking. As you can see, every fitness app has its specific scenario, and all three are really good at what they do. In the end, it is all about your need and personal preference. Want to try? Give it a shot, the first two (2) weeks are for free. And if you sign-up using our 20% discount-code "HOTELGYMS", you save another $12.
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How to wash Gym Clothes in a Hotel | HotelGyms.com Blog
29Nov 2021
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How to wash Gym Clothes in a Hotel

Traveling is great. We get to explore new places, meet new people, and learn new things. Going to a different city, region, or country is always beneficial because it expands our mindset, breaks routine, and helps us think clearly. But, of course, travel is not all great. One notable drawback is that we have to live without many things we take for granted at home. For example, it is challenging to keep our clothes clean and fresh on the road, especially when staying at hotels. If you are away for multiple days and plan to hit the gym frequently, you know what I am talking about. To that end, we have put together this post to go over how we recommend you wash your gym clothes on the road. Let us dive in. The Scrubba mini portable wash bag As the saying goes, “What will they think of next?” We find ourselves asking this very question often. The Scrubba mini portable wash bag is a small, affordable, easy-to-use item that allows you to wash your clothes quickly. It fits in the back pocket of your jeans and weighs just 2.5 ounces. The MINI is designed for ultra-light travelers. The wash bag consists of a storage compartment equipped with over 150 nodules that glide against the clothes you are washing, effectively cleaning them of dirt, sweat, and stains. This simple setup allows you to wash your clothes with machine-like quality in minutes. Not having to find a washing machine, not wasting tons of water, and not needing to wait 20-60 minutes.  How the Scrubba mini portable wash bag works The portable wash bag is great to use because of its simplicity. The process works like this: Or to put in some words: - First, put the clothes you want to wash in the bag. Second, add some water. Third, add the cleaning liquid. - Then, seal the bag off, deflate it, and rub the clothes against the inner washboard. For example, you can put the bag on the ground or a chair, place both hands flat over it, and move them back and forth, applying just enough pressure.  - Once you are finished, replace the water a couple of times to rinse your clothes off, take them out, and hang them to dry. That is it. You washed a few clothing items in just a few minutes, and you only have to wait for them to dry. The Scrubba wash bag also works as a bucket. You can fill it up with water, add the clothes, put some cleaning liquid and reach in with both hands to wash. What does the wash bag cost and where to buy? You can get the MINI on thescrubba.com for 39.95 USD. Very often they provide extra discounts, like today there is an 15% off. Amazon sells the Scrubba Kit Laundry Bag, including an entire drying set for faster drying of your clorthes. This kit costs 99.95 USD.
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How to use the Fitbod App | HotelGyms.com Blog
23Nov 2021
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How to use the Fitbod App

If you have read our Fitbod App review, you know how much we enjoy and recommend the app. Fitbod is your all-in-one fitness tool that lets you put together effective workouts, track your training, and make fantastic gains in the hotel gym. Or, if you prefer a touchless workout, an in-room option using bodyweights only. But, of course, using the app effectively might be easier said than done, which is why we have put together this resource for you. Today, we will go over everything you need to know to use Fitbod effectively and make the most of your gym time.  Let us dive in. What is Fitbod, anyway? Let us quickly recap what Fitbod is before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this guide. Fitbod is a premium fitness app that allows you to put together effective workouts, depending on your preferences, goals, available equipment, and other factors. The app takes just a few minutes to set up. You have to answer a few questions, and Fitbod uses your data to provide customized recommendations for each workout you do. Fitbod also lets you track your progress and even provides you with custom graphs that illustrate how things are going. The best part is that the app features a rich library of exercises, allowing you to customize your workouts as you see fit and educate yourself on proper technique. You can read more about Fitbot in our in-depth app review here. How to use Fitbod: The initial setup The first step is to head over to Google Play or the App Store and download Fitbod for Android or iOS, respectively. Once downloaded and installed, the app will offer several questions you need to answer: 1. How experienced are you? Beginner, intermediate, or advanced? 2. What is your primary fitness goal? For example, strength, muscle mass, fat loss, try something new, do powerlifting, or learn Olympic weightlifting. 3. Where do you exercise? Large or small gym, hotel gym, garage gym, at home, bodyweight only, etc. Most of the options will have you select what equipment you have available (e.g., dumbbells, barbells, etc.). 4. What muscle group did you train the last time? Chest, back, abs, etc. 5. How often would you like to work out? Again, you can pick from many options and select specific days of the week. After the initial setup, the app asks you for basic personal information like your height, weight, age, and gender. After that, you are free to make your profile by adding your name, e-mail address, and password.  Once inside, Fitbod presents you with your first workout based on the information you have given it. In other words, it takes less than five minutes to set up, and you get a workout you can do right away.  How to make the most of Fitbod 1. Which Training Mode to select The great thing about Fitbod is that the app gives you clear options for your training. There is no confusion because each possibility is distinct enough. For example, you can pick an option to get stronger, but you also have one for pure powerlifting. While similar, the two are different enough, so you can choose the one that fits you best. Similarly, you can pick an option to increase muscle size, but you can also go for muscle tone and weight loss.  So, pick the one that fits your preferences best. The great news is, you do not have to stick with one option forever. You can choose one and change it later if you decide. Speaking of that: 2. When to change your training You should change your training each time you set about achieving a new goal. For example, training for muscle gain is one thing, but working out for optimal fat loss is slightly different. So, each time you change your objectives, make the necessary changes inside the app. Doing so will change your workouts, allowing you to attack your goals better.  You can also choose to switch things up to keep workouts engaging. For example, you can dabble in powerlifting for a while, switch to hypertrophy training, or do some bodyweight-only workouts. There is no single way to get fit. Try different things and adjust variables from time to time. There is of course, also an option to exclude specific exercises from a workout. You might not enjoy the "Handstand Push Up", so why bother every time the app picks this up again. Just click "More" at the end of the exercise instructions and select "Exclude Exercise". From now on, this exercise will no longer be promoted in your workouts. Exploring this section might contain some other benefits you could enjoy. For example, you can add warm-up sets in this hidden area, change from Kilos to Pounds, or add some helpful notes for your next workout. 3. Save your Favorite Workouts The great thing about Fitbod is that it offers not only the option to log every workout you do, you can also save them for later use. The required menu for this activity is accessible using the three-dots at the top-right. You can choose to keep a workout for later use by simply selecting the "Save Workout" option. How it works is quite simple. When the day has come, and you want to access a saved workout, just click the "+New" button, which opens the menu to create a new workout. There you can either create a new routine or select a previously saved workout. Simple as that.  In case you missed saving a workout, no worries. As all workouts are stored in the archive, they will not be lost. You can also access your finished workouts under the "Log" section. The app presents you with data such as:  - How long it took you to complete the workout - How many calories you burned - Your volume of lifted weight 4. Share Workouts with your Workout Buddy Using these three-dots at the top-right also provides you the option to share your favorite workout(s) with your gym buddy. Using an app does not mean training alone. The "Share Workout" feature in the app creates a unique URL that you can share using WhatsApp, text messages or e-mail. Your workout buddy can click on this URL and all happens automatically. This will not only load your workout but matches it with your buddy's gym profile and preferences. It is a win-win. Another sharing option happens when your workout is done. You can also share your results with the broader community. As far as sharing workout goes, it is up to you. You might just have had a great session, and you are proud of your new personal best. In that case, share your progress with others and ask for feedback. 5. How to use Fitbod when Traveling The great thing about Fitbod is the fantastic versatility the app offers. The developers behind the app have genuinely thought about everything: your schedule, preferences, available equipment, goals, and much more.  Because of its versatility, Fitbod is accommodating for people in various situations. Whether you train at the same gym year-round or find yourself traveling every week, the app works well with minimal setup.  When traveling, all you have to do is adjust:  - Available training equipment (if any) using the Gym Profile - Training schedule (and specific days you can train on) You can also tweak options like: - Fitness goals - Whether you want circuits and supersets or not - Cardio recommendations - Workout duration Once you have gone over these options under the "Your Gym" tab, the app will offer personalized training recommendations to keep your going. For example, let us say that you will be staying at a hotel, but you do not have access to the gym there for some reason. While not an ideal situation, you can grab a couple of bodyweight workouts from Fitbod and stay on track with your training. And thanks to our partnership with Fitbod, you get the app with a 25% discount.
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