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22Mar 2022
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Why do Hotels have Gyms?

The prevalence of fitness centers, weight rooms, and spa facilities in hotels, both luxury and practical, are more popular than ever, and for a good reason. Health and wellness have become a priority for millions of individuals these days. They are at the forefront of many people's lives, driving purpose, intent, and direction, dictating where people want to spend their time, money, and attention. No wonder hotels are claiming their chunk of the pie.

In all seriousness, the expansion of gyms in the hotel industry was inevitable from both a practical and profitable standpoint. The better the service, the more in demand they become. You may recall an older blog post here about a survey conducted by Accor on this topic: The healthy Lifestyle, how People plan their Travel.

However, while hotels may be catching on to this long-lasting trend, a large number of hotel chains are doing a poor job in execution. Sure, they may now have a "gym" facility. But the quality and effectiveness of these facilities are typically not the best. And this is one of the reasons we started HotelGyms.com with its GymFactor label to give you an indication of what you can expect 😉

Ready for a lesson in the hotel industry? Then keep reading! Let's jump into it.

Wellness Tourism is NOT just a Trend

Whether you look at the stats and the studies, the wellness industry, and more specifically, wellness tourism, is an ever-growing industry that has no plans of slowing down.

Take a typical vacation, for example. Why do people travel? To melt stress, improve their mental well-being, enjoy life, and come back rejuvenated. But, sadly, many people feel worse after returning from a vacation than before leaving for it. That could be related to factors like overeating, excessive partying, and simply letting loose in the purest sense of the word.

Many people are converting to a more wellness-based vacation to experience a total reset of the mind and body; an experience that promotes growth and recovery through yoga, meditation, fitness, and nutrition. This is where hotel gyms come into play.

Location, Location, Location

That is what they say in real estate, right? Location is the most critical attribute of a property. Well, while we may not be talking about real estate, the location of many chain hotels makes them distant from any outside training facility. 

Given that many travelers also want to stay active and maintain their health, the idea of developing hotel gyms wasn't too far out there. Okay, maybe it wasn't that simple, but you get the idea. So let us take a closer look at business travel:

Such travelers often reside in hotels outside the city. In a hotel near the airport and away from locations where outside gyms tend to be located. Hotels located close to well-equipped gyms may simply offer their guests a free pass to that gym instead. For everyone else, hotel gyms make total sense. They are practical, profitable, and, let us be honest, beef up the total packaged experience.

The importance of the proper Equipment Type

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It is clear that hotel gyms are in-demand and here to stay. Many people enjoy training and do not want to stop doing it while on vacation or a business trip. Therefore, owners of hotels would not even have to invest that much money to create a great training facility and place themselves ahead of their competition. However, the primary issue with some hotel gyms is the available equipment. In addition, hotel gyms often lack the necessary equipment, forcing visitors to adjust their training style and find effective tactics to keep challenging themselves.

Some hotel gyms have a variety of machines and weights, but they are of poor quality and make for a less engaging training environment. After all, who wants to sit down for a set of lat pulldowns, only to discover that the machine is squeaky, the handle rusty, and the cable worn out?

Like home and commercial gyms, buying from reputable fitness brands makes a huge difference. Some of the most notable examples include TechnoGym, Matrix, and LifeFitness. RogueFitness is also a fantastic brand known for its high-quality barbells, squat racks, and more. Sadly, it would be challenging to come across Rogue equipment in most hotel gyms. Peloton is one good brand with a strong presence in hotel gyms. For example, Peloton Bikes are available in many hotel gyms, and all you have to do is follow a few simple steps to set up:

  1. Find a hotel that offers Peloton.
  2. Register with Peloton.
  3. Bring some accessories for your workout (earbuds, some water, a towel, etc.).
  4. Adjust the bike and get started.

Some hotels even offer Peloton equipment in the rooms, which is terrific, especially if you are a Peloton member.

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Hotels have gyms so guests can continue their workout routines while traveling. Some hotels have invested a lot to build a great gym experience. The hotel industry finally understands that people who work out every day will not stay in a hotel, forcing them to miss a workout. We also believe you should not have to make compromises. There are plenty of great options available in almost every city, so #NeverSkipAWorkout. To find what hotels have the best gyms check out our GymFactor label on HotelGyms.com!

Oh, and if you are a hotel owner looking to promote your business, get in touch with us, share up-to-date information about your facilities, and send us your latest pictures to get added to our system.

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