We’re largely depending on hotel gyms or resort fitness centres when travel is on the agenda, be it for pleasure or business. The limitations of finding a proper fitness centre for a short period aren’t always available. However, we at Aspire definitely see a growth in the use of hotel and resort fitness centres from non-staying clients.
There are several reasons you may want to consider why hotel gyms may not be a good option for working out regularly.
Unlike larger gyms and fitness centres that often have on-site coaches or trainers available to provide guidance and support, hotel gyms may not have qualified professionals on staff to assist guests with their workouts.
Without proper guidance, it can be difficult to ensure that you’re using equipment correctly, performing exercises safely and effectively, and designing a workout routine that meets your specific goals and needs. This can increase the risk of injury and decrease the effectiveness of your workout.
Another main reason why hotel gyms may not be the best option is the limited equipment available. Hotel gyms are often small and may have limited equipment options. They may not have the range of machines and weights needed for a complete workout routine.
Hotel gyms can be crowded, especially during peak hours (mainly mornings and after work hours). This can make it difficult to use the equipment and complete your workout routine efficiently.
During our inspections across Thailand, we have seen a broad range of quality differences. The quality of hotel gyms can vary greatly, depending on the priority of the hotel management in seeing it as a strong selling point. Some may be well-equipped and maintained, while others may be outdated and poorly maintained.
Particularly for those exercising opting for a hotel gym as their main workout space and not choosing a fitness centre outside, several hotels may charge higher fees for access to their gym facilities. This can add up over time and become expensive for frequent gym-goers.
If you’re someone who requires the guidance of a coach or trainer to get the most out of your workouts, a hotel gym is certainly not the best option for you. In such cases, it may be worth exploring other fitness options in the area, such as finding a gym or fitness centre that offers coaching and training services.
Consistency is a crucial factor in achieving fitness goals and being surrounded by people who have the same mindset as you. Hotel gyms tend to see people coming and going, and this may result in not getting your circle of influence and accountability right.
Consistency means committing to regular exercise and making it a part of your daily routine. It’s important to establish a workout routine that you can realistically stick to, whether that means exercising at the same time every day or scheduling specific workout days each week.
And this may even be connected to choosing the right environment.