At Hilton Hotels, the gym comes to you.
The hotel chain recognized how difficult it can be to keep up with a workout schedule while traveling, so they’re making it easier for guests to cycle, do yoga, and sweat to a cardio routine.
They’re called Five Feet to Fitness in-room mini gyms, featuring 11 different fitness equipment options just steps away from the bed and nightstand. There are eight Hilton rooms available today – three at Hilton’s Parc 55 San Francisco and five at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Virginia. The hotel giant hopes to add another 100 rooms with mini-gyms across the U.S. by the end of 2017. They’ll be available in Hilton hotels in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, and San Diego.
Guests can enjoy various equipment types for a variety of exercises – a stationary Wattbike, medicine balls, sandbags, a Bosu ball, TRX, a yoga mat, and a foam roller, among other gear and accessories. There are also ‘fitness kiosks’ in each room, with hundreds of workout videos showing how to use the equipment, and appropriate exercises for each, including cardio, cycling, endurance, strength-training, HIIT, yoga, and stretching and recovery.
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If guests aren’t up for a vigorous workout after business meetings all day, these rooms will offer wellness-related goodies, too. Meditation chairs, protein drinks, and mini Biofreeze packets for sore muscles are all available for any much-needed downtime.
Hilton’s fitness focus was driven by research and feedback from hotel guests, and how travelers use hotels. A recent study conducted by Cornell showed that of the 46% of guests who intend to use the hotel’s gym, just 22% end up going down for a workout.
“We know that creating a wellness stage right in the hotel room might just be the solution for those guests who need the convenience of being able to get a quick workout in before breakfast, or after a long day of business meetings, or those that prefer to workout in the privacy of their own room,” says Ryan Crabbe, senior director of global wellness at Hilton.
“We also know that movement and mindfulness make for a better travel experience.”
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