5 hotels for the fitness fanatic


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It seems like every hotel has a fitness facility, but not every place goes above and beyond for their fitness-minded guests. We found five unique activities in hotels around the United States that make working out on the road enjoyable. Remember: You don’t have to settle for a dark hotel fitness center! We hope this inspires you to think outside the box next time you are searching for a fitness-friendly hotel.

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Bicycling at Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton’s four Chicago-based hotels (Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar and Hotel Burnham) launched a new “Bike this Town” package to help visitors take advantage of the city’s beautiful lakefront views, trails, parks and beaches. The “Bike This Town” package includes a one-night stay in deluxe accommodations, two complimentary bicycle rentals, a packed picnic lunch for two and a biker’s survival kit equipped with helmets, locks, maps detailing lakefront routes, energy bars, bottled water, sun block and cyclometers to track one’s distance. Even better, Kimpton will donate a $1 to the local Pedal Power charity, run by 12-year-old Nicole Basil, which aims to refurbish used bikes and donate them to honor-roll kids in Chicago’s public schools. Mention the rate code BIKE when booking. The package is available through Sept. 30.

Power walk at Disneyland Resort
Every morning at 7:30, Disneyland Resort hotel guests can join a 2-mile power walk (guided by a Disneyland Resort guest activities cast member) through Disney California Adventure Park before it opens for the day. Check out the park as you go behind the scenes, learn some fun trivia and get the blood flowing for the day.

ElliptiGO rental at Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts’ recently formed a new partnership with ElliptiGO, creator of the world’s first outdoor elliptical cycle. As part of a pilot program, which will run all summer, guests can rent the ElliptiGO for an average fee of $10. Instead of being trapped in a gym, take your elliptical training outside and combine cycling, running and elliptical in one low-impact workout. Westin brands that are participating include: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, The Westin Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

Westin also recently launched a product loan program in collaboration with New Balance. If you left your gear at home, you can borrow New Balance footwear, apparel and even workout videos at your hotel.

Walking tour kits at Affinia Hotels
Affinia Hotels in New York City and Washington, D.C., offer free Walking Tour Kits and StayFit Kits. Discover the city you’re visiting on your own with an iPod Shuffle or Nano loaded with Affinia Walking Tour and workout playlists; City Walks deck of cards; city guidebook featuring popular walking tours; StreetWise city map; pedometer; and towel.

StayFit Kits include a yoga mat; stretching blocks; yoga, Pilates and boot camp DVDs; workout bands; wrist/ankle weights; and StreetWise city map. Simple and effective!

Triathlete training at Turnberry Isle Miami
If you’re looking for a more high-end experience, Turnberry Isle Miami recently introduced three new fitness programs designed for beginner and amateur athletes: Triathlete Training, Tour de Turnberry and Laguna Pool Cycle & Swim.

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The Tri-Turnberry program was designed by lead fitness director Tait Smith, also an avid triathlete. You can choose difficulty and speed from three different categories: elite, sport and beginner. With admission, participants also receive unlimited classes and compete in a final race held at the end of each month.

The Tour de Turnberry program takes place at the Fitness Center on new Tour de France bikes powered by Google maps with 21 stages of the tour. The bikes feature tilting mechanisms and a simulation of hugging tightly to the road. Participants have 30 days to complete the program and can earn prizes at each stage for having the fastest or best climb.

The Laguna Pool Cycle & Swim cardio class is an invigorating workout, with minimal impact on the joints of the body. Located at the 7,500-sq.-ft. Laguna Pool, the class begins on the resort’s new Schwinn bikes, where guests complete approximately 8 to 10 miles. The workout is followed by two refreshing laps in the Laguna Pool and completed with two walking laps in the pool’s 800-linear-goot lazy river.

Tell us: Have you experienced a unique fitness offering at your hotel?