I travel for business half a dozen times each year. Nothing is more boring than getting off a three hour flight and having a two hour layover. Sitting, eating, and more sitting – a sure recipe for weight gain. There is not much to do than people watch or browse the few gift shops available. Since Americans are now more active and concerned about health, full service gyms are popping up at airports.
The Roam Fitness location at Baltimore-Washington International Airport hopes to be the start of a new trend. The company founders lived the stressful and sedentary traveler life and developed the concept. The gym displays departure times and gate assignments on the TV above the free weights, cardio equipment, and yoga mats. Roam has a single visit price of $25 or $100 for a month ($350/year). They provide loaner active wear, electrical outlets in lockers, soap for showers, and vacuum bags for keeping your other luggage free from smells of used gym clothes.
Nearly 60 percent of Americans eat poorly when they travel, 57 percent say they work out less, and 49 percent experience more stress. Hotels are trying to improve their gym facilities. The Westin hotel chain now offers guestrooms with stationery bikes and loan workout apparel for $5 per stay. Hilton began its “Five Feet to Fitness” program in May, providing stationery bikes and Gym Rax training stations in guestrooms. Fairmont hotels provide premier guests with Reebok apparel, shoes, yoga mats, and resistance bands. Having equipment in the room allows the guest to workout whenever they have time.
So far, Roam is the only gym inside a US airport terminal past the security checkpoint. Roam is working on getting another location at Boston Logan Airport. A new gym ZEROLevel Fitness, one level below baggage claim at Terminal 1 of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, is $15 per visit and open 24 hours on weekdays.
Marcus, Jon. “Full-service gyms about to take off at airports.” Travel. Boston Globe, 7 July 2017. Web. 9 July 2017.