by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | March 01, 2005
Bellhop Illustration by Dan YaccarrinoHotel chains are investing millions in retooling their gyms and pumping up their fitness options. It’s enough to inspire the most dedicated couch potato to work out.
    For instance: Hilton Hotels & Resorts ( in January teamed up with Bally Total Fitness. The new pairing gives guests access to Bally gyms in major U.S. cities, with the option of scheduling a session with a personal trainer. Road warriors with less time or ambition can work out in their guest rooms with the Bally-designed Hilton Travel Fit Kit. The complimentary packet comes complete with hand weights, a yoga mat and exercise bands.
    Not to be outdone, Westin Hotels & Resorts ( is touting its WestinWorkout Powered by Reebok facilities. The new gyms feature the latest in exercise machines, plus a Reebok Core Training Zone outfitted with specialty tools such as resistance tubing and stability balls. Also, the company offers Heavenly Bed Yoga, an in-room fitness program in which guests can perform the stretches while lying on the chain’s signature mattress and tuned in to Westin’s in-house custom TV channel.
    With the comprehensive Great HealthFit for You program from Marriott Hotels & Resorts (, guests now have the option of new in-room workout kits, including BodyRev, a portable exercise device, as well as an accompanying video fitness routine developed by a former Navy Seal.