Hotel Gym Mix & Match Workout

A family overnight trip for my son’s wrestling tournament meant a Saturday morning in a hotel gym. I did an awesome 7+ mile run Friday morning, but since I was going to spend the day sitting in an arena, I wanted to get some cardio in. I decided to do a 30 minute elliptical workout and then a free weights routine.

Since I usually workout in my basement, I enjoy getting to use fancy machines in hotel gyms, but the downside is not knowing what I’m getting into with unfamiliar equipment.  I selected a “random” workout at level 4. It probably was harder than I needed after a 7 mile run, but it got the sweat dripping and the endorphins flowing.  The machine had a built-in TV and a built-in fan that I turned on for the last 10 minutes. I couldn’t find a screen that showed the workout “profile” (what incline I was on, what was coming up), but I did find this screen at the end: 


I have no idea what the “WtLoss Training” and “Cardio Training” numbers mean, or how “Stride Length” correlates with the “Strides Per Minute” I usually monitor. 

The program did not give me a cool down, so I got on a treadmill and walked for 5 minutes before heading to the free weights area.

Since I’ve been doing my Bob Harper Pure Burn Super Strength DVD since January, I had to dust off some mental cobwebs to remember my free weights superset routine. This is what I came up with:

  • dead lifts/overhead press/push-ups
  • plie squats/tricep dips
  • lunges/bicep curls
  • chest flies/crunches
  • squats

Yes, I skipped lateral raises, but they get overdone with Bob Harper!

I did 3 sets of each move, with 15 reps for each set.  For most of the segments I paused between the 2nd and 3rd sets to grab a sip of water .

After that, I tried out the stretching “machine:”

The tilting “chair” and handle bars really did seem to give the stretches an extra oomph.

Did I forget any of your “must do” moves in my free weights routine?

Have you ever tried the stretching machine?

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4 Responses to Hotel Gym Mix & Match Workout

  1. Tink says:

    Coco, good for you getting moving before all the sitting though I am sure you are jumping during the cheering. I use the stretch machine at the Y. It has really helped me. I will hit the gym this afternoon (not open on Sunday mornings). I have not used the roller that you speak of so I'll have to check that out.

  2. FindingMyHappyPace says:

    So you ran 7 miles & THEN did the crazy workout? Geeeeez, you're a machine!!

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