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This week I am at a grueling conference in Florida. This is the view if I lean out my balcony:
Much better than my New York City view, eh?
Since I workout in my basement at home, a nice hotel gym is one of the few perks of business travel that I really enjoy. The gym at this hotel officially opens at 6:00 am, and I was the second person to sign in at about 5:55. I grabbed a towel and a bottle of water from this lovely display. (I went back for an apple on my way out).
I started off with a 30 minute program on one of the fancy ellipticals .
Then I did my weights routine while enjoying this view. (Luckily they had regular dumbbells–I hate these big plate-style weights).
One issue with hitting a gym during a conference is encountering work colleagues while I’m all sweaty in my spandex. Today, one of my colleagues was in the gym at the same time, but he didn’t try to engage me in conversation except for a quick “hello.” Later, I met someone who recognized me from the gym, and that always makes me feel a bit uneasy. On the plus side, that means he knows I was up early and doing something healthy (and he was there too, so he can’t think I’m too nutty). On the minus side, I was sweaty and not in professional attire! While I don’t think it hurts for my “first impression” to be made in the gym, I think I’m uncomfortable because that’s not what I’m there for, and I don’t know at the time that the person next to me on the treadmill is someone I will be networking with later. Once we do make a connection, it might give us something to talk about, but I’d rather impress them with my legal skills than my fitness routine.
Do you hit the hotel gym on business trips?
How do you feel when you meet someone professionally who recognizes you from the gym?