Jamie Gailewicz says the best part of traveling for work is the one hour each morning he gets to exercise without any interruptions.
"It's my way of dealing with stress and having peace of mind," says the marketing executive from Philadelphia.
Lately, when he stays at the Viceroy Santa Monica in California, he participates in a one-hour boot camp. On any given morning, he can be found on the beach doing squats, push-ups, lunges and sprints under the supervision of fitness instructor Joshua Love.
Gailewicz, who works out four times a week at home, admits the boot camp is difficult. But, he says, it gives him "a fresh mind going into a meeting."
As Americans become more concerned about obesity and increasingly tune into TV shows such as The Biggest Loser, hotels are expanding their offerings to lure health-conscious business travelers beyond a small room with free weights and StairMasters.
Some are testing providing individual rooms with equipment for guests seeking privacy as they sweat it out. Some chains are even building brands around staying fit. Others, such as the Viceroy Santa Monica, are bringing in trainers for heavy-duty workouts such as you'd find in a boxing gym or at military boot camp.
Guests at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner and the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, for instance, can stay in a Yoga Room or Cardio Room, each with a king bed and all the equipment needed to work out, including on-demand videos. The rooms are being tested for about six months and could expand to other Hiltons.
Holiday Inn parent IHG is taking the concept to another level, launching a new brand called EVEN Hotels that will focus on wellness and fitness.