Fitness Center in a Hotel Room

On January 18, 2013, Julia Lawlor reported in the New York Times that hotel guests can get an excellent workout in their guestroom if it contains certain pieces of furniture and bathroom equipment.

A frequent traveler, Soozan Baxter never bothers with the hotel gym. Instead, she checks with the front desk to make sure there is a tub in the bathroom, and iron in the closet and a sturdy bench or ottoman in the room.

Ms. Baxter's solution for staying in shape while on the road: a 30-minute routine designed by her Manhattan based personal-trainer, Nicole Glor, that lets her exercise without having to pack hard weights or exercise mats. "I don't want to carry a lot of stuff with me, said Ms. Baxter, 37, a commercial real estate consultant who travels from one-to-three days a week throughout the year....

After a warm-up in the living room, Ms. Baxter moved to the bedroom and did an "L" stand, essentially a half handstand with hands on the floor, legs straight and toes resting just on the edge of the bed, at the arms hold the body up in an L shape....

Next came "swinging lunges" by the bed: Ms. Baxter, both legs bent, moved one forward and lowered herself so that the knee on the back leg was almost touching the floor; she repeated the move with the same leg moving back. This works the glutes, abdominals and quads, Ms. Glor said, instructing Ms. Baxter to lift her knee between lunges to add a cardio component.

A few steps to the bathroom, and the push-up routine began. Twenty push-ups with hands wide and gripping the edge of the tub, with the spine straight and toes on the floor were followed by 20 running lunges: with one foot on the edge of the tub, Ms. Baxter hopped up and lifted the opposite knee....

Back in the living room, a soft leather ottoman became the landing zone for 10 two-legged jump-ups. Next, Ms. Baxter's iron was put to use as a free weight in an exercise in which she knelt on all fours, then raised one bent leg up and to the side while she lifted the iron with her opposite arm. After another set of 20 push-ups, Ms. Glor introduced the X jump. Like a souped-up jumping jack, the X jump involves jumping three times with knees bent, followed by a split jump, cheer- leader-style. Ms. Baxter did 15, no problem.... With only a short water break. Ms. Baxter was back to doing 15 swinging lunges, this time lifting the iron with her arm between lunges.

Ms. Glor assured her it was almost over. Actually, there were 20 more sets of side-to-side plíes while lifting the iron, 25 more push-ups; abdominal crunches with her feet on the ottoman, a forearm stand for upper back strengthening ̶ Ms. Baxter placed her forearm flat on the floor, then kicked both legs up against a wall- and a killer exercise Ms. Glor calls "down and dirty". It involves that old gym class standard, the squat thrust, as well as jumping jacks, push-ups and lunges.

Cooling down, Ms. Baxter stretched and reflected on her two-year journey from wheelchair to workouts. "I never want to forget how grateful I am to be able to jump in the air" she said, or walk the dog on a sunny day".
 

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