Hotels raising the barbell on fitness facilities make it easier to hit the gym on the road

There's no excuse not to workout when you travel with these innovative options

By Patti Pietschmann

 When ever I leave Los Angeles, which I do often as a travel writer, one of things I miss most is CrunchWHo where I work out daily. There's nothing like the fun classes and no judgments, no attitude at the nationwide chain. Thank heavens for hotels and cruise ships that continue to raise the bar on fitness facilities such as Crystal Cruises, Princess, Silversea, Seabourn, Cunard, Carnival and more, as well a hotels such as:

    Element Boston Seaport,  which sports  a stationary kinetic bike in the fitness center that powers your  personal electronics while you pedal. The hotel also provides a virtual  personal trainer via the Your Trainer app, which features three Element branded workouts – Circuit: Whole Body Blast; Yoga: Rise & Yoga; and Strength: Energized by Element.  Book at

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) which offers yoga fusion in the desert with three innovative classes:
 Vinyasa Reformer combines Flow Yoga and Pilates Reformer to challenge the core, improve balance, coordination, and posture through movements that flow and are synchronized to each breath. Restorative Yoga with Live Music leads students on a journey to enlightenment with professional musician and yoga instructor Jason Graves. Graves’ soft melodies soothe and ease the mind, while light stretching increases flexibility and circulation. 
And finally, TRX Yoga fuses yoga with TRX training, challenging gravity through downward yoga poses with arms and legs suspended. The class is proven to increase focus, balance, flexibility, strength and proprioception. visit 

Pebble Beach Resorts (Pebble Beach, Calif.) offers an  innovative personal fitness program at The Studio at The Beach & Tennis Club. The program combines classic Pilates and the innovative Gyrotonic® Expansion System. While Pilates promotes joint stability and core strength through controlled linear movements, the Gyrotonic system employs special apparatus to improve strength, flexibility and posture and enhance mental awareness through rotation and spiraling movements. Views of the Pacific Ocean provide a healthy dose of inspiration. Visit

           Marriott Syracuse Downtown teams up with Fitness on Demand at this new property that opened in a landmark 1924 building last fall.  The state-of-the-art fitness experience features an interactive library of more than 1,000 solo and group classes that they can call up whenever the urge hits, 24 hours a day. Projected onto a 65” screen, the classes range from Insanity, P90X, PLYOGA, The Dancers Workout, Zumba and boot camps to yoga, meditation and low-impact workouts. Adding to the experience is cutting-edge equipment by Life Fitness, SYNRGY 360 cross-training outlet and inspirational downtown views from the top-floor fitness center. For more information, visit
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