- I’ve stayed in Hilton’s wellness-focused rooms called Five Feet to Fitness.
- The rooms included over 200 guided workout tutorials and plenty of exercise equipment.
- The Hilton Room is ideal for fitness fanatics and business travelers.
Hilton has a solution for fitness fanatics who can’t rest even on vacation.
Over the past five years, select Hilton properties have included Five feet for fitnessan “in-room wellness concept” that offers 11 different fitness machines and exercise tools just steps from a guest’s bed.
Rooms, which are available at Hilton properties in Atlanta, San Francisco, Shanghai, and more, come equipped with an exercise bike, medicine balls, light dumbbells, bands, TRX ropes , yoga blocks and other supplies.
The setup includes a giant TV filled with tutorials on how to use all the equipment and guided workouts for yoga, high-intensity interval training, cycling, boxing and
It’s Hilton’s response to the travel industry by introducing new features to take advantage of the $639 billion “wellness tourism” trend, or wealthy travelers’ interest in wellness-focused retreats. personal care, health and spirituality.
In 2019, the Four Seasons launched Sensei Lanai, a relaxation center offering wellness consultations and sensory walking meditation. Marriott will offer wellness-focused suites, with deep soaking tubs, bath salts and wood decor, in its renovated Newport Beach location
I stayed at Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness room in the DoubleTree in Newark, New Jersey to see how good they made me feel. Here’s how it was.
Constant motivation to move
Upon entering, I was immediately impressed with the selection of different tools. Hotel gyms I’ve stayed in usually don’t have TRX bands and guided workouts like Five Feet to Fitness gyms do.
With weights between 5 and 18 pounds, the setup was geared more toward light strength training and might not appeal to clients accustomed to heavier weights and more intense reps.
Although the setup can be stressful for people who don’t want to work out on vacation, I consider exercise to be a mental health treatment. After struggling with
and anxiety for years, training constantly has given me a relief that I find difficult to shake off on long trips.
Business travelers might also benefit from having exercise equipment so close to them. Frequent business travelers were more likely to report poor self-rated health, no physical activity and trouble sleeping, according to harvard business review. Five Feet to Fitness rooms can provide a place to work out late at night when hotel gyms may close.
Hilton said the Five Feet to Fitness rooms are ideal for “road warriors, exercise enthusiasts and wellness aspirants who want to maintain their fitness regimen, even on the road.”
I decided to train in two different ways: a guided cycling class with the exercise bike and a high-intensity interval circuit using the other equipment in the gym.
The exercise bike was easily adjustable, but I had trouble moving heavy equipment to face the TV.
The bike itself was high quality, but I found the tutorial a bit distracting due to the playlist on the right side of the screen. The tutorial programmed 15-second breaks between videos in a playlist, instead of having a single 30-minute video with non-stop cycling. I ended up ditching the video and riding the bike on my own for half an hour.
I was distracted by the giant, comfy bed
Although my plan was to move on to another workout immediately, I found myself sucking at the giant bed five feet away from me as I worked out on the exercise bike.
I decided to lie down immediately after riding my bike and stayed in bed for an hour, maybe a little longer than I should have.
Even though I wanted to call it a day, the exercise equipment right next to me made it hard for me to find excuses not to work out.
I pulled out a medicine ball, dumbbells, weighted sandbags, bosu ball, and the TRX band and went into my HIIT circuit.
Although yoga mats are supposed to be in the Five Feet to Fitness locations, the Newark venue did not have yoga mats. I found my socks slipping on the hardwood floor and I didn’t have much room for the carpet.
My favorite thing about the Hilton facility was the privacy I had. I usually train in gyms, where I can’t loudly sigh “I don’t want to do this anymore” or “I hate this” in the middle of my sets. But in the privacy of a hotel room, I could count out loud and complain as I pleased.
Wish the room had more wellness offerings outside of fitness
In the morning, I did a guided meditation tutorial. It was actually a full video, not just a playlist, so I found it easy to follow.
I don’t normally meditate, but the tutorial was a great way to clear my mind before starting my day.
But aside from the meditation class and the foam roller, the Five Feet to Fitness rooms consisted mostly of fitness equipment. The rooms were supposed to be equipped Biogel muscle pain wipes, but the Newark site didn’t have any.
I would like the rooms to offer a massage chair, adjustable beds, natural light lamps or any other wellness product.
That being said, I really enjoyed the Five Feet to Fitness room. I think the rooms are a perfect option for people like me, who find it hard not to work out on vacation, and business travelers who can’t easily exercise in hotels.