Posted July 15, 2014

Keeping Fit in Philadelphia

Destinations PHL

TKO With T Fitness

Channel your inner Rocky with T.

Travelers often find themselves in a wellness dilemma: How do you maintain your regular fitness regimen while on the road, working off-hours in an unfamiliar environment? Typically this involves a trade-off — put in an extra workout before or after your trip to make up for slacking during your travels, or hit the hotel’s fitness center and make do with what you find there. Or you might even skip your workout all together. Well, our wellness-savvy Kimpton hotels in Philadelphia say there are other options to keeping fit while traveling. After all, this is Philly … home to Rocky and refrigerated workouts with a side of frozen beef. (Of course it’s also home to the cheesesteak, so you have to keep motivated.)

Fitness is the name of the game every Wednesday at Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. In the morning, local fitness boutique Lithe Method hosts “Lithe on Location,” a class that’s a mix of cardio, sculpting and cheer moves designed to tighten and tone the entire body. In the evening, right after wine hour is “TKO With T,” a heart-pounding cardio-boxing class taught by the hotel’s very own doorman, T. If you don’t have the 45 to 60 minutes to dedicate to either class, then how about a six-step, full-body workout you can do in the comfort of your hotel room in less than 10 minutes? No joke, T has put together a fast and effective workout, “Training Tips With T,” using only items found in your room — no equipment required.

Bikes at Palomar Philadelphia

And across town at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, our concierge has a fleet of PUBLIC town cruiser bicycles available for guests to use during their stay. This is totally on your own schedule and totally free. The Palomar wants to reward you for spinning around the city with tiered, on-property incentives as part of its Pedal for Perks program. Now through Sept. 30, those interested simply request a bike from the concierge, download or open the free app MapMyRide, and log miles while off cycling the streets. Check back in with the concierge upon your return and receive the corresponding perk, which can range from fresh-squeezed juice to late check-out and continental breakfast at Square 1682.

Goodbye excuses; hello, road warrior!

— Kristin Huxta

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