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Fitness Center Fun

by Meghann on April 11, 2012

The Marriott fitness center was hoppin’ at 5:30 this morning.


Looks like I’m not the only fitness freak who enjoys getting a workout in early in the morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are a few conferences going on at the hotel this week, so I’m sure half the gym was filled with fellow conference guests who also had 7:00am call times and the other half was made up of vacationers who needed an early start before heading to the parks for the day. Still, I was little surprised to see how full the gym was at such an early time, probably the fullest I’ve ever seen a hotel gym.

The gym was nice too. The treadmills were all state of the art and I appreciated the printout channel guide next to the tv on all of them. It was a nice touch that was much appreciated when trying to figure out what to watch, all hotel gyms with TVs should have the same set up. ๐Ÿ˜‰


The gym also came with a full set of free weights. I can’t tell you the last time I stayed at a hotel where the gym had free weights! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I skipped the weights this morning and stuck with the treadmill. I only had 30 minutes, so I went hard and fast with 30 minutes of hill repeats. I should have found a pre-made hill workout online before my workout, but sorta winged it instead. I toggled between a 7.0 pace on the flat parts and a 6.0 on the hills with a 8% incline. It was hard, but next time I’m sure I’ll benefit more from a pre-planned workout. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the gym I showered and headed downstairs for registration.


We had a simple coffee set-up for breakfast


As well as some yogurt pots and pastries.


I had a strawberry yogurt pot and a blueberry muffin.


Plus an apple I brought from home.


I was a bit experimental with my beverage choice. I’m not sure if this is a real drink or not, but it was half coffee/half hot water with a black tea bag.


I thought it was a good mix of tea and coffee, but I know my fellow co-workers weren’t as impressed. Eh – to each their own. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The conference just started and the sessions are officially on their way.


Let the fun begin!

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1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

That is crazy full for a gym that early in a hotel! Haha I guess it’s the conferences, otherwise I’d be surprised so many people would want to get up so early on vacation, especially with a day of walking around the parks ahead!
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2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

I have to admit, the idea of tea and coffee sounded really bizarre to me when you tweeted it this AM, but then I remembered that I like Dirty Chais, which of course are a mix as well…so…hmmm.
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3 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love the yogurt pots–how fun!
For a bit, I was on a half coffee/half chai tea kick. If you liked the coffee and black tea I’d definitely try it out with chai! The spice works so well ๐Ÿ™‚
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4 Carrie April 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Wow – that’s a pretty deluxe hotel gym! Usually they are abandoned, and have one sad treadmill or stationary bike and perhaps a weight machine or two.
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5 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

That gym sounds nice for a hotel and that is crazy how packed it is! I’m never had coffee/tea together. It sounds interesting.
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6 Cait's Plate April 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Wow I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hotel gym that full before!

That blueberry muffin looks awesome. I could definitely go for that. And I love the half coffee/half tea idea! Haha.
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7 Molly April 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm


8 Sneakers2Sandals April 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Whoa ,that’s one of the nicest most packed hotel gyms I’ve ever seen! You’re always so smart to bring fruit from home…
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9 Hillary April 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I stayed at a hotel on vacation last week that had free weights—but only one treadmill, one bike, and one elliptical! Tiny, but it did the job!
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10 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

That sounds like an amazing hotel gym, how convenient for people! I love the half coffee and half tea idea too, kind of like a tea misto minus milk?
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11 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness April 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Wow! I guess an early morning workout is the thing to do at the Marriott! Looks nice.
I am pretty sure I have dreamed of a chai tea coffee mix for all my life and have been less than impressed. Maybe I will give black tea a whirl. ๐Ÿ™‚
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12 Aleasha April 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Everything looks wonderful. Love the food table! yumm
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13 Amelia April 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Wow that is a legit gym! I wish more places had that kind of set up.
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14 Army Amy* April 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Yogurt pot! Adorable!*
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15 Serena April 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

That is a great gym!
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16 Emily N April 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

I already said this on your daily mile entry, but good work with the hills. Your rear is going to thank you AFTER the Pig for all your hard prep! ๐Ÿ™‚
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