Delayed Flight? You Can Now Work Out In The Airport While You Wait
If you’ve ever been trapped in the airport due to flight delays and cancellations (which are way too common these days), then you know the struggle of trying to find something to fill your time and keep you from losing your temper. If you are a lover of fitness, you’re in luck, though. Workout facilities are starting to pop up at international and domestic airports to help you get some exercise in while you wait for your flight.
Self.com spotlighted the trend by sharing the news that London’s Heathrow Airport announced that they will follow the lead of airports in Dubai and Singapore and have a gym in their complex. Partnering with FlyFit to bring the facility to life, the Heathrow gym in Terminal Two will offer a wide array of classes. It will also have healthy food options for those who don’t want to get caught up with regular airport food. There will be shower facilities, of course, for you to get cleaned up in, and even workout clothing you can rent if you forget to bring your own. And in different airports in the United States as well, more and more fitness facilities are popping up. That includes Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco International, Baltimore-Washington and now, Chicago-O’Hare International. One of the big airport fitness facility chains growing is ROAM Fitness, which offers classes, machines, rental apparel (including shoes), showers and more. According to their website, they hope to open more than 20 locations within the next five years, with aspirations to expand to Atlanta, Charlotte, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia, LAX and many more.
You can work out for the day when you’re in the airport where ROAM facilities are located for $25 a day. For a month’s membership (if you’re a frequent flier for work), the cost is $100. And if you’re running up and down airports all year long, there is a yearly membership for $350.
Perks of a ROAM membership include luggage lockers that have power outlets so you can charge your devices while working up a sweat. Annual members can reserve private showers 24 hours in advance so you can hop in and out when you have a flight to catch (day and monthly members can reserve a shower when they enter the facility). There’s a towel service, the rental of clothing and shoes is free, and they have have top-notch products by Malin+Goetz for you to clean up with. All you need to check out one of ROAM’s spots (aside from a day, month or yearly membership) is a valid boarding pass or a badge if you’re an airport employee.
With these options in mind, you no longer have an excuse to sit at the charging booth scarfing down on Sbarro’s pizza while you’re dealing with a delayed flight. Now you can work out while you wait.