As part of one of my recent mileage runs to China, I spent a night (on United) at the Beijing Steigenberger Maximilian Hotel. I know the Steigenberger family well from previous travels to Germany and know about their focus on wellness, so I didn’t mind that this was the hotel I was provided a voucher for. The hotel had two sections, the main building, which had the newer and more expensive rooms, and then a separate building with the not-so-cool rooms, though clean. Guess which one I was in… It was clean, however, and that’s all I needed for just 1 night. One last comment… moving between the main and older building is seriously like being in a corn maze. I don’t understand what happened there, but if you ever stay here, be prepared to get lost trying to get back to your or lobby.
I had enough time to hit the gym and had it almost to myself. It was well outfitted, and I was most happy about it having a squat rack, which very seldom hotel gyms have. On the other hand, aside from dumbbells, there were no other free weights, like kettlebells, medicine balls, etc., which I like to use often. Instead you’ll mostly find enough machines to work out your whole body, along with a couple that I had never seen before and couldn’t figure out what they were for. Lastly, the hotel does have a stellar spa/wellness area with separated areas for men and women, which house showers, cold and hot pools, saunas, and massage rooms.
Here are some photos of the gym:
Warm-up, not for time:
5:00 treadmill jog
Giant set x 4
8 incline dumbbell press, rest 30 sec.
8 dumbbell bench press, rest 30 sec.
8 decline push-up, rest 30 sec.
Superset x 3
10 bent-over lateral raise, rest 30 sec.
10 lateral raise, rest 30 sec.
Superset x 3
10 ez-curl skull crusher, rest 30 sec.
10 dip, rest 30 sec.