This past week I found myself back in Southern California at one of my favorite hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside. It is in a great location to several of my clients’ offices, great dining/entertainment options and most importantly, it has a great gym.
So of course, Thursday morning comes along and you can bet you can find me downstairs in the gym getting my workout in.
So there I am, headphones in, lifting and waking up when I notice it. The line for the cardio machines. As you can see in the picture above, there were only 5 pieces of cardio equipment and there was literally a line of 5 people waiting. Then over the course of the next 15 minute minutes I noticed a trend. Folks had an average ‘willingness to wait time’ of around 5 minutes. If a machine opened within 5 minutes of their arrival, they were good. If not, they were gone.
Now I want you to notice something else about the gym in the picture above……look at how much space there is in this gym!!! And by the way there is an entire other section to the right past the balance balls!!! It is probably my favorite part about this gym, the sheer amount of open space.
With all of this space, what are people waiting for a machine?
And why are they leaving when one doesn’t open up?
And I realized, it was because they did not have a plan B.
Every time I walk into any gym, I have a plan as to what I want to do but based on space, others using equipment, weights available that plan can and often does change on a dime.
So what are my plan Bs?
First and foremost is beachbodyondemand.com I make it no secret that I am a BeachBody Coach and love helping others find their strong. What I love about this particular resource is I can stream the program that best fits the resources I have.
Only the weight stack available? – Body Beast
Space in the corner open? – Insanity Max 30
Need to improve flexibility? – Piyo
Sometimes I get there and there are no weights at all but the treadmill is open. In times like this, I am more than likely going to do a HIIT session of sprints.
Gym full? I enjoy doing my longer steady state runs outside so time to active MapMyRun and head outside. Or………every hotel that is more than one story has stairs, you know the original Stairmaster. And if you are in San Diego, my favorite stair spot is at the Convention Center so head out and hit them!!
Whatever your plan B is for you, the most important thing you can do is something!!
It killed me to watch people give up and leave the gym that morning. I hope they came back later and got their workout in but don’t let anything get in the way of your health. Especially something as simple as the treadmill not being open.
So how about you? What is your favorite plan B? And if you need help with your plan B – don’t hesitate to reach out. I am more than happy to give you a couple dozen ideas that will work for you.