Friday, September 1, 2017

Gym Review :: Dorsett Wanchai Hotel, Hong Kong

We're heading to Hong Kong tonight for a few days with my mum to celebrate her birthday this month and will be staying at Dorsett Mongkok Hotel.

We've stayed there a couple of times, even when it was previously known as Cosmo Hotel Mongkok, but I've never used the gym there since the last time we went was before I started training regularly... think was in 2014?? Anyway I know they have a 24-hr Fitness Studio but not much is written about it on the hotel website or any other review sites.

I thought I could get some info on it to give Superman more time to plan my holiday workout but guess he'll have to design my programme after I reach and check it out. Pretty short notice but not like he's not done it before haha.. 

If Dorsett Mongkok Hotel's gym is anything like their sister hotel, Dorsett Wanchai Hotel, that we stayed at in November 2016, I don't think there's a lot of strength training that can be done though.. don't think I can even train my pull-ups there haha.

Dorsett Wanchai Hotel's gym is more like a fitness room. It is located in one of the hotel room floors and is actually a hotel room converted into a small fitness studio. I reckon about 4-5 pax can fit in comfortably, at most.

Accessible 24-hours a day, you have to use your hotel key-card to enter. There's 1 multi-use exercise machine {20kg - 200kg} where you can do lats pull-down, cable row, shoulder press, hamstring curl etc., 1 bench, 1 stair-climber, and a set of dumb-bells {5lb - 35lb}. In the adjoining room, there's 2 treadmills.

The lack of gym equipment notwithstanding, I like that the fitness studio is air-conditioned, bright with big windows, very clean {daily house-keeping} and well-maintained. There's also a water cooler and towels provided. If you want, you can also take a shower {toiletries provided} after your workout in the en-suite toilet with a bathtub, but then again, you might as well head back to the privacy of your own hotel room to do that haha.

Superman helped me to plan a simple holiday training programme then and this was my morning workout with the heaviest weights I lifted:

A1. Pronated Lats Pull-down, 3-4 sets, 12 reps - 80kg
A2. Supinated Lats Pull-down, 3-4 sets, 15 reps - 80kg
B1. Back-Supported Seated Arnold Press, 3-4 sets, 12 reps - 20lb
B2. Back-Supported Seated Shoulder Press, 3-4 reps, 15 reps - 10lb
C1. Back-Supported Seated Supinated Bicep Curl, 3 sets, 20 reps - 20lb
C2. Back-Supported Seated Lateral Raise, 3 sets, 20 reps - 5lb
C3. Lying Triceps Extension, 3 sets, 20 reps - 10lb
D. Stair Climber, moderate intensity, 20 mins

The reps are higher as the available weights aren't that heavy. If I could, I was supposed to do something heavier then go to failure and drop weight if necessary, instead of doing an exercise with too light weights.

I reeeeeeeally don't like to "climb stairs" on the Stair Climber machine though as the suspension is so weird and ROM so small {I like to climb 2 steps at a time}.

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Anyway, anything is better than nothing and given my track record of putting on weight during my travels {and my love for yummilicious ιΈ‘θ›‹δ»”!!!}.. a little daily exercise, even if just with body weight.. is very much needed hahaha.

☆ Gym Star Rating for Dorsett Wanchai Hotel, Hong Kong Gym
Overall satisfaction: 3/5
Equipment: 2/5 
Atmosphere: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5
Accessibility: 5/5
Staff availability: Nil

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--andy-- said...

I am definitely comfortable with travel itinerary, the eating, sight seeing and exploration. But you got a superman-fitness-itinerary :)

I would bring along my jogging shoe to burn off the access food too haha.

cheers, Andy

Theresa Mahoney said...

Our hotel gyms are more like fitness rooms too. Not much equipment, but enough to get in a decent workout while you are traveling. It's nice you had a travel fitness itinerary to help keep you on track!

Cherry said...

You are truly a fitspiration, Ai! My hubs and my girl also love checking out hotel gyms but I am too lazy to blog about it.

Grub n grow said...

I admire your strong determination to stay fit even while traveling πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

An Apel a Day said...

That looks pretty fancy! I love that you're sticking to working out.

Shub said...

Kudos to you for hitting gym while travelling. I would just eat and shop!

Pooja Kawatra said...

Awesome dear and seriously while travelling fitness would be the last thing on my mind but love your spirit.