Friday, March 16, 2018

Gym Review :: Dorsett Mongkok Hotel, Hong Kong

If I thought Dorsett Wanchai Hotel's gym was lacklustre, Dorsett Mongkok Hotel's gym is even worst.

In terms of variety of gym equipment, I reckon that even our home gym is better equipped haha..

I mean, it is smoke-free, it is air-conditioned, it is open 24hrs for guest's convenience, it is cleaned and provided with fresh towels daily, it does have a water dispenser and a toilet {no showers if I remember correctly} nearby but it is also really, really small and bare.

If you are traveling here and expect to use the gym, be prepared to do more dumbbell or body-weight exercises in your workout.  

Dorsett Mongkok Hotel's gym is located on Level 1. It is more like a tiny fitness studio with lots of glass mirrors {to make the room look bigger than it really is or for gym selfies??!} that can fit around 3-4 pax comfortably.

All it has is 1 bench, 1 stair-climber, 1 exercise bike, 1 treadmill and a set of dumbbells {3-25lb}. Not really much to work on, but you do what you have to do.

And, I always believe that anything is better than nothing when it comes to exercising haha..

Superman helped me to plan 2 holiday training programmes to do daily. Short ones that I could do for 1hr max in the morning before we started our day out and about in Hong Kong.

Holiday Workout Day A with the heaviest weights I lifted:
A1. Pull-ups, 40 reps total - body-weight
A2. Push-ups, 80 reps total - body-weight
B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press Pronated, 5 sets, 15 reps - 25lb
B2. Dumbbell Chest-Supported Row, 5 sets, 15 reps - 25lb
C. Front Bridge, 3 sets, 75s - body-weight

For A1 I did about 5-6 pull-ups before moving on to A2, about 10 push-ups for each set.

Holiday Workout Day B with the heaviest weights I lifted:
A. Push-ups, 60 reps total AFAP - body-weight {4 x 15 reps}
B1. Incline Dumbbell Bicep Curl, 100 reps total - 20lb
B2. Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension, 100 reps total - 20lb
B3. Standing Lateral Raise, 120 reps total - 8lb
C. Front Bridge, 3 sets, 75s - body-weight

For Part B I was supposed to find a weight challenging for 12-15 reps max. If I could do more reps it meant the weight was too light, or if couldn't hit 12 reps at least it was too heavy. I usually started off heavier at 20lb but had to drop to 15lb for most reps after 2-3 sets to hit the rep range.

One good thing though, is that Dorsett Mongkok Hotel has a relatively big kids playground and outdoor fitness corner just across the road {less than 2 mins walk}.

Weather-permitting, you can also use the playground equipment to get some calisthenics work done or exercise while the kids are playing.

I did my pull-ups there for Day A's programme but as it was typhoon season and raining most of the mornings when I was training, I didn't manage to do it as often as I liked.

While it must be said that you don't need a fully-equipped gym to give your body a good workout, given this time and age where there is a global trend towards healthy living and wellness, I really think that hotels should provide decent gyms for their guests to enable them to maintain their healthy lifestyle while visiting or a sanctuary to unwind after a busy day out as a basic amenity.

I'm not even talking about hiring trainers, putting in expensive, state-of-the-art equipment or providing complimentary fitness classes for guests {although that's of course much appreciated!}, but a dedicated space {not just a spare hotel room} with basic cardio & strength training equipment, and comprehensive sets of free weights that's good enough for at least intermediate gym-goers? I'm sure a gym is cheaper to maintain compared to a pool, right?!

☆ Gym Star Rating for Dorsett Mongkok Hotel, Hong Kong Gym
Overall satisfaction: 2.5/5
Equipment: 2/5 
Atmosphere: 3/5
Cleanliness: 4/5
Accessibility: 5/5
Staff availability: Nil

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An Apel a Day said...

Hotel gyms usually are lacking. But like you said, at least they have something.

That's too bad it was raining so many of the mornings. That playground has the best colors.

Little Pumpkin is too big to carry around. LOL

Theresa Mahoney said...

That does look like a tiny gym. I guess a tiny, under equipped gym is better than none, but if I were looking to book a room and fitness on my travels was a priority, I would probably look for another hotel than that one.

KarMie's blog said...

Wow carrying ur not so lil pumpkin is already a work out... Not forgetting all the walking & shopping HK has to offer! Kudos to you for sticking to ur workout n for ur superman to plan your holiday workout program!!!

Jamie Chaw

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Indah Nuria Savitri said...

You are very discipline! Even during the holiday you keep on doing your exercise. Well, you're right ..less is better than none. Little Pumpkin is not so little anymore..

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