Friday, April 20, 2018

Gym Review :: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel

Even though Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel is overall not as swanky or luxurious as the hotels at Resorts World Sentosa {RWS}, I reckon that I still like it's gym better than Hard Rock Hotel Singapore's gym, which is shared by guests from FIVE RWS hotels - Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Festive Hotel Equarius Hotel, Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael.

Yes, the other 4 RWS hotels don't have their own gyms so everyone has to flock over to Hard Rock Hotel Singapore if they want to use a gym.

Maybe it's because of its location - Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium's gym is located on Level 6, next to the pool. It has large clear windows overlooking the pool so bright, natural light fills the gym and there's good, vibrant energy there.

Although I think the size of both gyms is about the same, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is better equipped with more cardio and strength-training equipment.

It is accessible 24-hours a day by tapping in with your hotel key-card. Really useful especially when you want to come in late after feasting at the hotel restaurant's 1-for-1 buffet dinner haha..

There's 2 exercise bikes, 1 elliptical cross trainer, 2 treadmills, 2 exercise balls, 1 bench, 1 gym mat, 1 set of dumbbells {1kg - 30kg} and 1 multi-station weight machine {3 stations} that allows you to do a myriad of exercises like chest press, low-pull, overhead press, leg extension, lateral raise etc.

The Plurima multi-station machine from Technogym is rather interesting and I haven't seen it at other gyms I've been to.

Instead of fixed bars, most of the handles use a pulley-cable system so you can do various exercises with the different grips {which will in turn work different muscles}, and they also allow you to do unilateral exercises too. Good for those with injuries on one side, or for those that need to train away imbalances..

Here's a closer look at each station. Apparently there's a QR code on each machine that can be scanned with a smartphone to access a library of exercises, including how-to videos.

But on the gym mirror, there's also a poster teaching you how to use the machine and do some simple exercises.

There are alcohol wipes available for you to clean the machines before and after use, a weighing machine and small face towels available for use too.

However since it is just next to the pool, you can grab a bigger pool towel for use too and outside, there's a hot/cold water dispenser and shower facilities.

The boy and I used the gym about twice each. We came together in the afternoon on our first day at the hotel and it was pretty packed. When I trained at night again, it was empty though. In the morning on the second day before breakfast, the boy trained again and he said the gym had people, but wasn't that crowded.

Since it was just a 2D1N staycation, I didn't ask Superman for any program and just did some upper body exercises and cardio at night. If I wanted to, I think it is possible to do a decent full body workout there with the weights machine too.

However, slight disappointment in that there is no pull-up bar available again. Why??? This is the 4th hotel gym I've been to that has no pull-up bars!

☆ Gym Star Rating for Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel Gym
Overall satisfaction: 3.5/5
Equipment: 3/5 
Atmosphere: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5
Accessibility: 5/5
Staff availability: Nil

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An Apel a Day said...

The image of little pumpkin on the bike is so cute! That's good they have alcohol wipes to use to clean the equipment. Every gym should have those.

mail4rosey said...

I think it's annoying when hotels share gyms or breakfast rooms. It makes the one getting used way too busy!

Small Kucing said...

wah...the place seems to be well equiped

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think it looks like a great hotel gym. Much nicer than the ones that I have ever seen in any hotel I've stayed at. The QR code exercises sound really helpful!