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San Diego Hotel Gym Guide

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  • The Sofia Hotel
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
  • Castle Creek Golf Resort and Spa
  • Hotel Solamar
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Summer is here, which means across America scantily clad bods are catching rays on the sun soaked shores. Of all the beach towns nationwide, SoCal has a reputation to uphold thanks to the television show “Baywatch.” For 12 seasons, 1.1 billion viewers worldwide tuned in weekly to ogle the artificially endowed Pam Anderson and her fellow lifeguards, believing everyone in the Golden State looks that way. They don’t, but with regular workouts at the gym and abstinence of high caloric foods, even non-celebrities can look hot. Here’s a few local hotel gyms who help facilitate awesome abs.

The Sofia Hotel
150 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 234-9200
This hotel was built in the days when women looked sleek by tightening their corset. Fast forward 84 years and the undergarment stiffened with whalebone has been replaced by hour-long runs on the treadmill and repetitive stomach crunches. All embody the no pain, no gain axiom. The Sofia’s second floor fitness room is open 24 hours, eliminating excuses to not workout. Cardio equipment and a Hoist strength trainer fill the space. Next door is a yoga studio for a less vigorous routine. The exercise area and massage room can be seen in the above video. (Room rates start at $139 per night.)

Hotel Solamar
435 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 819-9500
Hotel Solamar has introduced the “Mind Your P’s” program to inspire healthy living on the road…pilates, power walks, and pedal pushers. Saturday mornings guests congregate on the poolside deck for an hour of expert instruction on strengthening core muscles. Music, mats and views of the nearby bay included. Every Wednesday Solamar’s General Manager leads a volksmarch through downtown San Diego’s best sites. Tennis shoes recommended. Self motivators can pedal bikes around the city at their own pace. In conjunction with working out, in-room “Healthy Traveler” meals from nutritionist Joy Bauer are offered a.m. and p.m. to ensure smart eating choices…garden omelets, whole wheat pasta, veggies and other under 500 calorie selections are served. (Room rates start at $199 per night. Pilates $10 per class. Bike rentals $25 per day. Power March is free.)

Castle Creek Golf Resort and Spa
29850 Circle R Way San Diego, CA 92026 (800) 253-5341
Floor to ceiling windows span the length of Castle Creek’s gym, sporting views of the resorts 10th, 11th and 12th fairways. Owner Paul Walton and family were cognizant of the property’s natural beauty when building in 1985, and took every measure to unobstructe views when possible. The 500-square-foot fitness center is a perfect example. While riding a stationary bike, pumping free weights, or thrusting leg presses guests watch golfers tee off just feet away. The foliage and landscaping is reminiscent of Southern France. Post workout soaks are waiting at the hot pools. (Rates start at $99 per night.)

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 448-1234
Under the tutelage of a Hyatt fitness trainer one can go from flab to fab. A consultation accesses participants BMI (body mass index), cardio endurance and flexibility to determine specific exercises to suit individuals needs. Most likely cardio is required, so the Hyatt has new treadmills with personalized televisions. One glimpse of Meagan Fox or Matthew McConaughey while channel surfing and you’ll tap up the speed a few notches to burn extra calories. The fitness room is large and never necessitates a wait for equipment. Outdoor buffs can jog on the nearby beaches, join a game of beach volleyball or play a game of lawn bowling. (Rates start at $375 per night.)

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 234-1500
The downtown hotel just reopened as the Marriott Marquis, which is in a higher echelon of the worldwide chain. There are four in the USA - Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City and here; nice feather in our city’s hat. With 25 floors and 1,305 guestrooms it’s only appropriate the fitness center is over 5,000 square feet. Twelve treadmills, 11 ellipticals, and strength taining equipment are just the start. The movement studio offers yoga FIT, cardio kickboxing, body sculpting, Zumba (the latest Latin inspired calorie-burning dance fitness), and circuit training classes. Four hotel restaurants with local produce round out the healthy lifestyle. (Room rates start at $274 per night.)