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10 Airport Workouts

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There’s nothing like a few hours squeezed into an economy class seat to make one realize how much the human body craves unconstrained movement.  After a while rolled up like sausages in a flying aluminum tin, most of us just want to unfold, unwind and work out the kinks.  

According to our friends at – a crowdsourced compendium of workout facilities on or around North American airports – fliers in the US and Canada can get to a gym within an easy cab ride of most major airports.  However flight times or expense accounts may not allow a taxi trip, so we’ve put together a list in alphabetical order of ten airport workout ideas either on-premise or conveniently nearby.

1 AIRPORT: Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport – ATL

Where is it? There are about a half-dozen gyms listed on within a few minutes drive of Atlanta’s massive aeroplex.  But if your choice is to stay on the airport proper, one easy and inexpensive alternative is the underground corridor (with moving sidewalks) that joins all the terminals, T, A, B, C, D & E.  

Notes: The tunnel is about 1.5 miles long and it takes less than 20 minutes at a leisurely pace to walk from the main terminal to the International (E) terminal.


2 AIRPORT: Changi International Airport – SIN The Ambassador Transit Hotel

Where is it? At Terminal 1, near the transit hotel at the Departure Transit Lounge East, Level 3.

Select Facilities: Swimming pool and jacuzzi, plus spa and workout equipment.

What kind of workout? A refreshing splash and a few lengths in the pool is the perfect way to get the muscles working during a layover between long-haul flights. 

Note: Price includes a shower, basic toiletries and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Cost: The pool and jacuzzi are part of the hotel, but airport dwellers can pay S$13.91 ($10.96) to use it.

Hours: 24 hours



3 AIRPORT:  Chicago O’Hare International Airport – ORD Hilton Hotel

Where is it? In the airport.  The hotel is connected to three terminals by underground walkways. 

What kind of workout? Everything you could expect, but an especially good weight room

Select Facilities: Sauna, steam room, indoor pool, Reebok elliptical trainer, Tectrix steppers, LifeCycles.

Cost: A day pass will cost you $20.

Hours:  4:30 AM – 11:00 PM Mon-Thur, 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM Fri, 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM weekends

Notes: If you didn’t bring your workout clothes, you’ll be able to buy some in Terminal 2, arcade level.

Contact:  773-686-8000 or 773-601-1722


Bally Total Fitness

Where is it? A 5-minute, $2 train ride from the airport. Take the blue line train from the airport to the Cumberland exit (2 stops). Exit the train station and turn right, walk 2 blocks

What kind of workout? Fully equipped, features personal trainers

Select Facilities: Pool, large free weight area and a running track, plus group exercise classes.

Cost: $15 for a day pass

Hours: 5:30 AM – 11:00 PM Mon-Thur, 5:30 AM – 10:00 PM Fri, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM weekends

Notes: Over 97 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, 123 pieces of resistance training equipment.

Contact: 773.380.8600 or visit


4 AIRPORT: Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport – DFW  Grand Hyatt DFW 

Where is it? International Terminal D – in the airport terminal

What kind of workout? Just about anything you can accomplish at your home gym is available here.

Select Facilities: A full complement of Universal, Life Fitness, Lifecycle and Nautilus equipment, plus a heated outdoor pool, sauna, locker room. If you’ve forgotten essential workout gear, the friendly concierge is ready to help.

Cost: Complimentary for hotel guests, or visit the front desk for a $30 day pass.

Hours: 24 hours

Notes: Accessible by SkyLink or Terminal Link

Contact: 972-973-1234

Or, for a quick, no-cost, lower-impact alternative  

The DFW LiveWell Walking Path

Where is it? Terminal D, along the tiled DFW Art Program floor medallions between boarding gates D6 to D40.

What kind of workout?  Take a stroll between those periods of enforced immobility. According to the American Heart Association, walking is the simplest and single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health – even if it is just for 30 minutes.

Notes: Measuring about three-quarter mile, the path is marked with signage and distance markers. Along the route there are also two optional step courses in the form of 50-foot staircases at the two Skylink transport stations.



5 AIRPORT:  Detroit Metropolitan Airport – DTW The Westin Hotel

Where is it? In McNamara Terminal A 

What kind of workout?  All that you’d expect from Westin’s WORKOUT Fitness Studio for all levels of performance to energize or de-stress between flights.

Select Facilities: Free weights, treadmills, elliptical, bikes, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, locker room.

Cost: $15 for a day pass

Hours: 24 hours a day

Contact: 734-942-6500

Notes: For $5, they’ll rent you shoes and athletic wear, and the socks are yours to keep.


6 AIRPORT: Dubai International Airport – DXB G-Force Health Club 

Where is it? Sheikh Rashid Terminal, also known as Terminal 1 

What kind of workout? Use the dead transit time for something extremely productive – a full-on workout session.

Select Facilities: The gym is equipped with resistance and cardio-vascular machines, among other things.

Hours: 24 hours a day

Notes: There’s also a similarly equipped fitness facility on the Hotel Level 5 in Terminal 3 - Concourse B, but minus the sauna and billiards.



7 AIRPORT Houston/George Bush International Airport – IAH Wyndham Greenspoint

Where is it? 15 minute taxi ride or free hotel shuttle to club.

What kind of workout? Cybex Strength Training system, free weights, cardiovascular equipment, courts

Cost: For $18 you can sweat all day.

Hours: 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM Mon-Thur, 5:30 AM – 8:00 PM Fri, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sat, Closed Sun

Contact: 281-875-0191 or visit

Note: reports the club may be hard to find as it is located on 5th floor of parking garage.

8 AIRPORT:  Los Angeles International Airport – LAX

24-Hour Fitness

Where is it? About a 5-minute cab ride or take the free Crowne Plaza shuttle

What kind of workout? 24-Fitness Clubs were voted The Best Big-Box Gyms in America by Fitness Magazine, so that tells you pretty much what to expect.

Select Facilities: Cardio equipment, free weights, group exercise

Cost: The day pass is $15

Hours:  This location of 24-Hour Fitness is open 24 hours, except on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when they close at 11:00 PM and open at 5:00 AM.  

Contact: 310-410-9909 or visit

Notes: Coin lockers and towels for sale


9 AIRPORT: San Francisco International Airport – SFO 

Two dedicated yoga rooms, apparently a first for any airport.

Where is it? Terminal 3 Post-Security near Gate 69, and Terminal 2 Post-Security between Boarding Area C and D 

What kind of workout? Stretch away all the stress and tension inflicted by hours upon hours in a cramped economy class seat with some invigorating yoga.

Select Facilities: There’s not much to it – just a quiet, small space with some mats, a mirrored wall and a bench where you can practice your poses in peace before boarding.


10 AIRPORT:  Lester B. Pearson (Toronto) International Airport – YYZ

GoodLife Fitness

Where is it? In the airport’s Terminal 1, Arrivals area Gate F 

What kind of workout? Full circuit resistance training, free weight area, large mat area for stretching and performing body weight exercises.

Cost:  $15 day pass 

Hours: 4:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Select Facilities: A 10,000-square-foot gym area with treadmills, elliptical machines, stair-steppers, stationary bikes 

Contact: 905-671-3721  or visit

Notes:  There are luggage storage/lockers available, towel service, showers. For $10, you can rent a T-shirt, shorts, socks and even footwear that you return.


The Sheraton Gateway Hotel

Where is it? Terminal 3.  Just walk across the skywalk from Terminal 3 or hop on the automated people mover from Terminal 1.

What kind of workout? Fully equipped and accessible gym, including indoor heated pool and whirlpool.

Cost: The fee is $25 for an all day pass. (unless you are a hotel guest)

Hours: 24 hours 

Select Facilities: Lifecycle equipment, Stairmasters, weights, treadmills

Contact: 905-672-7000 or visit


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