July 2000
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker

working out on the go / meetings in boston? / my way

Working Out on the Go
Airport gyms bring a new option to the concourse

Running to catch a flight may be strenuous, but it doesn't exactly count as an exercise routine. And scarfing down a pizza during your layover won't do wonders for your body. But there is a better alternative--head to a gym. Though seasoned road warriors with time on their hands often make use of fitness centers at airport hotels, two companies have recently opened facilities in the terminals themselves, at the Pittsburgh and Las Vegas airports. It's the wave of the future, says Mike Michno, co-owner of Airport Fitness in Pittsburgh. He has plans to create a nationwide chain of airport health clubs that will sell memberships to travelers. Philadelphia and Atlanta are on the way, with four more to come within the next five years. Below, the best in-terminal and hotel gyms at major American airports. Now if only we could find a decent meal.
--Kristine Ziwica

Pittsburgh International Airport
Gym Location: Airport Fitness; 412/472-5231
Day Rate: $10

McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas
Gym Location: 24 Hour Fitness; 702/261-3971
Day Rate: $15

Los Angeles International Airport
Gym Location: Los Angeles Airport Hilton; 310/410-9909
Day Rate: $10

O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
Gym Location: O'Hare Hilton; 773/601-1722
Day Rate: $10

Miami International Airport
Gym Location: Miami International Airport Hotel; 305/871-4100
Day Rate: $8

Logan International Airport, Boston
Gym Location: Hilton Hotel, Health Club & Spa; 617/568-6882
Day Rate: $15

So you have meetings in . . . BOSTON
best business hotels: In Boston, the Four Seasons (200 Boylston St.; 617/338-4400, fax 617/423-0154; doubles from $525). In Cambridge, the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St., Harvard Square; 617/864-1200, fax 617/864-5715; doubles from $240). expense-account restaurants: The Federalist at the Fifteen Beacon hotel, for creative takes on Yankee classics (15 Beacon St.; 617/670-2515; dinner for two $150). Radius for modern French (8 High St.; 617/426-1234; dinner for two $175). car service of choice: Dav El Fifth Avenue Limousine (617/884-2600). if you forgot to pack a scarf or tie: The famed Louis Boston (234 Berkeley St.; 617/262-6100). if you have a free afternoon: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, housed in a gorgeous neo-Venetian palazzo (280 The Fenway; 617/566-1401). web resource: www.boston-online.com.

Going My Way
name: Michael R. Dweck
title: Chairman and creative director of dweck! advertising agency.
home base: New York City
a simple plan: Since I'm on the road all the time--L.A., London, Argentina--I try to plan my trips around a weekend, so I can work a few days and play a few days.
sleeping tight: My favorite spot on a plane is a five-seat row in coach. I line up nine pillows, put a blanket over them, lie down, and then pull another blanket over me.
becoming a vip: I've made friends with all the airline employees. I always take food for the ground crew. And some of them like Beanie Babies, so I pack those, too.
favorite hubs: I used to love Denver's Stapleton Airport because you could drive right up to the terminal, but it closed. Now I think West Palm Beach is the best unsung airport--it's so peaceful and easy to get to.
never without: My Palm VII, Tumi suitcase, Blundstone boots, camera, and the seating charts for every airline.
kooky keepsakes: I always bring back a snow globe for my daughter, and I try to grab something odd for me. After the San Francisco earthquake, I picked up a piece of someone's roof.
--Hillary Geronemus