Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Location & Hours

6am-10pm with staff, 24-hour access by contacting reception.

Machines

I didn’t get good photos here, but they have a decent selection of usable machines including chest press, leg press, ab machines, etc. as well as several that seemed odd and out of place (like the disc contraption shown below). The equipment is a bit dated, but everything seemed to function.

Cardio Equipment

The cardio equipment accounts for a majority of the space in the gym, which is an unfortunate reality in most gyms. That being said, the machines seemed to be new and in good shape. They have 5 treadmills, several ellipticals, and a couple of bikes.

Freeweights

A rather poor selection of freeweights, but a respectable dumbbell rack. They have a smith machine as well, but not much else.

Amenities 

Apples, towels, water, and attendant on site during business hours.

Atmosphere

Good atmosphere. Not too crowded when I went, the view overlooks the Quill Mall across the street, and the music wasn’t too loud or distasteful.

Summary

What confuses me about this gym (and many others) is that there are many machines are single-use and, in my opinion, don’t belong in a gym with size limitations such as this. For example, if space is not a factor then by all means get a machine for every minute muscle group. But if that’s not the case, as usual, then machines should be serving at least one major muscle group if not more. For example, the chest press or leg extension/curl which each serve several purposes. This gym suffered from this fallacy, although everything was still completely usable.

I wouldn’t say this gym is fantastic, but it was perfectly usable and served its purpose.

My Gym Checklist:

  • At least one usable cardio machine – PASS
  • Dumbbells up to 50lbs or more – PASS
  • Squat Rack with olympic bar & plates – FAIL
  • Variety of usable machines – PASS
  • Cable Crossover – PASS
  • Foam Roller(s) – PASS
  • Wifi that works in the gym – PASS
  • Not overcrowded – PASS

OVERALL: PASS!

 

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