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Use ‘Gymsurfing’ App to Find Gyms While Travelling

Update Date: May 26, 2014 09:13 AM EDT

Being active almost everyday is important for good health. Oftentimes when people travel, their exercise routine gets disrupted. Even though hotels might offer gyms, they are often not fully equipped. In order to maintain good activity levels, people can now use a new phone app called Gymsurfing, to look for gyms nearby that provide day passes.

"Our goal is make it so that as soon as you land in whatever city you're going to, you can find a place to work out," said Kevin Bracken, chief executive officer of Gymsurfing based in San Francisco, CA.

Gymsurfing is an app available through iPhone that can help people look for gyms when they are visiting a different city. After finding a location, users can purchase day passes on the spot as opposed to in advance. Information about the gyms' other offers and deals for the day is also readily available.

"Most hotel gyms are just a small row of treadmills, and maybe a half-complete weight rack. For anyone serious about working out, it's usually not enough," said Bracken said according to Reuters. "You see a variety of gyms and amenities they offer, such as the type of equipment they have, and whether they have pools, saunas, or spas."

Chris McGinnis, editor of the website, TravelSkills, added, "Most hotels have gyms, but it may be a dank basement gym with no windows to the outside, or people might want the social experience of going to a gym, so in those cases an app might come in handy."

So far, Gymsurfing can be used in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and Toronto but the company plans on adding more cities. The app offers options that range from corporate-style gyms that have state-of-the art machines to smaller, family-style businesses. The app even includes bodybuilding facilities. The costs for one-day's pass start at $5 and can go up to $20.

There are apps available on the market similar to Gymsurfing. iPhone app, OmFinder informs users about yoga classes. GymPoints helps users purchase day passes as well as passes to a wide array of classes, such as martial arts and Pilates.

The company announced that it plans on releasing gym surfing on Android devices this week.

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