BWI gets a post-security fitness center

Need a real work-out before you fly?

A post-security fitness facility, called ROAM Fitness, is scheduled to open at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on Monday, in the new connector between Concourses D and E.

The space will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will have cardio equipment, stretching space, free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls, stability balls, a TRX system, yoga mats and a pull-up bar.

Travelers who don’t have their own workout gear can rent or purchase activewear and footwear and – here’s a great idea – have their own workout outfits vacuum-sealed after a visit to keep odors from mingling.

There’s also a shower reservation system to make sure everyone can freshen up before their flight.

Access to ROAM Fitness at BWI is currently $40 for a day pass, $175 for a monthly pass and $600 for a yearly pass. Passes can be purchased online, on a smartphone or at the door. (Check the website for deals on discounted passes.)

Not a regular at BWI? The next ROAM Fitness center scheduled to open in 2017 is slated for Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

ROAM Fitness claims to be the first public-use post-security airport fitness center with both a gym and shower facilities, but it is not the only airport fitness center.

In North America, travelers can purchase a day pass for $15 to use the fitness and showering facilities (and heated indoor pool) at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, which is attached to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport McNamara Terminal.

For $20 ($22.40 with tax), travelers can get a day pass to use the pool and extensive fitness facilities at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport, which is accessible from O’Hare via underground walkways.

And there’s also a branch of GoodLife Fitness on the arrivals level of Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport ($14 CAD/about $11 US for a 14-day trial membership.)

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