Don’t just sit in an air­port lounge when you could be work­ing out.

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - BY ME­LANIE D.G. KA­PLAN travel@wash­ Ka­plan is a free­lance writer based in the District. Her web­site is melaniedgka­

Of all the rea­sons to sweat at an air­port, Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Mar­shall Air­port now of­fers a good one.

Roam Fit­ness has opened its first lo­ca­tion in BWI’s new D/E Con­nec­tor, which serves do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers. The com­pany plans to ex­pand na­tion­wide, likely start­ing with Char­lotte, Pitts­burgh and At­lanta; mem­ber­ships will in­clude ac­cess to all lo­ca­tions.

“The next phase is ed­u­cat­ing the con­sumer about how it works and how it fits into their travel sched­ule,” said co-founder Ty Mane­gold. He noted that BWI al­ready pri­or­i­tizes health and fit­ness, of­fer­ing healthy din­ing op­tions, a bike path and rentals, and the BWI Car­dio Trail.

Early one Thurs­day morn­ing, I headed to BWI with a carry-on­sized back­pack to sim­u­late a pre­flight work­out.

Roam, lo­cated be­yond se­cu­rity, is about the size of a typ­i­cal air­port re­tailer or larger-than-av­er­age ho­tel gym. At the front desk, I signed up for a daily mem­ber­ship on their iPad, which savvy trav­el­ers can do ahead of time. Through March, a day pass costs $25, month pass $150 and an­nual pass $500. Reg­u­lar pric­ing be­gins in April at $40 a day, $175 a month and $600 a year.

“The time is 6:30,” the at­ten­dant said. “What time would you like me to book your shower?” He re­served a time and as­signed me an over­head com­part­ment-sized locker with USB and elec­tri­cal charg­ers.

The most com­mon ques­tion from passersby: “What hap­pens when I get all sweaty?” Roam has an an­swer for that, and seem­ingly every­thing else.

Loaner cloth­ing and shoes from Lu­l­ule­mon and Brooks come with each mem­ber­ship. You’re on your own for socks, which they sell, along with a small se­lec­tion of clothes if you’re squea­mish about com­mu­nal gear.

When the at­ten­dant showed me ap­parel op­tions on the iPad — as though I were shop­ping — I was happy to select cropped pants, a tank and sneak­ers in my size. (You can bor­row a sports bra too, but I BYO’d.) Be­fore hand­ing me the rented gear, he scanned elec­tronic chips sewn in each item, link­ing them to my ac­count in case they ended up in my back­pack.

Roam has enough equip­ment for a le­git work­out, whether you’re up for hard-core train­ing or phys­i­cal ther­apy. Car­dio op­tions in­clude two tread­mills, re­cum­bent and stan­dard bikes, row­ing and el­lip­ti­cal ma­chines, and a hu­man-pow­ered, con­vexshaped tread­mill called Skillmill. The gym also has dumb­bells from five to 50 pounds (em­bed­ded with chips so don’t at­tempt to walk off with th­ese ei­ther), a TRX sys­tem, yoga mats, Bosu balls, medicine balls, ply­o­met­ric boxes (used in CrossFit), foam rollers and stretchy tubes.

Dur­ing my work­out, I had the gym to my­self, but count­less pas­sen­gers were cu­ri­ous enough to stop by the front desk. Shan­non To­back, an Olympic weightlifter who lives in Bal­ti­more, loved the con­cept. She flies once a month and said she would con­sider work­ing out be­fore a flight. “I could have trained this morn­ing at 5 a.m., but you don’t know what you’ll run into with traf­fic and se­cu­rity,” she said. When I told her my day pass in­cluded Lu­l­ule­mon cloth­ing, her face lit up. “Of­fer­ing to dress you if you don’t have gear — that’s a game-changer.”

After my work­out, I found my name on a screen by one of the four pri­vate shower rooms. Each has a Kohler toi­let with a re­mote con­trolled bidet and seat-warmer and an au­to­mat­i­cally lift­ing cover.

Ama­zon’s Alexa keeps track of your 15-minute time slot (and will tell you the weather or just about any­thing else you ask). I found the one hook in­suf­fi­cient for my coat, clothes and com­pli­men­tary towel, and I learned the hard way that set­ting items on the mind-of-its-own toi­let cover isn’t a so­lu­tion.

If you’re not care­ful, you could spend the en­tire time play­ing with the toi­let and talk­ing to Alexa.

Roam has de­odor­ant, shav­ing prod­ucts, mouth­wash and cru­elty-free shower prod­ucts and lo­tion. In the uni­sex, shared van­ity

Roam Fit­ness is part of Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Mar­shall Air­port’s new D/E Con­nec­tor.

area, I used the hair dryer while an at­ten­dant vac­uum-sealed my sweaty sports bra and socks into a Zi­ploc pouch.

She handed back some­thing that looked like it be­longed in my freezer but would cer­tainly con­tain any odor on a flight. I tossed it in my back­pack and headed out to the ter­mi­nal, feel­ing en­er­gized from my work­out, re­freshed from my shower and sad only that I wasn’t board­ing a flight to a far­away land.

The most com­mon ques­tion from passersby: “What hap­pens when I get all sweaty?”


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