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The Maker Hotel’s Gymnasium Gives Fitness a Retro Twist in Hudson

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The Maker Gymnasium has several pieces of restored workout equipment.
Photos courtesy of The Maker Group

The upstate Hudson Valley hotel’s gym packs in old-world charm with antique and restored exercise equipment.

Fitness enthusiasts seeking an inspired workout venue now have a new option: The Maker Gymnasium. It’s the latest addition to The Maker Hotel in Hudson, and in keeping with that property’s unique style, it’s no ordinary gym.

Along with all the modern equipment you’d expect to see, The Maker Gymnasium offers fun and unusual pieces to inspire any workout. Test your core strength on a beautifully refurbished 1930s pommel horse; work up a sweat with a restored speed bag; have fun with antique leather medicine balls; and tone your biceps on 1940s gymnast rings.

The gymnasium’s decor is equally unusual, as many features tell a story. The wall panelings are refurbished doors removed during The Maker Hotel’s renovations; the high ceilings feature antique light fittings that hail from a bank in Poland; and an ornate armoire, previously owned by the brother of Houdini, stands proudly in the changing area.

The Maker’s owners, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, acquired the 14,000 sq ft Hudson property in 2014. The Gymnasium is the latest addition to the hotel, which also has a café, lounge, and restaurant.

“We wanted the gymnasium to be an energizing, colorful, and intimate space that makes visitors look forward to working out,” explains owner and founder Lev Glazman. “There’s a playful reference to the gymnasiums and circus performers of the past, and reflecting that theme we reclaimed pieces from the old world and brought them back to life.”

The past-and-present concept also features in the fitness programs. Certified instructors offer tailored personal training, stretching, and Pilates sessions, and trained aerialists and acrobats will soon teach a unique Circus Physique program that focuses on strength and core development. And in true recognition of present times, the gymnasium follows all COVID-19 precautions.

Glazman and his team are now gearing up for new additions. A juice, salad, and supplements bar is in the works to open in the gymnasium’s spacious lobby this spring, and when regulations allow, visitors can relax in a hammam-inspired steam room and enjoy a holistic massage in a beautifully decorated space.

The gymnasium welcomes hotel guests and the community. To book a complimentary session, email gymnasium@themaker.com.