Award-Winning Weight-Loss Retreat near Sunny Pacific Coast
Since 2004, tens of millions of viewers have tuned into the hit reality show The Biggest Loser to watch contestants shed pounds and revamp their eating habits during an intense weight-loss competition. Season winners invariably emerge 100–150 pounds lighter, with completely reshaped physiques. The show’s focus on committing to strict exercise and nutritional regimens is also at the core of The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, Malibu, which was voted a top 10 fitness program in the SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards in 2011, and named one of Spas of America's top 100 spas.
The resort's weight-loss program fits exercise, healthy meals, and lifestyle seminars into a daily schedule from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Certified personal trainers might jump-start mornings with hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a beautiful, Mediterranean-like mountain range with both beginner and expert trails.
At mealtimes, the resort provides nutritious, low-calorie meals designed by registered dieticians, holistic nutritionists, and Culinary Institute of America–trained executive chef Rodolfo Reyes. For dinner, you could celebrate a productive day with a hawaiian chicken bowl, topped off with key-lime crème brûlée for dessert. Breakfast and lunch provide energy for additional exercises throughout the day, which may include water aerobics, kickboxing, or yoga.
Between workouts, groups attend lectures on weight training and nutrition education, including food-label reading and body-workout recovery. An onsite, full-service spa rewards hard-working participants with massages, facials, and acupuncture treatments (not included with this Groupon).
One of the hallmarks of the program is a supportive team environment, as each person encourages other members of the team to push further than they thought they could go. At the end of the week, trainers record each guest's weight and measurements and note their progress. But the program doesn’t necessarily have to end there; the experience should help guests stick with a healthier lifestyle long after their stay.