Award-Winning Weight-Loss Retreat in Southwest Utah
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 Utah, which was voted #1 in the Spas of America's Top 100 Spas of 2011.
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 region's red-rock canyon landscape, which enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine per year. At mealtimes, the resort provides nutritious, low-calorie meals designed by registered dieticians, holistic nutritionists, and Executive Chef Cameron Payne, who received training at Le Cordon Bleu and from Wolfgang Puck. For dinner, you could celebrate a productive day with a Hawaiian chicken bowl, topped off with key lime crème brulee 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. The onsite spa, The Retreat, rewards hard-working participants with massages, facials, and acupuncture treatments (not included with this Groupon). In 2011, The Retreat won Spa magazine's Reader's Choice Award for Best Weight-Loss Spa.
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.
One-week stay and basic weight-loss program with three daily meals
Option 1: $1,377 for occupancy for one in a double room (up to $2,295 value); you and a friend may purchase two Groupons to stay together. If traveling alone, you will need to request to be placed with a same-sex roommate.
Option 2: $2,754 for a stay for two in a double room (up to $4,590 value)
The best thing was probably the hiking. I had never hiked before in my life and was reluctant about it, but really enjoyed it! (plus it was probably the most fresh air I've had in years! The staff was excellent in every aspect and the entire experience was really nice.
Nova M. ·
February 4, 2013
I absolutely loved my experience and would encourage anyone contemplating whether or not to go, to definitely take the time for yourself and try it. You won't be disappointed!
Nova M. ·
February 4, 2013
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