Fitness Camps?

  • insaneplight

    Posts: 9

    Feb 15, 2015 5:58 AM GMT
    Has anyone tried them? I am thinking of going to one for my vacation this year in hopes of losing some weight. I'm hoping that by getting away from my comfort zones, I will see some real progress.

    Anyone have any experience with them?

    Anyone work at one and can give me the inside scoop?

    Anyone have any recommendations?
  • MrManSF

    Posts: 5

    Feb 15, 2015 9:31 PM GMT
    The Franklin Quest Institute--which I think is now defunct was near St George Utah. It specialized in fitness training for Iron Man as well as weight reduction for seriously over weight training.

    I have always been very athletic and physically fit, but spent a month there after a long demanding project.

    It was wonderful! The food was vegetarian and vegan and the exercises started at 6:00 with long hikes, and ended in the evening with long hikes, and in the middle was non stop weight training, swimming, yoga, aerobics.

    There was the A, B and C training tracks, A= Athetlets and C=seeking weight loss. The programs were similar, but (way)differed in intensity.

    There I gained a new respect for the 80 year old Mormon woman who lead our morning hikes. Whew! I had been running 8 mi/ a day before and she wore me out every day. I have huge admiration for those folks.

    My recommendation, find someplace beautiful that makes you sweat.

    All the Best my friend.....
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    Feb 16, 2015 12:24 AM GMT
    You may have some temporary result going to such places. But, as soon as you're back to your regular life, you'll be back to those old habits. The "real difference" will come when you make "real changes" to your daily routine that you can actually sustain in the long run.
  • jjguy05

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    Feb 16, 2015 4:30 AM GMT
    But if they teach you fitness and diet basics at these camps, then they'll give him the foundation to make lifestyle changes.

    And if you can go hiking with that 80-year-old Mormon woman, awesome. Going for a hike is a far more effective fat burner than jogging (which you should avoid).
  • insaneplight

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    Mar 01, 2015 4:52 AM GMT
    Hey Guys, I really appreciate it.

    I see what you mean by not falling into old habits when I get back. It's kind of odd for me. I work in film, and as such, I've spent most of my adult life living out of hotels, and with catering providing most meals. That combined with 80 hour work weeks, and I've gotten very out of shape.

    It's to the point my doctor recommended weight loss surgery, or face an early heart attack. I don't like the idea of using surgery. I figure for the same price of the surgery, I can spend several months at one of these fat camps, or weight loss retreats, and see the same results through a much healthier path.

    The other thought I had was for that price, I've seen ads for 24/7 live-in personal trainers. I might hire one of those for a few months. He would be my eating and workout conscience until I re-establish the good habits for myself again. The plus side to that also is it would be establishing those good habits in a familiar surrounding, so when the time was up, I wouldn't be at as great a risk of losing the good habits with a change of scenery. The only problem there would be finding a trainer who is a good fit. Anyone know any trainers here who do that sort of thing?