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Biggest Loser Getaway

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Courtesy: Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Courtesy: Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Looking to shed those winter pounds, but need a jump-start?

If you can’t get on ”The Biggest Loser,”  this just might be the next best thing.

The NBC franchise has a partnership with a spa in Utah dubbed  ”The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.”

It’s a luxurious, 10-acre boot camp, situated in the rugged canyons of southern Utah.  To clarify: This resort is not where the TV show is filmed, though you might see some show alumni there.

The regimen sounds every bit as demanding as the TV show, but there are fitness programs tailored to all fitness levels.

Guests must commit to a minimum of a week.

It’s up at 6am for a full day of exercise and monitored eating. (Participants are put on a 1,200 calorie diet.)  Meals are approved by the show’s doctors and nutritionist. They’re what you would expect. Healthy, yet satisfying. Portion-controlled. There are cooking classes and instruction on what’s known as mindful, as opposed to mindless, eating.

The program, put together by professional fitness experts, is designed to keep participants motivated. Exercise classes alternate between burning calories and toning . There’s also relaxation with tai chi and yoga, massage, acupuncture, and an inviting outdoor pool.

Personal training, private hikes and private nutritional and counseling sessions are also offered at an additional cost.

There are also programs for teenagers.

Rooms are decorated Southwest-style. They include private bath and free WiFi and cable TV. A private laundry room, business center and retail shop are onsite.

The resort is located about an hour and a half away from Las Vegas.

Weekly rates range from just under $1,600 for a double room and $2,000 for a private room.

Information: biggestloserresort.com or 888-870-2639.

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