Jackie Poplaski is a NASM certified personal trainer, HFPN coach, spinning and kickboxing instructor, and holds her coaching certificate from NYU. She currently works as a behavior change coach and fitness instructor at Shane Diet Resorts.
As a coach and fitness trainer at a summer weight loss resort, I often talk to people who are fascinated with the popular weight loss show, The Biggest Loser. They want to know whether a vacation at a weight loss resort will be like the show.
We do, in fact, get to know our guests personally… heck, we live together, eat together, and sweat together…a lot. That means if you say you want to work hard but you’re not actually putting in the effort, we’re going to call you on it.
However, the guests find out quickly that they’re in a supportive environment where they’re not being judged by the staff or in competition with each other. Instead, we share common interests, struggles and fears. Because of this, strong bonds and lasting friendships are commonly forged among the guests and staff. And yes, some people do “cheat” on the food plan and skip most of the classes. But the large majority of people who commit the time and money to actually come and live with a team of trainers and nutritionists are able to make substantial progress on their goals. Whether they come for a week or months, it provides people with the dedicated time to focus on themselves and what they really want to change about their lifestyle for the long haul.
I definitely recommend it to my clients as a wonderful resource for losing weight and improving overall health. I see the guests I train with at the resort multiple times a day as opposed to seeing them a few times a week at the gym. The progress that can be made at a weight loss resort in as little as a week is pretty remarkable. It’s like getting an intensive course in diet and exercise.
At the resort I work with our goal is to guide, train, and educate our guests to practice healthy behaviors. Perhaps it’s not as exciting as being on national television but I have seen first hand the way the experience can change lives for the better.
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