Unite Fitness Retreat is focused on helping you achieve the results that you have wanted for so long. Whether that is massive weight loss, improved fitness and energy, healthy lifestyle changes, an eating plan you can maintain, relaxation and wellness, or any combination of these. Below is a sampling of our past guest success stories, reviews, and before/afters. *Results will vary with each individual.
Watch our real, raw, goose-bump worthy testimonials below ↓
Danny Lost 93.5 Pounds in 10 Weeks (at camp)*
Three months home as of today from Unite…still hitting the gym…I can’t believe I am still going strong, I don’t know where this work ethic came from, but I’ll keep it! I’ve lost a total of 140 pounds so far in 5 1/2 months. Gone from a size 5/6 X to a 3/2 X. I have come a long way on my journey. Thanks to my friends & coaches at Unite Fitness Retreat and my friends here at Train Boston. I can see the goal line and it is closer than I thought it would be by now and far more than I ever thought it could be. As someone who has struggled for most (if not all my life) with my weight and had so many false starts, I never thought I’d make it this far. Much less in the short time it has happened. I wanted to say a special thank you to EVERYONE who helped me start this path and kept me going. UPDATE: Danny has lost 100 more pounds since being home! He is ALMOST down 200 pounds!!!
Staff is Amazing*
Amazing crew, every one! Unite’s trainers work with you no matter what your fitness level, but they challenge you too. You’ll be amazed what you’re really capable of that you never knew you had in you. I had my doubts I could do this type of program, but quickly learned I could do it. Unite has everything
I did a month and lost 20 lbs of fat plus put on quite a bit of muscle and toned my entire body. When I got home my ramped metabolism
A Weight Has Been Lifted*
A friend told me about Unite after I noticed and commented on how different he looked after he lost quite a bit of weight. He told me he had researched every weight-loss camp in the country and had chosen this one and was glad that he had. Since I know him to be a very detail-oriented lawyer, that was good enough for me. I invited my brother and sister and the three of us went to Salt Lake City (which is a beautiful city, with spectacular hiking areas nearby); my brother could only stay for three weeks, but my sister and I stayed for four weeks.
My brother lost 30 pounds in three weeks (and grew a neck and established a waistline in the process–six and a half inches off his waist!). My sister and I took a little longer, but I eventually lost 29 pounds in the four weeks. Since then (we left the program 2 and 3 weeks ago), my brother is now down 43 pounds from beginning and I am down 38 pounds. My sister is down 22 pounds. All of us feel a lot better and actually enjoy exercising now. Things that used to be difficult for us are now a lot easier. It feels like a great weight has been lifted off of us…because a great weight HAS been lifted off of us!
It’s a great program. It’s not easy at first, but if you can follow directions by a team of very dedicated and knowledgeable (and fun) staff, you can do it. In the third week, we took the same hike that I could not complete when we attempted it the first week, and we completed it. The mornings are filled with exercise and stretching, and the afternoons are filled with spectacular hikes with views that are beyond imagination, and more stretching. I am a 59 year old lawyer, who thought there was no time in my busy schedule for exercise. I was wrong. Now I look forward to going to the gym because I know how to exercise and use the machines, and I know how good it feels to complete a really good work-out. Now that my metabolism is working, I sweat a lot more while working out, but it feels great.
One thing surprised me. In the 4 weeks I was there, there was never a time that I was hungry. They don’t starve you to make you lose weight. They teach you to eat in a responsible and mindful way, with snacks to keep your metabolism burning. And they teach you to know what you are eating by knowing what to look for on the ingredient lists on food packages. Since I have been home, I still eat 5 or 6 times a day, and I have lost another 8 pounds. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s absolutely true.
Thanks, Leah, Christina, John, Brett and Jordan! And thanks, Steve, for letting me know about this place!
Serious Results Happen Here*
An excellent place for a regimented start to health goals. Scroll down and read Karena Coopers’ review. I agree with it and couldn’t write it any better. Great place and great people if you are SERIOUS about getting fit! I stayed for 4 weeks and lost over 20 pounds of fat.
Ready to Live Life Again*
I left stronger, lighter, and inspired … Ready to live life again.
When I got to Unite I was depressed, overweight, and lost. I had just had the 4th of my many surgeries on my foot after a freak trampoline accident left it crushed. I had been unable to walk or do much of anything for months. Once was bad enough, but the 4th surgery tipped me over into a depression that I just wasnt able to shake. So I did the only thing that I knew to help myself… I went to Unite fitness camp. I have been to fitness camps before, but this one was like no other. The trainers are passionate about their work and the lives they touch, the education is second to none. The other people I met were all amazing… each with his or her own struggles. We inspired each other. We sweated, we laughed, we cried together, but there was not one of us that did not come out stronger for the experience in more than one way. I can truly say that my 4 weeks at Unite changed my life. I am already planning on returning (for fun and a tune up!) and look forward to seeing what I’m really made of again!
For me, with my foot, I was not sure if I would ever run, jump, or even walk uphill again. It hurt just to walk. But I amazed myself at how much I achieved and WAS able to do while under the careful supervision of the amazing trainers. By the time I left I was speed walking up mountains, and even jogging a few steps. I get close to tears with gratitude each time I think of my experience. I cannot speak highly enough of this camp. I would recommend it to people of all shapes and sizes… injuries or not. This IS the place to go. You will leave this camp better…. a changed person. This camp helped me to find my passion in life again and for that I am grateful.
Now I love my body everyday (in more ways than one) and plan on keeping it that way.
Exactly what I needed!!*
Over a couple of years of an work/life imbalance and having a shoulder surgery, I had gained 35lbs and felt unable to make the life changes I know I needed to make. I finally blocked out 3 weeks to attend Unite Fitness. I found Unite probably like most people by looking to the Internet. I wanted a program that was not a resort, not too big/impersonal, and not exorbitantly priced. Fortunately Unite went way beyond my expectations. I worked out harder than I truly ever thought I could, which is a good thing. It’s a smaller program and the instructors are able to accommodate personal limitations or desires. Leah, the main instructor, was truly passionate to make the program work for me. I was able to lose almost 15lbs in 3 weeks at the program and since leaving am able to continue to lose another 10lbs. I feel much better physically and emotionally and highly recommend the program to anyone.
-Dr. John Hall
Changed the Way I Feel About Exercise*
I am a 52 year old woman (with asthma) who loathed exercise with every fiber of my muscles. I was exercising about 3 times a week (for an hour at a time) because I knew it was necessary, but I dreaded even thinking about, let alone doing it. But…I *AM* a 52 year old woman. And I knew that if I didn’t change my thinking, and the habits associated with it, I’d soon (too soon) become another statistic: spending the final decades of my life feeling old, slow and chubby, and with poor joint and cardiopulmonary health.
So, to say I was a “little nervous” about 3 weeks at a Fitness Retreat would be an understatement of epic proportion. Regardless, I researched every single Retreat in the U.S., and finally decided that the workout facilities, BEAUTIFUL Salt Lake City location, credentials and the friendly/responsive nature of the admin staff (during my research) at Unite were far superior to all of the others I had researched.
So I took the plunge. This is what I can say about my life-changing journey to Unite:
1) If there are better trained, or more experienced, positive, dedicated, compassionate or knowledgeable trainers anywhere else in the world, I certainly haven’t met them. Every single trainer had a vast knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and nutritional aspects of improving/sustaining fitness, but (perhaps) moreover the psychological aspects as well. All of the trainers quickly invested themselves 1000% into our successes: they became our mothers, coaches, cheerleaders, friends, sisters, physical therapists…and our psychologists. They adapt miraculously (and quickly!) to every single personality that presents itself – and we were, to put it mildly, a motley crew!
2) If there is a more beautiful place in the world in which to hike/walk/bike/jog, I certainly haven’t seen it. Salt Lake City is stunning, and the weather (particularly when I went in October) is perfect for outdoor fitness – dry and crisp. Beautiful.
3) The Gyms in which we worked out were state-of-the-art in every respect.
4) The Administrators of Unite share the Trainer’s authentic desire to change lives. They share the same “heart” for this business, and will (and did) do everything in their power to make their guests’ stay safe and comfortable.
So…I came home after 3 of the most (admittedly) challenging weeks of my life, with a lighter body (12 lbs and 12 inches), but moreover a lighter mind. About halfway through the 3 weeks, the fear and loathing of exercise evaporated, and what was left was “Ok…I can do this…now and at home. I get it now”. And, sure enough, now that I’m home, my entire physical and mental approach to exercise has done a 180: I feel strong and capable and energized by it, truly miraculous.
Unite is a place unlike any other.
Mike Lost 30 pounds of fat in 26 days!*
– He also gained 10 pounds of muscle!
From Size 14 to Size 2*
I’ve lost over 65 pounds! Size 14 to a Size 2. At 5’1” I never thought I’d tip the scale at 168 pounds. During six years of a failing marriage, I managed to gain over 70 pounds on my petite frame. The day I separated from my husband, I took the first step back to health and joined Unite.
I had to do something about my weight and overall health before I’d feel confident enough to date. After several months of eating healthy and cardio daily and implementing the behavioral changes I learned, I dropped 30 pounds and completed my first triathlon. I cried at the finish line.
I continued my exercise and healthy eating at home, but pushed farther everyday. With another 15 pounds off of my body, I was starting to resemble the woman I used to be. I stopped my emotional attachment to food and craved the burn of my lungs and muscles. One thing I loved at Unite was Functional Training! Kettlebells, bootcamp, and olympic lifting. Now I am doing CrossFit! Dropping nearly 16% body fat and gaining lean muscle. I look and feel amazing! I never thought I’d be back to the body I had in high school.
Health and fitness is now a lifestyle. I have my “off” days, but I never let one bad day get in the way of all my that hard work. Watch out boys!
Reduced body fat by over 10%*
Working with this staff has helped me feel more confident in managing my own fitness long term. With help from the trainers, I learned great techniques, a variety of workouts, and so much about the role of nutrition. I have been able to maintain and take it farther on my own now. I highly recommend coaching with Leah. She is amazing! I lost 10 lbs, reduced body fat by 10% and my inches went down significantly!
A Solid Foundation*
5’3 and 165 Ibs., I saw a photo of myself holding a friends new baby, that image changed my life, that picture made me realize I needed a major change. At Unite, I learned to fuel my body correctly and kept a food journal to keep myself accountable. I started a balanced approach in my training. I was having knee issues, and I decided to train for a sprint triathlon. Incorporating swimming, biking, weight lifting, along with my running, helped me shed the weight and improve my strength. I learned so much about myself, food, exercise, and really helped bring out the best in me. I lost 38 pounds! I now feel better than ever and my knees are no longer an issue. I have now completed 3 marathons, 2 sprint triathlons, 5 half marathons, and numerous 10 and 5k’s. Now that I have a solid foundation, I have the self-assurance that I can continue this healthy life-style for the rest of my life. Thank you!
“Wellness is a state of mental balance,” achieved when you UNITE mind, body and soul*
As a single mother who survived a military career that included a deployment in Desert Storm, as well as putting herself through college and Harvard Law School, there was nothing I thought I couldn’t handle. Then, after a 15 year successful legal career, my son’s college graduation, marriage and deployment to Afghanistan, I took a long look in the mirror and realized that all those years focusing on everyone else, resulted in my life and my health spiraling out of control. As the federal budget cuts began to take effect and I was informed we were going to have to take time off without pay, I saw it as a sign that it was finally time to put myself first and I began looking for an answer.
“Wellness is a state of mental balance,” achieved when you UNITE mind, body and soul…………
And that’s what I found with the help of the wonderful, professional and knowledgeable staff at Unite Fitness Retreat in Salt Lake. Not only did they provide guidance, advice, support and a kick ass attitude, but the foundation and keys to continued success back home.Through their wide variety of expertise, the program is much more than just a weight loss program (“fat camp”). Their focus is not only on physical fitness but includes nutritional, emotional and spirtual growth. through not only fitness training but also educational seminars, massage therapy, life coaching and outdoor activities in the majestic mountains surrounding Salt Lake City, they make it IMPOSSIBLE to fail. I lost 20 pounds in 4 weeks!
CHALLENGES IN LIFE ARE INEVITABLE…….FAILURE, HOWEVER, IS A CHOICE
The first picture above is what happen when you let life get in the way…The 2nd is what happens when, with the help of Unite Fitness, you take your life back!!!!! Thanks to EVERYONE on the UFR Team for helping ME TAKE MY LIFE BACK.
Down 15 Inches*
Marshall Lost 15 inches and 20 pounds of fat in under 4 weeks. He gained 8 pounds of muscle and is well on his way towards meeting his goals!
A New Belief in Myself*
I LOVED my experience at Unite Fitness Retreat. I stayed for 8 weeks and lost 23 lbs! I have met some of the most amazing and encouraging individuals and I am happy to call them my friends. This is not just a weight loss retreat, it’s a retreat for your mind and soul. I came back home in such a better state of mind and ready to face a lot of old issues that resurfaced. I learned that my weight gain had a lot to do with lack of exercise and poor diet, but had even more to do with unresolved issues. They have quite a supportive team and I felt so comfortable during my stay. Any time I felt alone or discouraged, Leah and her team were right there backing me up. I had a low point when were visiting another part of Utah and I had a scoop of ice cream. Instead of being yelled at or scolded, I get a phone call from Leah, and she just asked ” ok, what’s going on? I know something’s wrong.” And I just cried and cried and she sat there patiently with me on the phone and made me believe in myself. That was the second week, and for the last 6 weeks, no more sweets.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support. I will always cherish every moment there, difficult and fun. I wish the best for all of you. I hope to see you all soon.
A Complete Life-Style Change*
After spending four weeks at Unite, I can’t rave enough about my experience. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable and supportive, with every workout designed to bring participants closer to their goals. I enjoyed the mix of indoor exercise sessions at the gym and outdoor activities on the gorgeous Utah hiking trails. The food was always well prepared, satisfying, and varied enough to prevent taste-bud boredom.
In four weeks, I dropped over ten pounds of fat, lost several inches all over my body, and acquired a significant amount of muscle – but most importantly, I gained a newfound confidence and a powerful sense of my own strength. Special thanks go out to trainer Leah Britt, who is the heart and soul of Unite and brings an enormous amount of passion and skill to her work. I can’t thank Leah and the Unite team enough for helping me set in motion this profound lifestyle change! (Picture taken after just 3 weeks at camp.)
I am Now HEALTHY*
I came here a somewhat broken person, my best friend of 30 years had just died, I was stress eating, I new I had too much body fat and I was just so sad about who I was.
At Age 75, I Lost 13 Pounds in just 3 weeks*
I spent 3 weeks with the great people at Unite Fitness Retreat and can report only positive outcomes. I am thinner, stronger, more vigorous, and much better informed about how to keep and expand the gains I have made. Unite is very selective. Every trainer you will have contact with is not only highly skilled but also able to communicate with you with clarity and respect. They don’t mindlessly push you; they know your strengths and limitations and help you to reach your goals. I found great pleasure in the camaraderie among participants and with the staff. If you want to improve your health and fitness and are prepared to work, I am confident you will succeed.
Unite Gave Me A New Me*
First off, I just want to say a big thank you to the entire staff at Unite for being so caring. When I came to the program, I was a serious mess… My health was deteriorating and my heart was broken, I couldn’t stand the person looking back at me in the mirror, I was just really sad. What happened to me during my stay was life-changing to say the least…I feel like I actually opened my eyes and was alive for the first time in 30 years.
I came to lose weight and during my stay, I did lose weight- about 12 pounds so far to be exact…But what happened during the process for me was miles beyond what the scale said. I can RUN, I haven’t been able to run since I was a kid. I also learned how to cook healthy food, how to eat with what we call- MINDFUL eating…I now savor every bite, instead of stuffing my face and not really tasting the food.
I discovered things about myself I never knew..I became “spiritual” for the first time, I hiked in the mountains, I made life-long friends, and I began to love myself. Sounds mushy…But it’s true. I hadn’t liked myself for so long, I just became immune to it. The “relaxation” part of the program is AMAZING..I was lucky enough to get a massage every week and the serene, soothing spa, was something I’d never really experienced, but now I’m a total spa junkie!
I just feel so good, really happy, and I am so motivated to live my life this way forever. I’ll update ya’ll on my own little path toward the best health of my life. Thanks again.
Zack Lost 32 pounds in 4 Weeks*
I lost 32 pounds and 18.75 inches, and gained 5 pounds of muscle in just four weeks, I feel GREAT!
Cesare Lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks*
UNITE is amazing!!!! FOR REAL!!!! I completed a 3 week program and couldn’t be any happier with the results, attention and care I received. This is truly an amazing and worthwhile program if you are looking for a change in your well being. It not only helped me understand my abilities, strength but more importantly helped me break through the walls that I created that were blocking me from realizing my potential. The staff is incredibly knowledgable, supportive and encouraging. I stand by this program 100%. I lost 20 pounds and dropped 6% body fat, in less than 3 weeks. Photo taken after second week in program, representing a huge change in just two weeks. Boston marathon here I come!
It wasn’t about fitting into skinny jeans (although I can now). It was about being healthy, that’s why I joined Unite. Never dealing with my depression, left me weak. I left Unite strong and with the tools I need to work through my struggles, a positive outlook, more energy, and I’m a whole size smaller:) Thank you so much.
A Big Thanks to My Trainer Adrienne Jones*
I am a 6’1″, 57-year-old man and have been athletic all my life. I played college basketball, worked outdoors for the better part of 20 years and have been a runner for the past 12 years, logging an average of 1200 miles/year.
Despite my high activity level, I have had difficulty keeping my weight under 210 pounds. I’m always hungry, and I justified 4000 calories a day to fuel my workouts and lifestyle. However, after a marathon last year, my knees hurt horribly and I swore as I crossed the finish line that I would never hurt like that again.Over the next six months, my weight ballooned from 195– up to 218 and I was miserable. Adrienne Jones convinced me that by carefully adding in a running program, I could achieve my goal. I am now down 22 pounds and I am running an average of 45 miles per week, injury free, knee-pain free, and I am registered to run my first 50 mile race!
My training runs are now marathon length, and I have no pain. I am on my way to accomplishing my fitness and running goals thanks to Adrienne and the rest of the team. I was failing on my own, despite what I thought was a pretty comprehensive knowledge of how to be successful. I trusted this program, and now every day I eat well, I am rarely hungry, and I am KICKING SOME SERIOUS BUTT as a 57 year-old athlete.
– Glen J.
Thank you Unite – I lost over 60 pounds!*
Your guidance “pushed” us to realize that we are capable of amazing things. Thank you for the valuable experiences, knowledge and motivation you’ve given me! I was intimidated and unsure of what to expect from your fitness retreat… I’d never done anything like this before. I was nervous about the workouts and daunting schedule. However, your staffs made me feel right at home.
Things I loved about my experience at Unite:
The “Team” – Leah, Rebecca, Christina … thank you! Appreciation to all of the trainers as well, it was nice to ask questions and receive competent answers presented in a way that I could understand. The other participants – we were quite the diverse group, but it was so nice to meet and get to know other people in all walks of life and to share the journey towards wellness. The facilities – I’ve never seen such a nice gym. The location – I especially enjoyed the hikes and outdoor activities. The weather was beautiful and the Utah hiking areas were amazing. I’m definitely going back! New experiences –I tried spinning, water aerobics or yoga for the first time. They were fun and I’m definitely not afraid to do them again or sign up for more classes in my own community now. The food –was out of my comfort zone with the food menu, but everything I tried was delicious.
Karin Lost 7.5 Pounds In One Week*
I am a 66 year old woman, very active in competitive sports in my 50’s and early 60’s, then I stopped exercising regularly, gained weight, and felt miserable. Finally, I went on-line and found Unite’s Fitness Retreat, and I signed up for a one week session, Feb 24-March 3. That experience has changed my life. In one week I went from “I can’t do this! It’s too hard!” to “I cannot believe I am doing these work outs and feel so good!” I lost 7.5 lbs. that week and continue to lose about 1.5 pounds a week. We received nutrition counseling, our meals were nutritious and good. The trainers were there for us during each fitness routine, correcting our form, offering encouragement. The follow-up counseling from Leah helps me to continue my eating regimen and my fitness routines. She offers excellent tips each week which I totally appreciate!
An E-mail from a very happy Unite Guest*:
I am so grateful to Unite Fitness for being everything I so desperately needed it to be. I had been overweight since my early teens; not seriously overweight, but heavier than I should have been. Then, I had a hysterectomy when I was 45, and the weight started piling on at an alarming weight. I had spent these past few years beating myself up over it. My first waking thought every morning was about my weight, and what a pathetic loser I was for not being able to remain committed to losing it. It wasn’t even that I couldn’t remain committed; I couldn’t even begin doing what I needed to do to lose the weight. It’s as if I was frozen — I knew that simply going on another diet wasn’t going to be the answer this time; I needed to make a life change, and the thought of doing that was just overwhelming.
My biggest fear was that Unite would end up being just another dead end for me; like all of the other plans and programs I’d wasted my money on over the years. The only thing that ever got thinner with those endeavors had been my wallet. I was very afraid that the trainers and staff featured on the Unite website might not be all they were portrayed to be, and that I’d just be “processed” through the program along with scores of other overweight people. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Each person who worked with me was a true professional in every sense of the word; extremely dedicated and knowledgeable, and very committed to seeing me succeed. While in the program, I worked harder, physically than I ever had before in my entire life. I accomplished things I never dreamed I could have. More importantly, I was given the tools I need to become a healthy person; not just a thinner one. I am no longer “frozen” or overwhelmed. I have a clear plan on what I need to do to succeed, and plenty of positive, follow-up support to help me get there. I lost several pounds and inches during the two weeks I was in the program, and continue to lose since I’ve returned home. I have no doubt that I will reach my goal weight by my fiftieth birthday in June, and am actually considering participating in a 5k mud run with my husband to celebrate!
At this risk of sounding “preachy” – I truly believe that Unite Fitness Retreat is the answer to my prayers.
3 Day Kick-start and I’m On My Way*
With my busy schedule, I was only able to do a three day boot camp- just to give myself a little motivation to start losing weight. The Unite staff was energetic, the workouts were hard, the food was awesome, and the comradery was unforgettable. When I got to your camp I was asked what my goals were and truthfully I didn’t really have any. I just knew I was overweight and that it was starting to impede my lifestyle. I didn’t have the motivation to do anything about it on my own so I came to Unite. My time at Unite started out with a shock; our initial fitness assessments indicated that I fell into the ‘morbidly obese’ category. I am a health professional so I know the dangers of being overweight. However, until I saw the ‘morbidly obese’ diagnosis I think I had been in denial. That was scary. But it was motivating. With that bit of motivation in my pocket and the help of your team I lost 6 lbs by the time I left Unite (in three days) and after two weeks of being home, I hit my 15 pound mark doing the at-home program. While I haven’t had the grueling workouts that Leah put us through I am exercising more and I am practicing new eating habits that I learned at Unite. With a little more gym time and these new eating habits it won’t be long before I am seeing some truly positive changes in my body and my life. In fact today I’m wearing a shirt I haven’t been able to wear for quite some time. (Previously my belly had been putting a little too much strain on the snaps) Today it fits. You don’t know how good that feels. You guys gave me the kick-start back to health. I want to tell you I am more excited and motivated than ever for the journey ahead thanks to all of you at Unite!
Down 18 Pounds of Fat in 4 weeks*
J was here for 4 weeks. In that four weeks she lost 5% body fat or 18 lbs of fat (that’s 64 sticks of butter), 18.75 inches, gained 3 lbs of muscle, and so so much more. We are so proud of you J!!
Exceeded my Expectations*
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. You have been able to do, in just a few months, what I’ve been trying to do my entire life.
In 1999, I blew out my left knee, I stopped working out, I ate horribly, and in general, I let my body go. I’ve tried several times to get in better shape. I’ve joined 4 gyms, enrolled in “boot camps,” tried to get into cycling, none of it worked. In December 2010, I started to play rugby. I played one season, just learning the basics of the game. I started to realize that I wasn’t playing; as much as everyone else, the problem was that I couldn’t keep up. You gave me clear workouts that were effective. The workouts you gave me were tough enough to make me push myself but not so tough I couldn’t do them, thanks Adrianne for encouraging and guiding me through these workouts. Your training is clearly targeted to my body, my fitness goals, and to help me live a better life and be a better Rugby player. I know I have a long way to go, but finally I have traction. I’m excited to head to the gym each day and work up a good sweat!
You’ve been a great guide for me, Thanks a million.
Still Losing Weight at Home*
In 2 months I’ve lost over 54 pounds, my blood pressure is now normal, I no longer need my diabetes medication, I can run, I can keep up with my kids. I feel so energetic and healthy. I want to say thank you for all the guidance, all the support, and all the encouragement when I wanted to give up.
Unite is a life-changing place, I can easily say attending this program saved my life. Thank you isn’t really enough, but I’ll say it again and again. I’ve been working out at home with my Leah as my “e-coach” and I’ve already lost 7 pounds since leaving Unite, knowing that I can continue this life-style at home is seriously amazing. If you are considering a weight loss camp, you’d be crazy to go anywhere other than Unite!
The Kick-Start I Needed*
I came to Unite Fitness Retreat full of hope that I would lose the weight I’ve been carrying around for so many years. I was scared I couldn’t do the workouts because I have a bad knee AND back problems that have contributed to the weight gain. The first thing I noticed about the program was the truly caring staff and structure of the program. Every day we got up early, worked out all day in a small group, went hiking, did things I’ve never done before and in the first week I lost 10 pounds! I started to believe in myself and believe in my potential. I can’t say enough great things about this camp..I loved staying at the Radisson, the hotel staff was awesome and so accommodating..The gym blew my mind, it was definitely the nicest gym I’ve ever seen…The trainers were my favorite part of the program because they wanted me to succeed sometimes even more than I did. I was impressed with the meals, the food was tasty, I wasn’t hungry (which I thought I would be). I stayed for three weeks and lost 24 pounds, since I’ve been home, I’ve lost another 14..I’m almost to my goal (I want to lose 55 pounds). This program was definitley the kick-start I needed. THANKS TO THE UNITE TEAM! xoxo
Nutritional Education is Very Valuable *
My time at Unite Fitness Retreat was great! Being there two weeks helped me break bad habits and create good ones, I lost 7 pounds of fat and 8 inches off my abdomen. It’s obvious to everyone how good the exercise part of the program is, but for me the nutritional side was equally as important. Everyone that we worked with was very inspiring and supportive. Leah has never-ending energy and patience with all of us. I’m very glad that there is a 12 week follow-up program because I think that is where I will learn to make this stuff stick….. Especially with Leah calling me each week and expecting compliance and results!
A letter from Lynn Torno*
I came to Unite as a 5’4″ tall, 320 pound, 58-year-old woman with bad knees and a lifetime addiction to sugar and other refined carbs, looking for help in getting the skills I needed to make a permanent change in my weight and health. I spent four weeks at Unite, and could not be more grateful for, or more satisfied with, my experience.
When I came to Unite, I was probably eating 4000 calories a day, much of it refined sugars and carbs. I figured I’d be starving the whole time I was in Salt Lake City. To my surprise, I was rarely hungry and had no problem sticking to Unite’s 1500-1700 calorie-per-day menu. Partly it was due to the amount of exercise we were getting – I was just too tired to be hungry. But mostly it worked because the food was good, and the frequent small meals without much sugar or salt kept my blood sugar level and the cravings down. I also cut out caffeine while I was here, and drank gallons of water, and I’m leaving Salt Lake City feeling clean and “detoxed” inside. I also signed up for a Cooking Light subscription, and used the weekends at camp to put together a binder for myself with recipes and 1600-calories-per-day menus to follow when I get home.
Unite’s rigorous exercise regimen was a big concern for me before I came, because (1) I was diagnosed with early-onset osteoarthritis of the knees 15 years ago, (2) I basically had not done any exercise other than water aerobics and gardening since the diagnosis because of the pain and inflammation in my knees, and (3) I had very little upper body strength. I was concerned when I came that I would not be able to handle the hours of daily exercise at Unite, but I DID IT! I can’t say it wasn’t painful, but Leah and the other trainers were very careful about making sure that I used proper body mechanics to minimize the stress on my knees, and found alternate exercises when something simply wasn’t possible for me. I learned that I can handle the pain necessary to accomplish my goals, and that going through that pain was not going to cause me serious injury. I discovered that I love the rowing machine, and was able to row for a continuous 45 minutes by the time I left! I also spent lots of time working on strength training for my whole body, and am leaving with a plan for daily cardio and weight training at home, and the confidence that I can keep getting stronger and healthier.
In addition to helping me change my habits with food and exercise, Unite (through its wonderful life coach Steve Jones) gave me a set of tools for practicing mindful eating, for dealing with the emotional component of my eating, for staying on track by planning ahead and paying attention to the things in my life that trigger my unhealthy eating, and for how to get back on track if/when I relapse. Steve also helped me see that self-loathing is counterproductive, that humans are the only animals who live their mistakes more than once, that feeling sorry for myself is a waste of precious time. With his help, I’m hoping that (as one of my co-participants put it) “I won’t die with my music still inside of me”.
All of the Unite staff were great, but Leah deserves the final word here. She is an extraordinary woman, the heart and soul of the Unite program. I have no idea how a thirty-something woman gained all of the wisdom, experience and compassion that enables her to manage the needs and limitations of 12 very different participants with grace, humor, and encouragement. She kept us all going, made us laugh as we sweated our way around the fabulous Gym Unite uses, and always seemed to know when to push someone, when to back off, and when to offer a quiet word of encouragement. Her passion for helping others to health was obvious and infectious, and I feel blessed to have found her and Unite.
Lynn Torno Bellingham, WA
Get Healthy Together*
Chuck lost 18 pounds in 2 weeks and 5% of his body fat. His wife Maya lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks and 6.5% of her body fat! “Outstanding program, we will be back!”- Chuck
Staff Makes The Program Successful*
I just spent one week participating in the fitness/weight loss program in Salt Lake City Utah called Unite Fitness Retreat. I chose this program solely based on review of its website and so I was a bit nervous that it would deliver what it promised. In fact, it did deliver! Having been to Red Mountain Spa (in St. George Utah) twice before, I knew that I would enjoy the hiking in the mountains in Utah. But what is so great and different about Unite Fitness Retreat is that it is a well-thought out program (not just a menu of activities that you can choose to participate in, or not) in which a small dedicated staff provide lots of individual attention to a small group of participants. During my week, the group consisted of 9 persons (including 3 men), age range about 40 to 63 years, with a wide range of fitness ability and experience. I was the only person staying only one week and most of the group had been there already a week or two.
The weekday schedule is quite regimented, and it is helpful and freeing to not have to choose in which exercise activity you will participate, it is all mapped out. You can always opt out of a particular activity if you choose (I only did that once, as I chose to do interval training while running on a treadmill rather than join the water aerobics class.) There are hikes on different trails in the Wasatch mountains most days after lunch, and each hike was unique in terrain, incline and level of difficulty and views from the trail. Each morning, from about 6:15 am to 11:30 am, we exercised during a variety of exercises. Boot camp (without the yelling), interval training on a cardio machine, Spin class, Zumba class, weight lifting, functional exercises, core exercises, resistance band exercises, kettle balls and medicine balls, yoga….all at a huge fabulous gym at the nearby City Creek Center, just a few blocks away from the Radisson hotel where we were staying.
The meals and snacks are all planned out, and you are instructed to only eat the food in the program. That was easy to do and the meals provided by one of two chefs for lunch and dinner were excellent. Because you are staying in a hotel (the Radisson Salt Lake City downtown), you have the option of having a morning coffee at the Starbucks in the hotel or make coffee in the room. There is a refrigerator in each room, so I did keep soy milk for my morning coffee. But other than that, I did not stray from the diet plan. That means I got a diet of about 1500 per day, and because of the timing of the snacks, I did not get overly hungry. There is virtually no sugar in the diet and used mainly low glycemic grains. So I have now had an entire week without sugar, which would have been hard to do at home.
It is the staff of Unite Fitness Retreat that make the program so successful. Leah, Brett, Rochelle, John, Jordan and Christina are very knowledgeable of course but they also have great people skills and as a participant you want to work hard and stick to the plan with their encouragement and using the many pearls of wisdom and instruction that they dispensed all day long. They dispense a lot of encouragement but also frank talk, cutting to the core of issues as they gently challenged assumptions and suggested ways for us all to change long ingrained habits in both eating and exercise.
Unite Fitness Retreat is NOT a resort and you will not spend all of your time on the program getting manicures and facials. You will work harder than you ever thought you could. I have run three marathons (a decade ago) and that was hard but this program really challenges you to work to your limits, and provides you the tools to do so. Almost everyone in my group, including me, had old or preexisting injuries and physical issues (bad knees, back issues, etc.) and this is where the small group and personalized attention was the most useful because the fitness trainers showed us all how to perform exercises with modifications to accommodate our particular problems. Most days we exercised between 6-7 hours, which I would not have believed that I could safely do.
So I left after one week having dropped a few lbs. of fat weight (not water weight, as we were constantly hydrating, given the amount of exercise and also the dry climate in Utah – I lost 2 lbs. of water weight the morning after I returned home), lowered my BMI, and I lost inches everywhere, including 2 inches off my waist, after 5 intense days of exercise. (The “after” assessment was done Saturday morning and we had a hike afterwards in Park City, so there was exercise after the measurements and “after” photos were done.) But more importantly, I am leaving with lots of new insights and tools to change the aspects of my life and thinking patterns that were negatively affecting my weight, fitness and self-image.
I highly recommend Unite Fitness Retreat to someone who wants to spend a week or more (most of the persons in my group were staying 4 weeks) exercising many hours per day and eating a controlled diet. Included in the price is one massage per week at a nearby (a few blocks walk, though the staff usually drove us in the van) beautiful spa called Sanctuary Spa included in the price. You also get a weekly session with a life coach named Steve. I found my session to be incredibly helpful – Steve got to the core of my eating issues within 30 minutes and he was able to provide helpful suggestions and point me in the direction of reading materials that I will purchase and read soon. There was also a cooking class in the nearby and fabulous Harmon’s store, which is kind of like a Whole Foods and Wegmans combined but better and bigger, with a cooking studio. I learned a few new cooking tricks that I look forward to using. And a fun boxing class at a unusually colorful boxing studio in town with an unforgettable boxing trainer (I believe that her name was Eliza.)
Anyone can lose weight and get fit(ter) if you put your mind to it within a relatively controlled environment. The harder part is to maintain the successes and continue to progress or maintain once you get home. I am confident that I will be able to do that after my week at Unite Fitness Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah.