To put it simply, there is no place on earth like Unite Fitness Retreat. Whether it be the encouraging environment of likeminded people, the coaches who are equally knowledgeable as they are enthusiastic, the impossible-to-get-sick-of mountainous location, the wide range activities working both the heart and the soul, the coaches, and did I mention the coaches? - I have a difficult time believing that it gets any better than Unite.
If you are reading this now, it is likely that you are in the same place that I was not so long ago- that is, doing extensive research on all types of retreats and trying to find your perfect fit. And like me, you may have already stumbled upon programs in places everywhere from California to Thailand, Florida to Spain, Tennessee to Hawaii - essentially, you’ve officially realized that the sky is the limit. Still, you may find yourself remarkably and bafflingly drawn to a retreat in Utah.
To begin, the location could not be any more perfect. I can assure anyone who may hold concerns which stem from watching Sister Wives that you will likely not come to face with that side of Utah. The Unite “headquarters” are walking distance to the facilities where we spend every morning, within close distance to most hiking trails, across the street from the buzzing Vivant Arena, close to plenty of parks and public spaces, and there are tons of great places to shop at nearby, too. There’s so much to explore and it’s super easy to get around. It’s difficult to get bored!
Now speaking of the program itself- every day is very structured, and they stick to the same weekly schedule. The mornings include a mix of group circuit training, strength training, and cardio. They take us boxing once a week too, which is a crowd favorite!
The coaches create such a fun environment during the group training - they’re always blasting great tunes, cheering everyone on, and they’re so knowledgeable and excited to help out with anything and everything. And they’re just the type of people you want to be around🙃
“Lunch and Learn”s are always super awesome and informative. And I can say confidently that throughout my six weeks, I learned something new every single day. The coaches discuss everything from grocery stores to weight lifting to cognitive dissonance. The coaches are especially great at creating an open environment and often times, the lessons are interactive and even conductive towards ones’ personal questions or goals.
Every day, a hike follows lunch. The hikes were personally my favorite part of every day. Each trail is almost as challenging as it is beautiful. Utah is truly a magical place to connect to nature!
The rest of the day following the hikes are designed around recovery and mindfulness. They offer a variety of yoga and stretch classes which I always found to be so relaxing and helpful. There are also wonderfully relaxing spa services available in place of the classes!! The tension massages are particularly awesome. The emphasis on intertwining mindfulness with physical goals has personally been life changing!
The type of person that goes to Unite is the type that wants to work on themselves in any capacity. The harmonious environment is so comforting, supportive, and motivating, because beyond showing up for myself every day, there is also a family-like community of people that I felt responsible towards showing up for. It’s so easy to find people to connect with and I still keep in touch with plenty of my Unite pals on a regular basis. We even have a support group chat where we share updates on our journeys. It’s super cute🤓
So, If you’re thinking about joining Unite, stop thinking about it and just do it. The gains are worth more than any doubt or excuse not to go. And the food is fabulous and in abundance, in case you were wondering.
Every day I spent there was truly a blessing and I can’t wait to go back soon and continue my progress!!
Hope this review was helpful and inspires anyone wondering or thinking about going to take that step :)