Matt graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the (NSCA). For the past 15 years, Matt has dedicated his time to learning, practicing and diving deeper into the health and fitness industry. He spent years at the University of Utah as a wellness director and certified personal trainer, gaining knowledge and becoming an expert in the fitness industry. Matt is a stickler about form, safety, and variety with his training style. His expertise is in modifications for all fitness levels and customizing weight loss and fitness programs for all ages, injuries, and fitness levels. Matt also specializes in strength training, and competes in power-lifting. He is a natural motivator and leader and has a sincere passion for seeing others achieve their goals. Matt has an in depth background in nutrition and creating realistic meal plans for weight loss, building muscle, and overall lasting wellness. In his free time, you can find Matt hanging with his wife, working out, and exploring the mountains.
Holli YoungAssistant Program Director + Program Coordinator
Holli has been in the fitness & health industry for the last 25 years, following her longtime passion of assisting others in improving their wellbeing. She attended the University of Utah for her Exercise and Sports Science degree, and is an ACE certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, spin, and yoga instructor. Holli is now pursuing mindfulness and stress reduction training, because along with a healthy body she has learned that a healthy mind is imperative for optimal wellbeing. Because of this and her love of people, she feels UNITE is a perfect fit for her. Other loves is her life are her family, animals, the ocean, reading, and gardening.
Laird SwensenAssistant Program Director + Nutritionist
Laird Swensen studied Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Utah and then went on to get a degree in Nutrition Education from Weber State University. He obtained his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and USAWL1 through USA Weightlifting. His vast experience training all walks of life has led to a unique compatibility and expertise to assist people in finding what works best for them, working side by side to guide (not carry) them to their goals. That being said, his attitude is one that will motivate you to do you best and understand the individual differences of the people he works with.
Brooke BouwhuisRegistered Dietician
Brooke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is passionate about teaching others how to eat for fantastic health and improved energy. Sharing her knowledge of the power of food coupled with balancing real life and your goals are where she excels. Since November of 2017, her teenage daughter has struggled with IBS – revamping her nutrition plan became a top priority. The result: a very happy, healthy teen. She loves teaching others who are struggling how food can heal. She also has 16 years experience in the dietary supplement industry, her insight and practical recommendations can keep you from wasting a lot of money. Brooke is the author of the blog and website “Think Inside The Blender”, which she created to share how she was able to improve the health of her picky kiddos with a daily fruit and veggie smoothie. The down-to-earth, real content inspires readers to make healthier choices.
Ashley has her bachelors in Social Sciences from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Ashley has been in the wellness industry for over five years and she has her 200 hour yoga training certificate and specialized in hot yoga. She loves working with clients of all abilities and teaching them the benefits of stretching, meditation, mindfulness and yoga. She is an expert with modifying yoga positions to fit everyone, regardless of fitness level. Ashley is passionate about helping people find their strength and peace through the different outlets and methods of health and fitness, especially in the outdoors on hikes while exploring nature.
Brittany LindseyProgram Coordinator + Yoga Instructor + Social Media
Brittany has been teaching group fitness since 2013 in Salt Lake City. She is certified instructor in Barre, Boxing and Yoga. She is an outgoing person and when you meet her you’ll feel the lively energy she exudes. Her mission is to share her experiences through life authentically with others, so that they can be inspired to live their life fully without holding themselves back. Brittany is an advocate for mental health and believes self care is a huge part of anyone’s self development journey. Brittany is also a previous water polo player and competitive swimmer. She enjoys hiking, walks with her pup, relaxing by the pool in the summer, meditating, and hanging out with friends and family.
Aliana BurkeHiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Alaina grew up outside of Seattle where she grew her passion of being in the outdoors. She received a bachelors in exercise physiology from BYU-Idaho. Soon after, she got accepted and served two and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania. There, she started a yoga club at a local high school to inspire girls to take care of themselves. After her service, she lived in India for a month where she received her 200 hour teacher training in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and Hatha. She then worked in wilderness therapy with teenage boy’s with substance abuse issues. This experience enhanced her love of the outdoors and the healing benefits of spending time in nature. In her personal time, she loves putting together sick playlists, runs half marathons, and has a passion for good food and hanging out with people.
Terrence Brigham Hiking Guide + Yoga Instructor
Terence has a true passion for health and fitness and connecting with others. This has led him to pursue a career where he can help people live balanced lives and finding fun ways to reach their fitness goals. He has been teaching fitness classes for over a decade. Terrence has a background in boxing, basketball, yoga and climbing. He has his 200 hour yoga training certification and specializes in 7 different styles. In his free time Terrence enjoys hiking, bouldering, meditating, reading and freestyle dancing.
Maggie Van GulikUnite Master Trainer
Maggie graduated from the University of Utah with a Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. She then went on to obtain her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Her knowledge and experience has aided her to shape programs that not only form a solid base, but allows for progressive advancement within personal exercise careers. She is passionate about health and strives to create a positive and motivating environment for everyone involved. Her participation in working with various different workout climates has generated an attitude that allows for personal growth while giving individuals the opportunity to find their own ‘why’.
Savy JessupUnite Master Trainer
Savy has a spunky and energetic approach to fitness & wellness. She is currently a student at the University of Utah, majoring in Kinesiology. Savy is a certified Personal Trainer, as well as a certified Holistic Nutritionist. She loves chatting tips and tricks, and is always looking to inspire others to find the same passion for wellness. Originally from Southern California, she loves all things outdoors – and you can often find her hiking or skiing. Her energy is contagious and eagerness to motivate others apparent in all she does.
Liz BerryHiking Guide
Liz is a born-and-bred New Englander recently replanted in Salt Lake City, Utah where she came to embark in the mountain lifestyle. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Hospitality Management and Nutrition and hold certifications as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer. Liz is an athlete, gym-junkie, avid hiker, snowboarder, yogi, kombucha brewer, dog momma, military wife and health and fitness enthusiast. Her passion lies in helping people live healthy, happy and strong lives through nutrition, movement, mindset and nature.
Cori SartoriCertified Life-Coach
Cori followed her calling of being a certified life-coach after a successful career in leadership and people management for nearly two decades. Through this work with her teams, Cori discovered her own passion for self-development and goal setting. Cori has worked with people from all walks of life, including college students trying to release stress and find happiness, people in addiction recovery realizing they can live a happy and healthy life sober, and people simply looking to make a change and feel more joy. As a Holistic Life Coach, Cori helps her clients heal from the inside out and the outside in by evaluating and addressing their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Together Cori and her clients create actions that support them in making positive changes. Since becoming a holistic Life Coach in 2016, Cori has helped numerous amounts of people live a more enriched, fulfilled, and overall joyous life.
Christina PaulosPre-Camp Coordinator + Marketing
Christina has been in the health and wellness retreat industry for over 15 years and collaborated with Drew Paulos and Leah Britt in creating the Unite program. Bringing her knowledge of the fitness camp industry and customer service experience with her, she handles Unite’s reservations and pre- camp coordinating to ensure each guest will have a remarkable stay. Christina has a degree from the University of Montana in Social Work and has been inspired to be in the “Helping Profession” for as long as she can remember. She loves visiting on the phone with clients before they come, helping to make sure Unite is the right program for them. Christina also handles all of the marketing and social media for Unite. She enjoys painting modern art, yoga, a good cup of coffee, camping with her family.
Drew Paulos Director of Sales
Drew has a passion for health and wellness and in helping people achieve their goals through living a balanced lifestyle. In 2016 Drew received a prestigious award for his entrepreneurial success with Unite Fitness Retreat as one of Utah’s top new companies. Drew is an avid outdoorsman and you can find him camping, fishing, and doing anything recreational out and about in Utah with his family. Drew received his MBA from Westminster College. Drew enjoys working out alongside our guests and believes in the power of awareness to change ones health and wellness.
“UNITE the body + mind to create lasting change.”- Drew Paulos
Chef MarjorieCulinary Expert + Nutritionist + Cooking Instructor
Marjorie discovered her passion for cooking at age 14, and has been a nutritionist, chef, and culinary educator for many years. She has worked in restaurants, cooked for private clients, owned and run bakeries, taught cooking classes, and counseled private nutrition clients and athletes. With degrees in pre-med psychology, nutritional science, and the culinary arts, as well as multiple fitness certifications, she approaches food as a means to nourish the body and the soul. Marjorie specializes in restricted diets, and she loves to show people with food allergies, dietary limitations, and performance requirements that it is still possible to treat your body well while enjoying healthful, delicious, and truly satisfying meals. She embraces a global culinary philosophy, working with flavors from regions all over the world, and prefers to source locally grown, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Her dishes are always colorful, because we really do eat with our eyes first. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up delicious savory dishes or breads and pastries, you’ll find her exercising, losing herself in a good book, roaming the local farmers’ markets, or snuggling with her pets.
Chef KaoriCulinary Expert
Kaori Crosland was raised in Japan, where food is a significant part of the culture. The Japanese attention to detail helped form Kaori’s approach to her work. She’s passionate about the art, and craftsmanship of cooking and her meals are as beautiful as they are delicious. As owner-chef of her own business, Sanji, Kaori enjoys developing healthy and satisfying recipes you can easily duplicate at home. She uses local ingredients whenever possible. She also enjoys leading cooking classes and demos and producing events for groups and individuals. Kaori loves traveling and spending time with her family in her free time.
Chef YvonneCulinary Expert + Cooking Instructor
Yvonne has been cooking all her life. Her earliest memory is standing on a chair next to her grandma at the kitchen counter. They were making cupcakes together. Her passion for cooking and baking grew from that experience. Today, she works with an assortment of clients from everyday people to professional athletes and entertainers. Additionally Yvonne has a B.S. in Sociology and certification in Criminology and Corrections as well as a A.S. in Culinary Arts. Yvonne has worked in the fitness and weight loss retreat industry for many years. This is extremely satisfying for her, she is able to take people’s favorite foods and turn them into a more healthy, yummy tasting dish. She feels it is something special to become a part of someone’s fitness journey, whether it be to lose weight, to become fit and healthy or to gain muscle. For the last six years she has also been working specifically with NBA basketball players. Yvonne obtained a nutrition certification so that she could better help the fitness clients as well as players that she was working with to ensure that were receiving the correct macros and hydration.
Chef BonnieCulinary Expert + Ayurvedic Counselor
Bonnie Wallace is a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (RYT-500), Private Chef and Clinical Herbalist in training. As a graduate from the largest Ayurvedic College in the Western world, Bonnie has over 1,300 hours of education from the California College of Ayurveda and the Himalayan Institute. She specializes in the preventative side of Ayurvedic medicine- addressing and healing the root cause of disease through diet and lifestyle counseling. For nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Bonnie’s multi-faceted programs result in radical and sustainable transformation- using a combination of therapeutic yoga techniques, Life-Pattern counseling (uncover and reframe beliefs that keep us in self-sabotaging cycles), customized meal plans, herbal medicines, and sensory therapies. Her expertise in nutrition and lifestyle counseling is led not only by scrupulous education, but refined intuition. As a private chef, Bonnie’s recipes are loaded with creativity, color, flavor, and ancient wisdom. Inspired by Herbalism and Ayurveda- the science of being in harmony with nature- her meals are customized for each client based on their constitutional needs, and chalk full of unique nutrients that you won’t find anywhere else.
Henry WhitePhysical Therapist
Henry has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy and has been running his own practice in SLC since 2001. He is one of the only physical therapist in the country who is also a Class A PGA professional. He still active and competes in the Utah section golf tournaments and he teaches golf lessons to his clients and friends. He is a big part of our golf physical therapy program.
My experience with Unite exceeded my expectations. I lost body fat and gained both muscle and confidence. The breadth... of workouts I did kept my mind engaged and challenged my body. I did things I never had before, like boxing, a medicine ball workout and leg pushups. The best part was the support I felt from both the trainers and the other participants. I learned so much from their nutritionist Brooke as well as their chefs, Marjorie, Yvonne and Kaori. I've been able to take the recipes, pantry overhaul and workouts back home with me so I'm continuing my quest to live a healthier and more joyful life. The morning staff work hard to make every exercise accessible to each client. Their afternoon staff who lead the hikes, mobility/yoga and mindfulness are absolutely lovely people who care deeply about each participant. Thank you to my Unite Family!read more
You'd be hard pressed to locate a more organized, well run program than Unite. And what tops the incredible program... are the top notch trainers--they cannot be beat. The trainers zone in on each client and help them to reach their potential. Attention to detail is all over the place, meals are well planned, schedules run like a well oiled machine thanks to the trainers, and it's just all around a great place to experience. Highly recommend.read more
Unite completely exceeded my expectations.The trainers were outstanding in every area, motivation, building our... confidence, and teaching us on how to perform each exercise. I enjoyed the great lectures in lunch time. The hiking were beautiful specially the one on Saturdays. They truly care about you and your success. I met so many amazing people and for sure I will be back. I only wished I could of stayed longer but I left very well equipped to start transitioning to a healthy lifestyle.read more
After researching many places, I settled on Unite & it was the best decision I've ever made. They really do care for... each & every person. I was there for a month, my husband joined me in the program for the last 2 weeks & even he enjoyed it. My husband is 65 & has a bad hip & bad knees but that didn't stop him because the trainers would help him modify the exercises that he needed so he'd get the same desired results. I went there after I gained 50 ibs & had lower back pain from sitting all day binge watching Netflix & eating for a year or 2. But by the end of my first week all my back pain was gone & I've never felt stronger In my life. I would diffenitly recommend Unite Fitness to anyone that needs a change in their life. You won't regret it.read more
Fantastic experience. I originally only signed up for one week - I would highly recommend doing a least 2 weeks to... really see the impact of all your hard work. Turning 50 hit my body hard. I needed to lose some weight and build up my strength. I got both out of this retreat. We all work and eat together, but everyone is supported in going at their own pace. The first 3 days were rough, but after day 3 I would wake up feeling better than I have felt in a very long time. Supportive trainers, nutritionist and chefs. I learned so much! I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to feel better.read more
Unite has changed my mindset and body. I am truly grateful for the support of all the trainers. Everyone has a unique... journey and even though I struggled at times it is because of the unite staff I am living a stronger and healthier life. Everyone genuinely cared about my success at unite.read more
Unite Fitness Retreat - FAR exceeded my expectations. The staff is awesome, every single one of them. They are there to... help teach, educate and train you without any judgement. Trainers are available and willing to help with any questions, thoughts or ideas. There work out are fantastic, along with the nutrition and cooking classes. I was only there a week (lost inches and weight, that was a plus) and have been home a month now. I am still on track, I brought everything I learned there home and have implemented it into my everyday life, with ease. I've had my weekly calls with the a training after coming home, along with a 30 day challenge and recipes to follow along with . I HIGHLY recommend Unite Fitness Retreat. The friends you meet and stay in contact with is just the bonus!read more
After researching many places to make my lifestyle change, I hopped on a plane, left the East Coast and landed in Utah,... at Unite Fitness Retreat. After battles and battles with weight issues and trying every FAD diet out there, Unite CHANGED my life, not just my waistline.(that was an added bonus).Or as one of the trainers told me, "I changed my life, with the help of them." (Laird your the best)The trainers at Unite, help with cardio, strength training, and nutrition, but for me, all of those things helped with my "mental" state of mind and also helped me to realize some of the reasons, that may have contributed to me seeking a retreat to begin with.I have always exercised and actually enjoy it, but, I also followed EVERY FAD DIET and NEVER did strength training!! Who would have thought, you could do hours and hours of cardio, but without strength training and you would never see results you wanted. ( I also learned and realized that from the amazing trainers).When I arrived at Unite, I knew I made the very best choice. The staff at Unite provided me with all the "tools" I needed to make, my new LIFESTYLE! Whether it is nutrition changes, weight changes, lifestyle changes, you are seeking, Unite can help you with your journey, because they WANT too! The staff is amazing and are there for YOU, not just the crisp bills you pay to be there, like some places!They will not tell you what to do or when to do it, what they WILL do is provide a schedule (a very busy, very detailed, great one), and help guide you, in the best way possible for you!! At Unite Fitness it is about YOU, and what you make of it, you just have some GREAT people helping you along the way!read more
Great information & education combined with a variety of amazing workouts then add in fun, knowledgeable & motivating... staff & trainers and you’ve got the recipe for success on site & once you return home.😊read more
LOVE LOVE LOVE this retreat!!! Great Staff who plan workouts to tailor everyone's needs and wants. They work with you... individually in order to help you with your individual goals as well as become friends with you and help you to better improve your self-image and your outlook on life. I went for 4 weeks in the month of August and it was LIFE CHANGING! I loved the hikes that we went on as well as the boot camp workouts that we did. It is a great step towards changing your life forever.read more
I believe the main goal of most people who decide to invest in one of the Unite Fitness Retreat programs is to lose... weight, and that was not different with me. But why did I choose Unite among so many other options available out there? Because I couldn't find a better option where I could take care of both my body and mind. So I travelled all the way from California to Utah and I couldn't be happier with the choice I made. I was there for 3 weeks and when I came back home after following all the activities available in the program I was not only in a better shape than before, but I became a more confident person. The whole experience was really life changing for me. After I overcame some of my own fitness and mind obstacles I really feel like I can conquer the world. And for that I thank all the amazing instructors at Unite for being so talented, supporting and motivating. I would like to thank the amazing chefs that kindly prepared all of our delicious meals. I would like to thank Brooke for sharing her knowledge with us and so much precious information about food. And I would like to thank the other program's participants for being such an inspiration for me.read more
I attended Unite Health & Fitness for four weeks in Aug 2020. It was truly one of the best things I could have done... for myself and my health. I learned about food (good and not so good for me) exercise (a variety of different styles) awake-rest-sleep and that taking time for myself throughout a day is what we are supposed to do for our bodies, mind and spirit.This program is tough, challenging, strenuous (at times), exhausting, scary, REWARDING, GRADIFYING, PRIDFUL, CLARIFYING AND SO MUCH MORE.If your thinking about a fitness & health program, look into this one. I wasn't disappointed and recommend this program.read more
I spent three weeks at Unite and I lost weight and body fat. I developed a different relationship with food through... Unite's structured snacks and meals. I am no longer overwhelmed at the grocery store because I know what to buy and what to eat. In addition, working out and incorporating it into my schedule is easier since I left Unite due to everything that I learned. I recommend the camp if you are looking for a solid weight loss education and if you want to transform your life. The trainers are really good and your fitness level does not matter. You will never feel left out.read more
The steroids I received during (successful) cancer treatment came with a bad side effect: I steadily gained weight for... over three years. After trying several times to lose the excess 30 pounds, I had just about given up. Then I went to Unite. I went for one week, and while the difference in my weight was small after that week, the difference in my attitude was huge. I realized it wasn't going to be easy, but that I could do it. In short, it was life-changing. It taught me to be truly mindful about what I put into my body.. The teaching/lunch sessions by Brooke (the nutritionist) was so informative and encouraging, and her grocery store tour is a must, even for someone like me who doesn't cook. The other great thing I gained from my week at Unite was a willingness to try new things--something I've continued since coming home.The weight is coming off slowly, but it's coming off. I intend to go back for at least another week in the fall, COVID-19 permitting. Thanks to all.read more
I’m so happy Unite came up in my google search for a getaway fitness program. The program is complete and they truly... tailor to all ages and fitness levels. I had great results for the week I was there as I needed a reset and to learn a few things. I thought the food was great, the lunch and learns were informative, training sessions pushed my fitness to the next level, and the afternoon hikes and mobility sessions topped off each day. Highly recommend you make the investment in yourself. Look forward to going again and hope to bring along some friends my next visit.read more
Unite Fitness Retreat is absolutely amazing! The concept, the coaches, the facilities and the meals are zenith. The... coaches sincerely care about your success and are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They encourage and motivate you while they understand and help you do only what you physically can do. Although you work out with others, it is truly an individual success plan. The entire staff will work with you and in my case, they accommodated everything that I needed! If you want to jump start a lifestyle change and lose weight, gain motivation and a healthy lifestyle all at the same time, Unite is the place. The entire package was important to me, but I really appreciated the living accommodations at the end of the day. They are top natch! Thank you ALL at Unite Fitness Retreat! You have changed my life. See you next year for a reboot :)read more
I have only great things to say about Unite. The program provided exactly the re-set i needed to get on a healthy... track. The Retreat blended intense physical activity, well-prepared food and useful nutrition counseling, all led by a cadre of superb trainers. My five weeks there were instrumental in setting me up for the success I continue to experience back home.read more
I had an amazing experience. The location was perfect (the hotel and the gym) and everybody was helpful and... professional. They make you take care of yourself (even when you are not used to or are too lazy to do so) which is a very important lesson to learnread more
My experience at Unite Fitness was amazing! I exceeded all the goals that I had set for myself. My biggest... accomplishment was to get on track with my diet and losing weight. I no longer follow any fad diets because the program at Unite Fitness has taught me to eat clean and healthy foods everyday. It is the best thing I've ever done, I can't wait to go back and do it all over again!read more
I spent two weeks here and it was great. I did lose weight, but mostly I got a lot of healthy new habits, and I... stopped drinking soft drinks and detoxed off of sugar. All costs are included in the up-front fees, including every meal. Stick to this healthy diet, don't cheat, enjoy the exercise classes and hiking, and you will feel fantastic! I really liked the trainers and the other attendees. Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains are beautiful.read more