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Monday, June 27, 2011

Utah Touted For Outdoor Fitness Vacations

Utah's incredible outdoor playgrounds are famous adventure destinations. Now, more and more people are coming here on vacations that combine adventure with fitness training and conditioning programs. Throw in Zion Park-like scenery and you have a combination that is receiving national press.

The San Francisco Chronicle published this press release about a partnership between two interesting companies. I enjoyed reading the news release, but some portions didn't see to flow smoothly. I've included excerpts below, reordered so they are more readable (in my opinion).

Take your fitness to the next level with the latest in home training programs and exclusive outdoor fitness vacations to Utah, "The State of Sport."

Both named to Outside Magazine's 2011 Travel Hot List, two seasoned fitness experts have teamed up to provide the tools and training grounds to make this your most fit summer yet.

Melanie Webb of Sol Fitness Adventures, a one-on-one fitness specialist whose clients include a veteran motocross rider and a novice outdoors woman training to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, hosts fitness vacations at two locations in Utah. Zion Outskirts treks thrill-seeking explorers through a remote slot canyon, while Alpine Fitness Retreat at Sundance Resort combines the luxury of resort accommodations with outdoor hikes and bike rides.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, (Marcus) Shapiro has trained clients for 17 years and established Fit for Trips in 2009.

Shapiro says of the partnership: "Melanie and I share a common goal: to ensure that adventure travelers have the best possible experience and memories to share. Melanie is a brilliant fitness coach and adventure guide. Fit for Trips' objective is to get travelers prepared for any Sol Fitness Adventure experience. Our online fitness programs are completely customized to the activities in each Sol itinerary. And they are accessible from any computer, anywhere. During the pre-departure training phase, each Sol traveler will get the support needed via virtual meetings, phone, and email."

Melanie says: "Marcus and I see how our specialties compliment one another. Marcus has developed state-of-the-art technology that enables a person to receive professional guidance while training on their own time. Sol's fitness vacations to Utah require a certain level of conditioning from travelers. This partnership with Fit for Trips allows me to provide remote clients with the same level of professionalism and care that I am able to give to private training clients."

Outside Magazine's 2011 Travel Hot List featured Webb and Shapiro for their innovative approaches to training travelers for their adventures. The two fitness professionals met while attending the Adventure Travel Trade Association Summit in Aviemore, Scotland in September 2010.

- Dave Webb

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