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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Visit The Biggest Loser Resort At Fitness Ridge

The TV program, The Biggest Loser, has become incredibly popular as people work to lose weight and build fitness. But not everyone can be included on the show. People who will never have their face on TV are flocking to a fitness resort in southern Utah that partners with the show.

The Biggest Loser Resort At Fitness Ridge has become a phenomenon itself. It is located just outside of St. George, close to Snow Canyon State Park and Tuacahn Amphitheatre.

The resort has an interesting history. Lee Benson describes it in this Deseret News article. Below are excerpts:

Every Sunday, they walk in the lobby of The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, say goodbye to their last Big Mac, and register of their own free will for a daily regimen of pain, sweat, six hours of exercise, a two-and-a-half hour hike every morning (through the redrock), chef-cooked meals that will not exceed 1,500 calories — all three of them — and nightly lectures...

And by the way, the title of the facility is not a cheap ripoff of the hit NBC TV show by the same name. They are in fact one and the same, joined at the hip as it were. Three and a half years ago, NBC singled out the Utah workout spa in the shadow of the red hills to be its official weight-loss farm, the only resort on Earth that could legally call itself The Biggest Loser.

“We couldn’t answer the phone fast enough,” recalls Nancy Molitor, the resort’s reservations manager. “All that publicity from TV and the name change. It crashed the website. The floodgates opened.”

Fitness Ridge had a waiting list that ranged from four months to 10 months until NBC finally opened additional The Biggest Loser Resorts, first in Malibu and then at Niagara Falls in New York. A fourth is scheduled to open this summer in Chicago.

Now, there’s no waiting list in Ivins but occupancy remains high, with many weeks still sold out.

Read the entire article.


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