Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Make Your Own Biggest Loser Fitness Camp


Have you ever thought about getting in shape by taking a week long vacation at the Biggest Loser Resort camp? I know one of my friends wants to but she doesn’t have the money. Did you know you can develop your own Biggest Loser camp for less money? Let me show you how.

If you were to sign up for one week of grueling exercise and subsisting on a spartan diet, it would cost you $2295 at the Biggest Loser camp in Itasca, Illinois. It would cost an extra $300, if you decided to stay on-site instead of commuting to the camp daily. Since you want to save money, I’m only instructing you how to set up your own off-site fitness resort.


  • First, you will need to take off a week from work. If you have children, your spouse is going to have to pitch in and do all the chores. This is your time to get in shape so you won’t need any distractions. 
  • If you are not a member of a health club, you need to join a local gym for one week. Some clubs let you have a free week but they hassle you to join or you can just pay for a day pass or a week’s pass. 
  • Have a trainer design a 4-6 hour/day workout program for the week based on what they offer at the fitness club you belong to or plan to join for that week. 
  • Nutrition, this is a tricky one based on your willpower. You can make a week worth of nutritious low calorie foods and plan out all your meals for the week. If you don’t want to cook or you don’t know how to design a weight loss meal plan, you can pay for 1 week of meals from BistroMd, Paleo On The Go or you can hire a private chef. 
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  • For those who cannot workout on his or her own, then they might want to pay for a trainer to get them through the week. Off site trainer fees vary so you are going to have to some comparison shopping. Narrow your list to three trainers and interview and hire the trainer that you feel that meets your needs and comfort level. 
  • If you feel you are going to be sore and would like extra pampering, schedule a massage appointment for that week. Find a deal by visiting a hotel website or looking on Groupon or Living Social. 

Let’s compare the stats of the various fitness camps:

A camp without a daily trainer no paid meal plan
Health club or community health center free to $140 for the week
Trainer to design your program $35 to $150 total

A camp with a trainer and paid meal plan
Health club or community health center free to $140 for the week
Trainer $210 to $490 for the week
Meal plan $159.95 - $350 for the week

A camp with a trainer/meal plan/massage
Health club or community health center free to $140 for the week
Trainer $210 to $490 for the week
Meal plan $159.95 - $350 for the week
Massage $50-$90 for one session

As you can see, the above prices are way below the $2300 price tab. Use this model and kickstart your weight loss program. Have you ever thought about going to a fitness camp? Would you use this DIY fitness camp model?



26 comments:

  1. That would be so much fun to have your own fitness camp. It would even be more fun if you can get your friends and family together to do it with you.

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    1. I agree Terry. It would not feel like work or a sacrifice if you had your closest people with you!

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  2. WOW!! That s a great line up and a great savings! I can't believe how expensive the BL camp is! Crazy! I guess it explains why celebs are skinny! lol!!

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  3. This sounds like fun. It would certainly help in my weightloss goal.

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  4. Wow, that would be amazing, but I think I would pass out if I tried to workout for 4 to 6 hours on my own, lol...I can barely make 30 min!

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  5. That's a crazy amount of money to spend and I think finding others in your area who are working towards the same goal would be so much more beneficial in the end.

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  6. Yea, I had a friend who was looking at the ranch, she was trying to get everyone to pitch in rather than buy her gifts for her birthday and christmas...but alas. The price of that place, plus airfare to get there is EEEK! Expensive. This is a really great idea, as long as you have the will power to cut out the eating.

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  7. I would absolutely love to go to a camp like that, but I doubt it will ever be in my budget. Doing it on my own is much more likely to happen!

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  8. I would love to do one of these camps. One of my friend's does these types of things all the time and loves them. They work great for her.

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  9. I would like to try this but I don't think y back could handle a 4 hour workout!

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  10. Oh my gosh! This looks super exciting! I would love to try this, I just need to courage to ask for a trainer!

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  11. Thanks for the great tips. This would be great to do right after the holidays.

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  12. I totally need this!! I need to focus on my health again!

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  13. This would be so fun to do w/ my family!

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  14. I'm not really an exercise person but this sounds like a great idea for those that are.

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  15. I've never thought or wanted to go to a fitness camp, but I might try having one of my own if I can get motivated!

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  16. Having my own camp would help me feel better

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  17. I always enjoyed exercise in my own pace & drop in classes :)

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  18. These are some great idea to have your own BL Bootcamp!!!! Now taking a week off of work? Hmm, I guess it could be worth the value of the cost of your vacation time. Great idea and to do it with friends EVEN better. Everyone puts money in a pot and the winner wins the pool. That is some good motivation.

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    1. I like that idea too, that is extra motivation.

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  19. I keep telling myself I need to do this - next week. I belong to a gym, so it wouldn't be that difficult. I'd probably hurt myself though. I always wanted to spend a week at one of those spa places where they cook healthy meals for you. You take yoga classes and go hiking. Maybe someday.

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  20. These are definitely much cheaper options. I wonder if you could shave the total of the project even more if you were to get together with some friends who work out and design simple work outs that involve things like hiking, canoeing, kayaking and basic weight lifting and resistance band usage and then went to a campsite for the week. If you can only eat what you packed anyway, that would help reduce the temptations.

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  21. I don't really endorse this bootcamp idea. It's a lot and not sustainable. If you want to have real, lasting weight loss, you need to develop habits that will work and fit into your regular day to day schedule.

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  22. My friend joined Curves. She got the meal planner (still had to cook her own, but they specialized what she could eat as well as how many of their circuit workouts she had to do each day/week.) She was pretty pleased and said they were really affordable. But I never knew you could buy day passes for gyms before! Score! I feel like if you have the right motivation, you could do this almost anywhere.

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  23. Hey Shelia. We've worked together before. I live in Lansing, il. I have a question about the diet meal delivery BistroMd. Was there a reason you recommend that one and not Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig. Ive done Nutrisystem in the past and it wasnt that appetizing. Im gonna try BistroMd though.

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    1. The meals are fresher but the great thing about it, you can try it for one week. If you don't like it, you are not stuck with a months worth of food.

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