Why This Wellness Retreat In Canada MUST Be On Your 2020 Bucket List
Could you uproot your life for 8 weeks to live at a weight loss retreat?
Libby did (and here’s her story)
Whistler Fitness Vacations is an extraordinary wellness retreat in Canada. Stay for 1-8 weeks in the mountains, using outdoor fitness to get back in shape. This article is intended to guide you towards deciding what time duration at our live in fitness retreat program is best for you.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The difference between one and two weeks shorter weight loss camp programs – what to expect in weight loss and fitness.
- How you’ll progress in your pace, confidence and fitness with a longer stay: 3 or 4 weeks.
- Getting into the groove with stays longer than four weeks: live-in fitness retreat for 6-8 weeks
- What it’s like to live, eat and breathe like a professional athlete in training.
We don’t follow a cookie-cutter schedule as we want everyday to feel like they’ve achieved total and complete success. Our system is personalized in the way that the fitness class is programmed around you! We meet you at your level.
Whistler Fitness Vacations is not for everybody. If you’re not willing to do the work (or just show up and think you’re at a spa)… you’re at the wrong place! – Libby Hubbard
The unlikely benefits of having the opportunity to be coached professionally, full-time five days a week towards the goal of total body transformation.
You might be fifty years old and fifty pounds overweight. Maybe you’ve mourned the lost dream from your teenage years when you got a track scholarship and didn’t take it. Perhaps you watch those weight loss shows and wish a trainer would believe that much in you.
Either way, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
You know exactly what you should be doing, heck you even know how to do it. But it hasn’t happened yet, and your 60th birthday is looming...
Sound familiar? You’re in the right place.
Why I opened a wellness retreat in Canada
I’m Cat Smiley, owner and operator of Whistler Fitness Vacations, a plus size fitness weight loss retreat in B.C.
For over 12 years I was a professional athlete, living and breathing my sport (skiing). For the five or six years that I skied with the national team, we had access to a dietician, psychologist, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach, team manager… and two ski coaches. We were a team of about ten athletes, and it was all paid for by the New Zealand Sports Foundation (I think).
As the seasons went by, superstar athletes came and went. I was probably the longest standing athlete on the team, despite multiple injuries and setbacks, I kept showing up and trying. I’m proud of that.
When all was wrapped and it was time to retire, I reflected upon what an incredibly unique experience I’d had the privilege to have. All these professionals checking up on me everyday, coaches to please, quotas to meet at the gym. Training was a non-negotiable and it’s just what I did – day in, day out without missing a beat. Having this level of positive lifestyle routine enforcement was one of the greatest gems from my time as an athlete.
I wanted to play this blessing forward – towards women who struggle with workout consistency and weight management – with the unique platform of optimal coaching.
The difference of having a coach who believes in you
At that time I was working as a $50/hour personal trainer at the gym. Clients came, worked out, left. Then came, worked out, left. Some did that for literally years without seeing very much result. Sure, they loved their sessions enough to keep working with me.
A lightbulb went off one day that I just couldn’t shake DING DING DING! My greatest ideas come at me like a freight train! And the ideas that I cannot stop thinking about are usually the ones I take action on.
Here was my thought:
They say that it takes a village to raise a small child, and truthfully, it takes about the same to achieve peak performance in a sport. So when it comes to totally transforming your life, how is it any different?
You just can’t beat the beauty of British Columbia
I’d been based in Whistler during my skiing career, so am fortunate that I called it home, even before starting weight loss vacations.
British Columbia, Canada’s most western province, is truly breathtaking – surrounded by Pacific coastline and stunning mountain ranges. There are nature areas all around you, and outstanding outdoor adventures to suit whatever sport you love. Nature areas like Glacier National Park offer hiking and biking trails, as well as campgrounds. Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway links Whistler with Vancouver, a city known for its film industry, at the province’s southern U.S. border. Whistler Fitness Vacations is centrally located in the heart of Whistler village, just steps from the gondola.
Come for the weather, stay for the views
B.C. is the perfect location for all types of luxury wellness retreats, from health spa vacations to girls getaway pamper weekends!
The views are something you’ll never grow tired of! Giant glacial-fed lakes and crystal glaciers, towering mountains and miles of sandy beach that feels rugged, yet comfortable. B.C. is also a top choice for safe, vibrant cities and quaint, artistic towns, all enriched by a blend of cultures.
Ten mountain ranges push west; the Canadian Rockies, Coast Mountains and the Vancouver Island Ranges. Ancient temperate rainforests hug the coast with some of the warmest weather in Canada. Summers are warm but not too hot, and winters are mild and wet with little snow at sea level. If you’re joining us for a weight loss camp, you’ll be comfortable and invigorated with the weather.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Trip plan, train properly and take the essentials for self rescue! AdventureSmart is a great resource to get informed before heading outdoors. Road work and wildfires can affect travel plans during the summer. Check DriveBC and BC Wildfire Service before you go to plan your journey.
Should you stay 1, or 2 weeks?
Everyone comes to Whistler Fitness Vacations for different reasons, with the common goal of getting fitter, lighter and healthier. While personal circumstances such as time and money will likely have the greatest influence on your decision, here’s a breakdown of what to expect.
The one week ‘Kick Start’ program is exactly that – it’s a new beginning towards healthier and happier. You’ll get to experience some of Whistler’s most stunning trails, while exploring new heights in your fitness abilities. Each day is different, and we structure your programming to be more of a fitness vacation experience than our longer duration programs. You’ll learn valuable tips that can easily transfer to your life at home, and likely you’ll lose 3-5 pounds. Many of our customers use this weight loss as a motivation to continue their slim down at home.
If you can extend your fitness retreat into two weeks, it’ll definitely be in your advantage. It’s great to revisit some of the trails that you may have struggled with on your first week, and feel proud how much you’ve progressed! You’ll get into the swing of regular exercise and build your athletic confidence significantly. Many of our guests tell us “I’m so glad I came for two weeks instead of one” because really, the time goes by quickly and you’re learning so much!
Taking the leap – what it’s like to stay 3 or 4 weeks
The Whistler Fitness Vacations signature weight loss retreat is 4 weeks, and is by far the most popular health retreat package that we offer. This is our premium package and includes upscale lodging at the Westin Resort and Spa, in the heart of Whistler. If you’re looking for a wellness retreat in Canada that balances luxury with hard work – in active pursuit of optimal results – we’re definitely the program for you.
Exclusively for women who of beginner fitness level, who are outside the healthy weight range
The focus is on transforming behaviour, habits and mindset surrounding food and exercise, improving knowledge and self-awareness throughout the process. Most of our guests lose between 12 and 25lbs in their one month stay, depending on their starting weight. Everyone begins and finishes their weight loss retreat on the same day, which builds a really nice camaraderie between guests – many becoming lifelong friends.
If three weeks is the vacation time that you have, we will still accomplish amazing things. This ‘Habit Changer’ program will take you all the way into the habit of making healthier, fitter and lighter choices. This is the perfect duration to discover your athletic potential and maximize weight loss results, while being guided through the stages of motivation to continue at home.
If you can swing the added week it’s definitely worth considering. This extra week does remarkable things to continue challenging you and really solidify the patterns learnt. Most of our guests experience the most exciting results in the week 4 of their stay.
The ultimate: live-in fitness retreat for 6-8 weeks
The 6 weeks body transformation weight loss retreat package is truly a magical experience. Total Immersion gives you that extra few weeks of results, practice and routine – really making the difference. You’ve come this far, why not push your limits! You’ll upgrade your life dramatically in body, mind and spirit while experiencing true wellness – in every sense. Results are truly incredible for the 6 week program, and even more incredible for the 8 week!
Spending 8 weeks at a wellness retreat in Canada is a bucket list adventure that provides an incredible opportunity to transform.
Most of our guests that choose this live-in fitness transformation package have bounced around many weight loss resorts before, and worked with personal trainers on-and-off most of their lives. They’ve tried every diet program out there, some with marginal success yet none with true sustainability. They’ve perhaps had weight loss surgery and regained the weight back which is completely exhausting – not to mention soul sucking. They want to put a permanent end to their lifelong quest to achieve healthy weight by going somewhere to ‘get the job done.’
The Whistler Fitness Vacations Life Changer package has seen guests lose as much as 72 pounds in their 8 week stay.
We welcome guests up to 375 lbs who can walk freely without pain for at least 30 minutes, even if that’s slowly around the shopping mall. Most of our guests hover between 170 – 270 lb range for their starting weight and can walk a couple of hours, ride a bike and are generally healthy. They’re ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on ‘getting this damn weight off!!!!’
If this sounds like you, let’s get the ball rolling on your registration!
Just the whole scale, the physical, the eating, the spiritual – all of that I’m finding here. And I know when I go home I’m going to be a success! Because it’s not just one element that I’ve changed, it’s mind, body and soul. That’s the difference for me, and it’s literally changed my life. The difference with this weight loss retreat and other weight loss resorts that I’ve been to is that we cook our own food in the evening (and it’s fantastic). You learn how to cut out fats, sodium and unnecessary calories, and for me that’s been huge! This is the whole package. I lost 30lbs in 8 weeks, which is unbelievable for me. – Libby Hubbard, Tennassee, USA.
What it’s like to live, eat and breathe like a professional athlete in training.
There’s lots of support here
Your new family is our genuine and caring team at WFV, including different fitness guides who hike and bike with you every day and you really get to know them pretty well! As the fitness director of your stay, I also lead hikes, bikes, kayaks, running, fitness classes and workshops daily, split up into the different levels of ability. I love it!
You’ve got the love from the great staff at the Westin too, as cliche as it sounds, from the friendly housekeeper to the helpful concierge, the smiley valet team (who open the door for you multiple times a day!
Last but not least, there’s all your new team mates who often become life long friends.
Purpose-driven travel: going somewhere to focus full time on your fitness and weight loss goals
Women from all over the world have been flying to Whistler since 2008, to experience our wellness retreat in Canada. As the owner, it’s a joy for my staff and I to introduce women to new and exciting outdoor adventures that they might not otherwise visit on their own. Our weight loss retreat and fitness camps are well-rounded, blending fitness, great food, nutrition, pampering, adventure, culture and wellness. We empower women to get fit, feel great and say yes to new adventures while creating lasting friendships along the way.
My caring team and I understand that the decision to join a weight loss retreat, whether it be for one week or eight, can truly be a daunting, overwhelming experience. We’re here to make it as hassle-free as possible for you!
We totally respect and appreciate your time, and make each day count. Not only in results, but in organization, structure and making sure your weight loss retreat experience really is a home-away-from-home.
To protect the integrity of the program, we run Whistler Fitness Vacations with the structure similar to a professional sports team. All day you focus on your fitness – coordinating with your coach (me) throughout the day to ensure the next workout is compatible with what your body needs.
I’m a Master Trainer with almost 20 years experience in body transformations… also a Certified Executive Coach, Life Coach, Sports Nutritionist and Hiking Guide. I’ve traveled (mostly solo) to over 40 countries! So I know what it’s like to take the leap of faith in traveling somewhere for a program like this. I’ve spent 16 weeks at various surf/yoga style of wellness retreats around the world as a customer, as well as being the business owner of my own retreat company. Simply put, I’ve got your back!
Give me a shout anytime to chat more about what health retreat package might be right for you.
Click here to get in touch – I’d love to welcome you to Whistler in 2020 and thanks for reading 🙂