Unimpressed and uninspired by traditional bootcamps, Residential Retreat owner Wendy Higgins provides a tailor-made service that incorporates the finer things in life, motivating her clients to look good and feel great in style!
What exactly is Residential Retreat bootcamp?
A lot of hard work! You don’t get results unless you put the effort in. We do about seven hours of hard exercise a day, but it’s done nicely without bullying. There is a nutritionist on hand to design meals and explain about healthy eating – so the people who stay with us, rather than just coming for a day at a time, tend to lose the most weight because their food is being selected and the portion sizes controlled. We host small groups which are split into teams, so you sometimes get a bit of team rivalry which helps! It’s all good fun!
Why did you decide to set it up?
We wanted to do something different. Most bootcamps are based on an army barrack style with bunk beds, lots of people sharing the bathroom and horrible food – believe me – I’ve been to them! It’s mostly ladies who come to us, and they want to lose weight so they are happy to exercise, but they still want their fluffy slippers and an en-suite bathroom at the end of the day – it’s not school! We cost about the same amount as other bootcamps, but we add a bit of luxury.
Why does it work?
We get good results because we give as much encouragement as possible. The food is good and a lot of it we grow ourselves which makes it realistic weight loss – if you go to a camp and eat nothing but celery, you will lose lots of weight, feel dreadful and then put it all back on when you go home. We want people to maintain their weight loss so we try to teach them how to eat and give their new lifestyle a bit of a kick start.
What other unique aspects of Residential Retreats aid weight loss?
Because the teams are small a little bit of competition tends to develop between them … the trainers also tend to get a bit competitive because they want their group to be the best! It’s all good fun and light hearted. We like having small groups in particular because that way we can ensure that each person works to their optimum – we assess their fitness at the start which makes it fairer for individuals.
What do you recommend clients do after they leave the bootcamp?
Our nutritionist has her own blog and puts her recipes on there for clients to access. They can also contact her and the trainers – who all like to keep up with clients to see how they are getting on and we have a newsletter as well!
Is there anyone in particular you recommend the bootcamp for?
We have lots of different people for a variety of reasons. We get hen parties coming for a weekend especially if they want to detox or if the bride wants to slim down a little bit before the big day; we get couples coming along – that can get quite competitive! We also get a lot of mums who don’t really have time to focus on themselves when they are at home.
Is there anyone you don’t recommend the treatment for?
If someone has any serious medical issues such as heart problems or diabetes, then it’s advisable to check with their doctor before they come along, and women who have recently had a baby should usually wait two to three months or check with their doctors, but other than that there is something for everyone!
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