Fitness Intervention

Four more resorts for turning bulge to buff

Aug 8, 2006
Outside Magazine
Fitness Resort

MORNING COMMUTE: Hiking at the Green Valley Spa    Photo: courtesy, Green Valley Spa

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1) The Hills Health Ranch
100 Mile House, British Columbia
Surrounded by 20,000 undulating acres of wilderness and ranchland, the Hills Health Ranch offers prime stomping grounds for the hardcore fitness seeker. Take extra advantage of your backcountry playground—more than 100 miles of hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails, plus a ski hill—with the weeklong Wilderness Fitness Adventure package, which includes an additional three hours of private instruction in a sport of your choice. Sweat Factor: High—some guests stay as long as six months. (Read: People come here to really get in shape.) Special Treat: A wild-rose-hip rubdown with custom oils and lotions made from the locally harvested flower. Details: US$1,760 per person (based on double occupancy) for the seven-day package, which includes meals, fitness classes, and select spa services; 800-668-2233,

2) Canyon Ranch
Lenox, Massachusetts
Canyon Ranch is as much about prevention—of premature aging, stress, and sickness—as it is about getting fit. From meeting with health educators to exploring the nearby Berkshire Hills (on foot, bike, snowshoes, or skis) to a game of pickup basketball, in less than a week you'll jump-start a balanced, healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime. Sweat Factor: Medium—with so many great spa treatments, it's hard to spend all your time exercising. Special Treat: Letting a stranger walk across your back might sound dubious, but the signature ashiatsu treatment is a must. Details: From $3,070 per person (based on double occupancy) for five nights, including meals, activity credits, and airport transportation; 800-742-9000,

3) Green Valley Spa
St. George, Utah
Pure luxury meets arid isolation at this world-class resort, where you divide your time between rugged red-rock-country adventure (hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing), countless spa facilities (including a massive fitness center), and the comforts of your adobe-style room at the Coyote Inn. Sweat Factor: Low—you might start confusing fitness with indulgence. Special Treat: Ask for foot grooming with reflexology, and prepare for the foot rub of a lifetime. Details: From $294 per person per night (based on double occupancy, three nights minimum) for the All About Fitness package, which includes meals; 800-237-1068,

4) Miraval
Catalina, Arizona
Don't let Miraval's contemplative spirit mislead you—there's plenty here to keep your heart pounding, from steep desert hikes to the resort's renowned equine program. Men can sign up for special programs like Conquering Your Inner Everest: five days and four nights of ropes courses, rock climbing, and sweat-lodging. Sweat Factor: Medium—thanks to the all-inclusive rate, you can tap any of Miraval's 100-plus fitness activities. Special Treat: The Ultimate Ayurvedic: Let your masseuse top a classic massage with a warm-herbal-oil treatment on your forehead. Details: From $575 per person per night (based on double occupancy) for the Ultimate Package, including meals, daily spa treatments, activities, and airport transfer; Inner Everest program is additional; 800-232-3969,

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