What a wonderful two week vacation we had at Pritikin!
I wanted to address a misconception I had prior to arriving. The Pritikin Program is not *just* about weight loss. In fact, I would estimate that at least 20% of the amazing participants that attended same time as us were at or near their ideal goal weight and were there to learn how to live a healthier life.
That said, I did drop 3.5 pounds of that "last 5 pounds" we all want to lose (my husband about 6-7) but the dramatic change came in our lab results. In nearly every criteria (blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides) we both improved appreciably. This was our primary goal: to learn to live better, longer, healthier after 50. We live a healthy life and eat well, but "you don't know what you don't know" and even being in the medical business, I learned a boatload.
Everyone seemed to lose weight (some a LOT) but if your goal is strength, flexibility, fitness and living a healthier and long life, I would wholeheartedly endorse the program.
I believe the program is a BARGAIN, given the education and knowledge we gained and the access to world class physicians, clinicians and instructors. What I didn't comprehend prior to arriving was the quality of the lectures. There are 3-4 one-hour lectures each day on critical health topics from atherosclerosis to hormones, from heart disease to diabetes, and I finally learned how to read my lab reports and quickly read food labels (thank you Kimberly).
The value of 24+ lectures alone was worth the cost of the program. Add to that the one on one time with your Pritikin physician several times during the program - plus unfettered access to them, and the daily cooking classes (or as several called it "snack time") and a strong workout and fitness program at the beautiful renovated Trump Doral and spa, and the value is truly phenomenal, as compared to a cruise or other high end vacation. Dr. Danine Fruge was my doctor (ask for her!!!) and she was thorough, thoughtful, had reviewed my information and was genuinely caring. Very cool lady and great instructor. She should have her own TV show. What a wealth of knowledge - coupled with the ability to use humor and verbal illustrations to communicate.
The other participants were fascinating, accomplished and downright entertaining at times and there is a camaraderie and friendship that develops over dinners and Jacuzzis and time in the gym.
I found a non-advertised Florida resident discount code which saved us 10% ($1100) on our two week stay - which we spend on buying cookware - and would like to go back occasionally for a refresher week. About 60% of the participants were return guests - which speaks volumes about the quality of the program.
What I would do differently next time: Bring fewer clothes and shoes. You are pretty much in your exercise clothes most days from early morning until the last lecture ends at 8:30PM, so all the cute resort wear I brought went unused. I WOULD bring a light jacket since going from a sweaty workout to a 74 degree lecture room is quite a temperature transition.
The program seems fairly easy to follow at home and I really like the idea of living an even healthier lifestyle. Wonderful program!
I'd be happy to answer any questions via TripAdvisor - feel free to send me a message!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa has two main purposes- getting you back your health and off your medications. Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, are seeking a weight loss spa, or you are just looking for a healthy vacation, we can help. Located on 650 tropical acres in Miami, Florida, at the Pritikin health resort and fitness camp, you will attend informative lectures, establish a fitness regime that works for you, and choose from a plethora of fitness and educational options from hands on cooking classes, yoga to kickboxing, and Zumba, all within the tropical setting and lush landscaping of our beautiful grounds.While you are relaxing at the pool under the bright Florida sun, or enjoying a delicious and healthful meal at our restaurant, you will be in good hands. Pritikin's board certified physicians will teach you eye opening facts about the typical diet, why it doesn't work, and what you can do to improve your quality of life. Our results have been proven- by the end of your stay, you will be armed with the tools to affect a dramatic lifestyle change. Needing a vacation has never been more literal. ... more less