I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived for my 7 day Bootcamp and Juice fast Retreat in the Catskills, but it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It jumpstarted my matabolism and lost 8.5 lbs in 7 days.
Just know, this will not be for everyone. It is rustic, outdoorsy, no food (except a salad at dinner if you option for this), and far away from bigger town. This is NOT a spa retreat, although there is a hot tub in the gym to use.
- Most people there wanted to lose betw 10-50 lbs, so we were all in pretty good shape.
- Age ranged from 30's-60's and most people came alone.
- The group consisted of both men and women.
- There's room for about 8-10 people to stay there at a time, so class sizes stay small and personal.
- Bootcamp is moderate, not advanced.
- Don't let it scare you that you are doing a Bootcap without eating food. You drink enough juice meals that you do not feel hungry.
- You get to try out a bunch of classes that you may not have tried before: Kick boxing, zumba, Pillates, Yoga, and Circut Training.
- The trainers did a good job making you feel like you had a one-on-one personal trainer.
- They provide thick yoga mattes, water bottle, and some first aid (band-aids, advil, icy-hot), so no need to bring them yourself.
- You are busy from 9am-6:30pm and then you just want to go to sleep. We slept about 10-12 hrs each night.
- Don't bring too much non-workout clothes or reading materials as you will not have much time to use them.
- I found my Camelpack water pack useful on the morning hikes.
- I brought my electric heating pad and used that everynight on my sore muscles.
- A water proof windbreaker would be useful - you hike in the rain it it's not too rainy
Things to do:
- You can visit Woodstock, about 30-40 min East, but most of their stores close around 5/6pm.
- Closest Drug store is in Phonecia, about 15-20 min away.
- They have Board Games, DVD, Books available, plus TV in your room.
I made some new friends and we're thinking of going again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rapid Aggressive Weight Loss, Juice Fasting, High Octane Food Plan, Detox and Cleanse, Fitness Restoration, Stress Relief, Behavior Modification, Highly Individualized with a High staff to client ratio. Experience the Jump Start that comes from success! The Jump Start Weight Loss Program offers: Structured daily schedule, Jump Start's signature 'High Octane' low calorie juices and meals, Health and Weight Loss seminars and workshops and permanent lifestyle changes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Birchcreek Retreat Hotel Pine Hill