About Fitness North
Located on the Minnesota shores of Lake Superior, Fitness North offers a live-in, all-inclusive, week-long wellness program that aims to help participants change their lifestyles and regain their vitality through fitness, nutrition, and educational workshops. Single adults as well as families are welcome.
Fitness activities are both indoor and outdoor and are used in composing personalized programs for guests based on their individual needs. The nutrition component emphasizes the importance of eating whole, natural foods. In educational workshops, guests will learn how to maintain long-term health and wellness even after their retreat is over. This includes two weeks of post-retreat support from Fitness North staff.
One of the main selling points of Fitness North is the beautiful landscape, which is integrated into the exercise component of the program. Another is the accommodations—guests who want to get close to nature will not have to sacrifice any creature comforts at this FitStay.
Fitness North will not be providing any retreats for the entirety of 2018 due to major changes being made within the company.
Accommodations for Fitness North are located at Burlington Bay Executive Lodges in three luxurious units. Each unit has over 3,200 square feet and five bedrooms. Regular rooms feature a queen bed, a shared bathroom, and a jacuzzi spa room. The first master suites have a private bathroom with a shower overlooking Lake Superior. The second master suite options have private bathrooms with showers and two-person whirlpools overlooking the lake.
Each unit is decorated with its own theme—Up North, Ski Lodge, and Nautical—and comes with a lake view. Units are fully stocked with amenities such as a TV and DVD player in each bedroom and living room, gas fireplaces, a grill, WiFi, balcony, and washer and dryer. Neither pets nor smoking are allowed in any of the units.
The fitness program at Fitness North is run by a team that includes certified professional trainers and weight loss specialists whose extensive qualifications are visible on the company website. Part of the component of the program involves hikes along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
The nutrition component of this FitStay is run by a registered dietician and culinary chef. Her aim is to teach clients how to eat to achieve optimal health and healing using natural, whole, and fresh ingredients. This means plenty of vegetables and fruits, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Guests are trained to meal plan in ways that are feasible considering their own individual lifestyles. Eating seasonally and organically is also encouraged.
Fitness North facilities are located in Two Harbors, Minnesota at Burlington Bay of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Lakeview National Golf Course and Lakeview Park are within walking distance. Cloquet Valley and Finland State Forests are both within an hour’s drive.
Guests must find their own way to the facilities, but once they arrive, transportation will be provided by Fitness North to and from any off-site activity locations for the retreat.
Fitness North offers private rooms for $2,400–$2,650 per person per week depending on whether the guest takes a regular room or one of the master suites. Double occupancy ranges from $4,100–$4,600. Fitness North also offers weekend retreats, but potential guests must call to inquire about rates as they are determined based on the venue and program details.
Pricing includes accommodations, meals, fitness sessions, and educational workshops.
While Fitness North is located on the wild North Shore of Lake Superior near national forest land, guests will not have to rough it in the woods. However, this FitStay may not be for guests who are looking for a winter retreat. Additionally, visitors should know that Fitness North will be closed for the entirety of the 2018 season.
Fitness North Pros
- Glorious nature – This FitStay is in a beautiful, natural location that makes the outdoor workouts even more enjoyable.
- Personalized attention – The intimate size of the team at Fitness North means each guest will get plenty of individual evaluation and feedback.
Fitness North Cons
- Under construction – According to the company website, Fitness North is undergoing some major changes and will not be hosting any retreats in 2018.
- New to the game – Fitness North doesn’t have a huge online presence. From what information is provided, it seems that Fitness North hasn’t been in business for long.