Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Utah Fitness Retreat's Registered Dietician

Claudia Wilson, MS, RD, CSSD, CD is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. Claudia received her B.S. degree in Public Health: Nutrition from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. She received her M.S. degree in Nutrition from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah where she specialized in sports nutrition and eating disorders.
Claudia spent nearly 10 years with the University of Utah Athletic Department, advising all male and female athletic teams. She served on the U.S. Gatorade Nutrition Advisory board for two years and spent several additional years on Gatorade's Sports Nutrition Speakers Network. She is an international speaker, presenting on the topics of sports nutrition, eating disorders, and eating intuitively.
During her tenure as the sports nutritionist for the University of Utah, Claudia also maintained a clinical practice in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Nutrition and has co-authored articles outlining protocol for the multi-disciplinary treatment of eating disorders.
Claudia continues to work with patients on a variety of issues including sports nutrition, eating disorders, intuitive eating, weight loss, metabolic disorders, allergies and intolerances, high cholesterol, healthy eating, meal planning, etc.

Claudia will sit down with you and devise a customized dietary plan for your needs. You will learn a wealth of knowledge from Claudia and take this valuable information home with you when you leave.

Clinical Therapist Shanna Gwilliam

Our clinical therapist Shanna Gwilliam, LCSW, has been a mental health therapist for approximately ten years. Since receiving her degree from the University of Kentucky in 2000, Shanna has worked extensively with food addictions, self-esteem, eating disorders, body image issues, depression, grief, and anxiety, and is in the process of becoming certified as a hypnotherapist. Shanna enjoyed three summers as a counselor at Camp Kingsmont, a fitness camp for children, and is thrilled to be part of the Real Life Fitness and Health team. Participants at Real Life Fitness and Health have the opportunity to attend weekly group therapy and receive individual therapy consultations during their stay.

Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone and Shanna is an excellent listener with wonderful feedback and positive suggestions. Shanna is not only a therapist but a "life coach" and she will help guide you through your fitness journey and work with you on making changes in your life.

Utah Fitness Retreat's Chef Julie

Real Life Fitness and Health will show you how healthy is not only good for you, but can taste good too. This is due impart to our fabulous chef Julie.

Chef Julie has been cooking professionally in many different venues for over ten years. Her experience includes a broad range of venues including working on private boats in Alaska and Washington State to working as a an executive chef for a family in Park City, Utah. She has also catered weddings and parties from the beaches of Maui, Hawaii to hidden cabins in the Wasatch Range of Utah.
Her cooking style and focus is on fresh, fiber rich, seasonal, simple, yet healthy "clean" cuisine with experience in low glycemic, low fat, gluten free menus which she brings together for clients wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes through exercise and diet. Julie has a special way of making "healthy" taste good. Her meals will leave you satisfied, energized all while maintaining a low fat, lower calorie diet.

Friday, January 22, 2010

all in a day's WORK...

To get the results you are craving, meet the goals you've set for yourself, you are going to have to WORK at it! Here at the Utah Fitness Retreat, we believe in hard work, lot's of sweat, motivation from the trainers and one another, and pushing yourself to levels you never imagined possible. Each week you will build endurance and strength, while losing fat and excess weight.

Our certified personal trainers know their stuff and want you to meet your goals just as much as you do...You will have individualized attention, one on one training, small group classes, boot camp style workouts, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you moving and losing!

Ready for the challenge that will change your life? If so, it's time to get to WORK!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Change, inspire, transform, unite, evolve...

Come to the Utah Fitness Retreat; We'll show you how to improve your health, transform your current situation, feel better, and gain a total sense of well- being for your life.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Feelin the Burn in the Cold....

It's cold, it's snowy and you want me to go outside and WORK OUT?!

Here at Real Life Fitness the answer to that question is YES. Outdoor exercise is a sure cure for cabin fever and the winter blues. And it increases energy, which can be depleted by gloomy weather. The biggest reason, IT IS SO FUN and you can burn tons of calories!
Let's explore some of the possibilities and options of outdoor exercise:

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding: Utah has over 13 amazing ski resorts all in close proximity to The Utah Fitness Retreat...There's a reason why Utah is claimed to have "the best snow on earth". Check out Ski Utah for more information on the plethora of skiing options.

Cross Country Skiing: Cross-country skiing on groomed trails is a favorite winter sport in Utah. In addition, Utah has hundreds of roads and trails which are ideal for cross-country skiing. This activity truly is one of the best total body workouts and the sweat on your brow will prove this. It's so nice to get out and see the gorgeous landscape of Utah while giving your body some intense exercise.

Ice skating: Come on..It's fun, brings you back to your youth and is a killer leg and butt workout! Need I say more?

Snow Shoeing: The good news is that anyone who can walk can go snowshoeing. It's fun, active, simple and easy to learn and talk about the cardiovascular workout! You won't even realize it's cold out you'll burning so many calories.

Winter walks: My personal favorite...A nice way to refresh, breathe in the cold air, burn calories, meditate on nature, or visit with a friend.

Snowmobiling: A great upper body workout, and talk about the intense fun!

Remember a few key elements when taking it outside...Bundle up; wear the right warm weather gear, lather up the sunscreen, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Oh, and enjoy yourself and enjoy Utah. Here at the Utah Fitness Retreat, you can bet we are!