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Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat in Derbyshire

darwin lakeWe are now under one week away from from the start of the weight loss and fitness retreat in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire fitness retreat site is based just outside Matlock next to a forest called Darwin Forest.
The accommodation is a group of contemporary cottages nestled around a lake giving a tranquil retreat feeling to the weight loss retreat. The cottages were built 15 years ago in old Peak District stone and have recently been through a £750,000 refurbishment modernising the interior and leaving a contemporary feeling throughout.
Typically a FitFarms Derbyshire retreat cottage has three en suite bedrooms neutrally decorated with soft furnishings and a living area equipped with all the modern amenities. The retreat customers eat in a central area which is called the nutrition dining room so the kitchens are not used in the individual cottages.
There is also a large indoor area on the other side of the lake which is commonly known as the chapel just because it looks like a chapel from a distance. The exercise area has two floors and we tend to use the upstairs more as it lends it hand better to group style classes.
During the course we use one more area which is offsite and this is Arc leisure centre. The main reason for this off site trip is to give some customers the confidence to use local leisure centre facilities when they are at home. It’s also nice for everyone to leave the weight loss and fitness retreat and see the local area.

Weight loss and fitness retreat chocolate pots

b42d938e-b251-4d52-94e0-a3364a3aa88dThis recipe is high in protein and a great alternative for the heavy chocolate deserts which you find in restaurants.

Serves 4 people


Weight loss and fitness retreat healthy ingredients 

250 ml of full fat greek yoghurt

2 tbsp good quality peanut butter

1 bar of 80% chocolate

pinch of rock salt

16 raspberries

1 teaspoon of honey

4 tbsps of ground nut seed



Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl of heated water.

Put all the ingredients into a mixer bowl and blend together.

Place in small pots, add 4 raspberries per pot and sprinkle ground nut seed on the top

FitFarms Norfolk Weight Loss Fitness Retreat

norfolkI’m not sure why FitFarms Norfolk weight loss and fitness retreat has become so popular but once again we seem to be fully booked on the Norfolk weight loss and lifestyle retreat. Everyone loves the four poster bed or sleigh style accommodation with views over the stunning farmland scenery. Some say it has a great advantage over our other sites because of the ball room style workout area with double doors that open up onto a pretty farm style courtyard. The grounds that surround the accommodation are also in immaculate condition with a well crafted man-made pond. We also have the added advantage being so close to the beach which enables us to carry out beach walks and workouts.

This week has started off in the usual FitFarms fitness retreat positive manner with everyone showing extreme interest in the health assessments and with an eagerness to learn with lots of great questions. We’ve recently changed the way we assess our guests health as before we used body fat callipers which seemed a tiny bit intrusive especially at 7am in the morning. Now we’ve found some accurate wellbeing scales so we can test for mass muscle, body fat percentage, visceral fat, total body water, bone mass, basic metabolic rate, metabolic age to name but a few. It’s great to see the differences between the beginning and the end of the courses and the dramatic changes are a great motivation for the FitFarms customers.

The first day is all on site so after the nutritious dense breakfast there was Resistance for an hour followed by a short break and then back into the exercise area for Aerobics. Then came lunch which was a chicken pearl barley risotto. In the afternoon we enter kettlebells, pilates, a well deserved Dinner and finally completing with a Stretch session.


FitFarms Weight Loss Boot Camp Chocolate Mousse

chocolatemousse123Recipe for chocolate mousse which is high in protein and healthy fat and served at FitFarms holistic weight loss boot camp.

Serves 4 people


500 ml of Greek full fat yoghurt.

Make sure not to go for fat free or low fat. When the fat is processed out it loses it’s nutritional value plus unhealthy additives and sugars are added!

2 Bananas (high in potassium, protein and dietary fiber) Potassium is good because it lowers blood pressure and is one of the 9 key minerals. 

1 Avocado (good healthy fat)

3 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter (high in protein) Don’t get the cheap ones because they will be high is sugar, salt and stabiliser. The good ones to go for are Whole Earth or Meridian.

100 grams of Chocolate (check the ingredients on the back and make sure it is 70% cacao)




Melt the chocolate by placing it in a glass bowl over boiling water.

Then put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl blend together.

Place in a glass bowl and grate dark chocolate on the top.


Spain Weight Loss Retreat and Fitness Camp

It’s always more of a fun experience for customers and the team when we run our weight loss and fitness retreats in Spain and this one wasn’t any different. This course was an easier one for the fitness team because the clients were really up for every task they were given.
The Spain course starts on the Saturday and there were two airport collections one at 1pm and the other at 8pm. Unfortunately one of the girls was delayed due to her flight so the 8pm collection turned into a 9.30pm. Thank you goes out to those who patiently waited at the airport.
The team on this week included Louise teaching all things HIIT, Mimi aerobics including aqua, Janna instructing yoga, Diana on the urban and classic dance and myself bringing up the rear in the Kitchen plus driving.
Over the years there always seems to be an event when I’m on site and this week it was time to get the car stuck in the sand on the beach. Driving through soft sand in a road vehicle was never going to have a good ending but thankfully there was a 4 x 4 to pull the sand drenched vehicle onto hard ground.
Some of the days were extremely hot but it didn’t stop the guests and team putting in a 100% effort. This showed at the end of the week when the results came in with large body fat percentage drops and a weight loss of almost a stone by our only man on the course the lovely Bryan.
Thank you everyone for a fabulous week and best of luck with your new healthier lifestyles at home.

FitFarms Weight loss Fitness Retreat Spain

IMG-0473We are gearing up for another week at FitFarms Spain weight loss retreat in the Olive hills of Andalucia. The team caught flights from London Gatwick this time at midday and landed at 4pm Spain time. We then jumped into the mini bus and made our way through the Olive hills to Iznajar a pretty town perched on top of a hill.
FitFarms has a great relationship with the villa manager and he kindly let us stay on site for free so we can make preparations before the course starts on Saturday. Fitness Balls, Kettlebells, resistance bands, yoga mats, boxing gloves, fitness and nutrition testing make up some of the equipment which we store at the Spanish FitFarms weight loss retreat.
The week is action packed with beach workouts, lake walks, trip to Sierra Nevada mountain rage for a gorge walk, Granada sight seeing and not forgetting a jammed full class style programme ranging for yoga to boxing. It’s going to be hot though and I mean hot, over 30 degrees on some days but don’t worry we have a cunning exercise programme!
One of FitFarms’ main strength has always been having a fantastic team because we thoroughly believe that this is what makes the course. We’ve just finished a course in Derbyshire where we had many returning guests and one of the returners said “this may be the best team yet”. The lady in question has been 11 times to FitFarms starting from 2009 so she has seen a lot of different teams. I think the strength of this team is the variety of different exercises they can deliver and also their personalities complement each other.
Wishing all our guests a safe flight and don’t forget to pack the sun cream, drink lots of water and become prepared to have a great time at FitFarms Spain in the glorious sunshine.

FitFarms Derbyshire weight loss fitness retreat

IMG-0299FitFarms Derbyshire weight loss fitness retreat May course report. The course started on 14th May just outside the pretty town of Matlock.

The FitFarms weight loss retreat accommodation is situated around a natural lake just minutes away from Darwin Forest.
The majority of the guests arrive on Friday night either by car or collected from the local Matlock train station. Once settled into their rooms the welcome talk starts at 6.15pm.
The talk is designed to relax people and make sure everyone is comfortable with the programme that they will be following.
Dinner was salmon, cherry tomatoes in a basil sauce and the vegetarian was similar but the salmon was changed for tofu.
The first weight loss retreat and exercise session is on its way and the guests are really enjoying the first session.
Guests finish the session puffed but with great enthusiasm. They make there way back to the herbal tea station, lemon and ginger seem to be a popular one on this week and then
off to bed for a well deserved good nights sleep. Sleep is a real important health factor and it’s a great way to become stress free, repair yourself and helps with anxiety. Aiming between
7 and 9 hrs per night is the optimum amount of sleep.
Many people who come to FitFarms become very concerned with the exercise programme concerned that they won’t be able to keep up and start to feel that last at school feeling.
The FitFarms weight loss and fitness camp programme is designed to avoid these feelings. Alternatives are always given and although the exercise is challenging it is also a lot of fun.
Do not forget to check the FitFarms website for future Derbyshire courses. We are based in Matlock and provide free transfers from Matlock train station.


Weight Loss Fitness Camp Derbyshire

Nov 14The morning of FitFarms weight loss Fitness Camp Derbyshire and holistic boot camp and we are setting off early to set up site before the customers arrive. Journals, water bottles and pens are all packed and there’s a 2.5hr drive ahead via Birmingham to collect Lorna a new member of the fitness team.
When we arrive at Derbyshire fitness retreat we will do a check of the rooms and put journals and water bottles out ready for the customers. The weather is gradually getting warmer so keeping hydrated during a fitness course is essential.
Food orders will come in around 2pm so it’s important to check we have all the correct food types and no items are missing. We send out health and nutrition questionnaire before the start of the course so we know if we have any vegetarians, vegans or food allergies. I know on this week there is  one vegan and one vegetarian. I always think it makes the cooking more interesting because you need to be a little more creative during the week when there are special food requirements.
The fitness equipment also is taken out and put on the floor of the indoor area all ready for the first fitness class. We have the health and fitness assessments in the morning so we will will also do a double check that we have everything. We’ve started calculating mass muscle, bone density, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age and body water content to give our customers some more valuable information on their health.
The first customers usually arrive by train at 4.30pm and then the car arrivals come between 5 and 5.30pm.
It’s going to be another fun week and everyone is looking forward to good weather fun and fitness !

FitFarms Spain Review On The Retreat

downloadFitFarms Spain in Andalucia the South of Spain is proving to be FitFarms’ most popular course. High up in the olive hills with the nearest civilization being the magnificent hill top white washed Spanish village of Iznajar. The province is Cordoba but FitFarms Spain is right on the borders between Cordoba and Granada. Iznajar commands a position 359 meters above sea level and looks down onto the regions largest man made lake which circles over 20 kilometers. Do not worry though we don’t attempt this circular walk on the FitFarms Spain holiday retreat. However on one of the days we drive down to a spectacular viaduct and we walk along a track next to the lake which has breathtaking views. On the other side of the lake to the viaduct is a huge beach where we conduct our beach workouts and for some guests water sports which is not for everyone but in typical FitFarms style we will always find an exercise alternative. Granada the ancient medieval city dating back to Palaeolitrhic times (1000 B.C)  is the FitFarms Spain highlight. It’s approximately an hour from the villa but with a healthy packed lunch it’s worth the distance. Before we go to Granada though there is the pretty waterfall gorge walk in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Nearly all guests say it’s one of the best walks they have been on. It’s challenging but there’s different routes so your fitness can be at any level and it’s really worth the puff because the view points are quite amazing. Once the walk has completed we all tuck into the healthy packed lunch next to a stream down in the village of Monchel before we make are journey into Granada. Once in Granada we park up and everyone gets two hours of sightseeing before the trip back to the FitFarms Spain Villa.

Scotland Weight Loss Boot Camp

scotlandThe Scotland FitFarms weight loss boot camp has proven to be extremely popular due to the fantastic Victorian property and tailor made exercise programme.

Scotland have quite a few non military boot camps and military boot camps dotted around the country but there is not a holistic non boot camp for Scottish people to choose. We have many Scottish customers at our Derbyshire fitness and weight loss camp which is based in Matlock so it just seemed like a natural progression to open our FitFarms residential programmes in Scotland.

FitFarms Scotland is only 40 miles from the historic city of Edinburgh and one hour and forty five minutes from Glasgow. We operate a service where we collect guests from Edinburgh train station on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and return at the end of the course.

The FitFarms Scotland retreat programme is very different than the boot camp style companies that are currently running in Scotland. The FitFarms approach is holistic covering nutriton, exercise and life coaching. Customers can join us from anything between 2 and 7 nights and when the residential programme has been completed we provide a post course programme to make sure customers stay on track after the weight loss retreat has completed.

Some of the exercises you can expect to participate in whilst at the retreat are hiking, boxercise, yoga, pilates, circuit training and HIIT to name but a few. One of the most exciting attractions being down by the Scottish and English borders is the magnificent countryside so expect some stunning, challenging but always manageable hikes.

When the weather isn’t so great we have an extremely quirky indoor fitness area which is a situated in a ball room with a wooden sprung floor.

The new dates will be advertised on the FitFarms website soon where you can book online or just call up and book directly over the phone.