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How To Plan A Successful Fitness Retreat

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How To Plan A Successful Fitness Retreat

Have you ever thought about getting paid to travel? Have you dreamed of going to an exotic location while doing the fitness routines you love to do? Being paid to travel can become a reality if you plan a fitness retreat to your desired location of choice. The best part of organizing a fitness retreat is you can do what you love to do most, staying fit and healthy, in an energizing environment anywhere in the world. You can lead exercise sessions, truly practice what you preach, and provide your clients with amazing motivation during your getaway.

Here are 5 steps to take to plan a successful fitness retreat.


1. The Why & The Location: First consider why your clients would join you on this retreat and how the location will affect that decision. Ryan Allen, Owner of Allen Training, recommends picking a special location that speaks to the nature of the feel you want your clients to get out of the experience. Allen explains clients want to feel that they are getting something that they may not be able to create for themselves when at home. Make sure the location is desirable and has the right energy.


2. Do Your Research: Allen instructs to visit the actual location once you decide where to go to get a hands-on experience of what your clients may feel when they are there. This way, you can also establish direct relationships with the vendors for easier negotiation. In addition to visiting the location, do research on other trips similar to the one you are planning so you can compare prices and travel options.


3. Number of Attendees: Determine how many attendees you can give your attention to, advises Allen. If clients have come to expect individualized attention they may not want to sign up for a retreat that will have many attendees and few teachers. The number of people will determine how intimate or one-on-one you want the retreat to be.


4. Determine Cost: List the anticipated expenses of your event such as costs of rooming, food, travel, equipment, and marketing. Include an additional 10% extra fee for any miscellaneous costs that might arise. Allen suggests creating a benefit to the vendors you are using in order to get discounts or group rates. If the vendors can see a benefit of having your retreat at their location, they may be more likely to give a discount or complimentary perk.


5. Schedule: Set up a schedule of what a typical day may look like when your clients are on the retreat. What time will you recommend they wake up? When will they eat? Will they be eating as a group or on their own? What is the activity/fitness schedule? Any free time? Any special tours or attractions they can do? Are these tours mandatory or suggested for an additional cost? Any social activities as a group on certain nights? People enjoy structure so having some set group activities and allowing for free time will accommodate people’s needs.


Getting paid to travel the world can be a dream come true. Organizing a fitness retreat can be rewarding both financially and emotionally. You can show people an amazing experience while inspiring health and wellness through fitness and getting paid in the process. Now is the time to enjoy nature in its finest and host a fitness retreat. Where do you plan on going?


Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and recipe blog where she also conducts cooking videos with kids and provides families with healthy living tips. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Sarah is also in charge of hiring employees and contractors.

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