I was a little afraid as I drove into the resort driveway. Was a Jillian trainer going to yell at me? Was I going to be able to do all the exercises? Will I fit in? All my fears faded away as I waited on a Sunday afternoon for the guests to arrive. We were in a rustic wooded area of Malibu, chilly cold but of course it was January. We had an intial weigh in, pictures taken and told to meet in the dining room for our first lecture. People were friendly, the staff was pretty good and the week was full of hiking, walking, swimming, weight training, cardio, kick boxing, cooking demos, nutrition lectures, massages (to work on very sore muscles) and the food was really good. the meals are all calorie controlled but I never had to resort to a hidden snack bar in my room. I did smuggle in my form of caffine because no one wants to be around me during an entire week of no caffine! I made many friends there- we keep in touch via facebook and email to see how we have progressed with our weight loss or new eating habits. I went by myself and there were many others as singles or couples- also many mothers and daughters. The ocean is only miles away and you can do walks or hikes along the sand and watch the dolphins play in the waves- that is a very magical experience.
Would I go back? Yes- in a minute! The daily hikes are about 2.5 hours long and that really is a great calorie burning way to start your morning. Each day is a different hike and you are broken into groups of level of fitness. I can't wait to go back in the summer time and do another week with the knowledge I already have. The rooms are very simple and small- this is not a spa. This is a week to commit to new healthy habits and exercise- you only use your rooms to change clothes many times a day and sleep after a day well spent.