I had been looking for a spa experience for the last few years and until I found TFS I didn't think I could afford it. The location is remote and the accommodations are relatively basic but it was the BEST vacation I have ever had. I never had to think about what I ate--the food was very good and I never felt hungry (they provided healthy snacks if you do). Exercise options were plentiful and I chose to focus on the morning walks and the fun things like Wallyball and Aqua Volleyball. One of my roommates did all the hard core fitness classes like kickboxing, aerobics, and abs which I avoided. At the end of two weeks I had still lost 6.5 pounds. The amazing thing was how easy it was to focus on being healthy and not be distracted by the outside world (spotty cell service and limited internet access were good things!). I had plenty of time to relax and unwind. Read 3 books, floated aimlessly in the pool, sat in the hot tub, waded in the creek, and got 2 massages. They had bingo, bellydancing, self-defense, and Zumba in the evening if you were bored. I did spend a couple of evenings in the TV lounge working a community jig saw puzzle. I am middle aged, overweight and out of shape and still felt motivated and encouraged by both staff and other guests (many just like me). Since I have been home I have continued to eat better, exercise and lose weight--this was an excellent way to turn my life around and put it on a more positive trajectory. I was very impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly staff, the carefully engineered meals (low calorie, low sodium, high protein, high fiber), immaculate facilities, and the beautiful park like setting. One of the earlier reviewers commented that she wished she had driven so that she had a car over the weekend. There are no formal classes from noon on Saturday until Monday morning if you stay over. However, ALL of the facilities are open 24/7 so if you stay over the weekend you basically have a private gym, empty pool, and the entire grounds to share with only a few other people which was wonderful! The towns around the spa are small and not particularly exciting. If 5 people sign up they will arrange a van trip to go antiquing or visit the Amish. I met some really interesting people and was impressed by the number of returning guests. The special services like mani/pedi, massages, facials, etc. were limited since those service providers only came in for certain days/times but from my massage experience and what other guests told me the pampering services were excellent. The only gentle warning I would give is if you are unfamiliar with rural Tennessee, many of the staff members are locals and reflect the local culture. I found this charming and entertaining but some of the big city guests responded less positively. I am definitely going back SOON!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tennessee Fitness is a week-long, all inclusive fitness program that provides healthy meals, clean and comfortable lodging, and 6 to 8 hours of workout classes six days a week. We have a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, fitness class room, indoor cycling, racquetball court, sauna, hot tub, sun deck, dining hall, beauty salon, massage rooms, and T.V. lounges. We are a full service, weight loss retreat, that is surprisingly affordable and proven to be effective. Guests travel from all over the world to experience a week at our fitness resort. They come to get in better shape, to get a kick start towards a weight loss goal, and/or to relax by the pool, fish in the streams, detox, stop smoking, and gather with family and friends. Located on a beautiful rural site boasting a double span natural bridge, affordable rates, and southern hospitality, our budget health spa has something for everyone. With a wide array of fitness activities, pet free and pet friendly housing options, educational workshops, healthy meal plans, and optional pampering services such as massages and pedicures, you are sure to be rejuvenated and ready to implement lifelong changes. Join us for a week or more of fun and fitness at our adult weight loss camp - you will not regret it! Accommodations include Quad, Standard, Standard Plus, Deluxe, Deluxe Plus, Penthouse, and 4 Pet Friendly Cottages which will accommodate 58 guests. The Penthouse apartment contains three beds, a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and TV/DVD. Housekeeping service is provided daily for all guests. Tennessee Fitness Spa is located 95 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee at beautiful Natural Bridge, outside Waynesboro, TN. This historic site is the only known double span natural bridge formation in the world. It is a purely natural formation that was formed over millions of years by a fresh water spring located nearby. Indians used the site over several different periods of history. Tribes including the Yuchi Indians from Mexico, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogean and Creeks walked the trails around Natural Bridge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tennessee Fitness Hotel Waynesboro
- Tennessee Fitness Spa Waynesboro