Six years ago, the husband-and-wife team of Cameron and Michelle Kelsh
had a vision for a “health vacation resort”—a place where teens
and adults of all ages, abilities and sizes could come to learn about
healthy living and exercise, and transform their lives for the better.
So the Kelshes opened Fitness Ridge Resort and Spa, situated
in the famous Red Rocks region near St. George, Utah.
As the resort’s alluring setting and unique focus combined to produce a steady increase in bookings
over the years, the Kelshes recognized a need to expand their facilities,
and their approach, to add a state-of-the-art fitness center and build
more intensive workouts into their lifestyle counseling.
The resort now provides guests with a one-week minimum program featuring nutritious food, educational
classes on healthy living, and daily exercise in a newly equipped fitness
center, which includes a full line of strength equipment along with
treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers and exercise bikes.
“Our guests are trying to transform their lives, so a beautiful workout
space with high-quality equipment helps keep them going while they’re
with us,” says Michelle Kelsh.
Today, the Fitness Ridge Resort and Spa, which also features an outdoor
pool and full-service spa, serves up to 80 to 100 guests per week, all
of whom use the fitness center four to five hours per day. The equipment
is used for personal training and classes, including a cardio interval
class using 30 treadmills, and a circuit-training class using both strength
and cardio equipment.
“We’ve had so much success in the new fitness center that we plan
to double our workout space with more equipment,” Kelsh says.