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After a Day of Exercise, Fitness, and Activity, Wind Down with a Relaxing Massage

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After a day of walking, working out, and learning about nutrition, guests at Tennessee Fitness Spa often have a lot to think about. To help unwind and, more importantly, digest all of the information that you've taken in, we recommend a soothing, gentle massage from one of our trained masseuses. As a means of relaxing, we simply don't feel that there's any better way! In today's post, we're going to look at the benefits of massage and, more importantly, discuss how they can help you ease into – and out of – a long day of exercise, fitness, and activity.

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What are you Really Hungry for?

Healthy eating at TN Fitness Spa; workshop and lectures on nutrition

What Are You Really Hungry for?

When we gather with a group of friends for dinner, someone usually asks, “What are you hungry for? Italian? Mexican?”

I find myself asking this question in the grocery store…. What will make my palate happy? What will satisfy me today? Tomorrow? During the week?

In today’s blog, I am asking a deeper question, “what are you hungry for?” Fuel for the body or food for an emotion?  Are you feeding your body protein and fuel for a healthy lifestyle? If the answer is yes, then eat with joy. If the answer is no, then you have the opportunity to stop and re-think your meal or snack before ingesting it.

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Escape the Chaos of Technology and Adopt Healthy Habits at our Fitness Camp for Adults

Fitness Camp for Adults

The modern world is rife with distractions. From glittering cell phones to noisome televisions and everything in between, there are myriad sources vying for our attention. In this chaos, it is easy to lose sight of what is important: adopting healthy habits that lead to a long, happy life. Whether it's putting off a nightly jog to catch up on your favorite reality show or it's opting for unhealthy, fast food to free up time to browse your social networks, these little decisions – these deferments of healthy choices – can have harmful, long-term consequences.

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A Closer Look at a Typical Morning at our Fitness Camp for Adults

Fitness Camp for Adults

As a fitness camp for adults, Tennessee Fitness Spa aims to provide an all-encompassing experience. We strive to create an experience that will assist you in finding a happy balance between healthy nutritional choices, active fitness and outright enjoyment of life. To accomplish this, we have created a daily schedule that will help you get into – and stick with – decisions that have a positive impact on your overall health and outlook. In this post, we're going to take a closer look at the first half of that schedule: the morning.

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Martial Arts; A Full Body, Mind, and Heart Workout Alternative

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Exercising the Body and Mind with Martials Arts

Is your current exercise regime one dimensional? Are you looking for a workout that will exercise both your mind, your heart, and your body? Martial arts might be the answer for you.

Martial arts training utilizes the entire body. Rather than spot training, or alternating workout days to focus on legs and arms, combat and play-fighting in martial arts classes promote fat loss and improves body composition by blending cardio workouts with flexibility. Martial arts practice engages the arms, legs, and trunk with simple full-body exercises that challenge and tone the entire body while increasing your overall strength.

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Experience the Pampering Amenities Available at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Fitness Camp for Adults; a midwest fitness retreat in southern Tennessee

The team at Tennessee Fitness Spa is constantly on the lookout for new, amenities to offer our guests. We believe that your stay with us shouldn be productive, it should be fun, and it should be relaxing and inspiring. As a result, we aim to offer a number of ways to pamper yourself during your stay. From soothing massage therapy to posh manicure treatments, our amenities aim to keep you motivated and feeling good! In today's post, we are going to look at a few of the services and amenities that we offer.

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Experience the Beauty of the Grounds and Gardens at Tennessee Fitness Spa

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Situated in a peaceful, serene setting along Forty-Eight Creek, Tennessee Fitness Spa is a peaceful environment, far from the distractions of the city. Because of this, our guests are able to remove themselves from the stresses of the modern world, return to nature and, perhaps most importantly, fully devote themselves to pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

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Needs for Veterans' Care Packages


Tennessee Fitness Spa will be making care packages this year for the Veterans at the TN State Veterans' Home in Murfreesboro. We would love to have all our guests participate by bringing (or mailing) small items such as comfy socks, travel size toiletries, or useful personal items like stamps and stationery. There are currently 12 women and several dozen men at the home. One night during the week of November 11th, we will decorate gift bags, sign cards, write poems, and prepare the boxes, so bring your creative ideas to the Care Package Party.

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Homeless Shelter Care Packages


Tennessee Fitness Spa will be making care packages this year during Thanksgiving week for the Safe Haven Family Shelter in Nashville and a local Waynesboro, TN family. We would love to have all our guests participate by bringing (or mailing) small items such as socks, travel size toiletries, gas cards, grocery gift cards, food items, and small toys. 

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Our Return Trip to Tennessee Fitness Spa

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We usually visit TN Fitness Spa in May of each year, however, due to schedule issues we had to pick a new week so we planned a September vacation instead. We reserved our favorite room, The Penthouse Apartment, and arrived on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday for check-in.  

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Start – or End – a Long Day of Workouts at Tennessee Fitness Spa with a Swedish Massage

Fitness Camp for Adults

When you're looking at a busy, fitness-focused day, sometimes it helps to ease into it. You can stretch, start with a low-impact workout or – at Tennessee Fitness Spa – you can kick the day off with a relaxing Swedish massage. The gentle, easy touch of a masseuse is a great way to prep yourself for a long day of more intense, focused workouts. Alternatively, it's also a great finish to a taxing day. In this post, we're going to take a closer look at why you should consider a Swedish massage during your next trip to Tennessee Fitness Spa.

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How to Prepare for a Trip to an Adult Weight Loss Camp

Weight Loss Camp

When you visit Tennessee Fitness Spa, you'll be surprised by the amenities we offer. Our general store offers nearly all of the essential items that you'll need, including cosmetics, fitness supplies and toiletries. There are, however, a number of ways that you can better prepare for your trip and, more importantly, some things that you can bring with you to ensure that you have a productive – and fun – visit to our fitness camp for adults. In this post, we're going to go over a few ways that you can prep for your trip to Tennessee Fitness Spa.

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Avoid Distractions of the Modern World and Find a Healthier Lifestyle at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Fitness Camp and healthy living retreat center for Adults in Southern Tennessee

With all manner of technological distractions vying for our attention, it is easy to lose sight of simpler things. Pursuing an active life, making sound nutritional decisions, and avoiding the pervasive temptations of junk food, tend to be quarantined to the edges of our mind. The struggle to lose weight is made difficult by the convenience of giving in. It is easy to "cheat" and have dinner delivered, rather than preparing your own food. It's easy to choose to drive to work rather than choosing to walk. It's easy to plop down in front of the television after a long day rather than hop onto the treadmill.

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Create Long-term Goals and Achieve Lasting Weight Loss at a Fitness Camp for Adults

Midwest Fitness and Weight Loss Camp for Adults in Southern Tennessee

If you have tried a string of fad diets, “as seen on TV” weight loss solutions, and Internet miracle cures, you are undoubtedly frustrated with their lack of lasting, long-term results. What these solutions do not offer is a holistic or healthy approach. They place a bandage over the symptoms of the issue while failing to address the root causes: unhealthy eating habits, ineffective exercise regimens and lack of long-term resolution. To achieve lasting change, you need to you create long-term goals and have a workable program on hand. In this post, we are going to look at how Tennessee Fitness Spa, and their fitness and weight loss program, can help you achieve lasting weight loss.

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Decorating- Renovating- Upgrading- Spring 2016

Artwork at the Midwest weight loss and Fitness Spa in southern Tennessee

Some exciting improvements have been happening at the Spa this springr! We updated our Quads, we streamlined the dining hall, added new artwork, expanded the garden and flowers in our landscaping project, and replaced 8 old pieces of carido equipment in our weight training room with new cardio equipment.

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Channel 4 NBC Visits Tennessee Fitness Spa

NBC at Southern TN Fitness Camp and weight loss resort in the midwest

It was late Monday night, June 6th, when Tracy Kornet, the anchor of NBC Nashville’s 6:00 p.m. news, Michelle Palmer, a producer, and Brian, a cameraman, arrived at TN Fitness Spa to participate in, and film the fitness activities, and to film and enjoy the refreshing ambiance of our gardens, campus, and the natural bridge. The first thing that Tracy and Michelle noticed after getting out of their SUV, was how wonderful the air smelled. Our Fitness Camp is right on 48 Creek and is surrounded by water, flowers, gardens, trees, and wildlife.

Michelle and Brian requested a tour of the campus and facilities in order to know the layout of the Spa for morning filming, therefore it was 11:00 p.m. before everyone was snuggly in their rooms. That did not slow down the crew though, as everyone was accounted for at breakfast by 7:30 a.m., ready for walk warm up at 7:50, and started the 3.5 mile hike towards Heartbreak Hill.  

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Visit Tennessee Fitness Spa’s New Online Store!

Online Store for Southern TN Fitness and Weight Loss Vacation Getaway

As some of our guests may have already noticed, Tennessee Fitness Spa has added a new online store to our website. Stocked with t-shirts, pullovers, hoodies, bathrobes and more, our online store is a great way to commemorate – or prepare for – your visit to our fitness camp for adults. Made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton, we received so many requests for our clothing from past visitors that, finally, we have made our product available online. Now, if you have visited us in the past, but forgot – or, dare we say, neglected – to pick up a keepsake, you can get everything you need right here, online, and shipped right to your doorstep!

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Learn About the Amenities Offered at Tennessee Fitness Spa

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We want every guest's stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa to be enjoyable, comfortable and – most of all – productive. To that end, we offer a number of pleasant, fun amenities that aim to encourage healthy decisions. From an outdoor hot tub and indoor swimming pool, to a beauty salon and general store, our amenities cover a broad spectrum ensuring that every guest finds a meaningful and fun way to spend their time during their stay. In this post, we are going to look at a few of the amenities offered at our fitness and weight loss spa located in southern Tennessee.

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The Various Room Options Available During Your Stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Fitness Camp for Adults; a midwest fitness retreat in southern Tennessee

When it comes to attending a week-long fitness camp for adults, most visitors want to be secure in the knowledge that they will be comfortable and accommodated. At Tennessee Fitness Spa, we understand this concern and offer a number of different rooms to address our visitors' individual preferences. Whether you want a rustic, simple room, or a luxurious penthouse studio, we have a room that will make your stay comfortable and, more importantly, effective! Let's take a closer look at the options that we have available...

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The Benefits of Trying Pilates During Your Stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Pilates classes at Midwest fitness and weight loss resort Southern Tennessee

Pilates is often called, "the art of controlled movements." While it is intended to look like an intense workout, Pilates is actually a very flexible, very simple exercise system that builds strength, control and endurance throughout the entire body. Focusing on alignment, developing the core, breathing and balance, the system can be adapted for a wide range of experience levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. In this post we are going to look at five of the major benefits of trying Pilates during your next stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa.

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5 Reasons to Try Water Exercises at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Water Aerobics at Midwest weight loss camp for adults in Southern Tennessee

During your stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa, you're invited to join a number of fitness and exercise programs. One of our favorite, and effective, programs is water aerobics and water exercise classes. From aqua aerobics, and tabata aerobics, to water volleyball and delta bells, our instructors have built a curriculum that is sure to offer something for every visitor. In this post, we're going to look at some of the key reasons why you might want to try water exercise while you are at the health spa.

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First Time Visiting a Fitness Camp for Adults? Try a Deep Tissue Massage!

Massage Therapy available at our Midwest Yoga Retreat located in southern TN

Part of our philosophy at Tennessee Fitness Spa is that our camp isn’t just fitness-oriented. We believe that our guests should be pampered and allowed to partake in some relaxing activities while they’re here. As part of that, we offer a rotating list of weekly – and monthly – special events that aim to keep you positive and focused on your weight loss journey. Additionally, we have spa and salon services available that offer massage therapy, body scrubs and beauty treatments. But, what advantages do these services afford you on your journey? In this post, we’re going to focus on one of our most popular offerings, deep tissue massage, and illustrate how it can help you stay happy, healthy and motivated.

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Why We Start Every Day by Walking at Tennessee Fitness Spa


If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, try this one: walk more! Walking is a great, inexpensive and easy way to build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. More importantly, almost anyone can walk… all the fitness equipment that you need is right below your waist. At Tennessee Fitness Spa, we start every day by walking because, more than anything, we believe that it helps people develop healthy habits. It shows our guests that they don’t need expensive treadmills, complicated bicycles or heavy dumbbells to start losing weight: they just need their feet and a surface to move on. In this post, we’re going to look at a few of the long-term benefits of taking regular walks.

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Enjoy a Healthy Night Life at Tennessee Fitness Spa

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The night life at Tennessee Fitness Spa is focused on providing healthy and fun ways to stay healthy and make new friends. We have a range of evening events that will keep you entertained and smiling as you make positive changes to your lifestyle. In this post, we will take a closer look at the activities, entertainment, and special events available you during your stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa.

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Achieve Sustained Weight Loss and Future Health at an Adult Fitness Camp

Adult Fitness Camp

Fad diets, yo-yo dieting and intermittent exercise just aren’t enough if you want to achieve lasting, long-term change. If you want your weight loss to last, you have to look at the decisions that you’re making and consciously choose to pursue healthier options. An adult weight loss camp offers you a chance to explore your options, make healthier choices and, most importantly, it helps you establish a healthy routine for the future. In this post, we’re going to look at how Tennessee Fitness Spa provides you with the knowledge and experience that you need to make healthy, life-changing decisions.

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Get Back to Nature and Back in Shape at Tennessee Fitness Spa

Back to Nature at Fitness Camp

The modern world is a busy place and, as a result, it’s easy to lose sight of things like eating right, exercising regularly and making healthy choices. With so many distractions out there to keep us from focusing on living a healthy life, there comes a time when the best solution is to disconnect. Power down your cell phone, turn away from the television, dodge the temptations of the convenience store and go back to what’s important: making decisions that will positively affect your long-term health and quality of life.

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Welcome to the New Tennessee Fitness Spa Site!

New Fitness Spa Website

If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you might notice that we’ve undergone a bit of a change over the last couple days. Our new website is designed to better capture the essence of Tennessee Fitness Spa while also offering a number of more technical advantages. As anyone using a cell phone or tablet might have noticed, our site is now fully mobile responsive!

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A Look at Tennessee Fitness Spa’s Nutritional Program

Nutritional Program at Fitness Program

At Tennessee Fitness Spa, we serve nutritious, healthy meals that are low in fat, sodium and sugar. This allows our guests to begin developing eating habits that can help to control blood pressure and blood sugar while contributing to their overall weight loss efforts. In creating our program, we used the following guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association and American Dietetic Association:

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The Advantages of a Fitness Camp for Adults

Fitness Camp for Adults

Today we’re going to talk about why, whether you’re 25 or 85, it’s beneficial to attend a fitness camp for adults. As children, our parents sent us to camp so that we could get a taste of structured living. Intended as a way to transition us into our more regimented lives as adults, it’s easy for us to forget the value of organized activities.

With so many would-be dieters falling off the wagon and lapsing into old habits, the real benefit of an adult fitness camp can be understood. By designing a week-long program that incorporates healthy eating, exercise and clean living, it becomes much easier to adhere to dietary and exercise regimens in the future.

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Top 10 Items to Bring to an Adult Fitness Camp

Gym Bag for Adult Fitness Camp

During your visit to Tennessee Fitness Spa, we provide you with fitness instruction, healthy meals, clean lodging and outdoor activities, however, there are a number of items that we request – and a few that we recommend – you bring with you during your stay. Today, we’re going to look at ten items that can help to make your week-long stay at Tennessee Fitness Spa comfortable, productive and fun.

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Getting Fit as a Family: Strategies to Exercise Together

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You’ve read the headlines, and you’re fully aware that as Americans, our children have a higher rate of obesity. The best way to get your children active is to be active yourself. Be a role model.

Many adults think that once children enter the picture, there just isn’t time for your daily exercises. But the truth is that problem is eliminated when you exercise together. Families can get fit and create a stronger bond when engaging in regular physical activity together:

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Adding Exercise to Your Office Workday

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A couple of weeks at a health spa can recharge your body and reset your mind to living healthier.

But then you have to go back to work, 9 to 5, mostly sitting at your desk. You just can’t seem to fit into your schedule your fading resolve to increase your exercise routine.

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Listen to Jody Franco's Review of TFSPA on GARR's Out and About


Tennessee Fitness Spa has been featured on "Out and About" on the Georgia Radio Reading Service hosted by Jody Franco.

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Tennessee Fitness Spa Featured in Life On The Water Magazine

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Water spilled over the limestone ridge, turning a wooden water wheel carrying soothing dripdrops into a stream. A cool breeze snuck around the corner. My eyes closed as I breathed deeply. Being captivated by nature’s beauty is rare for me, and I wanted to relish the moment.

Quiet, curving roads had led me here…to the Tennessee Fitness Spa. People from all over the world come here
for any number of reasons -- to lose weight, get healthy, exercise, eat right, quit smoking, relax, rejuvenate or simply center themselves. Positive changes and new beginnings are perhaps easier here, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the world and busy lives.

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Adult Fat Camp

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Have you heard of parents sending their children to fat camps? These are becoming more common as obesity becomes more prevalent in children and young adults. What many people do not realize is that these camps are not just for kids. Adult fat camps are a very effective way to help a person turn their health around and return to their target weight.

Weight Loss CampTennessee Fitness Spa is one of the best adult fat camps available. At the camp, you can expect to lose weight and leave with the resources to continue on your weight loss journey.

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Tennessee Fitness Spa Hosts Health-Conscious Guests in Relaxing Setting

Water Aerobics Classes

In the heart of Wayne County, at the site of the historic Natural Bridge, you’ll find Tennessee Fitness Spa, a facility that caters to the fitness goals of guests from across the country. 

Joe and Nancy Shaw purchased the property in 1990 and opened it as a fitness spa in February of 1991. In the early days there were only about five guests per week. Now, the spa averages 35-45 guests per week from states such as Florida, New York, Michigan and even as far away as Oregon and California. The duration of the stay is one week, from Sunday to Sunday. However three or four times a year the spa offers a 3-day special for guests who can’t get away for an entire week.

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Tennessee Fitness Spa - An Affordable Weight Loss Camp

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At one time or another, anyone with a few pounds to lose has given some thought to checking out of real life and into a fitness spa. After all, leaving behind the routines that plumped you up in the first place and devoting yourself to exercise and nutrition under the watchful eye of trained fitness professionals seems like the ideal way to jump start a weight loss program.

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A spa for lean budgets… Trimming the cost of fitness in Tennessee


Hiking 8 miles before breakfast is not a skill I shall summon often, as I plan to structure my life to avoid such things. But thanks to my recent week-long stay at the Tennessee Fitness Spa, I now know that I possess the will and the power to stride smartly at dawn should the need arise.

Little acts of self-discovery are precious, and at this retreat 95 miles southwest of Nashville, they come easily and cheaply. Places where slugs like me can get in shape without dropping a bundle are a thriving subgroup within the usually posh spa world. And the Tennessee Fitness Spa has emerged as a leader.

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