Frequently asked questions about our fitness retreat
If you have questions about our fitness retreat, you’re in the right place! Tennessee Fitness Spa is committed to providing our guests – and potential guests – with all of the information that they need to plan and prepare for their visit. Whether you’re looking to spend a week or a full season with us, you can rest assured that you’ll find answers to a number of common questions on this page. If, for some reason, you aren’t able to find the answer that you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our contact page.
You can stay for a few days, one week, or the entire season. The average guest stay is just over 14 days. Every Sunday new guests will arrive, some guests will leave, and some guests will stay over for the next week. Frequently we have guests stay 3 months or longer to completely reboot their lifestyle. We have special rates for guests who choose an extended stay.
All the classes can be modified for low impact, no impact, and for high impact; therefore, anyone can participate in a class. Some beginners might barely make it through a class, while some experienced guests will hit the class hard and fast. Everyone is welcome, everyone is included, and everyone is encouraged; our goal is that you leave class after working out at your maximum capability.
Yes, there is Wi-Fi in all rooms, the cottages, and at the RV park. We also have wireless service at the dining room, tv lounges, computer lounge, lower gym, sun deck, and on the grounds of the campus. Due to our remote location, wireless service is intermittent.
AT&T service is spotty, but you can usually find a location that works. There is a Verizon network extender located in the dining room, which tends to provide better service in that area for some.
We have a variety of hotel-style single-level rooms, rustic cabin-style accommodations, and pet-friendly 1 and 2-bedroom cottages available to meet your needs. All the units at our health spa have in-room Wi-Fi, heat and air conditioning, and are well-kept and cleaned daily by our housekeeping staff; beds are made daily and sheets and towels are changed bi-weekly in each room.
Many of our units have large front porches, and our cabin-style accommodations have porches and swings or rocking chairs on each level, providing an excellent view of the pond and creek. Click here to learn more about our accommodation options and visit the photo gallery to see photos of the camp facilities, grounds and activities.
Check-in at the Gate House office is between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on your arrival date. If you know you will arrive after 4:00 p.m., please arrange ahead of time with the office to pick up your keys and the welcome packet at the guard house.
Tennessee Fitness is a week-long fitness program for weight loss, building muscle, core strength, and jump-starting a healthier way of life. Our destination spa is available for adults and teenagers sixteen years and older. Our health and fitness program starts on Sunday afternoons and ends on Saturdays after lunch; however, you are welcome to stay through breakfast on Sunday morning if you want to rest and rejuvenate an extra day. Shorter stays are also available.
Check-out time is Sunday by 10:00 am if you’re doing the regular weekly program. Our fitness program ends at lunch on Saturday; however, we welcome you to spend Saturday night at the Spa to relax and rejuvenate. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided, but please vacate all rooms and RV spots by 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning. If you are on our regular airport shuttle, it will not depart the Spa until Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
If you would like to guarantee a room to yourself, you will be charged private rates. However, if you feel comfortable being placed in a room with another guest, you may choose to book double accommodations.
Yes, we have rooms where you can gather with your friends, siblings, or club members to have private meetings or social gatherings. We are the perfect health spa to plan a healthy, affordable vacation for yourself, or add some friends and make it a girlfriend getaway, a sibling reunion, a school reunion, a club meeting, or a corporate retreat. For large groups, please call the office for special pricing (depending on availability and time of year) and to reserve the community rooms for private use.
Included in the weekly fee is the entire health and fitness program, meals, snacks, in-room Wi-Fi, entertainment, lectures, and workshops. Tennessee Fitness Spa is a week-long, all-inclusive, fitness camp for all fitness levels. We provide healthy meals, snacks, beverages, and clean, comfortable lodging with housekeeping service. We have daily lectures on nutrition or other health-related topics, plus 8 hours of aerobic and strength training classes. An incoming InBody assessment is included in the cost, and you have 24-hour access to all the facilities at Tennessee Fitness, including the weight room, aerobic gym, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, racquetball court, and locker rooms.
Due to our location, Wi-Fi can be intermittent.
Items that are not included in the weekly fee are massages, body treatments, personal training, nutritional consultations, and purchases you make in the General Store.
Gratuities are appreciated but not mandatory. Please feel free to tip, at your discretion, the departments and/or individuals you feel made your stay special. Or, if you prefer, you may make one contribution to the entire Spa staff, which will be divided fairly among all the employees, based on hours worked. This does not include massage therapy, personal training, or nutritional consultation; we recommend a 15 to 20% tip be added for these special services. It also does not include interns or guest instructors. Tipping guidelines, as well as currency and envelopes, are available upon request in our office. If you did not bring enough cash, our office staff is happy to help. We would prefer to cash checks, but if you do not have a check, we are able to add money to your credit card.
We do not have an ATM; however, you may get cash from the office. We prefer you write a check, or you may use your credit card, in exchange for cash. This is an all-inclusive spa, so there is little reason to need cash, and all extra services, such as massages, may be added to your account and paid at the end of the week.
No, you can decide how you want to spend your time at our health spa. Many guests come to relax, read, sunbathe, and eat healthy meals without having to do any of the cooking or cleaning. You can choose to go to the workout classes and nutrition lectures, or you can choose not to go; it is completely up to you. Many people come to Tennessee Fitness Spa for a week-long, healthy vacation of relaxation and de-stressing. There is no judgment here and no pressure to participate in any of our activities.
The foods we prepare are low in calories, fat, and are highly nutritious and very delicious. You may choose between our standard, gluten-free, vegetarian, Paleo, and vegan meal plans. Our meals are low in sodium and sugar, and natural sweeteners are used when needed. We can accommodate medical dietary restrictions, food allergies, and food preferences with timely notification.
Cooking lectures are offered, and recipes are available, so you may follow our cooking philosophy in your home. Low carbohydrate requests, paleo diets, diabetic restrictions, gluten-free, and other dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.
Yes. Laundry facilities are available in the lower gym between the men’s and women’s locker rooms. There is no charge for the washer or dryer; however, soap and fabric softener are not provided. Laundry soap and fabric softener are sold in the General Store.
Anyone 18 years old and up may enroll. Visitors aged 16-18 years old may enroll, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone can participate in our fitness and fun activities, as we modify classes for all ages and all fitness levels.
We do not condone smoking or vaping as it is dangerous to your health. If you smoke or vape, you may do so only on the bench near the water wheel. We do not permit guests to smoke in their rooms, on the porches, or near any of the buildings. Many guests come to the health spa to quit smoking, so it is extremely important that the temptation to smoke be reduced as much as possible. If you smoke or vape in your room, a cleaning fee of $250.00 will be charged to your credit card.
No, there are no extra fees or costs. Tennessee Fitness Spa is a week-long, all-inclusive fitness camp for all levels of fitness. Weekly rates include all meals, snacks, lodging, in-room Wi-Fi, classes, and lectures. If you purchase additional services (massage, personal training, or nutritional counseling) or merchandise from the General Store, then additional fees or charges apply.
Yes, we strongly urge you to visit your doctor prior to attending Tennessee Fitness Spa or any other facility dealing with weight loss or fitness activities. Tennessee Fitness Spa is a week-long fitness camp for all fitness levels and we want you to know your fitness level and any limitations.
The Natural Bridge is a double-span bridge formed completely by nature over millions of years. It is one of the most beautiful and historic natural settings in the entire South. The area around the Natural Bridge property was first used by the woodland tribes as a site for peace councils, and it is believed that Davy Crockett gave his first political speech atop the bridge at Pulpit Rock. Our local folklore claims that the outlaw, Jesse James, hid out in the caves of the bridge after one of his raids. Today, the Natural Bridge provides the perfect backdrop for Tennessee Fitness Spa’s campus.