New Biggest Loser Resorts coming to Illinois and Florida

Fat farms? Hardly. Biggest Loser Resorts to open at luxury spots near Chicago and Jacksonville, Fla.

Those who want to shed a few pounds in style will have two new Biggest Loser Resorts to choose from this fall.

The fitness and weight-loss regime modeled after the TV show will be coming to luxury hotels in the Chicago area and Amelia Island, Fla.

The “resorts” aren’t stand-alone properties; rather, parent company Fitness Ridge Worldwide contracts for space within bigger hotels and resorts to run the Biggest Loser drill.

Guests have their own check-in, their own eating area, their own chef, and they don’t interact with other guests unless they’re enjoying other amenities, such as the golf course or the pool, a spokeswoman said.

Wannabe big losers spend $2,995 and up for a room plus a week of kickboxing, circuit training, water aerobics and toning classes as well as nutritious meals and cooking demos, and wellness education.

Like the TV show, the accent here is on being fit, eating well and education on how to keep it up.

Biggest Loser Chicago will open Sept. 6 at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort & Spa in Bloomington, Ill., about 28 miles west of Chicago. “The Biggest Loser” TV trainer Dolvett Quince will appear at the grand opening (it’s free to attend, but you have to RSVP by Friday if you want to go).

This isn’t the first Chicago location for Biggest Loser. Last year, the company opened at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Ill., but that contract was terminated. It also closed a previous site in Ivins, Utah.

Biggest Loser comes to the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation in Florida on Oct. 18. Guests add kayaking and paddleboarding through lush marshlands to its cardiac workouts at the Amelia Island site.

The two new resorts join the Malibu site held at Fitness Ridge and the Niagara sitein Java Center, N.Y.

The 16th season of “The Biggest Loser” will premiere at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 on NBC.


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