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Pacific Palms FreshStart

Thursday, November 23, 2006

FreshStart is a new concept in everyday health and fitness. For those wishing to lose weight or increase fitness, fad diets may not be the answer. A new fitness regime can be daunting and taking that step is just too much for some of us. The innovators of FreshStart believe there are many people who are stressed, overweight, not eating a balanced diet and not exercising, possibly losing years off their lives. FreshStart are the people to lead you into your own overhaul.

They offer various packages and we will take you through the four-day variety.

Day one: travel to Forster via Oliver's Whole Foods for a healthy alternative to regular fast foods. After taking your belongings into your room at Moby's, the head trainer takes you for a gentle walk along the beach. Lunch is served in the beach house and consists of healthy foods. All meals served can easily be prepared at home.

Relaxation is followed by a fitness test on a sporting field and a Cellular Health Analysis (CHA). The CHA is conducted by Tony Roberts, a well-known and highly respected naturopath in Forster. After that, enjoy a massage, pool or beach swim or just relax.

Then Tony Roberts has a group discussion on the results of the CHA. Dinner every night is a served in each guest's beach house. Guests are asked to complete exercise and food diaries and then turn in for a well-earned sleep.

Day two: begin with a 6am walk along Boomerang Beach before breakfast, followed by a discussion on nutrition. Wherever you are, it's relaxing and comfortable. This is followed by a cardio session at One Mile sand dune. Relaxation is the focus for the rest of the day, with a gentle stretch and massage followed by a hot spa and pool swim.

Day three: A yoga session with Megan Jones between 5.30-6am at the Tank, an area where grass meets sea, surrounded by large rocks. Breakfast is taken at the beach house, followed by windsurfing lessons. It's a good workout and loads of fun.

After lunch in the boatshed, everyone relaxes before participating in a boxing circuit by the beach. Most then opt for a nap before dinner!

Day four: begin with beach jog or walk and some stretching. The morning is spent with Amaroo Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruises.

The seven-day program is much the same — there is longer time to spend on fitness and it includes a visit to the local gym.

Everyone returns home to proceed with their new life of healthy food ideas and motivation to keep exercising and eating well.

Personal training sessions are provided to keep guests motivated and ensure they don't fall into their old unhealthy habits! Regular follow-ups are also given. There is a three-week follow-up as part of the package.

The home base for FreshStart is Moby's Beachside Resort, a former caravan park now fully revamped into self-contained one, two and three-bedroom holiday apartments. There is a laidback summer feel to Moby's. It was built in the 1960s and has attracted surfers and families for decades. Holiday trends have moved away from tents and caravans in favour of comfortable cabins and Moby's has stayed one step ahead.

Over the past 18 months, builders have transformed it into a luxury resort of 75 beach houses, spread over 3.2 hectares, suitable equally for family holidays and conferences. The result has brought much new custom but hasn't deterred old friends, who return for great surf and fabulous seafood.

At this stage, retreats have been held only in Forster, but the owners plan to make the business completely mobile. They will be flexible enough to go to Brisbane, Melbourne, wherever their services and talents are needed.


Near Forster, four hours north of Sydney.


FreshStart Health and Fitness Retreat's month-long package includes a four-day retreat and three weeks' personal training. They run monthly. Prices start at $2545 per person twin-share.

Moby's Beachside Retreat one-bedroom apartments start at $150 a night, based on a minimum two nights' stay.

Prices quoted are correct on November 23, 2006

More information

FreshStart Fitness Retreat
PO Box 1637
Warriewood 2102
Ph: (02) 9986 0998

Moby's Beachside Retreat
Boomerang Beach
Pacific Palms 2428
Ph: 1800 655 322
Fax: 02 6591 0099

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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