• Fitness North is a live-in wellness retreat, located on the majestic north shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior.

    Fitness North is a live-in wellness retreat, located on the majestic north shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior.

  • Fitness North provides the tools necessary to create and maintain lasting behaviors.

    Fitness North provides the tools necessary to create and maintain lasting behaviors.

Why Fitness North? - Because Tomorrow, Starts Today!

Are you serious about creating a healthier lifestyle? Have you had enough of your low energy level and even lower desire to participate in the active lifestyle you once enjoyed or ever wanted to enjoy? Do you feel that if you had a better understanding of nutrition you would be more successful? Stop feeling tired all of the time! Start taking control of your life! We are here to help! Fitness North provides the tools necessary to create and maintain lasting behaviors. Through proven Strategies for Success you will start to feel better and you will be capable of achieving your goals.


Vital to both initiating and sustaining weight loss, daily exercise is essential for a healthy happy life! Hikes and professionally structured workouts to focus on strength, flexibility, cardio, balance and core are a key component to the Fitness North program.


Nutrition is an essential element for healthy, sustainable weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. While at Fitness North, you will learn how to grocery shop and prepare healthy meals, to make sure that you’re meeting the nutritional requirements for the right amount of carbohydrates, healthy fat, and protein.


Creating a healthy lifestyle through behavior change is the most important piece to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight and living vital! Fitness North offers top of the line education to make this, sometimes seemingly impossible task, possible! With our help, you will be on the way to vitality!

No Retreats in 2018!

Fitness North will not be scheduling any retreats in 2018! We are in the process of improving the Fitness North experience and making some major changes within the company.

Seasonal Vegetables & Fruit

Are you making the most of your grocery shopping this month? Every month for that matter? Grocery shopping, in general, can be a pretty time-consuming task, but not knowing what to buy when you get there can be overwhelming and expensive. Purchasing seasonal foods is a healthy and cost-effective way to approach food shopping. Grocery stores stock up on these items in bulk because they are plentiful, making them less expensive —especially when they go on sale.
At the beginning of each month, check out which seasonal foods should be on your grocery list—making your weekly trip to the store easier on you (and your wallet). Here are some for July to get you started!
Summer squash
Green beans

Delicious Summer Salads!

Tis the Salad Season!

Summer is the perfect time to create wonderful, colorful, seasonal salads! There are so many fantastic seasonal vegetables available this time of year. Add your favorite veggies, berries, lean protein source, and a healthy fat-filled salad dressing for a nutrient-dense salad sensation!

Here is just a few idea’s to get your creative juices flowing:


lettuce options: spinach, baby kale, red, green, and purple lettuce, arugula, and endive

other veggies: cucumber, tomato, carrots, red onion, sweet peppers, zucchini, and radish


raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries

Lean Protein: grilled fish like wild-caught salmon or tuna, wild-caught shrimp, grilled chicken or turkey, pork tenderloin, and lean steak

Healthy Fats: kalamata olives, raw nuts, and seeds (like walnuts, almonds, or cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds) cottage cheese, and grated or shredded parmesan cheese

Salad dressing idea:

My favorite salad dressing is a simple red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil blend (drizzle salad with a bit of each and add a dash of Himalayan sea salt to taste).


Looking for that jumpstart? Come to Fitness North where you will detoxify your body, mind, and spirit!

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, it’s hard to stick to healthy behaviors in order to achieve the wellness we so desire.  Trust me, this happens to the best of us! Immersing yourself into a week-long, live-in, wellness retreat can be exactly what you need to get you through that difficult first week! Let us support you, provide you with wholesome, organic, nutrient dense foods, functional exercise, and breathtaking hikes along Lake Superiors North Shore.

We have two amazing retreats scheduled for this summer:

August 27 – Sept 1, 2017 & Sept 24 – Sept 29, 2017

Reserve your spot today! 612-240-8038

Fall Chicken Chili

I love the changing seasons in Minnesota and like many people, fall is one of my favorites! This summer was relatively mild in the northland and enticed us with many enjoyable days which I am grateful for. Now it is September, however, and I can’t help but get excited as the air starts to tease us with its cooler crisp notes and the landscape of emerald green folds into the brilliant tones of red, orange, amber, yellow and gold.

One of the best things about fall is being out in nature and experiencing the above-mentioned environment first hand! Whether you are an avid hiker, cyclist, runner or just able to walk to the mailbox and back you can’t help but get all five senses involved! What a wonderful time of the year!!

It’s also that time of year when our bodies start looking for warming, energizing foods. Foods such as pot roasts and chilis. There are many wonderful fruits and vegetables in season now to add incredible flavors and nutrients to these dishes too! Among my favorites this time of year includes apples, pomegranates, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. There are so many great nutrient dense dishes to make by incorporating those delicious foods! I love chili in the fall, it warms me from the inside out and makes my home smell incredible! I’d like to share a very simple, chili recipe that is beautiful to look at, loaded with health benefits, tastes great and doesn’t take much time to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Cook Time: 15 minutesfullsizerender-8

Yield: 8 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Cup


  • 2 lbs. Chicken Thigh
  • 1 lb. Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning (mix fennel, salt & pepper)
  • 24 oz. Prepared Red Sauce (Costco has a wonderful prepared organic marinara sauce that is all natural) I use this to save time and it tastes great.


  1. In a large stockpot, combine chicken thigh chopped spinach and Italian sausage seasoning.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, turning periodically until chicken is cooked through and spinach is wilted. About 10 minutes.
  3. Do not drain.
  4. Add red sauce and heat through. About 5 minutes.
  5. Turn heat to low until ready to serve.



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