April Wickey has been working for Apple Vacations for, going on twelve years. She noticed changes to her body from the sedentary work life and was motivated by a friend to hit the gym. Finding the motivation, April went forth-to the gym-and began the routine of treadmills and weight machines. Feeling the boredom and lack of inspiration in her routine, she noticed the group exercise classes always had participants, and they were working hard. On a particular evening of fitness class exploration, April and her friend tried the Zumba class, not knowing what to expect. She says, “I can be a very clumsy person.” April fell in love with Zumba that night, as she stuttered over her feet while dancing and exercising with strength, laughter and fun. Right after the first class, she was addicted and began taking many Zumba classes at her gym and watched her body change into feeling more energized, more balanced, and toned through the popular Latin dance sensation.
Combining April’s admiration for travel and Zumba, she felt others have the same interests. She thought, “How great would it be to have a Zumba party at a resort!” April, being the event planner she is, came up with FITcation branding idea after reading Fit Chicks Rule blog, “Take a Fitness STAYcation this summer!” April knew FITcation was the perfect word for combining fun vacation with fitness formats people love. She introduced the FITcation idea to her managers at Apple Vacations, with plans for the first FITcation to be all about Zumba! Naturally, the idea was very popular and Apple Vacations launched FITcations.
April was put into touch with Suzelle Snowden at Fit Bodies, Inc. who specializes in placing fitness professionals at all-inclusive resorts. Suzelle jumped on board to partner with Apple Vacations and provide FITcation events with top-notch fitness and yoga instructors.
The next step for April and Apple Vacations was deciding which resort to host the premiere FITcation. A family resort worthy of showing off was a must! Staff members of both Apple Vacations and Fit Bodies, Inc. had visited the new Now Amber Puerto Vallarta and found the facility, staff, accommodations and activities perfect for the event. Now Amber is pleasant to work with and a wonderful rate was established with flight from Chicago.
Fit Bodies, Inc. established the teaching team from Suzelle Snowden herself offering yoga and bootcamp classes, Lisa Snowden teaching yoga, Jodi Dody teaching yoga and Zumba plus Barbara Klontz, the ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) with Zumba who conducted the Zumba B1 teacher training on day 3 of the 7 day event. Plans were made for Puerto Vallarta days to be filled with Zumba, yoga, aqua fitness, excursions and great times! Even secret plans were made for a romantic wedding vow renewal on the beach!
Everyone seemed to have a good time taking part in as much vacation time and fitness time as each individual wanted. Do not miss the sunset from the resort’s lobby. Gorgeous! Popular excursions were the Canopy Tours, Rhythms of the Night, and Dolphin Encounter. The resort is only a twenty-minute walk to the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk to soak in the culture rich town. The potential for where FITcation goes next is unlimited!
Have a FITcation! You heard it here first, folks! We’ll continue to combine luxury resort travel with your favorite fitness and wellness lifestyles.