Frequently asked Questions

What will I need to bring?


All equipment is provided at the weight loss camp so you’ll just need standard gym kit for a few days. We can arrange for kit to be washed on site. We suggest a good pair of trainers and some outdoor clothing - it is Wales after all!




What is included?


All accommodation, meals (and smoothies!), activities and excursions are included in the cost. The only extra costs will be if you decide to book a massage or yoga session.




Is the venue private?


The Weekender camp: Hebron Hall is a vast venue and will host a small number of bookings at one time. However, the Balanced Bodies Weight Loss Camp is hiring an entire section of this venue, Potters House. This venue, with private lounge room and dining room, entrance and exit, is for the exclusive use of our Balanced Bods campers for the entire stay and there will be no other guests in sight. We offer a safe, female-only environment with all exercise held within the Manor or its grounds.




Do I need to do anything in advance?


4 weeks before the course starts, we will send you out a form to record your diet and either Anna or another member of staff will arrange a call to chat through your current situation, what you’re looking to get out of the fitness retreat and your goals for the future.




How do I get there?


By road: To avoid the congestion characteristic of any Capital City, we suggest that drivers do not rely on satnav, but use these directions for easiest access. Leave the M4 motorway at Junction 33 and take the first exit (A4232) signposted Cardiff Airport and Barry. Leave the dual carriageway after 3.1 miles at the Culverhouse Cross interchange. On the slip road follow the centre lane through the traffic lights and take the third exit (A4050 Port Road) signposted Cardiff Airport and Barry. Follow this road for 1.7 miles through traffic lights and across four roundabouts. (Do not be tempted to turn off at the sign for Dinas Powys on the fourth roundabout). At the fifth roundabout, take the first exit (A4231 Barry Docks Link Road) signposted Sully and Docks. At the second roundabout (McDonald's on right), take the first exit left onto the A4055 Cardiff Road, following signs for Dinas Powys. After about 1¼ miles you will see Neuadd Hebron/Hebron Hall signposted to the right. Take this right turn onto Cross Common Road and almost immediately turn sharp left, then right again into our driveway. The office is by the main entrance in the large red brick building at the top of the drive. Group leaders are asked to contact the main office in Grace House on arrival. Grace House and Potter's House guests should follow the driveway right around the building to the car park by the tennis courts and enter using the rear entrance. Ebenezer House guests should park in the first car park to the right on the driveway and enter at the other side of the building as indicated. By Rail: There are frequent train services from Cardiff Station to Dinas Powys Station which is about a 5-minute walk from Hebron Hall. Catch a Barry Island or Bridgend train, ensuring that it stops at Dinas Powys. For more information please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or www.nationalrail.co.uk




What if I have never exercised before?


Everyone from complete beginners to Iron Ladies are welcome in the balanced bodies weight loss camp and we will tailor all activities and education to suit your level of experience and fitness.




I am worried I will be pushed too hard.


Our trainers are experts in their field and although they will work you hard to get the best results, safety is their number one concern. We will never push anyone to a point that makes them feel uncomfortable. This fitness retreat is designed to strengthen your physical and mental health, but is also meant to be fun! We have found that the best way to build a solid and long-lasting exercise regime is to enjoy what you’re doing and for it not to feel like a chore. If you want to sit out a session or activity, that’s absolutely no problem at all.




What is the accomodation like?


Hebron Hall offers a variety of rooms for single and shared accommodation. All of the rooms have en-suite facilities. The rooms are clean and quiet, allowing you to focus completely on yourself for the week. For The Week version of the camp, we also offer a range of payment options, giving you the ability to spread the cost of the course over a few months if you’d prefer not to pay in full in advance.




How many people will be on the course?


A maximum of 20 participants will be able to enrol in each course.




Can I bring a friend?


Yes! We have a number of twin rooms and one triple so if you’d like to share the cost of a room go ahead and make a team holiday of your fitness retreat. Couples are also welcome. Sadly the Manor doesn’t allow pets so no canine friends we’re afraid (we love dogs so this isn’t our choice!)




When does the camp start & finish?


You will check-in to the Balanced Bodied Weekender Thursday the 23rd of September, between 6 - 8pm, and check-out at 4pm on Sunday the 26th of September. Your final workout on the Sunday will be from 2 - 3pm. However, we offer an online support service for the remainder of the month, to ensure you stand the best chance of transitioning and implementing all you have learnt at BBWC, into ‘normal life'.




What are our Covid 19 safety measures?


Our goal is to not only improve our fitness retreat guests’ health and wellness, but to protect it too. With prevention being our first line of defence we will be adding a symptom check question to our PAR-Q (preparation and readiness questionnaire, given upon arrival) which follows a phone call prior to the camp in order to establish that everybody is well and able to attend. We will temperature check all participants upon arrival and provide antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers to each participant to use throughout the week. Every surface area and kit used will be thoroughly disinfected before and after each session and disposable masks and gloves will be provided for those who wish to use them.




What is your Refund Policy?


Full Ts & Cs can be seen below but in terms of Covid 19, as detailed in clause 4.4 and 4.5, Balanced Bodies will offer the choice between an alternative date or full refund. 4. Cancellations 4.1 For cancellations made within 4 weeks of the start of a residential boot camp: Total fee is due with no refund. 4.2 For cancellations made between 4 weeks and 10 weeks of the start of a residential boot camp: 50% of the fee is due to Balanced Bodies. 4.3 For cancellations made 10 weeks or earlier before the start of a residential boot camp: 20% of the fee is due to Balanced Bodies. 4.4 Should Balanced Bodies need to cancel or postpone the camp, a full refund of any and all sums will be paid to the Customer within 14 days. Alternatively, balanced bodies may offer an alternative date to which Customer may wish to reserve with the present money paid 4.5 Should local or national Covid 19 restrictions prevent a Customer from attending the residential boot camp, Balanced Bodies will offer the Customer the choice between an alternative date or a full refund within 14 days.




What sets BBWC apart from the rest?


People rarely fail to lose weight on a fitness camp. There is tailored exercised and nutrition (generally tiny portions!); no interruption, no temptations, no discouragement of any kind. Once you’re home however, real life presents all sorts of challenges making it difficult to stay on track. This is the biggest cause of failure associated with weight-loss camps – the ‘post’ part. At Balanced Bodies we have considered this deeply, and have put in place several strategies to keep you clear of this post camp downfall:

  1. From Camp to Casa Transition Tool-kit: This is a Q&A sent to each participant before the camp begins. It’s purpose is to equip us with enough information to provide you with a bespoke guide on how to carry on the good work at home.
  2. Brain Training: These daily sessions are a totally unique addition to the weight-loss camp market. They will seek to bulk up your knowledge and understanding about exercise and nutrition, and have you learn better responses to life’s trip hazards
  3. Post Camp Calls: Every participant will be entitled to one 15 minute zoon call per month, for three months, following the camp. These calls will keep you accountable and on track during this most challenging transition period. It’s also an opportunity to tweak your ‘Camp to Casa Tool-kit’ if your circumstances have changed.





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The final resting place for fad diets and unmaintainable workouts

By Anna Reich Personal Training