I was really lucky recently and was invited to attend a fitness weekend with 3ness. 3ness is a fitness events management company and they specialise in fitness weekends and holidays.
I’ve been wanting to attend a fitness break for a long time but have often felt a bit intimidated when looking at websites. What if I hate the food provided and get so hungry that I need to sneak out at night and hike to a Tesco Express for Kit Kats? What if I’m the only one who can’t do a push up? What if I have to get up at 6am at the morning and run 20 miles before breakfast of a single grape, before trying and failing to do 100 press ups and I can’t hack it and go home after 5 minutes?
3ness isn’t like that. 3ness weekend breaks and holidays are for everyone. Whether you’re just starting out on a fitness journey, wanting to do something different with your friends, or are a 7 day a week gym bunny, everyone is welcome at 3ness and everyone has a great time.
The concept is fairly simple, but it’s brilliant. Remember school timetables? Upon arrival at a 3ness event, you’re presented with a timetable except instead of Double Physics, Double Maths and other such horrors, it has a selection of classes such as Rebound, Pound, Boxing Yoga, Kettlebells, among many others, some silly (Megga Ball) and some hard (sprint interval training). Several classes are held at a time and they run throughout the day. You can choose which classes you want to attend, making the weekend as tough or as easy as you want it to be – it’s totally up to you. There are also a selection of seminars you can attend, talking about lifestyle, healthy choices and much more.
Excuse the scrappy footage…I took this on my phone but I think you can see how fun Megga Ball is!
I attended the weekend break held at De Veres, in Reading. Classes began Friday afternoon, ran all day Saturday and finished at lunchtime on Sunday. Access to all these classes, two nights accommodation in a single room, all meals, wifi and access to the parties was £215. Pamper treatments such as massages and facials were available at extra cost and select vendors had stalls in the business centre.
People attend as part of a couple, with friends, or like me, on their own. The nature of the weekend was friendly and fun and with someone or not, you were welcomed and there was always a friendly face and someone to talk to. Paul, the founder of 3ness knows how to make people feel comfortable and encouraged people to go around the room and say hello to a stranger at the event welcome. The other thing that really impressed me was that Paul said that there is generally a return rate of 70-80% at his events, a very high percentage. Having experienced it, I’m not surprised and I have already been looking at their website with the intention of attending another event.
Upon arrival, I was greeted with a friendly smile by Paul. Check in was painless, despite a few problems with room scheduling which was quickly resolved. Paul then took me on a tour of the grounds and told me about the weekend – I was blown away by the incredible venue, which was spread over 250 acres, complete with a golf course, gym and pool. Then it was up to me to choose exactly how much, or how little exercise I wanted to do. Food options were fantastic, with options being served buffet style and usually including a pasta option, a meat option and a fish option, amongst others. The salad bar was brilliant and a great selection of desserts were also on offer. Breakfast was equally good, with traditional hot options, cereals, fruit and yoghurt all available. Being served in this way was great as it meant that we all had the opportunity to mingle and despite being on my own, there was always a smiling face to chat to over dinner.
There’s so much I want to say about my 3ness experience. Check back for follow up posts about the individual classes I tried out and how it felt to attend a fitness weekend on my own!