Meet Josh Franklin, Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del

From high energy beach workouts to delicious and nutritious dining options, healthy living at Shore House will be easier than ever, and that’s by design. Take it from Josh Franklin, The Del’s Director of Recreation and Fitness. With a passion for wellness and extensive experience in the hospitality space, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge in health — and fun — to the legendary seaside resort. We sat down with Josh to learn more about his personal fitness routine, role at The Del and his simple tricks for staying healthy at home.

What is your professional background in health and wellness?

Prior to becoming Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del, I had the pleasure of working at numerous luxury resort properties and iconic hospitality brands over the past 10+ years—including Hilton, The Ritz Carlton, Marriott, and Loews, to name a few.

What led you to your position as Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del? 

The opportunity to be a part of this iconic resort has been a dream of mine for years. This position was created in essence to bring new and unique owner and guest experiences to The Del. My background and experience was the perfect fit and I was compelled to join the team.

For Shore House owners, what are some examples of unique experiences that may be created and what’s the best way for them to get in touch with you?

We are exploring many options that will be unique and exclusive to Shore House. One of our most popular fitness classes at The Del is Beach Spin and we plan to create a Shore House specific version that will look out to the ocean from the pool. I am available by email at Joshua.Franklin@hoteldel.com.

How would you describe your philosophy on health and wellness?

I simply think health and wellness looks different to everyone. Some are in it for the physical aspect of it and others for mental clarity. We often put a label on it and stigmatize what is the right or wrong way to do it. At the end of the day any step toward bringing health and wellness into your life is the best thing you can do.

How do you practice healthy living in your daily life?

I maintain a healthy diet and allow myself time every day to clear my mind. What you put into your body is so important now more than ever. Throughout the day, I take the time to step away and clear my mind of any negative energy.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone at the beginning of their health and wellness journey?

Have patience and trust the process. We often look for quick and immediate gratification and give up when things become inconvenient. Find a rhythm and stick to it.

What are some of the best recreational activities nearby Shore House at The Del?

Here at The Del we have a wide variety of activities and experiences that our owners and guests can enjoy. We offer a multitude of daily fitness classes, surf and stand up paddle board lessons, guided and self guided bike rentals just to name a few.

With beach yoga, beach spin and surf lessons, how does Shore House’s beachfront location elevate the opportunity for wellness experiences?

We truly have the best landscape for all of our owner and guest activities. Our pristine private beach offers us a platform unlike any other to give our owners and guests a true one of a kind experience they cannot get anywhere else.

Where can owners find nutritious dining options to supplement their recreational activities at The Del?

All of our establishments offer a variety of healthy options to choose from. I am a huge fan of the Superfood Salad from Eno Market. It has shredded kale, kohlrabi, red cabbage, carrots, cranberries, pepitas, and a creamy poppy seed dressing that is refreshing and tastes delicious.

What are some healthy activities and practices that our Shore House owners can practice at home?

One of the best practices we can do for ourselves is to start each day off the right way. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can set your whole day up for success. Swap the coffee and donut for a fresh smoothie or squeezed juice. A hearty granola with fresh fruit is a great alternative to the sugary and processed options we gravitate to. As for activities, keep it simple and start small.

What motivates you to stick to a healthy lifestyle?

I think the positives of a healthy lifestyle is my motivation. Being in a healthy state of mind and setting a good example for my family and friends.

What is your favorite part of your day? What is most fulfilling about your position as Director of Recreation & Fitness?

My favorite part of the day is just before sunset. It gives me the time to reflect on the day and appreciate all that I have done. The most fulfilling part of what I do is seeing the happiness our resort inspires — creating new and unique experiences for our owners and guests to explore and discover is what truly brings me that sense of accomplishment.

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