The latest in extreme fitness are boot camps inspired by the arduous training undertaken by some of the hardest military divisions out there: Navy Seals, Marines, SAS. When the trend first emerged in 2009 boot camps were back to basics retreats where the food was scarce and the discipline positively military. Today, the pursuit of comfort and luxury has caused the birth of five star boot camps, where the effort is extreme, and so is the pampering.
For years Rambo or Lara Croft have symbolized romantic exaggerations of the adventure-seeking hero with the great body as well as the big heart. Sometimes, to get rid of those last few kilograms before summer you need to go all Commando on them and really kick yourself into shape. Here at Swide we understand that if by May you haven’t achieved your dream beach body panic sets in. Check out Swide’s top 5 booty shaping suggestions in terms on high impact an high luxury boot camps.
Legends Boot camp, Dartmoor, Devon, UK Legends boot camp is run by Steve Quick and Brad Butler, two former Royal Marines Commandos. Together with a staff of highly experienced fitness professional they run this award winning luxury boot camp. The location is idyllic, Sweeton Manor is situated within four acres of grounds in the heart of Dartmoor and has magnificent views of the moor in every direction.
A typical day beings at 5 am with a swim, circuit training or team sports. Relaxation time is factored into the program including massages and stretching. The meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by their resident chef, and nutrition plans are tailored to each guest.
At Blue Palace, luxury meets boot camps in a harmonious embrace. The setting of the resort, on the edge of the bluest Aegean sea, overlooking a picturesque island of Spinalonga in an idyll for those who are looking for a relaxing break, or a comfortable place to get back into shape.
The Blue Palace Resorts organises luxurious boot camp holidays throughout the year. Joe Fournier, a former England basketball captain and now personal trainer to the stars leads the sessions. The food rules are extremely strict: no sugar, no coffee or tea and no alcohol. Exercise is divided in three sessions a day followed by two luxurious pampering moments.
The natural setting of The Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, the calming and luxurious interiors and gardens make it a lovely place to relax. The spa resort however is not the sort of place where you can lounge about. Based on the concept of a seven-day no-options programs Marc Alabanza, Program Director looks to aid physical weight loss, body detoxification and mental clarity.
The program is based on healthy eating, four hour hikes in the morning, circuit training and yoga in the afternoon and a massage in the evening. The beautiful facilities, highly experience staff and home cooked specialities make this a retreat for those who want to treat themselves as well as put themselves through their paces.
A challenging and also educational merge of boot camp and exotic holidays. The luxurious Baraka House accommodates guests who are in need for a fitness exploit but who also want to experience nature in a new way. The white sandy beaches and verdant forests in the north of Kenya are your gym. Endurance swimming, running on the beach, hiking in the forests all form the integral part of the fitness training at Wildfitness.
As well as outdoor excursions, the trainers at Baraka House integrate kettle bell weights and boxing to trim the figure. Chances to explore the Kenyan reality are also provided: nature talks, African dancing and conservation issues form part of the holistic training at Wildfitness.
Fitscape is a service that organizes fitness holidays throughout the year in different locations. The most spectacular, and apt for this time of year is that in Southern Spain at the Monasterio, a renovated monastery in typically southern Spanish architectural style. The surrounding countryside and rolling hills are a playground for intense activities. Hiking, jogging and mountain biking and complemented with swimming and core fitness activities to boost the metabolism and burn fat.
The training at Fitscape is tailored to each client’s specific needs and even includes sessions where performance in a particular is concentrated on to help you get to the top of your game, be it tennis, golf or running. The food of course is tailored to weight loss and metabolism enhancing needs, but you won’t miss out on some local specialities.
Written by: Valentina Zannoni
Credits:Legends Boot camp
Blue Palace Resort and Spa