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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Top 10 fitness holidays around the world

The military-style fitness "boot camps" which originated in the United States have invaded nearly every corner of the earth.



1. St. Vincent, Caribbean

The volcanic St. Vincent Island is located in the Caribbean

Sea, between Saint Lucia and Grenada, and served as a filming

location for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Buccament Bay Resort and Fitness 4 Boot Camps are offering

guests the chance to reach (and sustain) their weight and

fitness goals with a special holiday exercise camp.

Led by ex-Royal Marines, guests can choose between five,

six, 10 or 12-day courses offering a variety of daily exercises,

including circuit training, obstacle courses, swimming, team

games, boxing and yoga.

2. Algarve, Portugal

The most popular tourist destination in Portugal - and one

of the most popular in Europe - the Algarve attracts around

seven million travelers each year. They are drawn to the

region's year-round sunshine, golden beaches and fabulous food.

With this welcoming location as your backdrop, Luxury

Algarve Bootcamp offers training and nutrition courses to take

your fitness to the next level.

The program includes health and fitness assessments and

consultation with a nutritionist, twice daily boot camp classes

featuring yoga, Pilates, beach boxing, jogging, running,

mountain biking, swimming, circuit training and resistance

training.

3. Kent, England

In the rolling hills of the lush Kent farmland the

female-only G.I. Jane Bootcamp puts women from all over the

world through their paces.

Over the course of three or seven days, women take part in

intensive physical training, supported by a professional team

with the aim of getting fit, losing weight and gaining mental

strength.

Working in small, close-knit groups, everyone receives equal

attention and the varied workouts keep guests on their toes.

Meditation, nutritional advice and life-coaching also help

guests kick start a new way of living.

4. St. Petersburg, Florida

In the sunshine state of Florida, St. Pete Beach is home to

Getaway Fitness' boot camp at the TradeWinds Island Grand

Resort.

Travelers come to St. Pete to take in the pristine white

sand coastline, enjoy the clear gulf waters and soak up the sun.

All this makes St. Pete Beach the ideal location for a

butt-kicking workout.

A typical day begins with a beach boot camp session and is

followed by five to six hours of structured, intensive fitness

activities until about 2:30 p.m. when guests are free to make

the most of the beach, enjoy spa services or just relax.

5. Ibiza, Spain

Healthy living might not spring to mind when you think of

the beautiful party island of Ibiza, but it's the setting for No

1 Boot Camp's Luxury Fitness Retreat.

This peaceful retreat is the perfect place to detox and

exercise with a week's worth of tough military-style fitness and

yoga. A typical day includes challenging, but breathtaking hikes

to the Goddess Island, core stability exercises and team

activities.

6. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Taking the concept of boot camp to new heights, why not kick

off a year of health and fitness with a climb up Kilimanjaro?

Run by British Military Fitness, two experienced military

mountain leaders will take a group of 30 on a seven-day trek up

and down Africa's highest peak.

The package includes training days as well as assistance in

the run-up to the challenge, and the crew will give you a great

chance of getting as high up the mountain as you are able.

Plus, you'll be tackling this life-changing feat with a

group of like-minded, adventurous people.

7. Tulum, Mexico

With ancient Mayan ruins and untouched beaches as your

setting, a Bikini Boot Camp in Mexico will have you looking

summer-ready in no time.

Classes include circuit training, body sculpting, beach

cardio, kickboxing, Pilates and cardio dance. Plus, there are

guided bike tours to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Sian K'aan

reserve.

But Bikini Boot Camp is more than just a fitness vacation.

It's a combination of exercise, healthy eating, adventure,

relaxing and pampering, giving guests a break from routine and a

chance for some 'me time.'

8. Phuket, Thailand

Thailand's largest island, Phuket, is a partygoer's paradise

and one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Surrounded by tropical forest, the Raw Fitness Boot Camp is

not only empowering and fun, but aims to transform guests on all

levels - body, mind and spirit. There is no competition,

judgment or pressure; just support and encouragement every step

of the way.

Intensive fitness sessions run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

daily and include beach training, group training sessions,

martial arts classes and an optional healthy detox program.

9. Queensland, Australia

Within the rainforests, waterfalls and mountain views of

Lamington National Park Queensland, the Commando is ready to

whip you into shape.

A highly qualified coach famous for his appearance on TV's

The Biggest Loser, the Commando (aka Steve Willis) is hosting

five 'no excuses' three-day camps at Binna Burra Lodge.

The atmosphere in the camps is one of support and

camaraderie to anyone who puts in the effort.

Based on the CrossFit system, the programme also aims to

improve endurance, strength, mental toughness and adaptability.

10. Watamu, Kenya

On the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean, Watamu is the

perfect destination for chilling out, watching the sun set,

meeting friendly monkeys, snorkeling and getting into shape.

Wildfitness is based at Baraka House on the north coast of

Kenya, and boasts panoramic rooftops, beautiful balconies

overlooking the sea and easy access to the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Reserve.

The sleepy fishing village of Watamu is a designated UN area

of outstanding natural beauty. It is said to be one of the top

10 beaches in the world and its waters are teeming with coral

reefs. Wildfitness is designed for people of all ages and

fitness levels. Courses run for nine days, two weeks or three

and a half weeks and are packed with workshops, movement classes

and adventurous training.

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