Fitness boot camps, detox retreats and healthy holidays may feature prominently on new year’s resolutions lists the world over, but actually seeing them through is easier said than done.
But, if you’re ready to give it one last go, we’ve got just the ticket to get you fighting fit. We’ve rounded up some of the toughest fitness holidays on offer. From murderous Muay Thai camps to more rounded retreats with just a hint of luxe, these boxing boot camps will have you ready to literally kick-start your healthy lifestyle makeover.
GI Jane: Weeklong Course (UK/Thailand)
Move over, Joe. Staying true to its name, this women-only boot camp packs some serious punch. Based in Kent in the United Kingdom (though there are seasonal camps offered in Koh Samui, Thailand), this all-inclusive body boot camp includes body conditioning classes, boxing, and sprint sessions and gives an entirely new meaning to survival of the fittest.
In proper military fashion, you’ll be up at the crack of dawn each morning and put through a gruelling regime which is designed to promote weight loss. Weeklong programmes start around US$1,290.
38 Degrees North: Body Reset (Ibiza)
If the toughest training in town isn’t quite your scene, 38 Degrees North is more likely to whet your appetite (pun fully intended, as this six-night, seven-day retreat boasts a delicious selection of healthy meals). Although perhaps more of a boutique healthy holiday than an all-out boot camp, the Body Reset Ibiza programme was too good to leave off the list, balancing luxury accommodation and a pampering experience with some good old fashioned hard work.
Just because the military stylings are absent, don’t expect this to be a total walk in the park. The experience begins with a consultation prior to arrival and boasts an all-round experience, with classes including kettlebells, core conditioning, and the all-important cardio boxing. If that doesn’t prove challenging enough, additional workshops and fitness classes, including meditative practices, are available on request. As with GI Jane, this programme is led by female trainers: by women, for women. Prices start around US$2,360.
Epic Sana: Epic Luxury Bootcamp (Portugal)
If you’re looking to tie your fitness boot camp in with a little sun, sand and sea, look no further than the Algarve. Portugal’s coastal region boasts idyllic beaches, stunning landscapes, an enviable amount of sunshine, and Epic Sana, your one-stop luxury boot camp . For seven nights, your body will be pushed to the limits during the day with five hours of physical training (including TRX, circuit training and the heavy hitter, cardio boxing) and pampered in the evening with luxury accommodation and nutritious meals.
Additional group classes including yoga, pilates and circuits are also on offer. With two fitness consultations included in this package and guaranteed VIP treatment, you’ll definitely be looking and feeling good in no time. Prices start around US$2,970.
Tiger Muay Thai: All Inclusive Package (Thailand)
Living up to its ferocious name, Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket’s Chalong Bay offers a whole host of classes to help you perfect your punching bag technique. Muay Thai classes are taught by championship winners, some of whom are still actively competing – if you’re lucky you’ll not only be learning from the pros, but you may get the chance to see them in action, too. The best part? No matter your skill level, you will be welcomed to Tiger with open arms – levels range from beginner to advanced for Muay Thai. If you’re looking for something slightly different, jiu-jitsu, MMA, conditioning MMA, yoga and traditional boot camp classes are also on offer here. Prices for the all inclusive package start at around US$125 for one week.
Ketanga Fitness: HIIT Boxing Camp (Various Locations)
If you like your holidays sweaty and sore, Ketanga Fitness is going to be right up your street. They have a constant turn over of intensive HIIT boxing boot camps, in amazing locations like Puerto Rico, Palm Springs, Denver and Spain, to name a few of their past destinations. Boot camps traditionally include accommodation in luxurious, boutique hotels, and the all-inclusive programmes are led by experts in their field, from competitive boxers to TV fitness gurus. Check out what retreats they have coming up.