5 Boot Camps In Europe For A Fitness Fix

5 Boot Camps In Europe For A Fitness Fix

There’s a lot to be said for building a fitness regime slow and steady. However, some of us need one big push to ditch the bad habits and kick-start a new healthy lifestyle with gusto. If you’re one of those people, a boot camp retreat might be just what you’re looking for. Expect intense workouts, military-style training and lotsLOTSof sweat. For those based in Europe—or looking for a wellness escape on the continentcheck out our favourite boot camps in Europe for a fitness retreat like no other. 

This article was originally published on April 9, 2018, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on September 22, 2022.

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GI Jane: UK

This fitness retreat is not for the faint of heart, and it has a fierce name to match its attitude. Based in Kent in the United Kingdom, this women’s only boot camp is run by seasoned professionals who will put you through the ringer, quite literally. A favourite with celebrities like Michelle Keegan, it’s become very popular over the last few years. Earning its reputation as a fast fitness and weight loss solution, it’s solidified itself as one of Britain’s best. 

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From 5.30am until 8pm, you will follow a strict daily fitness regimen operated in a militarised manner by highly trained professionals. But it’s not all pain, no gain; throughout your weeklong stay, you will also participate in life coaching sessions, meditative practices, and, thankfully, the occasional massage. Participation in a weeklong course also includes full accommodation, food, and a nutritional consultation.

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Epic Sana: Spain

Expect a tough fitness retreat at Epic Sana. Throughout your healthy holiday stay here, you’ll also have full access to group classes and spa treatments. But while you’ll work hard, you’ll also have a little downtime, too. Set within the beautiful Portuguese region of the Algarve, you’ll sleep in luxury, deluxe accommodation, dine on high-quality nutritional food from a specially designed diet programme, and ease your aching muscles with massages.

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38 Degrees North: Ibiza

When searching out intensive boot camps in Europe, the party capital of the world may not be first on your list of healthy holiday destinations. However, 38 Degrees North offers a high-energy, high-intensity workout week. They will have you working in short, sharp bursts, getting results quickly.

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Your standard day here includes classes such as HIIT, kettlebells, and Pilates while ensuring body and mind are harmonised. It adds mindfulness sessions, nutritional coaching and lectures and seminars. Setting your nutrition and health goals once your stay here is complete, you’ll be able to stay on track with the help of an online coaching follow-up session.

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Wildfitness: Crete

Take a week in the wilderness at Wildfitness, which has permanent locations in Crete, Zanzibar, Costa Rica and New York. It also has additional pop-up boot camps in Europe, in Scotland, England and Croatia. The programme aims to help you get fit, while having fun. The intensive programme, which includes training sessions in boxing and weightlifting, also includes activities like hiking, trekking, game circuits and wild living workshops. There’s a strong glamping vibe at many of their camps, which gives a chic feel to your week in the wilds. It’s ideal for those seeking a digital detox and an escape from the city, as well as fitness fanatics.

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Shanti Som: Spain

Promoting holistic wellness through a combination of eastern and western health practices, Shanti Som’s fitness programmes are the perfect way to cleanse your body than put it through the ringer. This boot camp helps you boot the toxins from your system, taking a more rigorous approach to hitting the reset button on your body.

With luxury accommodation in Malaga, you’ll be dining on healthy fresh food that promotes weight loss, with a nutritional consultation upon arrival. To keep you active throughout the week, guided hikes, group yoga and pilates classes and personal training sessions are on offer. You’ll also have full use of the steam room, swimming pool and sauna throughout your stay.

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