In the majority of the cases when people hear about boot camps they instantly think about something unpleasant. However, there are some luxury boot camps as well. In this case all the guests have private cottages, personal trainers, chefs, assistants, wellness practitioners, massage therapists, astrologists, and so on.
Live Oak, Malibu
This is a real boot camp: yoga in the morning, daily hikes of 16-21 miles, four hours of fitness class, and a strict diet with no meat, sugar, wheat, caffeine, dairy, processed foods, or alcohol. There are maximum 16 participants at all times who get pushed even if they have migraines or if they vomit.
The Island Experience, in Ilha Grande, Brazil
This place offers a program of seven days meant to detox and relax the participants through hikes in the rainforest, yoga, kayaking, meditation, and a vegetarian diet. There are no more than 12 guests at all times, encouraged by the trainers, not pushed.
The Ashram, in Mallorca, Spain
This is the place where celebrities go to clear their heads and to lose some weight. At half past five there is a wakeup call and the participants have yoga. The next program is six hours of hiking. In the afternoon there is kayaking, TRX or Pilates, strength training, and some more yoga. The diet is minimal and vegetarian.
Escape to Shape that can be found internationally
This is a travelling fitness spa that mixes luxury, fitness and culture all over the world. All programs are meant to make the best of the locations that they are set in, focusing on culture, history, cuisine, people and natural wonders. The locations range from Cape Town to Sicily.
Cal-a-Vie in Vista, California
Although the name of the boot camp may be somewhat misleading, you can be sure that the trainers here really kick butt. In the morning there is a mountain hike which can turn out to be a mountain run. There are 125 classes which range from beginner to intermediate. If you have never been to a place like this, there are some options for you that will seem guest-friendly.
Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, Mexico
This program has been funded about 10 years ago and it is meant to combine adventure, yoga, andfitness programs. The majority of the fitness classes take place on the sand. Besides the traditionalfitness classes there are also salsa and belly dancing classes.
Chiva-Som in Hua-Hin, Thailand
The name of the camp means “Heaven of Life”. This already suggests to people that this isn’t a traditional spa resort. In fact there are fitness classes of 12 hours per day which involve Muay Thay boxing and Ashtanga yoga. The trained professionals of the boot camp combine the best that the Eastern and Western civilizations have regarding fitness.
If you are not a fan of the boot camps of this kind, it may seem silly to pay loads of money to be “tortured” with hours of fitness classes every day…but, beauty, slender figures and healthy bodies have a price and you must be prepared to pay it.