Boot camps: Lose the Christmas weight before you’ve put it on

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How to go glutton guilt free? Get the exercise in beforehand, that’s how. Check out these pre-Christmas boot camps

Disclaimer: We know, we know – we’ve mentioned that dreaded “C” word and it’s only September, but read on and you’ll see why.

Who doesn’t love to indulge over the holiday period! When it comes to what we eat and drink, it’s undoubtedly the season where discipline gives way to temptation.

Trouble is, face stuffing is often accompanied by niggling guilt born out of the knowledge that minutes of pleasure will have to be paid for with hours of exercise pain.

How to go glutton guilt free? Get the exercise in beforehand (like these fit fighters, photo by Port of San Diego), that’s how. Check out these pre-Christmas boot camps.

Tring
Tring. Photo courtesy of www.champneys.com
Tring
Photo courtesy of www.champneys.com

Hardcore boot camps at Champneys – Tring (UK)

Champneys is one of the UK’s best-known fitness and well-being resorts. The Tring facility is based on the beautiful grounds of the stately Rothschild mansion. They have a number of boot camp offerings ranging from a two-day motivational kick-starter to an all-out extreme workout weekend that features a scientific body analysis, muddy assault courses and Kriotherapy sessions.

G.I. Jane Bootcamp (female only) – Kent (UK)

Of course we all know that the longer you stay in boot camp, the better the results. So putting aside a week to do one is probably the best route to take. While you’re at it, you might as well up the ante further by enrolling on a seriously intense camp – that’s where G. I. Jane comes in. Many of the results seen by women enrolled on the course can be put down to the emotional support and nutrition guidance they receive alongside the high intensity physical training.

Boot camps abroad

Let’s face it, we’re not going to be seeing great weather for the rest of the year. When UK-based drill instructors tell us that exercise is all we need to keep warm, we say, what about when we’re not exercising? If you’re going to go to the effort of treating your body like a temple, you might as well treat it to some beautiful weather and sights while you’re at it.

Alanya, Turkey
Alanya, Turkey. Photo by Jörg Lange

The Illumanis Resort in Alanya (Turkey) …

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Longevity Wellness Resort
Longevity Wellness Resort, Monchique. Photo courtesy of www.longevitywellnessresort.com
Monchique, Algarve, Portugal
Monchique, Algarve, Portugal. Photo by lin padgham

and the Longevity Wellness Resort in the Algarve (Portugal) are two of the best boot camps within short(ish) flight times.

The Tobago Cays in the Grenadines
The Tobago Cays in the Grenadines. Photo by ctsnow

If you fancy going further afield, Buccament Bay in the Caribbean is a good (not to mention surrounded by gorgeousness) shout.

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Boot camps: Lose the Christmas weight before you’ve put it on was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.