The 10 Best Fitness Bootcamps Reviewed

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There are tons of fitness bootcamps, all of which tailor to the different needs and preferences of all athletes. Here we highlight several different types of camps and narrowed them down to the top 10 best bootcamps to choose from. Whether you are looking to lose weight or a healthy dose of relaxation—there will be something for you here on our list.

The best fitness bootcamps offer a plethora of benefits that will leave you feeling recovered and ready to start anew when you get back home.

With all of the options available, we know how difficult it can be to narrow them all down to just 10. Below you will find what we came up with, we hope you enjoy our list and find your next travel destination here!

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The three new destination we have added are the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques Island, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, and the Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats in Verbier, Switzerland, These three destinations all offer a lot of amenities and programs we know you will enjoy and help you relax while you are there.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
  • W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Several packages
Chiva-Som--Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Chiva-Som--Hua Hin, Thailand
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Customizable programs
Mountain Beach--Verbier, Switzerland
  • Mountain Beach--Verbier, Switzerland
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Best Scenery

10 Best Fitness Bootcamps

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
This retreat, launched by Tara Stiles, has a unique take on a fitness boot camp. It offers plenty of activities to choose from as well as packages tailored to different needs.
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Programs Offered

This place offers several packages to choose from as well as different activities and nutrition plans to choose from. You can find virtually any activity here or choose from several exercise programs that they offer.

Costs
As far as cost this really depends on how long you plan on staying and what package you choose. Due to the recent Hurricane Maria, their reservations are delayed, so they are offering a special discount to book your next stay.
For more information visit their website, http://www.wvieques.com/
Pros

• Lots of packages to choose from

• Many amenities

• Many activities to choose from

• Tailored classes and cooking classes available

Cons

• Reservations are delayed until Fall 2018


Chiva-Som--Hua Hin, Thailand

Chiva-Som--Hua Hin, Thailand
This one is a celebrity favorite, and who can blame them with all the awesome stuff this place has to offer!
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This place is all about a holistic approach, and they will leave you feeling refreshed no matter how long your stay. It offers tons of different programs--weight management, detox, stress relief, fitness, and much more. You can even customize your own program here.


Cost

This one is pretty pricey, but definitely worth it if you have the budget for it.
For more information, visit their website at https://www.chivasom.com/
Pros

• Customizable programs

• Really popular

• Holistic approach

• Lots of different programs to choose from

Cons

• Expensive


Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats--Verbier, Switzerland

This is by far the best mountain-beach retreats and comes with lots of awesome views as well access to excellent fitness programs with amazing views.
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Programs Offered

This one offers lots of programs--some of which can be customizable. Located between a beautiful mountain and a scenic beach, you will have beautiful scenery to look at while you workout. They offer high-altitude training, guided hikes, yoga and so much more. They offer activities such as paragliding and many different stay lengths and packages to choose from.

Cost

Prices range here depending on your stay and package, we recommend you take a look at their website to learn more. https://www.mountainbeachfitnessretreats.com/
Pros

• Beautiful scenery

• High altitude training

• Many different exercise programs

• Guided hikes

• Recreational activities

• Various lengths of stays

Cons

• Can get pricey, especially with travel


The BodyHoliday - St. Lucia

Does your body need a holiday? No, we aren’t talking about a "lay on the beach and do nothing" holiday. How about a challenge? The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia is an all inclusive resort that offers a two bootcamp with many fitness classes to keep you active and challenged on your fitness vacation.
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Program Offered

Sign up for the WellFit program and prepare yourself for this intense two week fit camp. Included in the package is lodging, access to the 3 fresh water pools and jacuzzi, access to the archery range and tennis courts, group classes and more. Group classes include yoga, various cardio exercises, spinning, Zumba, pilates, Quadrathlon and many more.

Feel like a run? There is the challenging, but beautiful 1 mile WellFit Trail that runs along the beach and winds around the resort. Along the way, be sure to stop and try out the cargo net, balance beam, tunnel and rope bridge and other exercise stops.

After all your hard workouts, stop by the Wellness Centre for a much needed 50 minute spa treatment like a full body massage, Lucian lime & ginger scrub, Thalgo oxygen facial and others.

Need more of a challenge? The resort also offer Adventure Programs including the Island Quadrathlon, extreme mountain biking, Pros Piton Climb, and more.

Cost

Depending on accommodations, prices for a week stay start a little over $3000.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Unique Adventure Programs
  • Family friendly themed months
  • Beautiful surroundings
Cons
  • WellFit program only offered a certain time of the year

The Ranch - Malibu, California

Whether you are looking to incorporate fitness into your retreat or you're looking to jump start your weight loss, The Ranch in Malibu California might be just what you are looking for. The picturesque views of the Santa Monica Mountains are an added bonus.
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Programs Offered

The Ranch is exactly that - a historic 200 acre working ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Choose from 1 of three programs: The Ranch, The Ranch 4.0 and The Ranch 10.0. The Ranch is the basic program where the The Ranch 10.0 offers the best of The Ranch and The Ranch 4.0 and is a more intense and focused program. All programs include 8 hours of low impact exercise.

A sample day includes an early wake up (5:30 am) followed by stretching, breakfast, a 4 1/2 hour mountain hike, lunch and then 3 hours of low impact circuit training and strength exercises as well as yoga and dinner.

The program includes meals and snacks, daily deep tissue massage, cooking class and diagnostic testing. When you are finished for the day, return to one of the private cottages you will be staying at.

Cost

The Ranch program starts at $7200 for one week, but the 4 week “Total Transformation” package is $26640. The Ranch 4.0 is 4 days and $3900 while The Ranch 10.0 is 10 days and $10000.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Daily deep tissue massage
  • Healthy, delicious menu
Cons
  • Very expensive

The Ashram - Spain and California

The Ashram - Spain and California
With a name like “The Ashram” you might be expecting a peaceful meditation and yoga retreat, but you would be far from wrong. The Ashram’s one week program is not for the faint of heart.
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Before you sign up, make sure you are fit enough to hike at least 9 miles per day. Participants can expect to wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., then do a two yoga class, followed by a long, but beautiful hikes ranging between 4-6 hours. The Ashram of Mallorca, Spain also offers kayaking and strength training on top of the hikes and yoga classes. All meals are vegetarian.

As for lodging, you will stay with 10-15 other participants in a two story house. Most bedrooms are shared; however there are some private rooms available on a first-come-first serve.

Cost

A one week stay, including lodging, food and programs cost between $5000-5500 USD depending on the location you choose.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Beautiful locations
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Multiple locations
Cons
  • Lack of variety in terms of fitness activities

Miraval - Tuscon, Arizona

Miraval - Tuscon, Arizona
If you are looking for a unique fitness camp with some offerings you won’t find anywhere, then Miraval may be for you. Miraval is nestled between the mountains and desert and is nothing short of beautiful in terms of scenery. But of course, the scenery isn’t the main reason for why you are here.
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Programs Offered

For some unique classes, visit their Body Mindfulness center which hosts numerous programs including cardio drumming, DaVinci Body Boards, desert tight rope, TRX endurance circuit and more. Don’t forget to check out the hands-on nutrition demonstration and meditation classes as well.

Chose the Mind & Body package with the “Get Fit” path and get 3 private sessions with a fitness expert who will design a fitness and nutrition program for you.

Cost

Average cost per night runs around $500, but the prices varies depending on days booked. They offer promotional packages such as the “Summer Experience” program which includes lodging, meals, unlimited fitness classes, lectures and more.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Unique fitness classes
  • 3 private sessions with fitness expert
  • Stay per night rather than week long
Cons
  • Expensive

Bikini Bootcamp - Tulum, Mexico

Bikini Bootcamp - Tulum, Mexico
Are you looking to get into shape, lose weight and relax somewhere beautiful? Well, it isn’t called Bikini Bootcamp for nothing. This yoga and fitness retreat is located 2 hours south of Cancun and takes advantage of the beautiful geography and historical spots to get you into shape.
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Programs Offered

The standard 6 day camp package includes accommodations, meals, daily workouts and classes, tours of the area, 2 spa services and more.

A typical day includes meditation, yoga, a beach workout, strength and cardio classes as well as bike tours to the local Tulum Mayan Ruins or nature reserve. After dinner, make sure to join in on the tribal drumming lessons or salsa dance class.

Cost

Select dates are available and pricing depends on accommodations, anywhere from $2000 - $3000 dollars.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Relatively affordable 
  • Food prepared is local.
  • Tours of local area included
Cons
  • Although the program is tailored to both men and women, may not appeal to men.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa - San Diego, California

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa - San Diego, California
If you are looking for weight loss camp OR a fitness program, Cal-a-Vie health spa in California has both. After you choose from one of their 100+ classes, make sure to stop by the spa for one of your (included in your package) massages.
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Programs Offered

Choose from a 3, 4 or 7 night package. Packages may include (depending on which one you choose) unlimited fitness classes, nutritional classes and cooking demo, two 50 minute massages and three meals per day.

There is no shortage in variety here. They offer over 100 different classes including TRX, pilates, dance, hikes, spinning, water volleyball, board body bootcamp, deep water exercise, Zumba and much, much more.

A sample day includes a morning hike followed by breakfast, fitness classes, a nutrition lecture, lunch, a yoga session, massage then dinner.

Cost

Price for a 3 night stay is $4275, a 4 night stay is $5725 and a 7 night stay comes to $8925. This does not include tax.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Many classes to chose from
  • Massage included
  • 3,4 or 7 day package options
Cons
  • Expensive

Epic Sana Algarve Bootcamp - Albufeira, Portugal

Epic Sana Algarve Bootcamp - Albufeira, Portugal
Looking to get an intense daily workout (and when we say intense, we mean intense) all while staying at a beautiful seaside hotel on the coast of Portugal? Then check out the 7 Night Epic Bootcamp at Epic Sana Algarve hotel.
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This fitness bootcamp takes place at the Epic Saga Algarve hotel in Portugal. After an initial fitness assessment, your day will be packed with 5 hours (yes, 5 hours) of various workouts including TRX, cardio boxing, beach running and more. Looking for more than 5 hours? Participants have access to the “EPIC Vital” group activities such as yoga, pilates, stretching and cycling.

As part of the package, you have a personal wellness assistant to support you during your 6 day/7 night stay. Also includes is a nutrition workshop and two massages.

Cost

Prices start at $3600 for the week and go up from there.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Initial and final fitness assessment
  • 2 massages
  • Variety of classes to choose from
Cons
  • Held on select dates

This is what you get when you stay at a Boot Camp.

1. Here you will be able to carry out personal body maintenance, get fit, healthy, eat a good diet. and rebalance the body and ultimately our minds.

2. Spending a week at a well-organized health boot camp will provide you with a healthy training schedule that you can tailor your self, a regime of nutritious healthy meals, and your chance to follow a regular sleep pattern. It will refresh you and help you relearn how to maintain your body both physically and mentally.

3. Along with a regular health building fitness schedule, you will also develop self-motivation and understanding of what you need to stay fit and get fit. It will help you develop a healthy eating lifestyle and the right level of regular sleep.

4. During your stay at the boot camp, you will notice an increase in your energy, strength, body tone, and will even experience weight loss.

5. It will also help you establish a training regime that will give you the benefits you are looking for, improve your self-esteem and confidence, as well as improve your balance and physical and emotional well-being.

After your stay at a health bootcamp, you will find yourself  healthy and balanced and well equipped to plan and maintain a consistent future healthy lifestyle which will include regular planned health exercise, regular nutritious diet, and a consistent regular resting/sleeping pattern.

If you are here you want to be healthy and fit

When we are healthy and fit we feel and look great. It allows us to live a fulfilled life and pursue the things you want to pursue. However, with our busy schedules, it may be difficult to find the time to regularly follow an exercise schedule or regime which will enable us to maintain our bodies. Our diets suffer because busy lives take away precious time needed to prepare the healthy nutritious meals our bodies need.  Attending a fitness boot camp will allow you to get on track and help you reset your sleeping patterns.

Here’s How We Picked The Bootcamps

Fitness schedules

When compiling our list we took a look at the quality and effectiveness each program had to offer. This meant looking at their fitness schedules and differentiating between them. When making your decision, make sure you like their fitness program and are interested in the schedules they have to offer.

Nutritious Diets

Here we take a look at the different diets offered, the needs they cover, their detoxification qualities, how balanced it is, how well it fuels our muscles, and how it promotes our overall health and immune system.

Sleep

To function properly, our bodies need to get the right amount of sleep every night. Here we take a look at the how the program addresses your sleep cycle and how they help you fix it.

Entertainment

Yes, a fitness boot camp does require people to focus on a regime that is geared towards regular healthy exercise but many also provide different forms of entertainment. Here we look at the type of entertainment they provide as well as whether or not it is conducive to your health and relaxation.

Professional Qualified Staff

We looked at who or what type of staff work in the boot camps, whether or not they are experts if they are qualified, and what their experience is. We also looked to see if they will confidently guide clients to achieve their personal fitness and health aims?

Reliable services

Here we looked at how reliable the camp’s services are and how orgainzed they are. We made sure their services are accessible to clients and how comfortable the environment and services they provide are.

Environment

Where is the boot camp located, is it in a natural environment, what is the weather like there? Is the environment green and physically and psychologically comfortable? Are there any local environmental pests such as mosquitoes etc and if yes is this kept under control? Is the camp location easy to get to/ Is the location in a different country and if yes is that country easy for clients who need to apply for an overseas visitor visa?

Cost

We made sure to include camps that were worth their cost–whatever the number may be. This is important because we all want to get what we are paying for.

FAQs

Q: Can a fitness boot camp get me back into fitness?

Yes, these places are geared towards increasing your fitness level in a short period of time and setting you up for success.

Q: I eat a ton of fast need and am in need of some kind of detoxification, can a boot camp do that for me?

Yes, they employ diet experts that will schedule your daily meals and fully detoxify your body. When you choose a camp you will need to tell them this is your aim.

Q: I want to tone up, can I achieve this at a boot camp?

You can certainly choose a location that will put you on the track to success. Keep in mind this will take time and there is no fast track to miraculously toning up in a few days.

Q: I have a stressful job but want to get fit, fix my sleep pattern, and lead a healthy lifestyle?

It sounds like you want a total body overhaul and yes a boot camp can tailor a program to meet your varied needs.  They can increase your fitness level, establish a healthy nutritious diet, and get back on track to a regular sleeping pattern.

Q: Are these boot camps really worth the time and money?

If you have reached a point in your life where you know you’re unhealthy and unfit and you know it, then a boot camp may be just what you need. They will provide you with the positive environment you need to begin to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.


 

Here are some great sources

 

 

Sources

  1. oyster.com, Stunning-health-and-wellness-retreats, Travel publication,
  2. healthandfitnesstravel.com, fitness retreats, Health & Fitness Publication,
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