The 10 Best Fitness Bootcamps Reviewed

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Best Fitness boot camps, but what kind of camp are you looking for?  If you are reading this page, no doubt you are looking for a fitness camp AKA a boot camp, but as you will read, not all fitness camps are equal.  Perhaps, you are looking for a challenge or adventure. Or perhaps, you are looking to lose weight.  Or how about a fitness retreat – a boot camp for adults with a healthy dose of relaxation.  This list includes it all!

Many of the places on this list call themselves “health spas” or “fitness retreats” but don’t let that full you.  Whether you are looking for a full body transformation or an active holiday,  all of these fitness camps will challenge you. Many of the fitness camps on this list will not only push you to your limit but make sure you are well fed and well recovered afterward.

The benefits of spending vacation time at a boot camp to get healthy and re-balance your lifestyle are great and spending time there will set you back on a path towards a healthy future.

Last Updated: April 19, 2018
By Richard Haberkost:

Follow the footsteps of this guide and choose the best fitness camp for your individual needs. In our Criteria for reviewing we signpost exactly which qualities you should expect from a health resort. Through the FAQs section, we respond to questions with sound advice.

The BodyHoliday
  • The BodyHoliday
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Unique adventure programs
The Ranch
  • The Ranch
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Beautiful scenery
Titan Fitness Camp
  • Titan Fitness Camp
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Social, Good Facilities

10 Best Fitness Bootcamps

 

 

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

Titan Fitness Camp - Phuket, Thailand

Need an intense program that will transform your body? Want to choose how many weeks your boot camp is? Then check out Titan Fitness Camp. It is the largest fitness camp in South East Asia.

For more information, visit their website.
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Programs Offered

Titan Fitness Camp offers three different programs. Both the Weight Loss Program and Premium Transformation Program include meals, personal training sessions, body composition analysis, a variety of fitness classes, unlimited access to their gym and more. Choose how long you want to stay, anywhere from 1-16 weeks.

The third program is the U.F. Program or the Ultimate Fitness Program is a 4 week program and includes obstacle course training, a nutrition seminar, 2 meals per day, weekly personal training sessions, and group classes.

Titan Fitness features a three story indoor gym, Strongman area and assault course, as well as a protein bar and gear shop. Fitness classes available include spinning, yoga, boxercise, Olympic weightlifting, Body360, Muay Thai boxing, and others.

Don't expect a spa treatment here. This bootcamp is not for relaxation, but instead to push you to the limits and get the results you want.

Cost

Cost of the programs range from 85,900 THB (roughly $2500 USD) to 99,900 THB (about $3000 USD) for four week sessions.
Pros
  • Option to stay from 1 week to +16 weeks
  • Variety of group classes offered
  • Relatively affordable
  • Great social life
  • Food available directly at the bootcamp
Cons
  • No massage or rehabilitation available onsite
  • Simple accommodation (better options on the nearby strip)

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

Biggest Loser Resort - Florida, New York & California

Biggest Loser Resort - Florida, New York & California
Are you looking not only for a bootcamp but a weight loss camp that will kick your weight loss into overdrive? If you’ve seen the hit show on TV, The Biggest Loser, then you know that the Biggest Loser Camp is probably no joke. And you’d be right.
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Your one week weight loss bootcamp includes lodging, group classes, nutrition and wellness workshops as well as meals and snacks. One on One sessions cost extra. Some fitness classes offered include yoga, kickboxing, water aerobics, HIIT and more.

An example schedule would be early morning yoga followed by breakfast, another activity and program. After lunch there is another fitness class as well as another education program. And finally, you guessed it, two more fitness classes, another educational class and then dinner.

But it’s not all work. Make sure to visit the spa for a facial and massage after a tough day of fitness. You earned it.

Cost

Depending on room type, expect to spend $2500-3500 for the week.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Multiple locations
  • Relatively affordable
  • All inclusive
Cons
  • Only for individuals looking to lose weight

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

Hilton Head Healthy - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Healthy - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This health and wellness resort is no joke. If you are serious about healthy living or are looking to learn to be healthier all around, definitely check out the Hilton Head Island.
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Programs Offered

Choose 1 of 3 programs - Jump Start, Lose Well4 and LivingWell. Each program is offered in week increments, however they do offer a “sampling” and you can visit for just a few days as well.

Each program is very different in its approach. Jump Start provides a diet and fitness program for the individual whereas the LivingWell program isn't as strict and allows you to go more at your own speed. Classes offered include Zumba, yoga, pool exercise, pilates, Tabata, cardio strength circuits, stretching and more. A typical day will include 4 or more physical activities, some low impact while other are more intense. Classes are small and offered for different fitness levels.

All stays include a Core program schedule, meal plan, accommodation and transportation to and from the airport.

Costs
Depending on the program, expect to pay around $3000 a week. Some program require a 7 night stay while other can be stays for 7 days, 14 days or even a month.

For more information, visit their website.
Pros
  • Great for those looking to lose weight
  • Variety of delicious food options for each meal
  • Special offers available for first time guests
Cons
  • May be better suited for those looking to lose weight 

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

1. This is the time in which you can carry out personal body maintenance, get fit, healthy, eat a good diet and rebalance the body and ultimately our minds.

2. Spend a week at a well-organized health boot camp, book yourself in and you will be in a perfect environment, your healthy training schedule will be plotted for you, you will be placed on a regime of nutritious healthy meals and your chance to follow a beneficial regular sleep pattern. It will be like returning to a good which holds good intentions towards you, they will help you learn ( or remember ) how to maintain your body up to a physical and healthy level with so many benefits for you.

3. Along with a regular health building fitness schedule, you will also develop your self-motivation and understanding for how to get fit and stay fit through planned exercising. You will develop self-motivation for a healthy eating lifestyle combined with the right level of regular sleep.

4. During your stay at the boot-camp, you will notice an increase in your own personal energy, your body strength will start to build up to a healthy level, your body tone will start a journey towards improvement, excess weight will start to drop away.

5. As you notice that your training regime is producing a string of personal benefits, your self-esteem and confidence will start to increase and balance. Not only will you feel physically better you will also start to feel much better psychologically.

When your vacation is finished at the health-giving boot camp, you can return home feeling 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.

Every single person wants to be healthy and fit.

All of us feel this way, when our bodies are healthy and fit we also feel psychologically well balanced, we are good at our daily jobs, good with our close friends and family, we function very well in society and our overall lives and future prospects are good.

However, in our busy lives, there are many of us that simply do not have enough free time to regularly follow an exercise schedule or regime which will enable us to maintain our bodies at a good balanced healthy level of fitness. Our diets suffer because our busy lives can take away precious time needed for preparing much needed healthy nutritious regular meals, the temptation to drift into a lifestyle in which fast food is a convenient option becomes so very easy.

If you live a life which is so busy that you can only manage a minimum schedule for exercising, healthy eating and much needed regular healthy sleeping patterns there is a potential solution for you.

We work hard, often long hours but we do earn the right to periodic holidays, these are the times during the year where we get a free week to go off on holiday and recharge our batteries.

 

Here’s How We Picked The Bootcamps

We followed a  review criterion which assesses all the benefits you will want if you choose to book a vacation in a health-giving boot camp.

Fitness schedules

 

We looked at the quality and effectiveness of health-promoting training schedules which are on offer. we wanted to ascertain that the schedules offered were realistically capable of providing results within a relatively short period of time and if those results would be visible and also felt in terms of genuine benefits.

We wanted to establish if a choice of training schedules existed and are those choices designed to meet the very different needs of clients with different aims and training requirements.

Nutritious Diets

 

We looked closely at which types of diets were being offered and how these diets will benefit the differing needs of particular clients?

Do the diets have detoxification qualities,? Do the diets include the right balance of healthy fruits, vegetables, meat, and fibers?

Do the diets serve towards working in conjunction with a healthy daily training schedule, to fuel and build muscles, promote the immune system and the overall physical health of the body?

Sleep

 

We looked at the context of how much beneficial rest, relaxation and important regular sleep is designed into the daily 24-hour schedule for clients and how this works in conjunction with a regular training and nutritious diet schedule. We wanted to know about the actual accommodation to see if it is conducive to providing an environment in which a person can genuinely relax and gain a regular pattern of sleep in a comfortable environment.

Entertainment

 

Yes, a fitness boot camp does require people to focus on a regime which is geared towards regular healthy exercise but does it also provide any form of entertainment for those times when guests want to relax? If entertainment is provided, is it appropriate and of the type which really serves towards an atmosphere of enjoyable relaxation.

Professional Qualified Staff

 

We looked at who or what type of staff work in the boot camps, are they experts, are they qualified, do they have extensive experience? Are they trained to a level at which they can confidently guide clients to achieve their personal fitness and health aims?

Reliable services

 

We looked into how reliable are the services within the boot camp, are the regular fitness training groups well organized and held on time? Are other services such as spa, massage etc easily accessible to clients or do they have to wait in line? How good are the canteen/restaurant, are menus available, is the eating environment comfortable and well services.

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 wanted to know how the costs are established as you will be investing in value for money and you need to be able to see that you get results which are beneficial both physically and psychologically. Our choices were made on the criteria that different boot camps charge fair prices based upon the focus of the type of services and results which they can achieve on behalf of paying clients.

We felt that each boot-camp offered a stay and schedules which reflected good value for money.

FAQs

Q: Can a stay at a boot camp get me back to fitness?

A: Yes, these places are geared towards getting you to a good level of fitness within a short period of time, when you leave it will be up to you to continue and maintain and build on that level of fitness.

Q: My diet has been fast food and more fast food, I’m really in need of some kind of detoxification, can a boot camp do that for me?

A: Yes, they employ diet experts and these people will put you on a daily meals schedule which will give your body a full detoxification, you will need to choose a camp and tell them that this is your aim.

Q: I just want to get back a decent amount of body tone, can I achieve that at a boot camp?

A: You certainly can choose a location which will put you on a regime of exercise, activities and a diet which will take you back towards a level of good body tone and when you have finished your stay you will need to continue with the regime they have shown to you.

Q: I have a high-stress job, I want to get fit, get a good nights sleep and eat healthily, are these boot camps a good option?

A: It sounds like you want a total body overhaul and yes a boot camp can tailor a programme to meet your varied needs quickly in a reasonable time period. They can get you up to a better level of fitness, establish a healthy nutritious diet for you and guide you towards positive rest and relaxation which will work in conjunction with a healthy exercise and healthy diet regime.

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

A: If you have reached a point in your life where you know you’re unhealthy and unfit, you know your diet is unhealthy and further damaging your body, you are not resting and sleeping enough and not getting health-giving regular exercise and you genuinely feel unbalanced both physically and psychologically? Then, yes it is time for you to make a positive decision to turn around your life while you still can, a stay at a boot camp can turn your life back towards a positive track and that cost is worth it for any person.


 

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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