They’re definitely not for rest and relaxation but boot camps ofer the chance to rejuvenate in style. Lucy Bogustawski and Emma Everington report.
A beautiful country house in the hills of North Yorkshire, with delicious food served by a personal chef, doesn’t really sound like the setting for a boot camp. But throw eight-hour daily training sessions with two army soldiers into the equation and a stay at Lifestyle 247 quickly becomes hard work.
Bollywood Bootcamp is one of several courses offered by the fitness company at its five-star house in Settle.
Three days before guests set foot in the house, they’re sent a detox plan to do at home.
It’s a great way to kick-start your diet and get you in the right frame of mind for the boot camp, with consultants offering guidance by phone and email.
On arrival at Settle station (45 minutes by train from Leeds) participants are told to change into their running gear and are then dropped at an ‘undisclosed location’ to meet their trainers.
During a gentle two-mile walk to the house, trainers Jay and Justin give a run-down of the week ahead.
Days start at 5.30am with military exercises, cardio, weights and more military exercises!
Jay and Justin incorporate teamwork into some of the sessions, to keep up morale.
Afternoons are spent doing Bollywood dance classes, learning a routine to be performed on the final day.
There’s also the opportunity to hike to Malham Cove, where scenes from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows were filmed.
Days finally end at 6pm with an ice bath (incredibly painful, but extremely necessary) and a dip in the hot tub (divine).
But fitness isn’t the only focus at Lifestyle 247; the idea is for people to leave feeling and looking fantastic.
In-house psychologist Lesley, who uses similar techniques to Paul McKenna, teaches valuable techniques to deal with stress. Guests are also treated to Cavisculpt session – non-surgical liposuction that melts away your lumps and bumps.
Another plus point is – surprisingly – the food. Chef Miranda prepares a selection of fabulous dairy, gluten and wheat-free treats. Everything she uses is locally sourced and organic.
If you’re a regular exerciser who has hit a barrier and is stuck in the same weekly routine, Clumber Park Hotel in Nottinghamshire is definitely the place for you.
The six-day boot camp takes groups of up to 12 people and puts them through their paces with a combination of interesting and challenging activities.
The project has been devised by the hotel’s expert fitness trainer Kyle Hanrahan, who has based his programme on individuality, team work and fun.
He says the workouts are designed to be intense, life-changing and not just a walk in the park.
Boot camp days are structured around a combination of cardio and core exercises, which can be adapted to individual fitness levels.
A sample day starts with a warm-up at 7am in the beautiful National Trust park near Worksop, followed by cardio circuits in the hotel’s grounds and around an army assault course.
Other activities include flipping 30kg tractor tyres and rope-climbing.
And you won’t go hungry – the food is plentiful, healthy and tasty.
Lifestyle 247 offers three-night packages at Bootcamp Boutique from £730 per person, including accommodation and meals. Call (0113) 347 2477 or visit lifestyle 247bootcamp.com
A six-day camp at Clumber Park starts at £799 per person including accommodation, meals and all activities. Call (01623) 835333 or visit clumberparkhotel.com for dates of forthcoming camps.