A spa break at Champneys always has that extra little touch of spa magic, so it is little surprise that their bootcamps bring guests back time and again for a motivational top up.
Set against beautiful backdrops, they are encouraging, motivating experiences that combine indoor and outdoor activities to help you achieve personal goals. Whether you go on your own or with friends, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and keep learning about health and wellbeing.
They are very much tailored to the objectives of the individuals on each one. Bootcamps are held throughout the year. Once a camp is filled up, guests will receive a pre-consultation email or call to discuss what they really want to get out of it.
For most people it’s about eating well or exercising more. They are used as a bit of a kickstart for new habits. People then tend to come back once or twice a year to top up on their advice and stay motivated.
The menu is calorie controlled, specifically designed to make sure you have enough energy for the day, but that you will also lose weight. For women it’s always 1500 calories, for men 1800 and it usually includes three meals and two snacks. They also encourage you to drink plenty of water throughout your stay.
There’s usually an activity around 7am before breakfast. That might be a walk or an energiser class in one of the gym areas. This activity is to help wake everyone up and it’s the basis of fasting cardio, which kick starts metabolism. Breakfast is roughly an hour later.
At 9am there are usually goal setting talks or a walk followed by a class such as ballet barre at 10am. Typically at 11.30 there is a class in the new Urban Gym such as a HIIT session. Then at midday there might be spinning or another high intensity session in one of the new cycle studios.
In the afternoon the pace slows down a little. You might have a session on the foam rollers to relax the muscles, Pilates or stretching. There’s a chance to do some water work such as aquafit. And the day will finish with a treatment before dinner. There’s usually up to six different workout sessions through the day, lasting around an hour each.
The bootcamp also includes wellbeing talks on topics including nutrition. The spa encourages you to enjoy spa treatments while you’re there such as Champneys Head in the Clouds to help switch off and encourage sleep. They also encourage use of the thalassotherapy pools to help with water retention and drainage.
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