Inspirational Breaks: Fitness Holiday

In this Q&A a reader has a quesiton about going on a fitness holiday.

Measured to fit

Q. I?m keen to try a fitness holiday but don?t really know what to expect. I have average fitness that I would like to improve ? would this type of holiday be too hard for me?

A. Don?t be put off ? you?ll find that companies offer programmes that cater for all levels of fitness. We offer two types of fitness holidays: boot camp and mature fitness. Our fitness holidays are designed around you and your abilities. In plain English, you can work as easy or as hard as you like. You don?t have to attend all the exercise sessions, but can if you want to.

Some guests go sightseeing in the mornings and pick up the later exercise classes. Others do the morning classes and then go off sightseeing in the afternoon. Some guests come to the first class of the day and then do their own thing. Others blast through every class. Our basic philosophy is we want you to get the best out of your holiday in your own way. Relax and have a good time ? that?s why our vacations are always tailored to the needs of the individual.

We?ve learned not to look at someone?s age but the person. We?ve had many mere mortals and our share of superhuman fifty, sixty and seventy-somethings enjoying fitness and wellness holidays with us. We have adapted holidays and retreats for those with any health condition you can think of. The core to our success is the holistic approach we take to fitness and wellness.

We know ?holistic fitness? sounds like something a bunch of hippies might do with shovels. It?s actually a hard-headed acceptance of the needs and stresses of life. It combines the management of aches and pains with the attainment of peace of mind, health, wellness and unashamed beauty. What?s better is it actually happens all in one programme, time and place in southern Italy.

With us you can take part in a range of sessions, each with a specific purpose and benefit. These include functional circuit training, running and interval load training, absolute skipping, skip and core stretch, Neo yoga and seated meditation, walking and hiking, boxing, kick-boxing and moving meditation. All these sessions are popular with guests, but the most popular is the ?Green Workout?.

The Green Workout is taken outside come rain or shine. Luckily enough the weather around Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast is generally shine! It combines the satisfaction of a job well done, education on good body movement with rejuvenating effects of manual work, moving mediation and the sun. In addition to the group sessions above we offer personal programming, support and advice sessions, all included in the price of a holiday. Most fitness holidays will provide this.

But we offer more than just fitness and wellness retreats. You can learn to cook real Italian cuisine, enjoy eating your efforts and work off the results of amazing food on your waistline by joining a few fitness sessions each day. Go walking and hiking with us and finish the day with a yoga and meditation or rejuvenation session aimed at getting rid of aches and pains each evening. We are more than happy to accommodate your own style of holiday, which is what choosing a fitness retreat is all about.

Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. Whatever you want to know, email your questions to, or write to our usual address ? Italia! magazine, Suite 6, Piccadilly House, London Road, Bath. BA1 6PL.