Portugal Bootcamp 2018 Review
We had this review from one of our bootcampers on the recent Portugal Bootcamp – so thought we would share it with you!
Review by Victoria Peal
Motivate Bootcamp – it motivates and it’s a bootcamp, so it does what it says on the tin!!
Having attended a UK based weekend, I was keen to do a whole week in Portugal, and I can honestly say, I was not disappointed. The results were extremely pleasing too and I have returned to the UK determined to continue having got my fitness mojo well and truly back.
The accommodation was a 2 bedroomed apartment on a private complex which had other facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis court. The accommodation was spacious – dining kitchen, separate lounge diner and a wraparound balcony overlooking the pool. Whilst basic, it was comfortable and clean (towels and bed linen changed twice during the week).
There were a variety of fitness classes available and people were encouraged to attend them all – and let’s face it, when you’ve travelled that distance for a bootcamp, why wouldn’t you attend them all? We did a number of classes that I had never tried (read, avoided!) before and I was glad I did, although it’s unlikely I’ll be doing Zumba again given my 2 left feet!! The classes ranged from Body Combat, to Body Pump (adapted with resistance bands, which was tougher than I expected), Circuits, HIIT, Boxercise and LBT, and Pilates and Yoga. All classes delivered by enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainers. We had a range of abilities (as one would expect) and each was catered for.
The structure of the day was perfect – especially given the heat. The day would start with an early morning run, followed by breakfast and an informative talk (on matters such as nutrition, motivation, body confidence) followed by three more classes before a well-earned rest and lunch! The afternoon was then your own – some chose to relax by the pool, others (like me!) opted to add to our step count for the day and head out into the local town or just for a long walk! Classes started again at 5 with one or two high impact classes followed by a much deserved stretching or Pilates or Yoga. I must admit, the 5pm class was a struggle after a day of activity, but I’m pleased that I went to them all and the more relaxing session at the end of the day felt that it set you up for the following day’s activities.
Whilst there were group plans made every evening (restaurants locally or a little farther afield or a barbeque), those who wanted to just do their own thing could do, although we had such a lovely group of co-campers that often we would do things as a group.
There were also additional things on offer should people wish to take part such as a reasonably priced sports massage (a VERY good one at that!) and a boat trip (I don’t do boats, but I’m told from my apartment-mate that a great time was had by all who went).
In all, over the 5 days I think I attended 32 hours worth of classes and did 160,000 steps!! It’s no wonder I was a little tired on my return home. I’m also thinking seriously about booking again for next year. The venue is changing (a little more luxury I’m told!) but I hope that the format (and trainers!) remain the same. I love the ethos of this bootcamp – ultimately we are all adults, we are given the information and the classes to attend and we can do as much or as little as we want and at the pace we want. If we want to be pushed we will be pushed (thanks Sara!!!!!). The results speak for themselves and I for one, am very pleased with mine. I’ve also made some fabulous new friends!!
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