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Fitness holiday or boot camp – what's the difference?

This section of Travel-Quest deals with conventional fitness holidays which will tend to offer equipment based gym work, fitness classes such as circuit training and aerobics, plus other exercise activities that can range from gentle yoga to high powered mountain biking. Classes will often be held in custom gyms and training spaces. Some fitness breaks will provide personal trainers who will create tailored exercise regimes for guests. The style of instruction will probably be based less on compulsion and more on encouragement and motivation.
   These days the difference between a fitness holiday and a 'bootcamp' has become blurred, mainly because some providers use the latter term for 'softer' style holidays – we therefore recommend you take a look at that section too!

Instructor qualifications on fitness breaks and holidays

How can you be sure your holiday fitness instructor is fit to instruct? There are a lot of reasons to check out the qualifications of the people running these sort of breaks, not least of which is for reassurance that their instruction will not cause injury, you'll also want to know that they're properly insured.
   There are a lot of different fitness and gym instructor qualifications out there; some are general, some are specific to particular sports or activities (eg yoga or cycling).
   In the UK there's no mandatory requirement for instructors to be qualified at all – although most reputable providers will ensure that they are! And once you start looking at fitness holidays abroad the situation becomes even less clear as it adds foreign qualifications to the mix.
   Our advice is to always go to a providers 'about us' info and check the qualifications listed – if this information is not on their website ask them to provide it. Also check that the people listed will be the ones actually taking the classes and look for reassurances that any unlisted instructors will also be properly qualified. Be particularly vigilant if you are doing a long-haul fitness holiday to a country where there may be less controls.
You'll find below some of the places where you can check qualifications (these are for general fitness – see dedicated pages for specific sports/activities):
REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) is an independent body which recognises and regulates health and exercise qualifications in the UK (EREPS is the European version of this, with an international version at ICREPS).
CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) is a leading UK awarding body for qualifications in health, fitness and wellbeing.
Active IQ is a leading UK, OFQUAL (qualifications regulator) approved awarding body for sport, health, fitness and recreation.
City & Guilds provides a wide range of NVQ and Certificate qualifications for fitness/gym instructors and personal trainers.
NRPT (National Register of Personal Trainers) is a self regulated body which registers qualified and insured UK personal trainers.


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Fitness breaks & holidays;
gym training & keep-fit courses away

Awaken Holidays
based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | spas | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |

Blissful Retreat
based: Alicante, Spain
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
| yoga | pilates | meditation | fitness | retreats | detoxification | nutrition | vegetarian/vegan | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | walking/trekking/hiking | weight loss | Spain |

uk flag Fitness Travel Company (The)
based: London, UK
Fitness combined with exotic and intriguing holiday packages where, uniquely, the fee includes the services of a personal trainer for a few weeks before departure, setting up and starting a personalised fitness programme. To ensure continuing progress, this is followed up after the fitness holiday itself.
| fitness | UK | Europe | Mexico | Australia |

us flag Getaway Fitness
based: Florida, USA
Fitness breaks based at luxury resorts in Florida and Southern California. These all-inclusive vacations combine intensive and structured fitness regimes with exotic and relaxing destinations, delicious healthy gourmet food and nutrition instruction.
| fitness | USA |

uk flag Platinum Healing
based: West Sussex, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in West Sussex and Lincolnshire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |

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uk flag The Ultimate Retreat Company
based: Alicante, Spain
Luxury all-inclusive health retreats for weight loss, fitness, detox, wellbeing and anti-ageing, set in a beautiful award winning venue and spa. Join their exceptional and professional retreat team which includes a doctor, nutritionist, yoga and pilates teachers, personal trainers and holistic therapists; who will offer inspirational and individual care and support.
| weight loss | detoxification | yoga | pilates | fitness | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | singles | Spain |

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Alpine Fit Club
based: Rhone Alps, France
Mountain fitness holiday specialists, offering weight loss retreats, diet advice and fitness courses.
| fitness | weight loss | France |

usa flag Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp
based: Texas, USA
Summer fitness camp for everyone from serious athletes to eager novices.
| fitness | running/athletics | USA |

uk flag Fitness Fiesta
based: Merseyside, UK
'Spa Fitness Weekends' in the UK and overseas breaks in Spain.
| fitness | UK | Spain |

usa flag Fit Tours
based: Washington, USA
Offering tours that combine fitness, weight loss and health programs with exciting global travel.
| fitness | Worldwide |

usa flag Fun & Fitness Travel Club
based: USA
Fully escorted fitness cruises including a wide range of daily exercise classes.
| theme cruises | fitness | USA |

uk flag Mum And Baby Experience
based: Tuscany, Italy
Fitness breaks in Italy with babysitting during classes, for mums with little ones, (Dads welcome too!).
| fitness | Italy |

usa flag Sonki Fitness
based: California, USA
7-night fitness vacation packages to Fiji and to Maui and Oahu in Hawaii; includes luxury accommodation, total body workouts and daytime activities.
| fitness | Hawaii | Fiji |

Holidays in Spain, Crete and Kenya in locations chosen for their stunning wild environments.
| fitness breaks | nutrition | Europe | Kenya |

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The travel-quest Fitness breaks, gym training and keep-fit courses section is for listing holidays, vacations, camps, multi-day and residential courses, weekends and short breaks where the main activity and focus is on getting fit and healthy. This is willl be achieved by gym work outs and weight training, keep fit classes, circuit training, exercise classes and sessions with a personal trainer. Other specific types of exercise (such as running, triathlon, swimming, yoga, pilates etc.) are dealt with in their own specific sections. We also now have a separate section for holidays branded as 'boot camps', if your holidays/courses are branded like this then they should be listed in that section rather than here, you can only be listed in both sections if you are offering two clearly distinct styles of holiday/course!

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