Kelly & James from 38°N give us the low down of one of the first fitness breaks of 2014.
After a winter of extreme storms in the South West, it was with some trepidation that we set off for our first retreat of the year in Cornwall at the stunning Scarlet Hotel. We needn’t have worried, one afternoon of light drizzle, some wind and plenty of sunshine added up to great conditions for a variety of outdoor training, besides, there was always the sumptuous Scarlet spa to fall back on. Somehow you mind the wind less when there’s a steam room, sauna and indoor pool to relax in afterwards – not to mention roaring log fires around the hotel. One client even braved the outdoor pool – for a very short dip!
The week kicked off with a fitness test, before we powered straight into a high energy circuits session outside on the beach. There was time for a relaxing yoga session in the studio to stretch out the muscles before lunch, then we set off for a bracing hike across the cliffs to Watergate Bay. What a view, huge rolling waves were coming in off the Atlantic, peaking as enormous white water breakers all along the coast. At Watergate we relaxed with a hot drink, watching a couple of intrepid kite surfers take to the water, before heading back to the Scarlet for a delicious dinner of seared silver mullet, smoked haddock risotto, poached chicken and grilled local steak.
We started the day with a run inland along a secluded woodland track, looping back to finish on the beach with a Baywatch inspired run across the sand. Core fitness was next up, and then some sandbag training on the beach. If you haven’t tried this, the uneven and constantly shifting weight distribution of the sandbags is a great method of functional training, forcing your body to work that much harder to adapt. After lunch there was a spot of rain (the only rain of the whole retreat!), so we steamed up the studio with an enthusiastic boxing session, finishing the day with yoga. For some there was still time for a cliff-top hot tub as the sun set.
Morning yoga was followed by an intense boxing circuit on the beach: press ups, medicine ball crunches, sprints and rounds of pad work got the adrenalin pumping, but we were careful not to work the legs too hard, as the afternoon saw us completing a twenty mile bike ride in bright sunshine along the Camel Trail. That made the stretching session worthwhile, and the sauna and steam room even more welcome than usual.
The penultimate day saw us blessed with more sunshine, and though there was a hint of rain forecast for the afternoon we didn’t care – we were going to be surfing anyway. After a run it was time for a full body TRX session, some light yoga to stretch out, then in the afternoon one of the undoubted highlights – surfing. Nick at the Surf Club had all the right gear to keep us warm as we spent a few hours “in the green room” perfecting our hang tens (not quite) and having a great time, judging by all the smiles.
Rested and refreshed the final morning had us running the fitness tests again and being rewarded by seeing a massive improvement in the results, while our detox client had lost almost 3kg, lowering her body fat percentage in the process. Success and smiles all round.
We can’t wait until the next one – if you fancy joining us you can find all the information you need here. Alternatively, give James and Kelly a call on: 07527 407589