Body:Fit UK @ Lifehouse Hotel & Spa


Fitness retreats can sometimes conjure up images of bootcamps, burpees and brash Personal Trainers. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes down at a 38N break, here’s what we got up to at our UK long weekend…..



Friday afternoon, Claire and I meet our clients to go through the schedule again and motivate them to get as involved as possible. Then it was straight into Nutrition 101 – our 38ºN take on the nuts and bolts of healthy eating. They say the body of your dreams is 70% nutrition and 30% training – so it’s essential to include it in our program.

After ‘chewing’ over the facts, we hit the outdoor bootcamp pen for the fitness test – our chance to see clients move and assess overall fitness levels – reminding them they’re only in competition with themselves!  Sweaty but smiling, clients refreshed themselves and headed of for a mindfulness session to settle everyone before dinner. The food at Lifehouse is amazing and clients get to chose either a healthy or indulgent menu: and we don’t judge!



whatsapp-image-2016-12-06-at-17-50-54Hot water and lemon is delivered to clients’ rooms early doors – then it was into the studio for some short, sharp fasted cardio. Ideal for boosting the metabolism. From there we chowed down on some amazing brekkie and moved into a motivational and goal setting workshop. It’s critical to get the mind and body working together, so with Claire’s background as a corporate coach, the session really hit the spot. As Tony Robbins says…. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

After sharpening the mind, it was time to sharpen the reflexes with a boxing session! Plenty of punches later and we broke for a delicious and nutritious protein smoothie before heading back into the ‘pen’ for some functional fitness: we’re talking tractor tires, battle ropes, kettlebells, plyometric boxes, agility ladders and loads more for tough full body workout.  After a yummy buffet lunch it was back into the studio for a core workout, followed by a spinning class taken by Claire. The playlist and energy in the room ensured everyone had fun while they worked! We finished the day with restorative yoga with time to hit the spa before din dins!


Water and lemon again – followed by fasted HIIT. Post-breakfast (with a big enough break for digestion), it was time for Insanity! With everyone sweaty and warm(!) it was outside into the stunning countryside for a run and a circuit of the trim trail: dips, monkey bars, jumps, scramble nets and more before finishing with a run through the landscaped hotel grounds. It certainly blew any cobwebs away!

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Back indoors for a protein smoothie before we split into two groups for a final hoorah: a choice of spinning or functional HIIT in the outdoor pen. Time for a shower before a well earned (and delish) Sunday Roast with all the trimmings (healthy options also available 🙂 )

The guys and gals truly smashed it and we were honoured to train them! We love what we do and love it when clients love what we do too!

How best to sum it up? We’ll leave that to one of our clients: “What a fantastic experience. Absolutely loved it from start to finish. I was so sad on the way home because I didn’t want it to end. Thank you so much Claire and James – you’re awesome.”




Fancy beating the post Christmas bloat and blasting body fat? Then join us for our next one in January at Lifehouse Spa & Hotel
13th – 15th January 2017
£499 pp sharing £599 single.

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A Week of Juicing & Fitness in Cornwall

After a winter of extreme storms in the South West of the UK, 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 FMS session and fitness test, before we powered straight into a high energy circuits session outside on the beach. There was time for 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 rollers were coming in off the Atlantic, peaking as huge 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.Day two saw us starting 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, then it was time for 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 the first and only day time rain of the retreat fell, 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 and the sweat 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.Can’t wait until the next one – if you fancy joining us then we’d love to see you at the Scarlet before we head back to Ibiza. Email for more info or give us a call on 07527407589.