Travel: Yorkshire boot camp break

A beautiful country house perched in the hills of North Yorkshire, with delicious food served by a personal chef, doesn’t really sound like the setting for a boot camp. But throw daily eight-hour training sessions with two soldiers into the equation and a stay at Lifestyle 247 quickly becomes hard work.

Bollywood Bootcamp is one of several courses offered by the fitness company at their five-star house in Settle.

Three days before guests set foot in the house, they’re sent a detox plan to do at home. It’s a great way to kick-start your diet and get you in the right frame of mind for the boot camp, with consultants offering guidance by phone and email.

On arrival at Settle station, participants are told to change into their running gear and are then dropped at an ‘undisclosed location’ to meet their trainers.

During a gentle two-mile walk to the house, trainers Jay and Justin give a run-down of the week ahead.

Days start early at 5.30am with military exercises, cardio, weights and more military exercises. Jay and Justin incorporate teamwork into some of the sessions, to keep up morale, and also do regular fitness tests.

Afternoons are spent doing Bollywood dance classes, learning a routine to be performed on the final day.

Days finally end at 6pm with an ice bath (incredibly painful, but extremely necessary) and a dip in the hot tub (divine).

The idea is for people to leave feeling and looking fantastic.

Another plus point is — surprisingly — the food. Chef Miranda prepares a selection of fabulous dairy, gluten and wheat-free treats. Everything she uses is locally sourced and organic.

  • Lifestyle 247 offers three-night packages at Bootcamp Boutique from £730 per person, including accomm-odation and meals. Call 0113 347 2477 or visit www.life style247bootcamp.com

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