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On January 20th I arrived to Fit and Fly Girl Luxury Fitness Retreat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This unique fitness retreat series is organized by owner Rebecca Garland. Her desire is to bring women together, combining travel with the pursuit of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

A fitness retreat is about escaping  your everyday life and taking the time to focus on yourself. It gives you the opportunity to reflect, learn healthier practices, workout with a personal trainer and discover new fitness tips and exercises. Many fitness retreats include spa therapies, a body assessment and adventure and wellness activities. This type of travel can be particularly popular with solo travelers, as singles are likely to meet like-minded individuals.

Attending a fitness retreat is a great way to take a break from work, family stresses or any other dilemma.  It can serve as a great recovery or reset after a break-up or a personal loss. Whatever you may need time away from a fitness retreat offers an escape to adjust your perspective, regain control of your life and maybe even discover aspects about yourself that have been dormant or you didn’t know existed.  When dealing with stress or self-doubt it can help to remove yourself from your current situation and share your stories with others who can offers a different perspective and help you to see another way of dealing with your situation.

Fit & Fly Girl luxury fitness retreats provide a well-rounded approach to fitness getaways; blending together fitness, wellness, culture, adventure, nutrition, and pampering.

Overall, the purpose of Fit and Fly Girl is to empower women to travel in style, to find adventure, to create meaningful and lasting friendships, and above all, to take care of your mind, body and spirit!

Body By Hannah & NYC Pretty

At this particular fitness retreat we were a group of 16 ladies staying in the luxurious Don Vito Villa. We were spoiled with nutritious and delicious meals prepared by our own personal in house Chef Fabien Mandrea.  Our body assessment, daily workouts and yoga practices were all taught by Hannah Davis, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, also known for her training program called Body By Hannah.

Christine BibboHerr the fitness and fashion blogger from @NYCPretty was also part of our fitness group and he husband John a professional photographer, took on the role of “paparazzi”,  capturing our moments of pain and dripping sweat.

 

Here is a summary of my week at Fit & Fly Girl’s luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica.

Fit & Fly Girl’s Costa Rica Jan 2018 Schedule

Day One – Saturday January 20th

All the ladies arrived at the villa and Hannah conducted individual fitness assessments to learn our personal fitness objective for the week. She also took our body measurements and before and after photos to show us how much progress can really be made in seven days.

We had our first body shake out class which was a short 30 minute workout with dynamic stretching to open up our tight muscles after a long day of travel and prepare us for the week ahead.

After dinner we sat around getting to know each other.

Day Two – Sunday January 21st

Rise and shine at 7 :00 am, inject caffeine before a short foam rolling session and we were out the door before 8 am for our first Full Body & Strength Class at the gym next door to the villa. This hour workout was designed to build muscle and tone us up. The workout included eight strength training stations performing 3 x 1 minutes per exercises. Stronger is better!

10:30 am – Time to Surf!

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf “⠀

Surf Day Fitness Retreat January 2018

This was my first time surfing; I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, but it was an amazing!! Thanks to the patient instructors at Iguana Surf I  managed to get up five times and I fell a more times than I can count; I have the bruises to prove it.  In all aspect of life you should never be afraid to try something new and push your limits!

Later that afternoon we took advantage of our free time to watch the NFL playoffs. Go Jacksonville Jaguars!

5:30 pm – We wrapped up the day up with a vinyasa yoga and guided meditation. A much needed stretch session after a tough day of surfing.

Day Three – Monday January 22nd

8:00 am Body FHITT class at the beach. This was a team based high interval class to improve our metabolic conditioning and burn max calories in the shortest amount of time. The heat and sand made this workout extra challenging,

Down time I spent the afternoon at Coco Spa getting my sore muscles massaged.

Day Four – Tuesday January 23rd

You don’t inspire your teammates by showing the how amazing you are, you inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” – Robyn Benincasa

Body Team Training Class by Body By Hannah

8 am we were back to the beach for a Body Team Training Class. (My personal favorite workout of the week) This was a partner-based beach workout which had us focused on pushing our physical limits as we accumulated points for our team. There is something very powerful about working with a partner and not wanting to let down your teammates. I personally thrive with a some friendly competition!

On Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of going to the La Senda labyrinth. Unlike a maze you can not get lost because a labyrinth has only one path which symbolizes our life’s journey and takes us inward guiding us to find out who we really are. We had a guided meditation in the middle of the labyrinth which was a magical experience for me. Another  marvelous dinner was prepared for us on the  La Senda property using fresh organic vegetable grown on the scared land.

Day 5 – Wednesday January 24th

8 am workout in the backyard at the Don Vito Villa. The 60 minute body power class was focused on building power and helping us to tap into our fast switch muscle fibers to stay quick and powerful,

Hill Sprint Runners

Followed by a 30 minute optional hill sprint workout, which of course I was keen to partake!  All those years of running in higher elevations and hills of Vancouver BC proved to be good training for this workout.

We spent the rest of the day soaking in the beauty of Tamarindo on a boat, sipping cold cocktails, waddling in the water and just hanging out.

 

Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us stronger. They make us weaker. Today I chose to embrace hills. – Hal Higdon

Day 6 – Thursday January 25th

Adventure day: fun filled day included zip lining, a mud bath, horseback riding, rafting and much more!

Fit and Fly Girl Luxury Fitness Retreat Adventure Day

Day 7 – Friday January 26th

Time to double up!

8 am. Body FHITT workout at the beach.  A super high intensity interval class designed to improve our metabolic conditioning and burn maximum calories in the shortness amour of time.

That’s afternoon I had time to relax at the spa again for a facial before we went back to the beach for a sunset body burn out class. An all body weight exercises to burnout the legs, arms and abs like nothing we’d done yet.

Although every woman on this retreat had a different fitness level, background and reason to travel to Costa Rica, we all had two things in common: we all wanting to better ourselves physically and I think we all had some kind of  personal quest. Some were seeking new experiences or adventure, others wanted to establish new fitness and health habits. Some wanted to step away from their daily grind and evaluate life and break out of their comfort zone and other others wanted to make new connections.

Personally I got all of the above and more from this experience. The Fit and Fly Girl luxury fitness retreat combined my two loves; fitness and travel and gave me time to reset and evaluate many things of my life. Thanks to our personal trainer Hannah (who was extremely relatable)  after only seven days I walked away stronger and feeling inspired to push myself  further on my personal fitness journey. I think we can all agree we shared personal and physical breakthroughs, lots sweat, laughter and some wine too! We all made special memories and real friendships were created! I feel blessed to have been part of such a powerful, determined, strong, creative and caring group of women!

“Its easy to spot the strong women. They’re the ones lifting each other up!”

Fit and Fly Girl Costa Rica Group January 2018

If you like fitness and would like to travel to new locations that you may not otherwise visit on your own, if you’re looking to connect with like-minded women, then what are you waiting for? Step out of comfort zone and get ready because it’s your time to fly!

Contact me about the large range of fitness retreat locations and availability.

 

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There’s still so much juicy goodness ahead of me in 2017 but I’m excited about the New Year already! Fitness resolutions aside this coming January is special because it’s my big 4-0 and to celebrate I’m going to a surf, sand and fitness sanctuary! Words can’t express how thrilled I am about the @fitandflygirl fitness retreat located in a private luxury villa in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This really is how every female fitness fanatic should start her new year’s fitness journey!

Upon arrival I’ll be escorted to my private room in the 8,000 square foot Villa of Don Vito which has 24/7 concierge service; daily housekeeping; a full-time caretaker, pool keeper, and gardener; and a private chef who will prepare all the healthy and delicious meals during the retreat.   I’ll get to meet to all other fabulous ladies and then receive a one-on-one consultation with fitness professional to discuss my fitness goals and perform a short physical assessment.

Every day I will be challenged to a group workout lead by @bodybyhannah. Hannah is one-of-a-kind personal trainer focused on taking a personalized approach to building a strong body and strong mind. Daily yoga sessions and self-development workshops are also scheduled.

Travel + Leisure magazine has named Tamarindo as one of Costa Rica’s “Best Girlfriend Getaways.”

I can’t wait for  all the additional fitness adventures; surf lessons, horseback riding, rappelling and zip lining.

I get to indulge in mud bathing, a guided meditation in the world’s largest labyrinth and two spa treatments. (1 treatment included in the price)

There will also be plenty of free time to get to know the ladies, hang out at the beach, catch up on some reading, go shopping in town, as well as have a special dinning experience in the private outdoor groundsof La Senda with the group.

This will truly be an epic start 2018 and launch my fortiest year on a fit and soulful path!

To learn more about this luxury fitness retreat and other amazing destinations please visit FITNESS RETREATS

Luxury Fitness Retreats; Women with Champagne Taste!

Do you consider yourself a fitness fanatic?  Do you have a passion for travel and seek adventures? Would you like to connect with more liked-minded women? Are you also a little bit of a princess? Do you like luxury accommodations and five star service?  If you answered yes, I’ve got a treat for you, so keep on reading!

FIT & Flirty is incredibly excited to be working with Fit & Fly Girl luxury fitness retreats! These are amazing fitness holidays designed for women looking for a fitness focused holiday, new adventures, new friends but also enjoy the funner things in life.

Choose from luxury fitness retreats all over the world: Tulum, Mexico, Costa Rica, the French Riviera, Ibiza, Spain, Morocco and many more destinations.

A fitness retreat can be a a magical way to step outside your comfort zone and visit a new exotic location; you can rest assured that each location has been scouted and approved by Fit & Fly Girl owner Rebecca Garland. Your security and satisfaction is the first priority; as well as ensuring high end accommodations and an exceptional level of service.

A combination of fitness, health & nutrition, wellness, local culture, adventures and of course, pampering, a little wine and lots of laughter!

 

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FLY AWAY WITH ME? FIT & Flirty will be attending the January 20 to 27, 2018 luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica! Hope to see you there!

If you have ANY questions or would like to more information, please leave a comment in theform – include your phone number and I will call you at your convenience.

My last visit to Las Vegas was December 5th 2010. I woke up at five a.m., put on my running shoes and ran the Rock n’ Rock Marathon with a finish time of 4:13:10. Afterwards I celebrated my accomplishment until the sun came up the next morning.

So as a tribute to one of the best days of my life I thought it was appropriate to include some kind of fitness into my most recent trip to Sin City.

So I decided to book myself a Pre-Party Personal Training session. Here are my thoughts:

Gym: Bellagio Spa & Fitness Center is located at 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas Nevada USA (702) 693-7111

Workout: Pre-party personal training session with Tony.

Facility: This gym is big, bright and clean. It’s filled with well organized rows of equipment; everything from treadmills, rowing machines, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers and a plethora of weight training machines I personally have no experience with. Considering I was in Vegas I was quite surprised at how many people were there, though it did not appear many were breaking a real sweat. (Just saying!)

The spa is a woman’s dream with four large hot tubs, a steam room infused with eucalyptus, a sauna, cold towels, fully equipped showers with blower driers, curling irons, flat irons, and all the necessities you’d need to get ready for your night out! Not to mention the fully equipped snack bar with fruits, lemon water, coffee, tea, juices and much more to hydrate with.

My Trainer: Tony was super friendly and had a great vibe. We discussed what kind of workouts I usually do as well as my expectation for the session. His bulging muscles suggested to me that he was well educated on weight training and therefore I decided to go outside my comfort zone and try an hour of weight training.  Tony made me feel completely at ease and wasn’t at all intimidating. Much to the contrary he insisted I was doing a fantastic job and made me feel like a rock star throughout the hour.

Cardio & Strength Training: As mentioned I accepted the challenge of a full body weight training session. I may not have been gasping for air or sweating profusely like I do after a run, bootcamp or spinning session but this workout pushed my body in a different way, and I felt it (especially my arms) for almost a week after.  After a brief warm up Tony had me do 4 circuits, (legs, back, arms and abs) and each series was made up of of 3-4 different exercises which we repeated 3 times and increased the weight  on each repetition   For example the legs circuit included: the leg press machine, 1 minute of squats with dumbbell (started with 15lbs and finished with 30lbs), 1 minute squat hold, and leg raises & tucks on the dip machine X 3.

Bookings: The fitness facilities are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I booked my training sessions a few weeks ahead of time, but I didn’t see a second Personal Training Session in action so I’d assume if you called in a few days before arrival you’d be able to book a trainer.

Pricing: Personal training sessions start at $80 per hour and this price gives you access to the Spa amenities. (Which were fabulous!)

Equipment: You’re not required to bring ANYTHING to your session. Water and towels are provided at no additional cost.

Difficulty: This training session was a test for me. I hadn’t done a weight training session in a few years and honestly had no clue what my threshold was going to be. Tony took the time to explain which muscle was being activated during each exercise.  He gave great demonstrations and explained what not to do to avoid injuries and was very supportive and encouraging yet managed to push me way beyond where I would have gone on my own.

Summary: Like the Hotel Bellagio itself, the fitness facility and training session were amazing! Not only did I manage to do a solid weight session I actually enjoyed and learned a lot and will be incorporating these types of exercises in my weekly routine from now on. So while you’re Las Vegas if you’re looking for a good pre-party workout or a good detox sweat fest I recommend you stop in at the Bellagio fitness centre and ask for Tony! Don’t forget to follow up your training with some pampering at the spa!

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