Boot camp and Pilates vacations offer stiff competition to yoga retreats

Yogis have their pick of vacation retreats, from intimate weekends with celebrity teachers in far-flung locales to major yoga events such as Wanderlust or Bhakti Fest. Now fitness studios, boot camp instructors and personal trainers are getting in on the action with their own fitness-minded getaways and luxury holiday packages.

Reported in health and fitness blog WellandGoodNYC.com on September 19, these top five fall fitness vacations offer gorgeous beachy destinations, spa treatments, healthy menus and scheduled hardcore workouts with well-known trainers.

Physique 57 Canyon Ranch Retreat
October 13-16, Lenox, Massachusetts
November 10-13, Miami Beach

Tone your thighs to breathtaking fall foliage at the Lenox retreat, led by workout program Physique cofounder Tanya Becker. At the beachfront spa hotel in Miami, strengthen your core to the sound of crashing waves.
Rates starting at $1,317 in Miami Beach; $2,080 in Lenox. http://www.physique57.com/retreats.htm


Holly Rilinger Training Camp

October 26-30
Tulum, Mexico

Top New York trainer Holly Rilinger brings her boot camp workout to Tulum. The program merges her intense training classes with yoga, white sand beaches and Mayan ruins. Rates starting at $1,200 (lunch and dinner not included). http://www.hollyrilinger.com


Core's Up: A Core Fusion + Paddleboarding Retreat

October 26-30
Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

Join Core Fusion founders Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp at the Gansevoort in Turks & Caicos for a weekend packed with core-centric classes and paddleboarding. Rates starting at $1,950 (lunch and dinner not included). http://www.exhalespa.com


Real Wellness Retreat

November 6-12
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

Pilates fans can enjoy a celebrity hot spot resort spa for six nights with Pilates pioneer Alycea Ungaro.
Rates starting at $5,176. http://www.parrotcay.como.bz


Frankly Fitness Immersion
November 9-13
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Famed trainer Frank Baptiste is offering boot camp sessions on the beaches at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Expect days filled with jump rope and Kettleball drills, followed by massages and snorkeling.
Rates starting at $1,602 (lunch not included). http://www.franklyfitness.com

If taking a cruise is more your style, skip the all-you-can-eat buffet and opt for Crystal Cruises, which offers wellness-theme cruises complete with yoga and Pilates classes and a running track onboard. Or try a Wildfitness program, an intense one to 3.5 week course that includes beach runs, challenging swims, nutritional evaluations, and yoga in Crete, Greece, and Watamu, Kenya.

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