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Shape up! 14 fitness retreats and bootcamps for this autumn

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After the many indulgences of summer, autumn provides the perfect opportunity for a healthy reset.

These active breaks in the UK and Europe put you back into the feel-good zone, both physically and mentally…

Bootcamp Insanity at Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve

Tighten that core on a short break away in the Algarve

Pine Cliffs Resort / Luis Ferraz

The name – Insanity – perhaps says as much as you need to know about this retreat in southern Portugal, available for three-, five- or seven-night stints. Based on intense military-style training, with weight-lifting, cardio and circuit training all in the mix, it kicks off with an assessment by a personal trainer so that no matter your fitness level you’ll feel challenged. Huffing and puffing is mandatory but at least you’ll be sweating it out in a beautiful setting – on the beaches and in the pine forests of the Algarve, where weather is typically warm and sunny well into autumn.

The Retreater UK Fitness Beach Retreat, Hampshire

You won’t be kicking back on the south coast sands, but training on them

The Retreater

There’s not a gym in sight on this varied three-day coastal workout retreat by the Dorset/Hampshire border – rather, it’s the great British outdoors that’s going to get you fit. Operating from September 22 – 24, the retreat based in Barton-on-Sea packs in coastal bike rides, stand up paddleboarding, HIIT and core training for its participants, many of which are solo travellers. Accommodation is in the comfy Cliff House, where you’ll wake up to panoramic views of the watery Solent.

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