Spas are turning high-tech when it comes to fitness, so now you can enjoy a fitness break, really working on your technique or taking time to hone your skills and then soothe any aching muscles with a relaxing, targeted massage in the spa. The Spa Man picks the best spas for fitness in the UK.
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Location: Wigginton, Hertfordshire
Price per visit: Double bed and breakfast from £398, Single bed and breakfast from £224. Sports performance analysis from £45
Fitness focus: Recovery and rehabilitation, movement and gait analysis
A comprehensive sports treatment menu provides a rounded approach to sports injury rehabilitation. Integrated screening techniques like gait analysis and Tensiomyography (TMG) assessment (a diagnostic tool used by Barcelona FC) helps to identify muscular imbalances, asymmetries and weaknesses to pinpoint the root causes of injury. The team then design a corrective training programme and can incorporate traditional sports psychology, such as goal setting and the motivational aspects of NLP to maintain a positive approach to recovery.
Added extras: FIFA sized football pitch, tennis, indoor swimming pool
Location: New Forest, Hampshire
Price per visit: Single and double from £255 per room per night (room only). Forest Fit Revive £135, PT session: £40 for one hour.
Fitness focus: Obstacle course, speed, agility and quickness
The Forest Fit Revive package tests and refines speed, agility and fitness skills in the New Forest. Functional training outdoors includes a guided obstacle course, plyometric jumping, resistance, lifting and running with logs and lots more. Great for outdoor fitness training, it includes a hearty and healthy Raw and Cured lunch before heading to the sand dunes for Cross Fit Worm training. Followed by a rest in the hot tub or sauna, the package includes advice on how to progress your efforts at home.
Added extras: spa, hydro and lap pool, forest sauna, gym and tailored PT sessions outdoors for speed, agility and quickness.
Location: Hyde Park, London
Price per visit: Single or double bed and breakfast from £554 per night. Stroke analysis and PT sessions with the Sculpt team start from £150 for 60 minutes.
Fitness focus: Swimming stroke analysis and triathlon coaching
A newly refurbished gym and 17-metre twin lane, stainless-steel pool play host to Sculpt Health & Fitness, a team of trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists and sport coaches founded by former international swimmer David Jones. Providing expert stroke analysis and triathlon swim coaching, the team work to improve strength, fitness and flexibility. Using video analysis, stroke technique is broken down to refine and improve performance prior to outdoor training outside in the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Added extras: In-Body analyzer, vitality pool and steam room
Location: Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
Price per visit: Double bed and breakfast from £340, single from £315. PT from £50 per hour.
Fitness focus: Strength and conditioning
The fitness team includes UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning Association) qualified instructors who train guests in a dedicated 110m2 space. The team incorporate the Keiser (gas powered) functional trainer and a Bodycore functional platform to improve stability through dynamic movement. The gym boasts a deadlifting platform, squat rack, Olympic, incline and decline benches, with dumbells up to 48kg, and barbell weights to 200kg+. Complementing strength and conditioning workouts, Olympic rings, battle ropes, kettle bells and plyometric boxes all feature in PT sessions.
Added extras: 27 hole championship golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis, pool
Location: Darlington, Durham
Price per visit: Single and double bed and breakfast from £119, per room, per night. Specialist clinics from £50 per hour
Fitness focus: Injury prevention and management, postural and running analysis
The specialist team of clinical sports medicine experts help prevent and manage muscular injuries and postural problems. With medical screening and assessment they manage post injury recovery and work on prevention with postural and running analysis. Specialising in neck, shoulder and back problems, stretching and strengthening exercises are included in a long-term recovery plan, combined with specific deep tissue massage to help alleviate pain or excessive muscle tension.
Added extras: 20 metre pool, golf course, sports massage, Nordic walking