From functional beach circuits to guided cliff hikes, active recovery and sea swims there, our latest coastal fitness weekend will leave you with tired limbs but most importantly a smug feeling of satisfaction.
The weekend is led by experienced and professional personal trainers Lottie and Emma from Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats. Their guided innovative sessions are based around functional and primal movement patterns and using the body as a whole without the use of sarms or other unnatural enhancers. Mindful movement underpins their philosophy and their fun sessions aim to promote an agile, fit, strong and injury free body that is bursting with energy and vitality.
Training is aimed at all levels; a pre arrival consultation will ensure your individual goals are met. Structured classes incorporate the stunning natural environment and sessions have been consciously structured to be systematically progressive and balance muscle groups. The active recovery and sea dips will ensure your muscles are restored and ready for the next day.
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
Barefoot beach runs
Running barefoot on sand allows your feet to move through their natural range of motion, which helps to strengthen your feet and ankles. Beach running—especially on dry, loose sand uses much less impact force and in addition, strengthens your arches, ankles and other below-the-knee muscles more than running on harder surfaces. Numerous studies have found that running on sand consumes up to 30% more energy than running on asphalt. It requires you to generate more force and works through a fuller range of motion, from your ankles to your hip flexors and arms. Sand is also a fantastic way to exfoliate those feet so an added bonus at the end of the workout!
Forget dumbbells and repetitive isolated muscle movements in the gym. The structured training provided by Mountain Beach wakes up and challenges your body in a functional and primal way. You’ll be doing activities such as beach circuits, intermittent sand sprints on various terrains and progressive whole body training methods which will allow you o connect to the elements and reap all the benefits that the elements at Watergate bay has to offer.
The Victorian’s had faith in the bracing sea air. As early as the 1700s, doctors were prescribing trips to the shore or stays at “bathing hospitals” for ailments ranging from depression to tuberculosis. Not only is the sea air is almost completely free from exhaust fumes and soot particles. The climate by the sea is especially curative to the respiratory organs and the skin, in addition it improves circulation and strengthens the body’s defences.
Sea air contains tiny droplets of seawater enriched with salt, iodine, magnesium and trace elements. Magnesium depletes the stress response allowing you to take a hiatus from urban life and restore your mind to a new level. Sea air is also charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. Negative ions also balance levels of serotonin, so a few nights sleep after a long day outdoors propel you to new levels of positivity, enhanced energy and overall well-being.
Hippocrates first used the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of seawater, the Ancient Greeks appreciated the health benefits of this mineral-rich water and bathed and soaked in seawater-filled pools and hot tubs.
There are a myriad of health benefits; in addition to enhancing your mood, a swim in the sea can help increase your immune system function, reduce asthma and allergies, reduce inflammation, restores essential minerals, improve circulation, hydrate your skin and most importantly promote overall well-being. Scientists also claim that bathing in salt water can increase the elasticity of the skin and improve its outer appearance! Great news for keeping the wrinkles at bay! The Mountain Beach girls will assist the brave! Even going waist deep is a fantastic way to reduce inflammation after a hard circuit session.
Not only does the South West Coast path provide breathtaking scenery for trail running. The stunning views up to Bedruthen St epsand beyond provide undulating terrain and will ensure you work harder and reap physiological benefits too.
We all know trails as opposed to road running produces less impact and prevents injury but there are a host of other benefits to be gained. Trails change your running gait, getting you up on your toes and shortening your stride and they enhance your balance. Trail running and walking can help activate and condition the ancillary muscle groups in our legs and core that provide stabilization and take the load off the main muscle groups used for forward motion. This again helps prevent injury but also enhances an effective running movement.
The wonderful bays north of Watergate can be explored on foot, avoiding crowds and allowing access in low tides to secluded beaches. Active recovery is an integral part of any training program and hiking on the stunning cliff path coupled with assisted stretching from the Mountain Beach Team is a fantastic way to experience this. Not only does it help you recover it aids muscle memory, it builds your aerobic system and therefore muscle endurance.