MOUNTAIN BEACH FITNESS RETREATS FAQ’s

So you’re considering joining a fitness retreat. Here are some questions that might be on your mind. Any more please do get in touch as we are happy to help.

 

1. What fitness level do I need to be? 

2. What sets apart your retreat from others?

3. How big is the group?

4. Will I be too old?

5. Will the retreat match my fitness goals?

6. What if I am the weakest team member?

7. Are the trainers’ fully qualified and what sets them apart?

8. Will I have time to relax?

9. Can I smoke and drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks?

10. What is the food like?

11. What if I have never trained at altitude before?

12. I don’t run, I am terrified of running especially hills

13. I have an injury will I still be able to attend?

14. What if I want some time off?

15. Will I have to share a bathroom?

16. Are towels provided?

17. What kit do I need to bring?

 

1. What fitness level do I need to be?

We cater for all fitness levels and due to our small group sizes we are able to tailor workouts to a variety of levels. We offer a pre arrival, free consultation to discuss your current fitness level and goals. We can then modify the programme to ensure each of our client’s is working toward their own objectives.

 

2. What sets apart your retreat from others?

Where do we begin! Our exceptional locations, our motivated, friendly staff, the high quality delicious, fresh food. This retreat is fuelled by passion and a genuine love for outdoor fitness. At MBFR we work with integrity and compassion and want to share with our clients the places that we have discovered for fitness training. We believe in what we are doing and want to motivate others to embrace this outdoor life.

We treat each client as an individual and have chosen to run it in small group sizes so we are able to give each person the attention they deserve. At MBFR we want to educate you and challenge your mindset as well as your body. This way you will return transformed and able to implement these changes into your daily life.

 

3. How big is the group?

The maximum we have in a group is 8. However it is likely that we will split training levels on ability, for certain activities, and so it will be smaller than this.

 

4. Will I be too old?

Absolutely not! No explanation needed!

 

5. Will the retreat match my fitness goals?

Yes, our pre arrival assessment will allow us to ensure that each person and their objectives are taken into account and met. We will then hopefully inspire you to push these boundaries.

 

6. What if I am the weakest team member?

This does not matter. We work with people at an individual level and can tailor intensity/repetitions etc to ability.

 

7. Are the trainers’ fully qualified and what sets them apart?

All of our trainers have a level 3 REPS personal training qualification. Our yoga teacher has over 10 years experience. The chef has been cooking in ‘uber luxe’ Verbier chalets also for over 10 years. Overall what sets them apart is their attitude, they are always willing to go the extra mile to help clients. Ultimately each staff member lives and breathes our ethos of motivation, integrity and compassion… making your time here and every workout enjoyable!

 

8. Will I have time to relax?

Yes, we have active recovery sessions and full recovery sessions. Each day there will be some time off to explore the town, have a massage, sunbathe or read a book.

 

9. Can I smoke and drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks?

We cannot accept smoking in our properties but we cannot ban it from our retreat. However we do not encourage it. Caffeinated drinks are available but we advise these to be drank mindfully and not in excess. We do not encourage or offer alcohol, as we would like the retreat to be an opportunity for you to take some time out from your daily routine and focus 100% on your health, fitness and wellbeing.

 

10. What is the food like?

The food is exceptional. Fresh, healthy, seasonal ingredients are compiled in a creative way to create light meals that will leave you satiated. We promote a balanced diet so do not ban any particular food group, but can obviously cater to allergies. We offer 3 meals a day, with 2 courses at dinner. You will not go hungry but everything you eat will be extremely nutritious and appetising.

 

11. What if I have never trained at altitude before?

This is not a problem. We take special care of our guests and can vary our altitude levels depending on their ability.

 

12. I don’t run, I am terrified of running especially hills

Running is not compulsory on our camps, although we do encourage everyone to give it a try. We can however offer a hiking group as an alternative.

 

13. I have an injury will I still be able to attend?

We encourage our clients to listen to their bodies. In some cases we are able to tailor programmes to account for minor injuries but we do insist you fill out a personal medical form prior to arrival so we are aware and consult your doctor if unsure.

 

14. What if I want some time off?

We encourage our clients to participate in all our activities as we have formatted them so they provide a balanced programme. There will be some time off each day to relax and we will give one half day per week where you will be able to explore the local attractions.

 

15. Will I have to share a bathroom?

We have a range of room types, which include en suite and shared bathroom options, so you needn’t share if you would prefer not to. We do our best to stick to these configurations as per your booking however in some rare circumstances we may need to alter this and reserve to right to do so. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more detail.

 

16. Are towels provided?

Yes, all locations are beautifully equipped with linen and towels.

 

17. What kit do I need to bring?

We advise to pack the following items:

  • Trainers
  • Enough workout wear to sustain the weeks long retreat (washing facilities provided in all locations at a small additional cost) – Shorts or leggings and exercise tops
  • Warm leggings or lightweight trousers (for hikes)
  • Long sleeved warm fleece or shell top
  • Good lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sun cream (at altitude the sun burns even quicker!)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Small 15-20 litre rucksack for carrying food, water and extra clothing for the day (some camel backs have room for extra clothing and will also be sufficient)
  • Swimwear and swim towel
  • Water bottle

OPTIONAL:

  • Hiking boots (accompanied by long socks as opposed to ankle socks!) or trail trainers
  • Hat and light gloves (for Verbier’s high trails)
  • Walking poles