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October 22, 2012
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Getting ready for ski season on the beach

VAIL - How about ski conditioning on the white, sandy beaches of the Caribbean? Warm, sunny, oasis of serenity, healthy eating, healthy people - that sounds perfect. Mind and body rejuvenation are just what you need at this time of the year, along with some conditioning to prepare for the ski season. Bikini Bootcamp is an adventurous fitness and yoga holiday. The program is designed to help guests reconnect to themselves and nature through a combination of exercise, healthy eating, adventure, yoga, relaxation and pampering. Bikini Boot Camp is a weight-loss vacation, yoga retreat and fitness holiday but with so much more.

From Nov. 10 to 16, local resident Billy Kuhn will be a guest trainer at Amasala resort in Tulum, Mexico. Kuhn is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and fitness manager at the Gypsum Recreation Center.

Each day begins with a stretch on the beach followed by a one-hour power walk and then varies from there to include a high-energy cardio workout, some sort of sculpt and yoga, as well as other activities that may include an inspiring salsa, African or belly dance class, an insightful meditation session or an informative presentation on the local culture, area or nutrition. Each program is tailored to the specific location.

Participants leave feeling lighter not only in body but in mind and spirit, as well. Bikini Bootcamp is like a weight-loss vacation combined with a yoga retreat in a beautiful setting with great style, food and people. It is best described as a tune-up for the mind, body and spirit.

Guests tend to be accomplished women in their 30s and 40s who are looking for a healthy holiday on a beautiful beach, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where they can relax, renew and focus on themselves, but the program accepts people of all ages, men and women, and each person brings something special to the session.

"Some of our guests are already in a fitness regime, others are looking to kick start one, and others just looking for a fun, active holiday from which they will return home looking and feeling better," Kuhn said. "The atmosphere is noncompetitive, and we encourage everyone to work at their pace."


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The VailDaily Updated Oct 22, 2012 04:11PM Published Oct 22, 2012 04:09PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.