FOUR FITNESS ACTIVITIES
NOT TO BE MISSED THIS SUMMER
The sun is shining, you want to stay fit but the last thing you want to do is go to a stuffy Marbella gym without air conditioning. I am still yet to find one that has it!
So, this month I decided to go and try out the best fitness activities Marbella and the coast has to offer. And here are my fantastic four recommendations!
After you finish reading, get your imaginary coat, your kids, your partner, your friends, your sunblock and get ready to have an amazing time at 1 of the below, or why not try all of them. I guarantee you will not regret it.
(ONE FOR THE HARDCORE SPORTISTAS)
This was the first stop on my journey in finding the best activities Marbella has to offer. For anyone who doesn´t know, Mike’s Gym is a simply incredible purpose built training facility that specialises in OCR (Obstacle Course Racing). I was met by super fit trainer Sorrel, who walked me through what is known to be Europe´s TOUGHEST OCR Course and tried out some of the gruelling activities. You name it, I did it; I climbed, I ran, I jumped, I swung, I balanced, I lifted, I threw and I ended up in the water!
I met Mike himself, the owner and creator of this amazing camp and he is as hardcore as the course. Known for his famous sayings, “don´t f**k about” & “do it like you mean it” I am already hooked and booked in for the end of the month.
Now there is something for everyone here but I recommend Mikes Gym for the more advanced sports lovers out there.
www.mikesgymmarbella.com | TEL:+34 606 609 906
I BIKE MARBELLA (G2MOVE MARBELLA SEGWAY TOURS)
(ONE FOR THE LEISURE LOVERS)
My second stop was a well-deserved rest after I recovered from my first and I went to see I Bike Marbella. Since the paseo has been fully finished, it has been littered with people out running and biking and everywhere I look, I see the familiar sign of I Bike Marbella.
So I went to try out their Segway and bicycle tours. I have not riden a bike since I was 18 years old and it´s true you never forget how! I realised how fun it was to ride and segway through Banus overlooking the beautiful beaches and people watch those sunning themselves in La Sala by The Sea and Ocean Club.
A simple yet great way to stay fit this summer and the staff were so friendly and happy to help. Gilles took me out and we had such fun. I recommend this to anyone wanting a nice easy leisure activity or for those with kids.
www.g2move.com | TEL: +34 952 636 245
FIT4LIFE POLE DANCE MARBELLA
(ONE FOR THE LADIES)
Now this one I was nervous about! I have a few friends who go to Fit4Life and swear by it. So I have seen photos and I knew what to expect. I have also watched “Magic Mike” the film and in the back of my head, have thought if all else fails I will become a male pole dancer. (Surely I could do it?)
Turns out I was massively wrong. Pole dancing; yes, is as owner Tyrenne describes; “…sexually liberating, emotionally cathartic and an exploration of self…” but is also; “an incredible core and upper body strength builder” not to mention you need flexibility, the ability to learn new skills, executing them and absolutely knackering.
Tyrenne, who is utterly breath-taking when she dances, tried to teach me a few moves (See pictures – Big Fail!.
What a fantastic atmosphere with superb teachers, who love what they do, just like the ladies dancing. The Fit4Life ethos is… “But what if I fall? Oh but darling, what if you fly.”
I am pushing for a male group but I urge, urge, urge, any women out there who want to keep fit, get strong and feel confident to join this quite amazing movement.
www.fit4lifemarbella.com | TEL:+34 687 101730
RANCH SIESTA LOS RUBIOS
(ONE FOR EVERYONE)
My last stop and when I asked on social media for initial suggestions, this one got the most recommendations.
I was greeted by 7 beautiful, smiling faces all gathered around preparing Nero, my horse for the day. Ranging from 5 -16, these girls smothered me with knowledge about horses and riding.
At Ranch Siesta Los Rubios, the girls help muck out, train the horses, ride, feed, wash and water these majestic creatures, most of which have been rescued. As well as make up “Team Los Rubios” who compete in competitions.
Paulina, gave me a 20 minute crash course and I was galloping before I knew it. Apparently I was a natural, or so the girls said. Even if I wasn´t, it was this friendly and encouraging team spirit that you cannot find anywhere else that I ultimately loved.
Then to top off a brilliant day, Caroline the owner, along with two others, took me on a hack through the breathtaking scenery. This is a new experience for me and I highly recommend, whatever your age or your interests, to go and support this incredibly fun and welcoming ranch.
facebook.com/ranchsiesta | TEL:+34 645 415 697