7 ways to get fit for summer—in paradise—with superstar trainers

fitness retreats For a lot of us, this winter has been about hibernation—and it’s hard to imagine—okay, remember—what doing burpees on the beach or meditating in a sunbeam feels like.

New York City’s top trainers are here to help. A squadron of fitness superstars are taking their workouts to paradise for spring-into-summer sweat seshes that come with enough vitamin D to remedy your almost-certain deficiency (or just make your endorphins and metabolism do double-time in gorgeous destinations).

Follow them to Costa Rica for dance cardio and surfing or to Turks & Caicos for sandy boot camp sessions with plenty of time for hammock relaxation.

So come Memorial Day, you’ll have recaptured the energy, abs, and outlook, amazing summers are made of. —Lisa Elaine Held

 (Photo: Sweet + Thrasher)


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fitness retreats Fitness and Foolishness by Sweet + Thrasher
Nassau Beach, Bahamas
April 16–19

Popular NYC Pilates teacher Nicole Sweet and fitness instructor Marisa Thrasher bring their fitness-should-be-fun approach to the Bahamas. Translation: A three-night stay at the Melia Nassau Beach during which twice-daily Pilates and fitness classes are followed by complimentary cocktails (maybe spiked with coconut water?). Here, your post-workout “cool down” means checking out the three pools with waterfalls facing the ocean. www.fitnessandfoolishness.com

(Photo: Sweet + Thrasher)


Anna Kaiser AKTrip
Alajuela, Costa Rica
April 17–22

Two dance cardio classes a day with the amazing Anna Kaiser are your only time commitments at this wellness-minded resort destination in Costa Rica. You’ll also have access to yoga, aerial silk, and cooking classes, and fresh, healthy meals. In your non-sweaty time, explore the area’s natural wonders (i.e. volcanos, waterfalls, and beaches made for surfing). Or just lounge by the pool. No judgment here. www.puravidaspa.com, email reservations@puravidaspa.com to register

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fitness retreats Training C.A.M.P. with Coach Curtis
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
April 23–27

Ketanga Fitness Retreats brings former NFL player Curtis Williams’ tough, athletic strength and conditioning workout, Training C.A.M.P., to this incredibly peaceful, gorgeous beach town (sandy fitness drills included). Bonus: You’ll get a surf lesson in one of the most famous wave-riding destinations in the world. www.ketangafitness.com


Uplift fitness retreat Uplift and Breathe Repeat Retreat
South Beach, Miami, Florida
April 24–26

Consider this the perfect (healthy) girls’ weekend. The fun, fit team behind women-only studio Uplift is teaming up with at-work yoga company Breathe, Repeat to fill three days with both butt-kicking boot camp sessions and yoga and meditation classes on the beach. There’s also a private poolside cabana and wine and cocktails involved, naturally. www.upliftstudios.com

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Julie Wilcox Retreat Julie Wilcox Wellness Fitness and Yoga Boot Camp
Marti Hemithea, Southwest Turkey
May 10–24

Um, after two weeks at a five-star boutique hotel on the coast of the Aegean sea, you may be glowing so much your friends won’t recognize you. Wellness guru Julie Wilcox will be your guide throughout, for toning, cardio, yoga, and meditation sessions, plus hikes to historic ruins, swimming in the sea, and spa time if you so desire. www.juliewilcoxmethod.com

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fitness retreat Shape Up for Summer with Courtney Paul
West Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
May 15–17

Barry’s Bootcamp muscle master Courtney Paul will whip you into shape in the sand during a weekend at gorgeous Grace Bay Beach. It also includes all-inclusive healthy meals, a beach barbecue, and a $50 spa credit for your bound-to-be-aching biceps and quads. www.thewestbayclub.com

 (Photo: West Bay Club)


fitness retreats Fit & Fun Under the Sun with Adam Rosante
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
May 16–23

Spend a week with People’s Bootcamp founder and author of The 30-Second Body Adam Rosante in Antigua, where your daily high-intensity workouts will paired with morning meditations, plus spa treatments, sailing, and water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Pack extra bathing suits. www.curtainbluff.com

(Photo: Curtain Bluff)


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