Tuesday, 9 November 2010

PTX Ultimate Wellness Retreat, Bab Al Shams Dubai

I’ve just returned from a fabulous weekend at Bab Al Shams with my wife where we had a 3-day taster of the PTX Ultimate Wellness Retreat (http://ptxdubai.com/index.php/the-ultimate-wellness-retreat/). This is the first camp of its kind in the UAE, and their core principals are fitness, nutrition and performance. This 7-day camp is run by ex-professional athletes who bring passion, enthusiasm and knowledge to the training, which is designed to be functional, mainly bodyweight exercises that everyone can do, regardless of equipment.

A typical day includes:
6.15am – 7.15am: Sunrise Meditation & Yoga
7.30am – 8.15am: Walk/Power Walk/Run
8.30am – 9.30am: Physical Fitness Power Hour
9.30am – 10.30am: Breakfast 
11.30am – 12.45pm: Nutrition Workshop (we did a juicing workshop)
1pm – 2pm: Physical Fitness Power Hour
2pm – 3pm: Lunch
5.30pm – 6.30pm: Physical Fitness Power Hour
6.45pm – 7.30pm: Pool Recovery Session
7.30pm: Dinner

That’s over 5 hours of exercise per day! But everyone managed, the sessions and meal plans were intelligently created so ensure that we all recovered quickly. What really set this apart was the camaraderie and supportive atmosphere. We all worked very hard, but had fun doing it. I loved it! We’re already trying to reorganise our schedules to arrange another visit. After only 3 days I feel great, so imagine how good all 7 days would be.

Loads of exercise and fresh air. The right kind of foods, deliciously prepared. All of Bab Al Shams’ fantastic facilities on offer during the free time. I’d live on the Ultimate Wellness Retreat if I could. If Heineken designed a wellness retreat…

Huge thanks to Tom and the team!

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  1. were you accompanied by the same wife that i know, or have you got a new one?

    i notice there was no minty fags and pinot session on the timetable?

  2. Hey GG, I've added a pic so that you can see it is indeed the same wife. She kicks arse, and makes sure she looks great at the same time, oh yes, sunglasses darling.

  3. Hi Dude,

    I had checked your link. This is very informative concept . I never thought of it that way. I came across this site recently which I think it will be a great use of new ideas and informations.Thank you for sharing it with us.