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viva españa Karen Maxwell reports on the life-changing approach of RFH Fitness boot camps


and enjoying the local cuisine. They certainly wouldn’t expect a


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daily itinerary that might start with a pre-breakfast pilates class, followed by a 25km bike ride and an afternoon spent circuit training in the hotel gym. However, this is a typical daily routine for RFH Fitness clients when they sign


ost people associate a few days’ break in southern Spain with relaxing in the sunshine


up for a fully-inclusive four- to 28-day weight loss and fi tness boot camp. Priced at 891–5,539 and based at


a four-star resort hotel on the edge of the historic city of Antequera, in the heart of Andalucia, there’s certainly no hardship involved. Nevertheless, guests are encouraged to stick to their daily programme of activities and healthy meal selections (mostly fruit and vegetables and no, or very little, alcohol) to help them reach their individual goals.


“Often people – particularly those in


stressful jobs – go on holiday to rest and relax, but then revert to bad habits once they get back home,” RFH Fitness founder Mel Richards explains. “Our focus is to offer a fi tness holiday that helps motivate them towards positive change by giving them the confi dence to turn their lives around. Here people don’t have to make decisions – they just need to fi t into the programme’s structure and address what’s important to them in their lives back home.”


military know-how Having served in the British military for 25 years, Richards re-trained as a personal trainer (PT) with Premier Training, moved to Spain and set up activity-focused Rio Frio Holidays (RFH) in 2004. A year later, after reading about a similar outfit in Brazil and realising he was already giving many of his activity clients free advice on fitness and nutrition, he then extended his offering to encompass a weight loss and fitness concept.


Mel Richards (pictured left) started RFH Fitness after spending 25 years in the military and training as a PT with Premier Training


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