Here are just a few popular questions we get asked, but feel free to contact us if there’s anything we haven’t covered.
What’s the difference between Body:Fit (Ibiza and Marbella) and Jump:Start (Ibiza)?
Body:Fit Ibiza & Marbella:
Led by 38ºN owners Claire & James, the three night retreats in Marbella or Ibiza (ME) are the perfect way to immerse yourself in their transformational approach. They very much focus on the mindset element of success – complimented with results driven training and incredible food. Your retreat – be it in Ibiza or Marbella – will be a truly luxurious wellness break. Body:Fit Ibiza includes one-on-one PT and Coaching sessions to give you a bespoke experience and enable you to achieve your individual goals.
Based on our original retreat from six years ago, this four night break offers the ultimate kickstart to a healthier, happier you. Hosted at Sol Beach House, the team will share their expertise, knowledge and warmth, in order to help you achieve results. The location is also the perfect spot to watch the sunrise – alongside great service with a smile. Jump:Start is also a full board retreat.
Where are you based?
We’re a UK Limited company, but from April to November we are based at the 5* ME Ibiza hotel and the 4* Sol Beach House, in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza (North East of the island). We also run retreats at the 5* Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella. We have weekly classes for Soho House members at Shoreditch House, London and we also run various pop-ups at locations around the world. Check out the website and our social media for updates.
What retreats and holidays do you offer in Ibiza?
From May to October we run our group Body:Fit and Jump:Start retreats
What retreats and holidays do you offer in Marbella?
We offer our Body:Fit Long Weekend once a month from January to April and then in November.
Do you do Bespoke Yoga Retreats?
No, sorry, we’re focussed on fitness.
Are dinners included on the group retreats?
On Jump:Start you are full board with a buffet dinner. On other retreats, after feedback from clients we decided to provide lunches and leave evenings free for you to explore the local area. There are many fantastic restaurants – giving you the opportunity to get out and about, soak up the atmosphere and sample a variety of food. However, if you want to stay in, our locations have excellent restaurants on site.
Are you ABTA or ATOL bonded? Is my money safe?
ATOL is only for tour operators selling packages including flights. And sadly, ABTA is very expensive for the smaller tour operator’s like 38ºN. We have specialist tour operator financial failure and liability insurance that complies with EU package holiday regulations (unlike many retreat companies!), which means your money and holiday is 100% protected.
What do I need to bring with me?
We recommend two sets of trainers, several sets of workout clothes (and of course underwear!), swimwear, goggles, sunglasses, a sun hat, sun cream, a small rucksack and some casual clothes for the evening or going out. When you book, you’ll receive a full kit list.
How fit do I need to be?
We cater for all levels and have trained hundreds of clients over the past four years – of all different shapes, sizes, fitness abilities, age and gender. At the start of most of our retreats we run a fitness assessment to gauge fitness levels and abilities – purely so you can track your progress at the end of your stay. We also carry out a consultation with you when you arrive to find out what your regular exercise routine looks like. From there we tailor our activities to the individual. As a rough guide you should be able to comfortably complete a 5km fast walk – if you can do that, you can do most of the activities we offer. Plus, all our trainers are highly experienced and will recognise if someone needs to be shown alternatives to bring down the intensity. If you have any serious injuries or health conditions you think might prevent you participating in any of the exercises, please discuss these with us before booking.
Is it like a bootcamp? Will people be shouting at me?
We do not class ourselves as a ‘bootcamp’ – and we certainly don’t believe in shouting at people to get results! We encourage our clients to be the best they can be – to challenge them in a motivational way. Yes – we’ll push you, but we’re not going to break you! We want you to feel amazing and confident when you leave us – having achieved your goals. In a nutshell, you’ll get out what you put in and we’re here to help you on that journey. You’re also free to skip sessions and rest if you want to.
Will someone from the team be with us 24/7
No – we are a hotel format, not a villa format – which gives you the freedom to be around the group or spend some time alone. We attract clients that are self-sufficient and do not like to be hand-held constantly. We are there to train and support you through your sessions, but we leave you to enjoy your breakfast and lunches alone. Your evenings are also free to do with what you will. We’re there to motivate you, support you and coach you. If you feel like you might need someone with you for a majority of the day and night, this may not be for you. But if you’re looking for freedom, space and a great training schedule, with informative workshops – we are more likely for you 🙂
What’s the food like?
Our food is delicious and nutritious without being restrictive. In Ibiza you have a daily allowance at each hotel for your lunch, so go healthy, or indulge, as you wish. We’re happy to give you tips on the healthier options – think dishes of fresh grilled fish, stir fry, fresh, colourful salads and hearty soups. However, if you’re not watching your weight, you’re of course free to choose dishes from the regular menu. We can cater for most allergies and intolerances but we ask you take ownership of your food and make the kitchen aware of your needs when you order.
What’s included in my break?
On each retreat page you can see the experience summarised and inclusions and exclusions – please ensure you read these before booking. Our holidays include accommodation, half board, all activities and training. If you come on a bespoke break then all activities you paid for are included, along with accommodation. You can choose whether you’d like to come on a bed and breakfast, half board, or full board basis.
What if I’m on my own?
We welcome plenty of single travellers – male, female and of all ages. And because of the variety of programmes we offer, there tends to be a lot of people around to socialise with, if that’s what you’re after. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some solitude, you’ll also get plenty of downtime to rest and rejuvenate. There really is no pressure either way!
What’s the weather like?
In Ibiza and Marbella you can expect sun pretty much everyday. In July and August temperatures can climb to mid-30s and we adjust the activities and schedule accordingly. Before and after those times, temperatures are around mid-20s.
Where will I be training?
In Ibiza all our training takes place outdoors, as we want to make the most of being in nature – in the woods for shade, on the beach (at ME Ibiza), from a lookout point for stunning views and by the sea on grass for Yoga or Pilates. It can sometimes be very hot, so we recommend drinking plenty of water, bringing a hat and applying plenty of suncream. At other locations, sometimes we train clients in a studio if space is available. If you’re not happy training in the heat and/or dust/sand (or sometimes getting a little dirty), then this probably isn’t for you.
What results can I expect?
You get out what you put in. Our shorter breaks are designed as an educational kick-start and over three or four days we’re not expecting to change your body composition. On longer holidays as long as you follow our guidance, most people find their fitness levels improve dramatically and their body fat decreases over a week. Fat loss in the region of 2 to 4% is not uncommon on the week long programmes, sometimes more. Just as important though, is the advice and support we give you to maintain your healthier lifestyle once you return home. Think of your holiday with us as a results driven kick-start to your new wellbeing journey.
What happens when I get back home?
We’re not a fire and forget outfit and love to continue our relationships with clients once they’ve returned home. Many even return year after year to us. During the retreats we’ll educate you about nutrition, psychology of training, motivation and more, plus explain why we’re doing the training we’re doing – so you’ll go home well equipped with the knowledge and confidence to take you forward. You’ll have access to our private Facebook group, discounts on further retreats and more in the pipeline… Whatever programme you’ve done with us, you’re encouraged to keep in touch with us and ask questions, and we find many clients keep us updated on their progress, which makes us very happy! Finally, some retreats we run also provide pre and post coaching calls – but please check on the list of inclusions.
What time do activities start and end?
We generally start activities between 08:00 and 09:00 and our last sessions end no later than 19:00.
How long are your activities?
They vary. Most sessions are 45 minutes to an hour long. Interval training, such as circuits, HIIT and Insanity can frequently be 30 to 40 minutes long, as they’re more intense. Morning runs are around 30 minutes as are coastal walks. Excursion type activities such as mountain biking, hiking, SUP and surfing generally run from 90 to 120 minutes, depending on conditions and client fitness/energy levels.
How many hours a day will I be working out?
It’s entirely up to you! The daily programmes are perfectly balanced to include higher and lower intensity sessions to ensure we get results, but don’t overtrain you. However, you can dip in and out as you please – we’re not here to judge, but to motivate and inspire – so we’ll never make you do anything you don’t want to. Having said that, you’ll get the best results (and knowledge) by doing as much as possible. We figure that you’ve invested the time and money to visit us, so doing the most you can makes sense. As a rule of thumb, for the more intense Body:Fit retreat series, you can expect 5 to 6 hours of exercise a day. On the Body:Reset and DNA:Fitness, 4 to 5 hours with slightly more down time.
Will I get some time to relax?
Yes. Although you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy exercising regardless of the type of holiday you come on, we also realise you’re on holiday! Therefore, we’ve built some time into all our programmes for having treatments, relaxing by the pool, or exploring the local area.
What about massages?
All of our locations offer a range of massages and spa services via the hotels we work with.
Will I get one-one training or coaching sessions?
On our Body:Fit Ibiza we include a PT and a Coaching session. You’re always free to book these as extras on any of our other retreats.
Sounds great, how do I book?
Drop us an email or give us a call and we can arrange the rest. You can pay by bank transfer or by card. We ask for a deposit to secure the booking with the balance due 3 weeks before arrival.