The countdown is on. Just a few weeks until your holiday and that muffin top is still hanging over your Houlihans. The word 'bikini' usually strikes fear into even the most bootilicious of babes and generally the hard and fast rule is “no pain, no gain” but Champneys has come up with the perfect balance of pain and pleasure with a new array of boot camp programmes.

Whatever your goal or motivation, Champneys’ activity schedules are ideal to kick-start a new regime – they’ll leave you brimming with energy and promise to get you back into shape, fast.

The programmes are based on a military fitness-style regime and are tailored to your needs so you might find yourself going for an early morning hike or bike ride, followed by a session with a personal trainer and finishing up with an aqua aerobics class. Nutritionists and fitness experts are on hand for your entire stay to help you achieve your goals. Naturally, you are allowed a little down time after all that hard work, so you’ll head down to the spa for some well-deserved pampering in the form of a massage or detoxifying mud wrap followed by a session in the Thalassotherapy pool - ideal for soothing those aching muscles.

There are a number of breaks available, varying from the two-night Body Bootcamp (prices start from £229.95 per person) to the seven-night Fit Camp (prices start from £950 per person, including all meals, treatments and accommodation).

For more information call 0843 316 2222 or visit

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By Zoe Robertson