Riding horses, making bowls from gourds, and using a machete to open a coconut. These activities aren’t normally associated with a fitness retreat, but with a Reboot Camp trip, they’re not only a great diversion from the twice-daily workouts, they’re necessary.
Taking on the project of redesigning yourself, rebooting your life, if you will, needs the right environment. The originators of the original boot camp experience, the military, understood that. To make someone new -- to get rid of the bad habits and give a foundation for the good – isn’t all about the physical. You have to take the individual out of their comfort zone, move them to new locations, and turn their world upside-down. You have to break down what was, to build what is to be.
Reboot Camp trips are outside of the United States to provide a chance to travel and visit new locations, but also for another reason: to mess with your head. In a completely different location, with everything in a different context, the only thing left from your life is YOU. There’s no job. No cell phone. Nothing but the workouts on the beach and immersing yourself in the way that other people live.
A typical day on a Reboot Camp retreat starts out with stretching and meditation to prepare yourself. And then the workout: Either pad work on the sand, or running and pushups in the surf, or striking practice with hanging banana tree trunks. The rest of the day is filled with surfing, hiking, making bowls, swimming, getting to know your surroundings, and whatever else you may want to do. The evening workout takes you back to the beach at sunset, where you finish the day’s physical activity, and again stretch and meditate. Dinner is often prepared and served by a campfire, and consists of seafood caught only hours before.
On Reboot Camp retreats, not everyone rides a horse while wielding a machete. But some people do. You don’t have to take a six hour nature walk, lead by a local, to snorkel, hike, and photograph birds and monkeys. But you can if you want. And not a single person has to leave their life behind for a week, cast everything off, and find out what it’s like to rebuild themselves and start over. But for those that want to, there are Reboot Camp retreats.