“Be sensible and keep active. Every day is not a holiday”

BENALMÁDENA, SOUTH SPAIN: Hands up, if you plan to continue your life as a fitter and leaner version of yourself. It´s never too late to jump on the wagon and join a gym for a fit holiday. And luckily, we are spoilt for choice, even on holiday. On the touristic coast of Costa del Sol, Epic Gym provides the up-to-date fitness trends. It´s just knowing where to look for a healthy holiday – at the seaside town of Banalmadena.

Running, spinning, Zumba, Yoga, outdoor Epic Cross and boxing for kids, this is just a taste of all the entertaining way of training at #EpicGym Whatever you chose, an hour session burns up to 600 calories.

Epic lifestyle. The international and former Las Palmas and Numancia-footballer Andre S. Lindbaek, General Manager at Epic Gym, says: “We are not only a gym, Epic is a lifestyle. Here you work out, eat healthy food and get massage, physiotherapy or dance salsa. Epic appeals to anybody with health and fitness goals. We are the one stop for a more healthy holiday”

Fitness vacation. In real life daily intensive fitness training would be the opposite of a vacation, but my break was very far from real life, it was an introduction into fun fitness.

I rise from my king-sized bed, look at white beach, cycle through palm trees to Epic beachside gym, where my personal trainer Estrella awaits. Warm up on the treadmill for my half-hour session while looking out at tourists heading for the beach. Then ten minutes of boxing before lifts and pushing on the new equipment, drink a cold-pressed juice and ending my session by stretches and twists with my yoga teacher.

Cocktail at sunset. Then, after a hearty, healthy, breakfast at Epic Lounge, my day continue with relaxing swing in a hammock on the beach and a dip into the warm sea, before another training session continue late afternoon with half an hour of triceps and some restorative yoga. And, at the end, sip a cocktail on Epic´s terrace while watching the sunset. No, I am not making this up. And if I were, it probably wouldn’t be this good to describe a fitness and healthy holiday.

Lost 13 kilo. Retired from business, Mark Ward is a regular at Costa del Sol for holiday and fitness camp, tailor-made by Epic Gym´s trainer Alex Garcia. His programmes generally include two hours of fitness a day.

In less than one-year Mark, age 56, lost 13 kilos thanks to his fitness training in London and Spain: “The point of training is not just to improve fitness but general health. I was one of those saying I will train on holiday but never did. After losing friends at relatively young age I decided to do something with my life, and when I came to Epic everything changed. Here the staff is so friendly and helpful.”

Advice. Mark´s food regime changed from fast-food and pints of beer to no potato, no bread, rice or pasta and Sunday Roast without roasted potato. Now he is moderate with drinks. This is his best advice.

“After retirement, be sensible and keep active. Every day is not a holiday. I feel happy, content, well-nourished and on my way to become fit. There’s no point being toned and miserable,” Mark from London underline.

Lot of fun. To evaluate my own levels of fitness and happiness before leaving Epic Gym, my all-round wellbeing had improved in only two weeks and I dropped a few kilos. But most of all, the new lifestyle was a lot of fun.

Make it Happen!

Touch Down: Pre-book your Day & Weekend Pass at Epic Gym in Benalmadena and get 20% price reduction by using password ”King Goya”. Booking at Facebook Epic Gym or email: ifo@epicgym.es. Yoga, Spinning, Kids Classes, K1 Boxing, Zumba, Epic Pump, Pilates, Salsa/Bachata, Epic Cross outdoor, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Massage, Nutrition and Personal trainer.

Stay: Hotel Mac Puerto Marina has an amazing location and one of the best hotels in Benalmadena.

Eat: The cuisine is wide and varied with restaurants offering food typical of the area, with lots of seafood. There are a great number of tapas bars. Some traditional bars will often give you a small amount of tapas for free with a caña (small beer).

Play: For a chilled evening, there's always the table-for-two option at the quayside restaurants. In the weekends Puerto Marina is the best place to squeeze every last drop of the weekends. This is where Romeos in the know take their Juliets.

Mini Guide: The Buddhist Enlightenment Stupa has its residence in Benalmadena Pueblo; it is the largest Stupa in the Western world standing 33 metres tall and is a point of interest for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Climate: Benalmadena enjoys hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable, temperatures are an average of 32 ºC in summer. Tivoli World: Opposite the cable car station you will find Tivoli World, a theme park of many leisure activities.