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Adventure and a workout in Jamaica

Posted by guest  December 3, 2009 02:24 PM

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I spent 30 minutes working out with Rosa Young on a nice little patio at the Coco Le Palm resort on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica and it damn near killed me. Seven days with her in the jungle, hiking up waterfalls or running on the beach? Well, maybe if I were younger. OK, and not such a wuss.

Young and her partners are hosting a workout adventure a tad on the unusual side for Jamaica and definitely well off the beaten path. They are calling it Jamaica’s ultimate Eco Trek, scheduled for Jan. 17-24, and it takes place in the form of adventure exercise excursions to Royal Palm Reserve, the Negril lighthouse, Paradise Park, and Mayfield Falls.

“It’s unlike anything usually done in Jamaica,” Young said on a merciful break from putting a group of us through a quick aerobic dance routine one morning at Coco Le Palm. “We’re bringing the workout to the jungle, in the river, on the beach.”

Young runs Creative Fitness Consultants on Jamaica, one of three partners on the new concept, the others being The Yoga Center of Medford in New Jersey, and Clyde Main Street Fitness in Spartanburg, S.C.

“Most workouts are hosted by resorts at the resorts on the beach,” said Clyde Norris, owner of the South Carolina center, a top-10 finisher in many bodybuilding contests over the past dozen years. “This is different.”

And not cheap: The fitness trek costs $1,490, plus 3 percent surcharge, not counting airfare, and includes accommodations at Coco Le Palm, all workouts, breakfast, and ground transportation.

At Palm Reserve, the workout includes a jaunt up and down a 30-foot lookout tower. At Paradise Park it includes beach horseback riding and a water workout in a river. At Mayfield Falls, the exercise stretches up, over, and into two waterfalls and 21 mineral pools.

And with Young leading the way, if you don’t get the workout of a lifetime, you’re not doing it right. For more information, visit here.


Posted by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe correspondent


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