Want to work out like an A-lister? Maybe in an outdoor studio by the ocean? With their ruthlessly effective personal training and high-luxe locations, it’s no wonder many of Hollywood's elite blaze a trail to Bodyism. If you’re interested in a full-body reset with a kick of sunshine, you’d do well to consider their new retreats in Kate Moss’ favourite Bodrum hotel, Macakizi.
Entirely bespoke, each retreat begins with a full-body analysis, encompassing sleep patterns, nutritional deficits and hormone imbalances. This information feeds into a programme based on functional strength and interval work, balanced with yoga and massage. Each session builds to the next so your body is efficiently and completely worked – a wonderful excuse to spend the rest of your time idling among the beautiful people on sundecks built out over the Aegean.
For those who are less interested in change, but who want to maintain their physique while dancing late under the stars with the supermodels who come ashore from their superyachts – no problem. “Some people come for transformation,” says Nathalie Schyllert, the fearsomely talented former model and CEO who has taken over James Duigan’s share of the Bodyism business. “Some people come to Bodyism to balance the partying...” There’s even a Bodyism-styled cocktail of vodka, mint and lime.
As well as Macakizi, Bodyism has a second base a 20-minute helicopter hop along the turquoise coast. D-Maris Bay is a far larger hotel, with five private beaches and six restaurants (don’t miss the “meat sushi” at the steakhouse Nusr-Et, as liked by the eponymous chef’s 19 million Instagram followers).
As with Macakizi, the Bodyism team will design a menu for you to work best with your regime and room service will deliver your pre- and post-workout supplements. Perhaps take your training session out on the hotel’s 14-metre sailing yacht; maybe make your post-workout protein hit some black cod under the stars at the only outdoor Zuma. I mean, you owe it to yourself, right?
Original article published in GQ, in May, 2019