Sports and Exercise Camps for Adults

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Relaxing on a beach is one of the most popular vacation ideas for many, but if you are an avid athlete you probably can't sit still too long, even on vacation.

If you find yourself scheduling quick exercise sessions during family vacations, an active vacation might be more your style. You aren't alone in this. More travelers are looking for active vacations that combine fitness, travel, adventure, and typical vacation downtime.

Active vacations are a great way for fitness buffs to maintain conditioning while enjoying family vacations. Organized bike tours, walking or hiking trips, and even sports training camps offer daily exercise followed by evenings of pampered relaxation and gourmet meals.

Sports and Exercise Training Camps

For those who want to take an active vacation to the next level, a sports training camp may be just the ticket. Most people think sports camps are for kids learning to play soccer, basketball, tennis or some other little league sport. But adult training camps are becoming a popular way for recreational athletes to ramp up their sports skills and fitness levels. There are camps that cater to every sport, age, and ability, as well as women-only camps.

Exercise Camps for Adults

If you are tempted to give your next active vacation a new twist, consider a sports training camp. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • IMG Academy is an advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facility created for young athletes as well as professionals. Programs are available for golf, tennis, and performance athletes.
  • Carmichael Training Systems Camps offer expert coaching for cyclists, runners, and swimmers.
  • AthletiCamps offer cycling training and coaching for triathletes in Northern California.
  • Running Camps for All Ages is a listing provided by
  • provides a massive listing of surf camps and schools.
  • U.S. SportsCamps has a database of over 500 camps in 24 different sports with unique instructional programs for all ability levels.
  • Windell's Camps at Mt. Hood offers summer and winter sessions for snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX. All ages, all abilities.

Camps for Kids and Teens

  • has a directory of summer adventure camps & programs for kids & teens.
  • Outward Bound Wilderness Courses offer over 650 adventure-based wilderness courses serving adults, teens, and youth.
  • U.S. Sports Camps offer camps for kids and teens, as well as adults. It's a database of over 500 camps feature 15 different sports with unique instructional programs for all ability levels.
  • Adventure Treks offers two-week caving, climbing, hiking, and paddling adventures for teenagers.

By Elizabeth Quinn, MS
Elizabeth Quinn is an exercise physiologist, sports medicine writer, and fitness consultant for corporate wellness and rehabilitation clinics.