By Sheryl Nance-Nash
If you are like many people, you made a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape. Well, two months later, how’s that working out for you? No need to hang your head in shame. What you need is a little inspiration. For that, look no further than the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in sunny Mexico.
The all-inclusive hotel recently teamed up with fitness leaders Les Mills. Each week a Les Mills instructor offers guests three classes daily from a collection of 14 training programs, from 10 group fitness classes, including the world-renowned Bodypump total body strength-training program, to four 30-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) programs, as well as Born to Move – youth fitness programming designed for toddlers to teens. There are also a variety virtual programs, that combine fitness, music with a Les Mills instructor via a big screen. It’s fast, it’s fun and the music so good you just want to dance. The phrase busting a sweat will have new meaning.
When you’ve worked out to your hearts content, there’s more fun to be had. Take your pick of pools – the central, the semi Olympic, or the cross current one that combines relaxing currents with classic rock and roll. Or skip them, and experience the thrill of swimming with fish in the private beach and natural sea cove. Snorkel, kayak and or go with the flow, join the folks standing around in the beach chatting and drinking a cocktail, you don’t have to worry about big waves. If you just want to chill, the day beds in the cabanas are inviting too. You won’t wait long before someone comes over to offer a drink.
There’s yet another way to rock your body without taking a class on the beach terrace – the dance floor. Step in Club Heaven and you’ll burn the calories. The party doesn’t even start until 11 p.m. and it’s over when you decide you can’t dance any more. Props go to the DJ who will wear you out with the non-stop songs (reggae, R&B, rap, pop, and everything in between), you won’t be able to sit still. The booze is flowing and the mood is definitely happy and primed even perhaps for a love connection.
The music isn’t only at Club Heaven though. Afterall, it is the Hard Rock. The music and culture is fab. When you walk through the doors, the atmosphere is festive, and it’s all about music. Have you ever heard of a vibe manager? Well, at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, someone is in charge of overseeing the vibe and feel of every part of the hotel 24/7. The music is just right for the time of day and where you’re hanging out. No wonder your good mood lasts and lasts. And of course, the Hard Rock is about the stars and displays of their stuff – Madonna’s bustier, Carlos Santana’s guitar, Will.i.am’s white suit, Elvis Presley’s coat and more.
All-inclusive resorts sometimes lose points on their food, but you won’t be disappointed at any of the five restaurants. Toro serves up steak, Ciao, Italian, Le Petit Cochon, French cuisine, Los Gallos, Mexican, and Dive, offers pool side grub. Bon appetite. You’ll like your room too. The attention to detail, the music theme is cool. Take the white sheets with guitars on them, or the Do Not Disturb sign that says, “Not now, my ego needs a rest,” or the sign that tells the maid your room needs cleaning, that says, “get my stage ready.”
Working out all those muscles, some you didn’t know you had, may leave you a touch tender. No worries, there’s a remedy for that. Spend some time at the Rock Spa and get the signature Synchronicity, a 50 or 80-minute massage, that takes you on a journey, with music from yesteryear to now, the treatment is synced with a performance of techniques, pressure and rhythm. The table vibrates. Your mind, body and soul melds with the music. You likely haven’t felt this free since your college haze days.
Revitalized with your second wind, get up and do it all over again. And, with your new-found stamina, working out once you’re back home will be a breeze.