Your Royal Workouts
Friday 5th May – Monday 8th May
The King’s Bootcamps
During the king’s coronation weekend, you are cordially invited to our king’s bootcamps:
Friday 5th May 3:00pm
Saturday 6th May 1:30pm
Sunday 7th May 11:30am
Monday 8th May 2:00pm
Book your place via the Odyssey App 7 days in advance.
With such a busy calendar, King Charles follows a strict fitness regime to ensure he is up to the job.
At 74, he remains in fine shape and is understood to take his health and fitness routine extremely seriously. Like his father Prince Philip, King Charles bases his routine on a Canadian Air Force regime called the 5BX (Five Basic Exercises).
Exercise 1 – 2 mins
Feet astride, arms upwards.
Touch the floor 6” outside the left foot, again between the feet, then again 6” outside right foot, bend backwards as far as possible, repeat. Reverse direction at the halfway point. Do not strain to keep the knees straight
Exercise 2- 1 min
Lay on your back, feet 6” apart, hands clasped behind your head. Allow your knees to bend slightly.
Sit up to vertical position, keep feet on the floor.
Exercise 3 – 1 min
Front lying, hands interlocked behind the back.
Lift head, shoulders, chest and both legs as high as possible. Keep legs straight, and raise chest and both thighs completely off the floor
Exercise 4 – 1min
Front lying, hands under the shoulders, palms flat on the floor.
Touch chin to floor in front of hands, touch forehead to floor behind hands before returning to up position.
There are three definite movements; chin, forehead, arms straightened. DO NOT do in one continuous movement.
Exercise 5 – 6mins
Stationary run, swap to half knee bends every 30 seconds.
Half knee bends: Feet together, hands on hips, knees bent to form an angle of around 110 degrees. Do not bend the knees past a right angle. Straighten to upright position, raising heel off the floor, returning to start position each time. Keep feet in contact with the floor, the back upright and straight at all times.
Exercise 6 – 8mins 30secs / 27mins
Choice of 1 mile run, or 2 mile walk
Exercise is just one side of the story. Healthy eating is another, and King Charles’ diet revolves around organic food and grows much of his own food at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.
In an interview last year, King Charles said: “For years, I haven’t eaten meat and fish on two days a week and I don’t eat dairy products on one day a week.”
The move is partly motivated by Charles’ desire to reduce his carbon footprint, as he urged others to do the same.