Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Immersion Fitness offer a range of one and two day courses, tailored to develop confidence, dexterity, agility, strength and endurance in a range of stunning, natural environments.
We seek to engage and inspire you in an informal, friendly and relaxed environment. With no more than four people per group, we concentrate on developing the following skills:
Man lived as a hunter-gatherer for over 2 million years. During this period the human body adapted to survive the challenges faced with this role. In recent years, and particularly with the industrial and digital revolution, we have reduced the physical needs of our bodies. Bone and muscle becomes weak from lack of physical exertion and, with that, we have seen the rise of chronic health concerns - Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression and many more. Our bodies are simply not designed for the 21st century lifestyle. We need excitement, exertion, stimulation and challenge. Re-establishing this connection with the great outdoors is an effective method of satisfying these needs, engaging your immune system, encouraging blood circulation and releasing the body’s natural endorphins, giving you a natural high.
Nigel Jenkins is a former British Army Commando and Military Physical Training Instructor. Originally trained in Mountain and Arctic Warfare, and as a former member of the GB National Cross-Country Ski team, Nigel has had successes in multi-endurance events, hill-running and adventure races across the globe.
For over 35 years, Nigel has been training in the hills and valleys surrounding his home on Dartmoor, developing ideas and techniques for training in the wild and utilising the obstacles that nature provides.
Nigel sought to combine a stimulating outdoor experience with challenging and effective physical workouts. From this idea Immersion Fitness was created to inspire and equip you with ways to rethink and re-invigorate the conventional perceptions of achieving physical fitness.
Dartmoor is famous for its extreme, changeable weather and beautiful scenery. From our private woodland base camp, with its wood-fired hot-tub and larch framed HQ, we will tailor the course schedule to suit the weather conditions and the exact abilities of the group. With a maximum of four people per group, you are guaranteed to experience a full range of what Dartmoor has offer, including ancient broadleaf woodlands, rugged moorland and steep sided river valleys.
All courses are personally conducted by Nigel, with additional support and assistance back at camp and throughout the day.
Click right to go to one day course
A typical one day course starts from HQ at 08:30 with a short introduction, briefing, gear check and outline for the day’s activities. From there, we head off the beaten path into the woodland training area to start the day’s training.
After a two hour initial session we take a short recovery break to enjoy some freshly brewed coffee, fruit, locally made snacks and plenty of water. We then head out onto the moorland, with rugged tors, waterfalls and deep swimming holes to continue the training, where we will be working on several new skills before returning to basecamp for a late lunch.
Warm up with a dip in the wood-fired hot-tub before enjoying a hearty lunch cooked over the charcoals. We’ll guarantee you’re well fed before heading out for the next session…
If you still have the energy, we finish the day with a circuit of the historic Commando scramble course. Hidden in Dartmoor’s most unforgiving natural terrain, the circuit requires a great mix of all the skills you’ll have acquired throughout the day, finishing with an exhilarating climb and spectacular views. Returning to basecamp for a beer, you’ll get a good chance to relax in the hot-tub and de-brief by the fire.
Click right to go to two day course
For the two day course, we can recommend a variety of superb local accommodation options, with pick-up and drop-off if required.
On day two we move to a new location, with new obstacles and a wider variety of terrain. A two day course offers the opportunity to focus in on specific skills, developing a greater awareness of the body’s capabilities and potential. If you have particular goals in mind, such as a ‘tough-mudder’ style event, or are simply looking for training inspiration, we aim to tailor the second day to suit the group’s specific requirements.
One day courses from £120 per person for a group of four.
Two day courses from £200 per person for a group of four.
Please contact Nigel to discuss dates, availability and and the specific pricing for your course.
Nigel has a vast knowledge and experience of physical fitness instruction, but also a gift for making his system of fitness instruction highly functional and fun. I progressed incredibly quickly under his instruction and guidance. Let the natural environment around you become your gym using your body weight, the landscape, trees, rocks and rivers as your tools. I strongly recommend this system of fitness to anyone wanting to discover their true fitness potential. If you want to develop functional, useful fitness, strength, endurance and a strong mindset for life, Nigel is the right PTI for you!
Nigel has an extraordinary ability to do three things at once. Providing inspiring and positive feedback and tailored exercises that push you to your own limits, he manages to even out a group of different genders and abilities, keeping everyone focussed together.
I have been training with Immersion Fitness for over three years, taking sessions ranging from one hour to full weekends away. I continue to be amazed at Nigel's vast knowledge of Dartmoor and the surrounding area, his passion for the outdoors, and his ability to make training so enjoyable. I have introduced several family members and friends to Nigel's training sessions and, without fail, they have loved it. I cannot recommend Immersion Fitness enough.
A motivational teacher with a passion and enthusiasm for all things physical - Nigel is an outstanding master of his craft - fitness. With a perfect combination of toughness and encouragement, he is able to push you to new levels and take you to places you didn't know you could go, both physically and mentally. Nigel is a natural teacher with the skill to empower, leaving you enriched and confident to take on nature’s challenges independently.