What better way to spend a Sunday than being tortured at Barry’s Bootcamp? The fitness craze all the way from the U.S. of A is hooking Londoners and supposedly transforming lives so I thought I’d better go and see what all the fuss is about. Here’s the verdict.
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
Surprise, surprise – it’s a 4 – the clue’s in the name. While your instructor won’t always be called Barry, the class most definitely IS a Bootcamp. The class I went to is an hour long which, in these times of super express classes and 8 minute abs, seemed like a lifetime. 15 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the bench, repeat. The studio is pretty big and it was in a full class but the instructor still managed to catch me when I was slacking and motivate me when I was waning. Which is good in hindsight but at the time all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball until it was over.
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
A balanced 3
– throughout the class I probably would have given this anywhere from 0-2
depending on whether you caught me mid-crunch or right at the end of a sprint. But by the end of the class I couldn’t stop smiling! I was proud of what I had achieved and felt pretty damn good. The banana nut smoothie I had pre ordered definitely added to my joy. But seriously, this is not the class for you if you’re looking for laid back party times which may or may not involve burning a few calories – this is a hardcore class and you have to be prepared to work. But if you get through it, it’s great!
The Fine Print
Barry’s Bootcamp currently only has one studio in London but due to increasing popularity, we will soon be blessed with an East London branch near Old Street! A drop in class is £20
but with bundles you can get the price down to £14 per class
. You can also get membership which is £90 for weekly and £280 for monthly
. It’s super close to Euston station (literally opposite) so fairly easy to get to for a pre or post work session.
If you’re just starting to get into fitness, Barry’s will probably scare you into a coma. If, however, you’re looking for a challenge and looking to see results fast, I would definitely recommend giving this a try. What’s the worst that could happen?
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