I’ve reviewed several classes over the past few months and I must say, Barry’s BootCamp definitely has the number one spot at the moment.
What is Barrys Bootcamp? Well, they describe it as the ‘Best Workout Of Your Life’. The BootCamp is originally from America but they have a branch over here in Euston, less than a 5 minute walk from the station.
Before I signed up to the class, I did a bit of research and everything kept saying you could burn up to 1,000 calories a session. Now, being a fitness fanatic I know what it takes to burn that much in one session, so I knew it was not going to be for the faint hearted. This year, I’m all about working outside my comfort zone and pushing the boundaries so it was a challenge I was up for.
As I walked through the door and downstairs to the basement, there were several people waiting. Some waiting to be served and some sipping on some lush looking smoothie/protein shakes. Everyone looked in shape and thats when my nerves began to kick in.
After I signed in, the lovely receptionist showed me to the changing room, gave me a towel and then introduced me to the trainer Ollie. I walked into the studio which I will call the danger room because it was lit with gloomy red lighting.
The class was split into two, half were to work on the treadmills and half were to work on the floor with the stepper and weights. I was the half that started on the treadmill.
I don’t know how I managed to survive because I actually HATE running on a treadmill with a passion. The hour session was split into four 15 minute session. 15 minutes on the bike and 15 minutes on the floor back to back. The treadmill was High Intensity Interval Training ( H.I.T.T). It ranged from running flat and running on an incline, at both a fast jog and sprint pace. What I found funny is that when I wanted to quit, I found myself staring at everyone else running in the mirror and did not want to be the only one standing on the side of my treadmill, so that kept me going.
The floor work included lunges, burpees, push up to side plank, box jumps, squat jumps..you name it. It was a mixture of plyometric exercise and your basic strength exercises. I’m more of a weights and circuits kind of girl so I was in my element in this section.
I have to say, I was really impressed with how Ollie managed to motivate and synchronise both groups. That is brilliant multi-tasking.
For anyone interested in getting involved, the bootcamp runs 7 days a week and there on average 10 classes a day.
Sessions run at £20 each, but work out cheaper when bought in bulk. £20 for a one off class does sound a bit pricey, but if you are looking for something to get you amazing results, this is something you should try.
I would definitely recommend this class to anyone looking to take their fitness to the next level. It’s definitely hard, but the feeling you get once you’ve finished is amazing. It literally is ‘The Best Workout Of Your Life’.
For more information, check out the official video which can be viewed here