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Barry's Bootcamp

Sport and fitness, Gyms and fitness centres Euston
5 out of 5 stars
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Barry's Bootcamp

Time Out says

If Baywatch were a gym, this LA import would be it. Barry's Bootcamp became famous a few years ago for helping to cultivate the infamous size zero physiques of Hollywood starlets. Take a class at the Euston branch, and you can see how the weight fell off. Or, rather, how the weight was sweated, dumbell-lifted and sprinted into oblivion. A class at Barry's sweat dungeon - a basement gym with just one room, fitted out with a long run of state-of-the-art treadmills and lit like the Ministry of Sound - is said to expend 1000 calories. On this tester's visit, the treadmill calorie counter was slower to reward points, but if you find normal gyms a bit too sissy for your tastes, there is no doubt you'll be stretched to your limits by a turbo hour of synchronised sprints and matwork sessions chez Barry.

The place has LA written all over it - there is a smoothie bar, expensive toiletries on tap, and instructors are called Sweet Valley High names like Olly Truelove. It's also efficiency incarnate - from the slick booking system to the immaculately choreographed sessions. While one half of the class sprints like they're on the run, the other completes high intensity resistance exercises - every fifteen minutes they swap, and ramp their efforts up and down, fine-tuned by the on-the-ball, ludicrously muscley instructors. If all of this sounds a scoop of hair gel and a protein shake too much for your tastes, it's worth mentioning that the classes are actually strangely fun. The music is loud, the work varied, and the sessions pass in a flash. What's more, they are fiendishly effective.

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Address: 16
Upper Woburn Place
(Entrance 163 Euston Rd)
London
WC1H 0AF
Transport: Tube: Euston Square
Price: £20 for one class, packages available ranging from 3 classes for £57 to 50 classes for £700.
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tastemaker

I’ve been wanting to try a Barry’s class for years and now I’ve finally done it I can’t wait to go back. The best part is the fact that for everything you do on the treadmill they give options for different levels of fitness so you can work out at a rate you are comfortable with but you can also push yourself when you’re ready. The instructor was super friendly - asking our names when we went in, remembering them during the class and shaking all our hands on the way out. The music and atmosphere is great too and the only thing I would say could be slightly improved is the air conditioning in the room as it was quite stuffy in there but that almost added to atmosphere in a weird way.

At £20 a class (+ extra for a shake if you want one - they are delicious though) it isn’t a particularly affordable way to work out but you really get a good experience for your money and the changing facilities are excellent so as a variation to a normal exercise regime I would definitely recommend it.

tastemaker

I have put my faith in Barry, an almost mystical figure whispered amongst my friends, to sort out my flabbiness in the run up to Summer.  Feeling very sceptical of bootcamp classes and scared in general from his reputation, we ended up at the East London gym which felt like you were in a Hollywood set when you walk through the doors...muscly (and very friendly) men on reception, ripped girls walking around with miniature dogs and sweaty betty's downing some protein shakes at the bar.  With the motivation from the reception man ringing in my ears, I was ready for my first taste of bootcamp.  Throughout the class you rotate from treadmill to weight training every 15 minutes with the exercises increasing in intensity.  Our trainer although super fit, put us at ease and impressed us with his '14 year old girls playlist' which was right up my street!


You are in the basement and it has a club vibe with moody lighting.  The only thing I found difficult was the size of the class and that I couldn't hear his instructions well enough as he alternated between talking to the treadmill people and the weights people.


A high five on the way out and I was well and truly hooked, with the exception of the 20 quid price tag for an hours work out.  I think I'll stick with Virgin Active with the odd Barry's treat for a special occasion.

Tastemaker

Barry's is a craze from across the pond and as you know, they don't do things by halves over there. Instructors shout at you, and they aren't afraid to be specific - 'You in the pink top!' - so it's difficult to find yourself slacking off in this class! The music is pumping and actually really helps to keep you motivated. The studio is pretty big so the moral support of 20 other people moaning and groaning as they will their legs to keep on going to avoid a treadmill face plant also helps to keep you motivated! If you're looking for a truly intense work out, this is it. There is a smoothie bar in house and you can order your smoothie before you go into the class so that it will be ready and waiting when you finally come crawling out...


The only reason I have given Barry's 4 stars instead of 5 is because I find an hour too long for this kind of work out but they don't offer shorter classes.


This was definitely a workout and a HALF! I visited the Barry's East (new location) last week, and was definitely put through my paces during this full body workout. It starts off with treadmill cardio, then on to weights, back to treadmill and then your treadmills are put into dynamic mode as if things weren't challenging enough and then finishes with a killer weight set and stretches. At each new stage just when you think you have nothing left to give, the instructor will pull out more from you - very motivational and pushes you to your limits.


Best workout in the world. Highly reccomend Barrys Bootcamp London for a good and intensive workout session. Great staff and instructors.

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