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Barry’s Bootcamp: Body Blitzing Brilliance

anya lahiri ruth crilly

I write this with aching, heavy limbs but an amazing sense of satisfaction and achievement: I completed my first ever session at Barry’s Bootcamp. Those from the states might have heard of Barry’s before; it has something of a cult status in LA and New York and is loved by celebrities and supermodels who want to get amazingly toned bods. The Bootcamp itself is an hour-long training session in which your body is quite literally pushed to its limits (though you do take it at your own pace, so it’s not at all scary – it’s more about breaking out of your comfort zone).

Barry’s Bootcamp has now been brought to the UK – London, to be more specific, and on Saturday I went to see what all the fuss was about. I probably haven’t told you this, but I haven’t had a proper, dizzying, let’s-be-sick-on-our-trainers kind of workout in a very long time. When did I do that shred video and knacker my feet by not wearing shoes? Then. I haven’t worked out properly since then! So I was a little worried that I might die, or throw up, or faint, or all of the above. But I didn’t. I almost cried, I swore under my breath, I made incredibly undignified grunting sounds, but I didn’t totally embarrass myself – and for that I am proud.

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Just so that you can get an idea of what the session was like: take one very hot trainer from New York, add brilliant, high-energy music and place it all in a dimly lit room filled with state-of-the-art treadmills and racks of weights. You don’t really have time to worry about the weights, because it’s straight onto the treadmill for fifteen minutes of high-octane cardio. I’m a crap runner and I have a phobia of treadmills after an unfortunate “miscalculation” incident, but again, no time to dwell. I was running up a steep incline and trying to think about “the light at the end of the tunnel” before I could even faff around with my towel/waterbottle arrangement. I ran faster than I have ever run before because it was for quite short periods of time – say thirty seconds – followed by sections of jogging or fast walking to recover a little.

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To cut a long (and sweaty) story short, the run was followed by a weights session (lunges and arm weights at the same time, anyone?) and then another running session and finally, abs and arms. By the time we finished my whole body was doing a weird buzzing thing – I felt quite high on adrenaline! I’d definitely recommend Barry’s for anyone who’s serious about getting fit and changing their body – rather than doing three or four mediocre, half-arsed sessions at the gym, just blast it with one of these! You could get by perfectly on two sessions a week, supplemented with regular walking and perhaps some yoga for soothing the mind and soul.

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The Bootcamp itself takes place at 16 Upper Woburn Place – the entrance is actually on the Euston Road, directly across from the station. Handy for those commuters! The space is very New York Cool and the changing rooms are fully stocked with Malin & Goetz toiletries (of course this excited me!) including grapefruit cleanser and amazing shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. There were also Malin & Goetz candles burning away – a nice touch. Hairdryers and towels provided and some very slick lockers with electronic keypads – no need for padlocks or coins, just type in a code that you can remember and you’re done.

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I’m going to try and video my next session (or at least my before and after state) and get some fitness tips from the trainers there. One of whom is going to be my gorgeous friend Anya who accompanied me through my first session – she was doing press ups like some kind of Navy Seal! (She’s pictured with me at the top of the page – we’re sampling some very tasty high-protein banana shakes!)  I can see how Barry’s could be very addictive – I imagine the results are fast and impressive and those who currently lack motivation at the gym would really benefit from the high-energy, “can-do” atmosphere. I’m not one for high-fives, but I did one to my treadmill neighbour at the end of the session – that’s how psyched-up I was. (If you know me at all, you know I don’t do high-fives.)

The Bootcamp only opened on Saturday and to celebrate this sexy new way to get fit there’s a special 20% discount on class prices. Quote MODELVIP if you fancy giving it a try – I’ll be updating again once I’ve done a few sessions and comparing it to other regimes I’ve done in the past. If you try it then let me know how you get on! You can follow Barry’s Bootcamp on Twitter and Facebook and you can book online and find class packages here: barrysbootcamp.com

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  1. UPDATE as of 09.00 Monday morning: all feeling has returned to my legs. I can’t wait to go again!!

  2. Might give that a go, although the discount code doesn’t seem te work, says it can’t be used online. x

    • Hmmm, OK. Let me email them! xx

      • Hi Ruth,

        Are we able to use the discount code online? I don’t seem to be able to find where?!

        Just started going back to the gym after a year of doing not much – am I going to kill myself if I through myself into Barry’s Bootcamp??


  3. That sounds fun, if intense. I haven’t gone to an exercise class in years. Not to say I don’t exercise, I just do it solo. But I think I would enjoy Barry’s.

    Ali x

  4. The only workout I like is Zumba. The latin music gives me a summer feeling and it doesn’t feel like I’m working out, just having some fun in the club.

  5. How fit do you reckon one would need to be in the first place? I used to play a lot of sport but the weight has definitely piled on. I still walk around everywhere but am nowhere near what I used to be! x

    • Then you’d be fine. I think if you struggled to climb stairs then you’d kill yourself off, but if you have a basic fitness you could just take it slow. x

  6. I went there yesterday morning and although I have struggled to lift my feet today I think I might be a little bit addicted and signed up for 5 more! Such a good workout!

  7. wow this sounds like just the right place to kickstart the fitness regime. love your workout face, you can tell it was a productive one as you have that fresh look about you! enjoyed reading the post, just what I needed to keep me going!

  8. I wud luv to know where i cud buy the shower holder for the Malin + Goetz products.

  9. You both look gorgeous. I went to the same school as Anya. She was one year below me and I always remember my Chem teacher sharing one of Anya’s first magazine modelling pics and we all coo-ed and aah-ed! Glad to see she is as gorge as ever. Thought I recognised her on a hair commercial recently. Perhaps you two beauties will persuade me to kick up my fitness outta neutral where it has been parked since 2013. MUST GET FIT…..repeat, must get fit! Doesn’t help that I have just ordered “Dexter” after your recommendation….and the sofa looks so much nicer than Barry’s!

  10. Georgina Whitehead

    Did Anya used to appear on teen magazine covers in the 90’s? I really recognise her face

  11. The discount code works for me, thank you so much Ruth! I’m definitely booking a few sessions!

  12. Went to my first class last night… amazing! Am in so much pain today, and dreading how I’ll feel tomorrow, but I can’t wait to go back already!

  13. I would also just like to say thank you very much for sharing the discount code… I have just bought 3 more classes!

  14. This looks amazing but I’m a bit scared to try it! I’ve only recently given up smoking and started exercising for the first time since I was a teen (okay I’m only 22!) so I always feel a bit intimidated by the super fit types at exercise classes.

  15. looks great, i am soo lazy i was walking 6 miles a day then I stopped in nov as i went to Hawaii for holidays never started back again, gained back all the weight I lost :( now I have to start over to look nice again cos I’m going home for a visit in august (Ireland) maybe I’ll look this place up in the LA area

  16. Hello, Does the discount code still work? As i have tried to use it, and it states inactive. Love your blog!

  17. How long will we be able to use the discount code for??? Love your blog, your amazing x

  18. Love this! I’ve booked in for my first session on Sunday! It looks super motivating :)

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