Barry’s Bootcamp London Review

This is the room where everything becomes possible. Where you push through the “I can’t’s” and “If Only’s.” Where you run faster, lift more, lean out, quiet down. This is what transformation looks like. Where you become the best version of yourself. – Barry’s Bootcamp

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We had wanted to try Barry’s Bootcamp for a really long time and we finally got round to purchasing a class.  We booked ourselves into the 11:00am full body class one Saturday and we were super excited to to try the workout that has been the talk of London town for a while.

We had read on the website that we needed to turn up to the class 15 minutes before the class so being super keen beans we somehow managed to turn up 40 minutes before hand (we blame google maps it always says it takes longer than it does!). When we arrived we were checked in and each given towel- luxury.

After checking out the post workout shake menu we headed straight to the changing rooms and we were already impressed. When people say it is the small things in life that make you happy they are certainly right, the changing rooms were equipped with GHD straighteners, hair dryers, hair spray, deodorant, tampons- you name it they had it.

As it was our first time the instructor took us into the room beforehand, the lights were dimmed and there were bright red lights lighting up the room. The instructor Briefed us on how to use the treadmills before inviting the rest of the class to join.

When booking into a class on Barry’s you have to decide whether or not you want to start on the treadmill or on the floor, we opted for the treadmill. The class was a mixture between interval and strength training. We sprinted until our legs nearly fell off and lifted weights heavier than we would usually opt for, we pushed our bodies and it felt blooming fantastic.

When people say Barrys Bootcamp is hard they certainly were not lying! It was the sweatiest we have ever been and probably the hardest workout we have ever been to but we loved it and we cannot wait to go back again!

After the class we jumped in the shower, which by the way were amazing the shampoo smelt incredible. Once we were dressed and refreshed and the last ones out of the changing rooms we headed to the refuel bar to order a shake. We stupidly didn’t order them before our class so we had to wait about 20 minutes as they were busy making lots of shakes ready for the next class so top tip pre-order your shake guys. The shakes were reasonably priced costing us £5.00 each and trust us when we say they were a decent size as well.

Barry’s costs £20 per class but you can also purchase packages and the more classes you buy at once the cheaper each class becomes. We definitely think it is worth the money but it isn’t something we would choose to go to every week as it would become incredibly expensive, we will be returning though!

We Vlogged the day we went to Barry’s so if you want to see more you can catch up on our vlog here.

How to spend a healthy day in London

We love spending a healthy day in London. A typical day for us would be the below, we love trying new classes and new food especially brunch food!

Attend a class/ visit a new gym- There are so many great fitness classes in London, it would be impossible for us to name them all but some of Londoners favourites include; Barry’s boot camp, F45, unit London, Kobox and bests bootcamp. You can also look on the app ‘class pass’ where you will discover hundreds more classes. If classes aren’t really your thing you could always look on the ‘payasugym’ app where you can search by location for a gym.

Go for brunch- Brunch is massive in London, everyone seems to be having brunch these days which is great if you love breakfast food as it means you can eat it for both breakfast and lunch. Some of our favourite brunch spots in London include; daisy greens which is behind Marble Arch, Mauriels kitchen in South Kensington, The good life eatery, Daylesfood farm in Marylebone high street, Grind (lots of locations), Chiltern Firehouse and so many more!

Rent a boris bike- Renting Boris bikes or Santander bikes is so much fun and a great way to explore London. It is an absolute bargain as well, it only costs £2 for 24 hours meaning you could cycle your way around London. We especially love cycling through the London parks as cycling on the busy London roads can be slightly terrifying to say they least!

Walk- don’t use the tube- We have a rule that when we are visiting London we walk everywhere! We hate getting the tube it’s so busy and also can get really expensive if you are using it all the time. Most places in London are a lot closer to each other than you probable think. Next time before you hop on the tube open your google maps and look at how far away you are, you’ll be surprised at how little time you save getting the tube. Walking also means you get to explore parts of London that you perhaps wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We always like to take the scenic route in the hunt to find the hidden gems of London.

5 favourite fitness YouTubers

We love watching YouTube, in fact we watch it more than we watch TV these days. We especially love watching YouTube if we have any cardio to do at the gym or if we are snuggled up in bed! There are so many talented YouTubers out there who have managed to create an empire of a following due to the dedication and hard work they put into it.

We have recently started our own YouTube channel. We will be posting regular Vlogs, what I eat in a day and workout videos so we hope you enjoy watching them 🙂

Zanna Van Dijk- We love watching Zanna’s videos she mostly films Vlogs which are our favourite things to watch on YouTube. Zanna is so knowledgable and we really do trust her opinion, she doesn’t bullshit and always gives her honest opinion. Zanna uploads regularly and her videos are always great inspiration for us whether that is learning a new workout technique, finding out about a nut butter or finding new places to travel the world.

Lexi De Young- We love watching lexi’s videos, even if it does make us jealous that she lives in America and the sun always seems to be shining in San Diego. We especially love watching her what I eat in a day videos. When we next visit America we will defining up be taking a trip to Trader Joes because it sounds amazing!

Niomi Smart- Niomi was one of the first YouTubers we ever started watching on YouTube. She shares lifestyle videos on her YouTube channel and we are loving the fact Niomi is doing more vlogs. We love learning how to eat more plant based as it is something we are interested in (not that we are plant based). We have met Niomi in person and she was just as lovely offline.

Jade Joselyn- We loved watching Jade’s videos ‘jade to stage’ before she competed last year. It was interesting to learn about prep and how hard people work before competing. Since jade competed we have continued to watch her channel and it’s nice to see other bloggers who juggle a full time job as well as running all their social media channels.

Tally Rye- Tally is a London based YouTuber who seems so lovely and genuine. We love following her day in a life videos especially when she vlogs a ‘typical fitness blogger day’. We also loved watching Tallys Vidmas over Christmas because who wouldn’t want a daily dose of fitness inspo?

Let us know who you favourite fitness YouTubers are as we love finding new YouTubers! Oh and we must mention we also love The Body Coach YouTube channel but we mainly go on his for actual workout videos that we can train too.

Fitness in Paris

We have both been to Paris a couple of times before so this time we really wanted to make the short break about us instead of rushing around all the time knackering ourselves out, that’s why we decided to incorporate fitness into our mini break away. We don’t often get to work out together due to work commitments and time constraints during the week so this was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy our workouts together.
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Running
One of our favourite things to do when we go away is to wake up in the morning, put on our running shoes and go for a run. We love exploring the city we are visiting before we have properly started the day.
When we booked to go to Paris we knew straight away we wanted to go for a run. We semi planned our route as we knew the kind of distance we wanted to run and the direction we wanted to head in.
On the Sunday we woke up naturally at 7:30 (that’s late for us) and headed out into the beautiful sunshine. Paris is so peaceful in the mornings it was so nice to see customers queuing up outside the boulangeries waiting to purchase freshly made bread for breakfast. As we have both visited Paris several times before we decided to visit some of the iconic landmarks on our run so it didn’t take up too much of our day.
The circular route we ended up running was just over 5 miles. We manged to see The Notre Dame Cathedral from a distance, Ponts Des Arts bridge,  Louvre, Palais Royal & the Pompidiou building which is very bizarre! We would definitely recommend the route to those of your who want to go for a run whilst away in Paris.
Walking 
When we visit a city we always make sure we walk everywhere! So Paris was no different we only ever got the metro or the bus if we really had to. We had a map but we like to just head in a general direction making sure we walk down all the little side streets as this is where you find lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants.
We walked 30,000 steps a day in Paris and managed to see so much of the city. It’s so much better that sitting on a metro underground not being able to look out a window.  In 3 days we walked more steps than most people would in a week but because we were exploring the beautiful city it didn’t even feel like we walked that far!
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Gym
We were lucky enough to have a gym in the hotel we were staying at. The gym was better than most hotel gyms so we had a few options as to what we could workout out.
We went to the gym on the Monday morning (start the week as you mean to go on and all). We had the gym to ourselves which was good because if there was anyone else in there it would have been so hot like most hotel gyms!
We went before breakfast at about 7:30 so we could work up an appetite for breakfast. The hotel we were staying at put on the most amazing spread every morning.  We worked out our arms as our poor little legs couldn’t take anymore and we still had a full day of walking ahead of us.
Classes
If we had been in Paris for longer we definitely would have tried out a couple of classes. They have something similar to ‘payasugym’ called ‘zippy pass’ and ‘somuchmore’ where you can find classes and gyms all over Paris for the fraction of the price you would usually pay. On Zippy pass you can also filter the classes for example you could say you only want to see women only classes or classes that are pregnancy friendly.
When we return to Paris we will definitely be looking at both of these so we can experience some of the French fitness scene.

How to simply change your routine to live a healthier life

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Sometimes just small steps or simple changes are all you need to do to live a little healthier lifestyle. The worst thing to do is to change everything about your life and routine because that’s not sustainable and you wont be able to do it forever. Making small changes to your routine and lifestyle is the best way. We have written down a couple of tips for you to get started!

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1) Take the stairs – we know everyone says this but honestly taking the stairs is such a fab idea and also helps build those glutes! If you work in a tall office then opt to take the stairs in the morning rather than the lift. If you are in a shopping mall take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift. If you are travelling on the London Underground choose to walk up the escalator rather than stand. A small change but a bit difference

2) Get off a stop earlier – again we know everyone says this but again its a great idea and something that can be so easily added to your daily routine. If you take the bus or train anywhere, get off a stop early and walk that little bit further. It also much nicer to and great time to have some time to yourself and have a lovely walk – you may discover new places that you never knew existed!

3) Get out at lunch – you are given a lunch break for a reason, TAKE IT! So many people these days choose to sit at their desk on in the office for their lunch break. Most companies do not pay your for your lunch break, you are entitled to it so take it! Going for a walk at lunch not only breaks up your day, it also clears your head and gives your that motivation for the afternoon but is a great way to do a gentle walk. Just go on a short walk outside around your workplace and its a very easy way to get your body mood and heart racing.

4) Get a Fitbit or similar – now we know this is something that involves costs but all the devices that track your steps are great motivation. We both have Fitbits (and even wrote a post all about our love for them!), and we do not know what we would do without them now. Fitbit’s add that extra bit of motivation to your day to try and walk those 10,000 steps. However they also track your sleep and can tell you every hour that you need to be active.

5) Eat breakfast – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and our favourite meal too. We absolutely love love breakfast, its so tasty and there are so many different things you can have for breakfast. We sometimes wish we didnt work so we can make super tasty breakfasts every morning. But then again it gives us something to look forward to at the weekend. During the week we will usually have, porridge, yoghurt and granola or overnight oats for breakfast. However at the weekend we like to experiment with our breakfasts and try new recipes, with our firm favourites being pancakes or waffles. Make sure you eat breakfast every morning because this sets you up for the day and will stop you from snacking on sugary things mid morning .

6) Avoid coffee and sugary things before bed – in the evening you need to start winding down early so you get a good nights sleep. Avoid drinking coffee in the evenings or any fizzy drinks. Also avoid any sugary foods too as all of these things will keep you awake and stop you from getting to sleep. A good night sleep is key to any lifestyle and will make your weeks feel much better.

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Why you should take progress pictures

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Its easy to forget the progress you have made when you see your body day in day out. Taking photos of your body is so important and we would say a necessary aspect of your fitness journey.

Step away from the scales and instead take progress pictures to track your progress. The Scales are not always your friend and they can make you feel extremely disheartened if you don’t see the number on the scales drop especially if you have been working hard. We cannot remember the last time we weighed ourselves we don’t think its an important part of our fitness journey and your weight can change by the minute depending on the food you have eaten and the liquids you have consumed. If you do still want to weigh yourself then maybe just do this every other week or once a month instead of stepping on the scale day in day out.

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Taking progress photos will help keep you on track and you can look back and see how far you have come. Transformation can take time and its important to remember it wont happen overnight. Take a photo once a week, pick a day and time and take your photo at the same time each week. This could be first thing in the morning or last thing at night it is completely up to you. We would suggest taking it first thing in the morning when you first wake up before eating or drinking any food.

Even if you don’t want to look at the photos straight away because you don’t like what you see in a couple of months when you look back you should be able to see a big difference in your body if you are living a healthy balanced lifestyle and keeping on track with your diet and fitness regime.

Don’t beat yourself up if progress is slow, you will make progress no matter how slow or quickly it takes!

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Mix up your workout

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Going to the gym and doing the same workout time and time again is going to become so boring, your body will become used to the exercises meaning you probably wont make the progress you want to make. Don’t be afraid to mix up your workout stepping well and truly out of your comfort zone.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the gym if you don’t know how to use a machine just ask someone whether this is a member of staff at the gym or someone else who looks like they know what they are doing. We have asked so many different people in the past and it now means we can use the equipment and machines correctly.

Lift some weights… If you prefer to do cardio in the gym or attend gym classes why not try lifting a few weights? The weights room can be intimidating but once you have been once or twice it is honestly fine! Lifting weights is not going to make you big and bulky! Don’t rush your sets when lifting weights we all know those people in the gym who hang around the machine for a while before asking you how many sets you have left. Whatever you do no matter how intimidated you are don’t lie and say you only have one left when in fact you have only just got the machine yourself.

Watch YouTube videos to get some new ideas and learn the correct technique. We spend a lot of time on YouTube and especially enjoy work out videos. We will be doing a blog post soon on all our favourite Fitness YouTubers so make sure you look out for that. We have also recently started vlogging/Youtubing oursevles and we will be regularly posting our own workout videos.

Attend a new class they will challenge you and could work different groups of muscles, plus they can be really fun. There are so many great classes you could attend for example; boxercise, body pump, Metafit, Spinning, TRX, Legs bums & Tums, Pilates, Yoga and the list goes on.

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We hope these top tips help you to mix up your workouts in the future! We love doing new workouts it keeps us motivated and we look forward to going to the gym day in day out. If your gym sessions start to feel like a chore then its probably time for a change.