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Barry’s Bootcamp Hell Week

June 5, 2016

Seven days, Seven hours, 420 minutes.

Each hour powered by the best trainers in the business.

Each minute fuelled by pure adrenaline.

Each class completed knowing a delicious protein packed shake awaits.

This is otherwise known as the infamous Barry’s Bootcamp Hell Week.


What is hell week?

Hell week happens in the months with five Mondays starting on the final Monday with participants completing a class every day for seven days in a row.

What is Barrys Bootcamp?

Barrys Bootcamp is a HIIT workout class that combines equal length intervals of cardio (treadmill sprints/runs/dynamic mode runs) and floor work (weight training/resistance exercises/body weight) in a one-hour workout that can burn up to 1,000 calories. Each day of the week focus of a different body part meaning if you were to go every day of the week you’d get a complete full body workout. The treadmills in class aren’t your average gym treadmills, but are US Navy Seal approved Woodway treadmills that go in Mph instead of Kmph. So expect to be running fast, really fast! However, with the trainer calling out three speeds at all times (beginners, intermediate and advanced) you have the option to push yourself as hard as you can or want to. The weights in the class range from 4kg-25kg with the trainer calling out a rough guide of which dumbbells to pick, so you’ll have the option to increase or decrease the weight depending on how strong you’re feeling. In a Barry’s class you’ll not only be pushed to your limits but also feel like you’ve had a personal training session and not just been in any old group class.

And that’s not all, before attempting to make yourself look half decent after class in the luxe changing rooms (think Malin + Goetz products and slick-looking key-pad entry lockers), you can pick up your order of your Barry’s Fuel Bar protein shake that’s waiting for you when you finish for an added extra luxury of £5.



All of this combined in a club-like environment with highly motivating trainers is what got me hooked and keeps me coming back every week. I’d highly recommend Barry’s to anyone who’s serious about getting fit!


My Hell Week experience:

Having started going to Barrys over two years ago, it really was were my love and addiction to fitness began. I take classes at Barry’s two to three times a week along side other training and have had completing a hell week on my 2016 bucket list. So when a friend suggested a group of us get together to take on the challenge I was all ears. Call me crazy but being the adrenaline junky and fitness fanatic that I am I obviously couldn’t resist.

So with the challenge accepted, here is an overview of my hell week experience.



Powered by: Connor

Worked: Arms & Abs

Fuel Bar Shake: Banana Nut (Vanilla protein, banana, cinnamon and almond milk)



Powered by: Faisal

Worked: Legs & Butt

Fuel Bar Shake: Coco Loco (Vanilla protein, coconut water, a splash of coconut milk, almond butter, chia seeds and cacao nibs, finished with ice)



Powered by: Sonja

Worked: Chest, Back & Abs

Fuel Bar Shake: Not Your Average Joe (Vanilla protein, banana, coffee and almond milk)



Powered by: Anya

Worked: Hardcore Abs

Fuel Bar Shake: Coco Loco (Vanilla protein, coconut water, a splash of coconut milk, almond butter, chia seeds and cacao nibs, finished with ice)



Powered by: Jay

Worked: Full Body

Fuel Bar Shake: Muscle Beach (2 scoops of vanilla protein, coconut water and glutamine)



Powered by: Jemma

Worked: Full Body

Fuel Bar Shake: Muscle Beach (2 scoops of vanilla protein, coconut water and glutamine)



I’d survived the week (nearly) and there was no way I couldn’t end with what’s known amongst Barry regulars as a psycho Sunday session with my all time favourite, Shane Collins…

Powered by: Shane

Worked: Full body

Fuel Bar Shake: We skipped the protein shake and headed straight for one of my favourite London brunch spots Granger & co for a well deserved feast!

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Overall, it was the most exhausting and challenging week but I’m so glad I pushed myself and completed it. However, tomorrow will be spent with my new best friend the foam roller!

Want to try out a Barry’s Bootcamp class?

Barrys have two London locations, Central and East. Classes are £20 each (less if you buy in bulk) which includes a complimentary towel service, showers and use of Malin + Goetz products. Hell week costs £85 which gives you 7 classes and all of the above.

Visit BarrysBootcamp.com for more information.

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