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A hotel stay with a cult following gym class thrown in for good measure? As a health editor, I had to try.
You’ve all heard of Barry’s Bootcamp – the self-proclaimed toughest workout in the world and a firm celebrity favourite.
While Joe Wicks has certainly put high-intensity interval training on the map in the UK in recent years, Barry’s claims to have been the first studio ever to offer HIIT-focused classes when they opened back in West Hollywood back in 1998.
So when I heard that the King’s Cross-based studio had teamed up with another celebrity favorite – boutique hotel The Standard – to offer a package where you get a class included in your overnight stay, I was keen to have a go.
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Barry’s Bootcamp: what a class looks like
First things first – a little background on Barry’s for you. You’ve probably heard of the class and seen celebrities like Adriana Lima, David and Victoria Beckham, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles try it (fun fact: a friend of mine was once next to David Beckham on a treadmill in London). But do you know what that really means?
They have 70 studios around the world and nine studios in the UK, and if you go to their website you’ll see that their tagline proudly states that they do things a little differently to other fitness studios.
How so? Well, each class promises to help you burn up to 1,000 calories in a one-hour class (calories aren’t the be-all and end-all of a workout, but high calorie burn can be useful if you’re looking to lose fat or improve lean muscle).
How? Well, by hiring some of the best PTs, plus an hour-long combination of treadmill sprints and strength training. When you’re on the treadmill, they’ll lead you through a warm-up and then series of intervals, and when you’re on the floor, depending on the class, you’ll do strength training focusing on your upper body, lower body, or both.
Of course, there’s a great soundtrack to boot—our class had everything from Beyonce to Kanye—and mood lighting (hence why they call it “The Red Room”).
Don’t feel like running or, alternatively, not in the mood for strength training? You can do double stomping or double floor – meaning you do an hour of just one of the disciplines instead.
The standard: what a stay looks like
To the hotel – another firm celebrity favorite frequented by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emma Stone and Paloma Faith.
Fun fact for you: it’s housed in what was once the Camden Town Hall Annex, and is a real building. Rumors (and their welcome brochure) tell me that when they bid on the property, their proposal was the only one that intended to keep the original building (as opposed to knocking it down).
It’s a brutalist design and the interior is crazy but fun – bright primary and pastel colors adorn our train carriage-inspired room, and refreshments from the likes of TRIP CBD, Joe & Sephs and Torres line the minibar. Yes, there are outdoor baths with views of St Pancras station in some rooms, but unfortunately ours doesn’t have one.
Don’t miss the chance to go up to their 10th floor restaurant, Decimo, in the Insta-famous red “pill”-shaped elevator while you’re there. It’s a higher price than your standard meal, but it’s not a standard meal – far from it. Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias showcases fantastic Mexican tapas, a must-try is the mouth-wateringly good red pepper tapenade and grilled sourdough literally swimming in olive oil (trust me on this one).
The offer is simple – book their ‘Stowaway’ overnight package and you’ll not only book a hotel room for the night, but also a Barry’s class.
I thought The Standard hotel was fantastic and I love the concept of being able to book a hotel stay with a fitness class included.
All too often when you’re away, you want to work out but lack motivation when you’re faced with a sparse gym selection. Not anymore – if you have a class booked, you get training motivation for you. In addition, it is a great opportunity for those who have not tried a Barry’s before to try it in a relaxed environment.
What do you think – would you book a hotel stay with a workout too?
For more information and details on how to book, go to The default site.