Had a 45 min bootcamp workout at Great Portland St with Joe Girma, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Joe puts you through your paces, with zero equipment (using only a mat), with mountain climbers, push-ups, lots of good cardio & upper arm workouts. The Thursday crowd was all girls, energetic and fun. The venue was a little small, but it never felt cramped. Would recommend!
I've only attended one bootcamp session so far at Great Portland. It was basically circuit training, and is a good workout. The trainer was professional and kept everyone motivated. However, I felt that the sessions were far too crowded and that the workouts were pretty basic in that I could probably it on my own. Perhaps I will prefer the other trainers' styles when I attend the rest of my sessions. Good value for money but I probably would not pay the full price.
The bootcamp classes are basically circuit training. You start off jogging on the spot, doing star jumps and squats for about 10 minutes, (no stretching, mind) then you get into the circuits. They consist of press ups, sit ups, lunges, free weights, medicine balls (doing the plank or press ups on them), burpees, tricep dips etc etc. There's roughly 20 people per class and you do each exercise for 1 min before moving round to the next one. You have a break, then you do it again. After that there's a larger group exercise of challenging press ups or sit ups or such like.
The exercises are very heavy on the wrists, so if you have weak wrists like me it can be a bit painful toward the end, but it's worth it.
Depending on what your goals are, and how hard you push yourself (yes, I'm talking about the ones who don't put the effort in - despite having paid and attended of their own free will!) - the bootcamp is good for working on body strength, getting a proper sweat on and making you ache like hell for a few days after. You definitely feel like you've done something worthwhile - be it for losing weight, getting fitter/stronger, or whatever.
It's not the most sophisticated class - this is the sort of training you can put together yourself in the park if you wanted to. However, the reason I go is because if left to my own devices I probably wouldn't. Value for money: well the price I paid for 10 sessions was very much worth it. Would I pay £12 per class though? Probably not.
My personal trainer at Pimlico was excellent, the session was so much fun, he managed to keep me busy and motivated throughout, the place is awesome and the value was also brilliant, would recoomend to anyone.
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The bootcamp sessions were good as trainer were very professional, fun and kept me motivated. I would say the only negative is the fact that the sessions were far too crowed for the size of the room, everything else was perfect.