Barry’s West has arrived! After four years in London, the studio has finally opened their third studio in Queensway and last week I had the chance to try an exclusive Nike x Barry’s West class led by Mr PMA himself, Faisal.

For the uninitiated of you (like I was about a week ago) PMA = Positive Mental Attitude and as far as I am concerned this is as important as physical health. I have been lucky enough to train with Faisal before – he’s always encouraging, motivating, and has the best tunes! (Seriously, I was singing along for the whole class)

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Nike’s Unlimited You campaign has been running throughout the Summer of Sport and the aim is to get people to reach and then break their own limits. I love this ethos and the fact that they use real athletes to help promote it. Unlimited You has already set Amsterdam aflame and over the weekend it took over London. There were two options you could choose: a Kobox class followed by a Nike Run Club run or a Barry’s Dirty Thirty treadmill session followed by a Nike Training Club workout. I went for the latter and to say that I was excited was an understatement!

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Barry’s Bootcamp is a London fitness boutique where each hour long class is made up of half floor exercises (weight and strength training) and half treadmill exercises. You also have the option of opting out of the treadmill section and doing a Double Floor (DF) workout where you only concentrate on the floor exercises for the whole hour. On every month where there are five Monday’s they do something called Hell Week where the challenge is to do 7 workouts in 7 days. It’d been on my radar for a while now just because I’d seen so many people doing it on social media and when it turned out May was one of those months I decided to bite the bullet and sign up….

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The fitness industry on Instagram is full of people who look very similar to each other – most of these images don’t reflect me or my reality. But it’s not just me they don’t reflect and the amazing Meems (The City Fittie) who noticed the same thing, decided to do something about it. She created the hashtag #ShortsOnCheek encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to throw caution to the wind and embrace shorts. If you have been reading this blog for a while or following me on twitter on Instagram then you know that I NEVER wear shorts. But for the first #ShortsOnCheek event I threw caution to the wind, shaved my legs (goodbye extra insulation), and put on a pair of shorts.

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SideEffectsNike Training Club regularly runs free classes and in December I went to my first one. In conjunction with Barry’s Bootcamp it was a full body workout in one of the loveliest studios I have ever been in. The lights were low and red, there was a DJ in the corner, we all were using the incredible Woodway treadmills, and I was lifting weights.

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