When your life revolves around children, family commitments, work and everything else that we have going on, it is difficult to find the time to exercise. I have often been spotted taking a skipping rope or hula hoop to the park so I can grab the odd few minutes, while the kids are distracted playing, to sneak in a quick workout. So when I had the opportunity to review a Family Bootcamp for NHM, I (quite literally) jumped at the chance
Family Bootcamp is a series of exercise classes which involve circuit training, a mixture of cardio and resistance work, team games and challenges. It allows you to exercise and have fun as a family. And we did just that!
I attended the Sunday Family Bootcamp class with my son (age 10). He looked a little apprehensive actually as we arrived and whispered to me “Mum, have the others in the class all been doing this a long time? Is it ok that we haven’t been before?” He needn’t have worried. Sarah, the instructor, was very welcoming and showed us to the studio where we met the other families who were all absolutely lovely. We woke to a lot of snow that morning so I was surprised to see a fairly busy class considering (about 8 others). Obviously a testament to Sarah’s fab class – everyone wanted to be there!
We started with some team games to warm up. Everyone at different levels of fitness, age, ability but everyone moving and having fun. It really didn’t matter that we were newbies as we felt part of the group straight away.
The game of dodgeball was my son’s favourite. I really enjoyed the individual exercises (squats, lunges, skipping, etc) which we did at opposite ends of the studio facing our partners, swapping over at regular intervals. We even got to have a go on the bikes in the next studio – challenging but brilliant.
Sarah’s energy, passion and patience make the class what it is. She explains everything really well, demonstrates, takes part herself, and is always aware of everything that is happening and where she might be needed. Her class is well-planned and the music is fab. Sarah’s energy is infectious and you can’t help but feel uplifted. We were sweaty but super smiley!
The class is 50 mins with a warm up and cool down, abs and a stretch. The time flies.
Suitable for children age 8 – 14 approx.
Wear comfy sportswear type clothing that you can move around in easily.
Take a water bottle (don’t worry if you forget though, there is a water fountain in the studio).
Family Bootcamp takes place at Basingstoke Sports Centre in town.
Facilities are therefore great.
Easy to get to. Central.
Parking for town or Festival Place (prices apply).
Value for money
Family Bootcamp: Sundays 11:10-12:00. 15th April to 27th May (7 week course). £17.50 per person for the whole course.
Please note – Basingstoke Sports Centre members receive 10% off.
Sarah also runs the following:
Family Pedal: Saturdays 12:10-12:40. 21st April to 26th May (6 week course). £12 per person for the whole course.
Junior Bootcamp (term time): Thursdays or Fridays 16:25-17:25. 19th/20th April to 24th/25th May. £22.80 per person.
Junior Bootcamp taster sessions also run on Thursdays and Fridays in the school holidays. 11:15-12:15. £3.80 per person per session.
5 out of 5!
I love that I got to spend a bit of time with my son – grinning at each other, laughing, high-fiving, all whilst exercising.
Sarah’s main aim of her classes is to make fitness fun, accessible and engaging and she certainly achieves that.
Getting fit, happy and spending time together – win win! Thank you Sarah.
Disclaimer: This post is a review of InsideOut’s Family Bootcamp classes. The class was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. We were not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are our own.
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