A boot camp with a difference puts Emily Turner through her paces.
Tractor tyres, cargo nets, and slam balls – a new boot camp in Bognor Regis is taking the term ‘high-intensity training’ to a new level.
Based at the Inspire Leisure centre in Felpham, Beast Camp is an extreme boot camp series which uses advanced techniques to push all those involved to their physical limits.
Beast Camp is run by BPM Lifestyle, a company which provides a range of services including beauty treatments, personal training and massage therapies.
Team BPM use tyres, battle ropes, core bags, sledge hammers, nets and more to create varied sessions every week so that attendees never know what to expect.
Established in 2012, BPM is directed by Sarah Baldwin and Kieran Hatchard, who also run a busy clinic in Aldwick in Bognor Regis alongside providing these training sessions.
Kieran is a qualified fitness professional and personal wellness coach who represented West Sussex at country level rugby as a young adult.
“We’re interested in developing our client base and really getting our name out there,” he said.
“We’re hoping to be able to keep progressing and spread our business out countrywide, and we’re really enthusiastic about getting people active and healthy.”
Encouraging their team to challenge themselves and test their own limits, BPM makes the hard work feel like a lot of fun, with group games involving large buckets of water and assault courses.
During my visit, we did a warm-up with stretching and a run, followed by cone drills, tyre drills, an obstacle course and then a cool-down with stretches.
“For the first six weeks, we worked out our first training session and then it evolved from there, so for that time we were just assessing what we could with the space and the equipment, so this time we’ve really been able to get stuck in – we’ve also got the cargo nets which we didn’t have before,” said Sarah, a qualified beauty therapist, personal trainer and sports masseuse with more than seven years of experience.
“It’s been more successful than we thought it would be – you never know who is going to turn up, but on the first session we had 11 people sign up, which was great.
“We won’t let you go easy on the exercises, but we will always have a smile on our faces, and you will as well!”
Bryony Richards-White, who also works at Inspire Leisure and took part in the training, said: “I had the best fun today – we did lots of drills and different activities.
“I came to the first sessions and I really enjoyed them so I decided to come back for the second series of six.”
Mary Morton, who also completed the first series of boot camps and came back for more, said: “It’s brilliant, it’s really nice to be outside in the fresh air – and being with other people means you can enjoy a bit of competition.”
Beast Camp is £39 for six sessions, all held on a Saturday morning between 8.30am- 9.30am at the Inspire Leisure centre.
At the end of the six-week course you receive a goody bag, a T-shirt and a certificate.
BPM Lifestyle also offers personal training in one-on-one sessions as well as group fitness, massage therapies ranging from clinical, Swedish and aromatherapy massage, reflexology, Indian head massage and advanced stretching, as well as beauty treatments such as facials, manicures, eyebrow tints, eyelash perms and waxing.
For more information about BPM Lifestyle, contact Sarah Baldwin on 07720 842623 or visit www.bpmlifestyle.co.uk for more information.