Barrus boot camp is a HIIT

Published on: 26/09/2018


In addition to holding stock, the Barrus Upper Heyford warehouse is home to Barrus boot camp, an internally run exercise class instructed by the Marine Leisure divisions After Sales Support Technician, James Tonks.  

An Engineer by day, James is an REP’s certified Level 3 Personal Trainer and Les Mills Body Balance instructor. The boot camp sessions are a blend of HIIT, and functional metabolic resistance training to target fat burn and lean muscle growth. “I believe exercise should be exciting, challenging and, above all, fun to be effective. I try to bring this attitude to all of our classes,” commented James. 

Fondly known by members as ‘Barrus Bootycamp’, the classes started in spring 2016 when the Barrus Transport team asked for advice on training. James offered ideas and delivered the first class which by demand became weekly and then twice weekly as members grew. Rob Malone, Transport Manager, was one of the Barrus boot camp founders. “After the first couple of weeks, we were using muscle groups that hadn’t been used in years and as the workouts increased; our fitness levels did, too,” commented Rob. Rob continued, “James has an exceptional ability to motivate all fitness levels and age groups and, as an older member of the team, I find this very rewarding. Everybody that attends is made to feel welcome, and it is a great way to get to know your work colleagues outside of the work environment.” 


There are now over 20 Barrus staff from across the divisions attending regularly. All age ranges and levels of ability are welcome, and James alters exercises accordingly to support each member in achieving their personal goals. 

Sales Engineer, Sam Pearson, has noticed impressive results since joining Barrus boot camp and commented, “After doing very little exercise for a few years, James finally convinced me that boot camp would be a good idea and since then, I’ve not looked back! I’ve lost over a stone in weight and feel much better for it.”

James concluded, “I get so much enjoyment from these classes. The effort level and teamwork in sessions are incredible, and the results reflect it.”

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