BARBERS GYM: THE BRILLIANT BASICS OF A REAL WORKOUT.
Sometimes it's good to strip it back. Certainly, in our chaotic, modern lives, it's refreshing to be clean, clear and honest. Barber's Gym is the antithesis to the commercial, glossy gym. Instead of rows of running machines, pulsating music and lines of plasma TV screens displaying pop star bodies, think about a stripped back space which celebrates the brilliant basics of a real workout. Bars and dumb bells, skipping ropes, a climbing wall, a boxing bag, a chalkboard. And some plants.
Barber's Gym, founded in 2012 by Darren Barber, occupies two spaces in Hackney Downs Studios, which has quickly become a vibrant community of creative workspaces including a florist, a restaurant and carpenter's workshop. The philosophy? "Functional fitness and not just the appearance of it," says Barber, who sports various tattoos including a vintage strongman. "Real work capacity, strength and power, cardiovascular endurance and stamina, flexibility, speed and agility, coordination, balance and accuracy. General physical skills, that improve your performance as an individual."
BARBERS GYM: What you need to know:
Address: 17 Amhurst Terrace. Hackney Wick, London. E8 2BT
Telephone: 07944 117 916
Cost: Drop in session £15 | Monthly pass: £75
Coaching style: Friendly, focussed and Generally prepared