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THE MOVEMENT BARN, THEALE

Lost your fitness mojo? The Movement Barn is a boutique gym with no intimidating machines or members. Enjoy small, friendly classes where you can progress at your pace

Boutique fitness is booming – combining different types of exercise in a stylish space. No rows of intimidating, boring machinery, but laser focussed on quality coaching and community. The Movement Barn in Theale (next door to Cobbs Farm Shop), runs from a converted barn and shakes off the soulless vibes of big gyms where you need a degree in computer science to work the high-tech machines.

Owned by Harry Halls, his classes reflect three core values – Build, Breathe and Move. Each element is coloured coded against each class. Build (dark blue) – improves strength. Breathe (mid blue) – improves fitness. Move (light blue) – improves mobility. So expect a combination of yoga, pilates, HIIT and lift training.

It’s not try hard. The equipment is relatively simple (by gym standards) and there’s an open central area. It’s also really friendly and welcoming. Small class sizes of mixed abilities as the sessions cater for both the super-fit, keep fit and the rest of us. No judgement, shame or comparison – everyone’s on the same journey it’s just some set off a lot earlier. The sessions are one hour. You have a coach, and the sessions are varied. So risk of boredom.

The small classes feel more like group PT sessions (Personal Training with Harry or Dexter also available), so the £20 per hour-long class is reasonable priced. That said, your first class is totally FREE – so there’s no excuse to give it a go. If you like what you see, you can then purchase a class pass and the price per hour keeps coming down the more you commit to. Class passes start at £62 for four (90 days to use) to £80 per month unlimited.

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The Movement Barn, Pangbourne Rd, Theale, Reading, RG7 5EA
themovementbarn.co.uk

harry@themovementbarn.co.uk

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