Body Hub is a boot camp business based near Barleylands, Basildon and offers a 2 acre obstacle course and boot camp sessions dedicated to helping people to get fit in the great outdoors and enjoy themselves while doing so.
The Enquirer caught up with Darryl White, founder of Body Hub, for a chat.
What inspired you to set up your own boot camp business?
“I lived an unhealthy lifestyle for a while and I got quite ill. I decided to focus more on fitness, as I have three children, and that’s where I discovered my passion for racing and obstacle courses. I was a personal trainer for a time before setting up my obstacle course and my business Body Hub.”
What sessions do you offer?
“We offer a big obstacle course to work out on and we run boot camp twice a day.
We also have begun to run children’s birthday parties where they can play on the courses and then have a meal in the party room.
Soon we will be offering team building sessions where companies can use the facilities and learn valuable teambuilding skills. In the summer through 20th August to the 30th August we are running MEGA BLAST where kids can use the obstacle course.
Also on Saturday 31st August we are holding a summer party for adults looking to use the grounds.”
How long is a typical session?
“Boot camp is one hour a session and the obstacle course boot camp is one hour 30 minutes.
We also offer Pay & Play throughout the week when the course is opened up to the public for 4 hours.”
And what is the price range?
“Induction sessions for 30 minutes and general sessions for 120 minutes for adults aged 16 and above are £18.99. Inductions and sessions for children 7-15 years are £12.99 each. A 3 hour pass for adults 16+ is £12.99 whilst a 3 hour pass for juniors 6-15 years is £6.99. For regular users a monthly pass is recommended for unlimited use of the course. Monthly adult membership is £49.99 and monthly junior membership is £24.99”
How did you set up the obstacle course?
“There was a patch of green behind Burstead farm shop with a few obstacles that I bought and expanded from there. We now have a 2 acre space in Barleylands that we transformed from a wasteland to a huge obstacle course complete with a running track.
We’re still working on the space now and constantly adding new obstacles. What you see now is a lot of hard work and graft. Examples of the courses we have now are crawl nets, a rope climb, tyre swings and monkey bars with another 8 coming before autumn 2019.”
Why do you think Body Hub is so popular?
“I think the main reason why Body Hub is so popular with people is mainly because it’s all outside. Most people, myself included, dislike working out in a stuffy gym with lots of mirrors, and working out in the fresh air just feels healthier.
Mud runs and races have obviously contributed to this trend as they have become a lot more popular in the past few years and completing an obstacle course outside is also much more fun than just running on a treadmill!
To see boot camp times and book tickets for kids obstacle camp and events visit www.bodyhub.online/boot-camp