The Barn is a friendly and inclusive fitness club with a gym, class studio, an outdoor gym and some of the best Personal Trainers around. We are situated in a stunning converted barn on a farm in a rural setting on the edge of Cholsey with beautiful countryside views. The Barn is a light and open space to workout in with high ceilings and 300 year old exposed beams giving it a lovely feel we like to call the "barn charm".
We strongly believe that you should be proud of what your body can do, not just what it looks like.
We have now been open for more than 10 years and wow, what a decade that has been! So much has happened since we opened the Barn. We've raised more than £80k for charities, we've seen some incredible transformations, we've made lifelong friends and seen many friendships formed, we've been on the radio and made the national papers, we've danced, we've partied, we've ran, we've been 24 hour fitness people, we've survived lockdowns, we've volunteered in Kenya and we've even climbed a bloody big mountain!
We have been so lucky to work with some truly amazing people that really do know their stuff! Some of them are still working with us and some have moved on to further their careers. The team has grown every year and we have always been blown away by their commitment, dedication and energy and feel blessed to work with these guys. It sounds corny but it does feel like a barn family.
In 2011 whilst working in the health and fitness industry and the local maternity unit in Wallingford we were dreaming of doing our own thing. So, in a recession and against advice we decided turning a barn into a gym in the village where we lived would be a good idea and with a young family of 3 boys in tow we took the plunge opening the Barn on 19th November 2011.
We initially opened as just a gym until we started running a couple of classes in local halls and Spin on the mezzanine area with only 6 bikes. In July 2012 we opened the studio with just 16 classes a week and since then we have continued to add and update our class timetable trying to keep it varied and interesting.
Our aim was, and still is, quite simple, to create a club where people of all ages, sizes and fitness abilities feel welcome and we always look to continually improve what we offer and move forward.
Along the way there's been blood, sweat and tears but so much laughter and joy that it makes us feel like we're the luckiest people alive.
It's become so much more than we ever imagined and we can't wait to see what adventures we have waiting around the corner.
Spencer & Nancy