I really don’t know how I waited so long to try Barry’s Bootcamp. A trendy, cardio/strength, celebrity favorite workout? Sounds right up my alley!
Fortunately, Well and Good came through with an awesome opportunity to try it out! As I waited anxiously for the class to start, I took a sneak peek at the studio. There were treadmills along the walls and lots of steps on the floor…hmmm running and step aerobics? I was quickly assured that I would WISH it was step aerobics. The atmosphere was dark and intense with lots of colored lights beaming down on the equipment.
After a few minutes of browsing the super cute clothing for sale, it was time to get my booty kicked.
We divided between floor and treadmill, and I decided the floor would be a safe start. After grabbing a pair of 8 pound weights, I got myself set up at the step.
Our instructor, Joey, started off by yelling commands to the “treaders” and then he got us going with weights. I am not sure if I’ve ever seen a class where the instructor is leading two entirely different groups at the same time, but it seemed to work. I was able to follow along whether I was on the floor or on the treadmill. After about 12 minutes of bicep curls, squats, shoulder presses and lunges and a final round of all moves put together, I was on to the treadmills.
The first round on the treadmill was all about speedwork. We were told to increase and decrease our speeds to jog, run or sprint accordingly. It was great to have someone really push me, and demand I go faster and longer than I would on my own. I was shocked to run as high as 9.5 MPH. That may be the fastest I’ve ever run on treadmill. But for the record, the girl next to me was running at 12.5 and it looked like an easy jog to her. I didn’t even know treadmills went above 12MPH!
After just under 15 minutes of intervals it was back to the floor for round 2. This time we had a handy booty band that was a stretchy rubber cord that was secured to each ankle. The next set focused on the legs with donkey kicks and hydrant lifts. Some of this reminded me of a barre class with more resistance. We finished off with a brief set of abs.
Back on the treadmill, we played with incline and speed. This set we were allowed more walk recoveries. To be honest, I wish I had jogged through more of them, but I was saving a little because thought there would be a third round. Even so, I pushed enough to know I would be SORE in the following days. True to prediction, my legs definitely feel the class today.
My overall assessment is that Barry’s is a great workout. It’s a good combo of strength and cardio and they really make you workout like you mean it. The instructors really get you to push further than you think you can, in fact, they demand it. I think it’s a good workout for men and women, but you’d want to go consistently to really see results—approximately 3-5 times a week depending on what else you are doing.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with Barry’s. I think that due to the size of the class, a second instructor in the class might have made sure everyone’s form was perfect, but I did get several corrections throughout the class even with only one instructor.
This could definitely be my new thing. It’s around the same cost as most boutique classes ($32), so I’ll be on the look out for groupons and sales to make it a little more affordable. Like any good class, Barry’s has no problem filling up, so you’ll want to make sure to book early to get a spot!