Barry and I are celebrating our 2 year anniversary this month! One of my best friends introduced me to Barry via Groupon in 2011. I bought a $25 Groupon for three classes to Barry’s Bootcamp and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made (not to mention a great deal too). From the first workout I knew that I had found something great.
Have you seen “the girl you wish you wish you hadn’t started a conversation with” as a guest on Weekend Update with Seth Myers (SNL y’all)? Well, she is absolutely one of my favorites and hilariously irritating the way she goes on and on. Sometimes I feel like that girl. I catch myself running my mouth about Barry’s to some unsuspecting
prey person and I (or sometimes my husband) have to reign myself in. I invite anyone who (I think) is remotely interested, including my little brother. He still hasn’t joined me, but I know he will eventually give into his big sister’s proselytizing. When you find something that is SO good, what else are you to do but spread the word?
Here is the short list of what distinguishes a Barry’s workout from all the rest:
- The format – the 60 minute workout is made up of treadmill and strength training intervals. The treadmill drills integrate both speed and incline work. The strength training intervals include weighted and non-weighted exercises. It’s very efficient because of the all-out effort during the intervals.
- Expertise – the instructors are experienced and know their stuff. They all are unique in the style, but each brings major energy to every class. They pay attention to form and will critique you to ensure you don’t injure yourself and/or that you are getting the most out of the workout as possible.
- Music – the music is loud, fun and brings a beat. Just perfect if you ask me.
- Variety – while it’s the same format, the instructors, music, intervals are different each time. You never repeat the same exact 60 minute workout and that keeps it interesting.
- Intense – it is intense! Like most exercise, you determine how hard you work. If you push yourself, you will get faster, stronger, leaner. Every time I leave Barry’s I feel absolutely worked. That is my favorite thing and what keeps me coming back.
Barry’s has made its mark and improved my fitness and conditioning in significant and noticeable ways. I have noticed a difference in my running performance on both speed and hills. I ran a trail race in the spring and my only incline training was the Barry’s workouts – I was amazed at how prepared I was to climb a 2 mile long hill. While I would like to go more often, I find that even my twice a month average attendance makes a difference in my overall fitness.
Most of my #funfitfriends are Barry’s lovers too. One of my workout buddies (and BFFs) Jesi and I were discussing our Barry’s devotion last weekend as we drove home from a Saturday full body workout. We both agreed that what we learn and experience in Barry’s workout improves our other workouts. Barry’s pushes my limits and forces me to admit that I am faster, stronger, and more able than I think I am. It calibrates my perception of my capabilities. When I do a non-Barry’s workout (run, strength train, yoga, etc.) the calibrated sense of my capability makes me push harder and get more out of my effort.
It’s been a wonderful 2 years Barry! Here’s to another year of getting stronger and faster!
The first class is free, so you have nothing to lose if you’re interested in checking it out. Visit their website for locations and other details www.barrysbootcamp.com.
Any other Barry’s lovers out there?