After all of this time, I finally took a Barry’s Bootcamp class. I’m not sure what I’ve been waiting for, as it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for years. I was really excited when we found out there was one in San Diego, but I’ve been so happy in my Orangetheory bubble that I didn’t feel the need to do much experimentation in the bootcamp world. Finally, I decided to go for it.
It. Was. Amazing.
During the first round on the treadmill, I thought, “Maybe I can save my hair today. Maybe I won’t sweat that much.” If you’ve taken a Barry’s class, you have full permission to laugh at me. I left in a puddle of sweat. I staggered around Trader Joe’s grabbing groceries afterwards; I dropped two things (thankfully, they were not breakable items), and had this dazed half-smile on my face.
What is Barry’s Bootcamp?
From the website:
Since 1998, Barry’s Bootcamp has been delivering The Best Workout in the World® to a legendary following, including A-list celebs, models—even Olympic athletes. Our signature hour-long workouts include 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment. Trainers, muscle groups and even workout segments vary throughout the week so that no one class is ever the same.
Our innovative technique works to “shock” the body in the most efficient and effective way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight and build muscle. Our world-class trainers are the best in the business and promote a positive, supportive environment that will help you break past your own personal boundaries. Come discover why Barry’s Bootcamp has been voted “The Best Celebrity Workout” by Allure, Los Angeles Magazine and many others. Regardless of skill level, you can burn 1,000 calories in just one hour. You will see and feel results right away in a thumping music-filled environment where every class feels new, fun and exciting.
What to expect for a first class:
To sweat. A lot. I started off on the treadmill (I usually like to get it over with first), and during the strength rounds, I had sweat dropping off my face onto the floor. By the end of class, the floor was covered in sweat. It’s crazy.
To be pushed to your personal max. Since the rounds are fairly short, you know you’ll be changing up the exercise or treadmill speed soon; I find that it’s easier to push myself during the cardio rounds when I know they’re short-lived. The cardio speeds and exercises are constantly changing, which makes the class fly by.
To get a killer workout with fantastic music. The workout was awesome, and was complemented by a killer playlist, which I talk a little bit more about below.