Was I afraid to come to Barry’s Bootcamp for the first time? ABSOLUTELY. I heard it was a killer painful workout. The reason why I decided to try it was because my body had acclimated to my usual work outs and I was not getting that amazing sore feeling anymore. Call me crazy but I LOVE that feeling. If I don’t get it from a workout I am very disappointed. Partially why I am constantly trying new things.
Anyway, the first time I had the balls to finally try Barry’s Bootcamp NOHO, I definitely was very sore the next day to the point of walking very funny. The class is split into two parts: One part high intensity interval training on the treadmill and one part weights on the floor. Different instructors split the two parts differently. My first time I was shocked to have to go back to HIIT on the treadmill after an extremely exhausting weights session. And then… do the switch all over again. The expectations are high. The running speed is high. The weights are heavy. And you just don’t stop. You may not love it during but after you really feel like you got a great workout. Overall, the workout is fast-paced and being new may confuse you a bit at first. Let them know it is your first time. The crowd varies from both men and women, so a good mix there. Some are competitively athletic which is great to allow yourself to push. Some not so much. You will feel better about yourself running next to them as you peak at their speed. Honestly, I can barely (if at all) fully keep up with the demands on either the HIIT or weights part, so do not expect anything easy. Unless you are already … a beast. You’d have to be a beastly beast to think Barry’s Bootcamp is easy.
The classes focus on different body parts (such as Butt & Legs, Arm & Abs, etc) on different days. Full body on weekends. I love this because it gives me a chance to focus on my weak spots.
I have learned to love Barry’s Bootcamp as it kicks by butt every single time and… that sore feeling always follows each session.
Bring: WATER. Running shoes & regular work out clothes. Post shakes, towels, showers, shampoo (etc) available at studios.
Cost: $34.00 per class. Packages available such as 3 classes for $102 and so forth. The Chelsea & Tribeca locations are available on http://classpass.com.
Benefits: The claim is you can burn from 800 to 1,000 calories in one Barry’s Bootcamp session. I mean… that is impressive. Overall, this is a great combination of HIIT cardio and strength training. You WILL feel the burn.