Barry's Bootcamp prides itself on being "The Hardest Workout In The World." Now, we don’t know if that statement rings exactly true, but this is definitely one of the hardest classes we have ever taken. Barry’s combines sprinting on a treadmill with weight training in an hour-long heart pumping, sweat inducing, sexy experience that will be sure to leave you feeling the burn. Here’s THE SWEAT SCENE’s lowdown on the workout created by Barry, for athletes.
The Sweat Scale
If you’re going to Barry’s, you have to be ready to sweat. You will usually start feeling warm within just a few minutes of the treadmill warmup. Don't be surprised if your legs are wobbly when you leave, or you wake up not able to lift your arms.
Each day of the week targets a different body area with weekends reserved for Full Body. One of the most fascinating aspects, in my opinion, is that the schedule is the same throughout the world. So, no matter if you’re in Nashville or LA, you will always be working those Butt & Legs on Tuesdays. Speaking of which, Butt & Legs is definitely the hardest day, and Abs on Thursdays is the easiest. Monday is Arms & Abs and Wednesday is Chest, Back & Abs, both of which are challenging and rather similar.
When it comes to the day-to-day workout, you can really never get bored at Barry’s. The class is usually divided up into three treadmill portions and three floor portions, but this varies and each trainer is different. Treadmill segments can range from just three minutes of hardcore sprints to 11 minutes of walking on an incline. The trainers make the finish line attainable by counting down and allowing for 30-second to one minute active recoveries on the treadmill (walking at a 3.0 to 4.0 speed). So, even when you’re not sweating, you’re still working hard. Sometimes the trainers will ask you to put your treadmill on dynamic mode at the end of class. After you press down the up and down arrows at the same time, (ask for help if you need it) you will start to realize you are in full control of the treadmill. This section really works your legs and if you give it your all, you can hit speeds you never thought were possible.
When it comes to the floor, the trainers will challenge you to use weights that you are not accustomed to. As a girl who usually caps it at 5 pound weights, I was shocked when I discovered that I could actually use a 15 pound dumbbell. Moves are usually simple and well known, including lots of rows, planks, squats, deadlifts and push ups. The trainers will demonstrate each move so you know exactly what you are doing. Sometimes they incorporate plyometrics, but this isn’t too common.
The Fuel Bar
Many people will say they only go to Barry’s for the smoothies, and they’re only partially kidding. You can order before you work out, so they’re ready for sipping right after you’re done. These smoothies are truly amazing and have a huge amount of protein in them, so they are perfect for replenishing right after a workout and fueling up for the day. A good choice for a light meal is the Chai, a banana-almond milk-spice concoction with about 200 calories and 28 grams of protein. The Banana Nut is very similar with just a bit more protein and 260 calories, making it a good option for a full meal. Peanut butter lovers enjoy the Simple PB and PB&J, while coffee lovers like the Not Yo’ Average Joe. They're used to customization so don’t be afraid to add kale, lighten your protein or take out the peanut butter (or sub it for almond butter!). If you want a green drink without protein, the Green Machine has a water base with kale, apples and berries, and it is delicious. The Fat Burning Lemonade tastes like real slushy lemonade, but really does burn your stomach. Don’t forget to check out their protein bar selection as well!
What to Wear and How to Prepare
You should wear workout attire fit for running, such as Lululemon leggings and a sports bra, with a tank thrown over. Many people take off their shirts, so you will be sure to see lots of rock-hard abs around. Side note: some of the guys that go to Barry’s are HOT, so dress to impress ladies!
Each Barry’s studio is equipped with a row of treadmills along the mirrored wall and floor space. Don’t be alarmed by the red dimmed lights and breezy temperature when you first walk in. It adds a layer of intensity, and even sex appeal to the workout. The instructor will circle the room, counting down and throwing out lines of encouragement. The music is also usually very on point.
Barry’s is conveniently located in the Gulch, an easy 10 minute drive from campus. Ubers are usually less than $5.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking to get your ass kicked and kick ass at the same time, this is the workout for you.
Prices vary by location (with Nashville being one of the least expensive). When you purchase a class or package in the studio (versus online), you can get the 20% student discount, making each class about $15-$20 depending on how many you buy at a time.
If you take Devin’s class, you will probably walk out feeling very accomplished. He is known for the most difficult workout, which can be made even more difficult when you go on Sunday morning.
|Monday: Arms & Abs||25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength straining utilizing resistance bands, weights and other equipment to target the biceps, triceps and abdominal muscle groups follow by a short stretch and cool down.|
|Tuesday: Butt & Legs||25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength straining utilizing Barry's "booty bands", weights and other equipment to target the quads, hamstrings, calves and other leg muscle groups–including the gluteus maximus, of course–followed by a short stretch and cool down.|
|Wednesday: Chest, Back & Arms||25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength straining utilizing dumbbells, resistance bands and other equipment to target the chest, back, and abdominal muscle groups followed by a short stretch and cool down.|
|Thursday: Abs||25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength straining utilizing medicine balls, weights, bands and other equipment to target the body's core/abs, followed by a short stretch an cool down.|
|Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Full Body||25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength straining utilizing weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment to target a variety of different muscle groups follow by a short stretch and cool down.|
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