There’s a beginner’s option at Barry’s Bootcamp, but I think the term “beginners” is used quite loosely. Before I went to try out the new Barry’s East studio I’d heard that BB was a brutal workout, but I’d thought to myself…”how hard can it actually be?”. Turns out, really hard.
I joined the “Legs and Butt” 7:50pm Tuesday class with Alex. The class consisted of two different sections, one on a treadmill and one floor based workout. You go through three rounds of each. Half of the class start on the floor and half on the treadmill, and you rotate between the two.
I started on the treadmill. Alex the instructor gave three different speeds, one for beginners, one for intermediate and one for advanced. Being a runner I backed myself as an intermediate runner and set off at a warm up speed of “8”. Turns out the Barry’s treadmills are set to miles per hour, not kms per hour, and an “8” equates to a 7:30 minute mile. I don’t know about you, but that isn’t a warm-up for me! The treadmill sessions consist of sprints, threshold runs and recovery periods, and they’re pretty hard work. Be prepared for them to be fast – I switched from following the intermediate speeds to beginner speeds pretty quickly, and I still struggled!
The floor sessions were equally brutal. As this was the Legs and Butt class the floor sessions were lower body specific, utilising a step and dumbbells in a series of tricky moves. Squats, lunges, step-ups, some crazy hybrid of a burpee and a squat….it was relentless! By the time I got to the last round I was absolutely exhausted, and one look around the room told me I wasn’t the only one. I wondered to myself whether anyone has ever completed a full hour at Barry’s, only stopping in the permitted breaks. If you have, I salute you.
Make sure you pick water up on your way in! I didn’t realise it was there and nearly disintegrated in to dust.
Even though it was hard, the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the class was unreal. I also think that the class is actually really complementary to marathon training; the treadmill sections are good training for the legs and good speed training, and the floor workout really gets in to the areas where you need strength and power. For a few days after the class I felt pretty sore in my glutes, hamstrings and quads, but my next run after the class felt great!
Every single trainer I saw at Barry’s Bootcamp was seriously buff, and having completed just one class I can see why. If you’re looking to shape up, it’s definitely the class for you! I would really recommend classes at Barry’s, but be prepared to work hard – even if you take the beginners option! The studio itself is gorgeous too – there’s a refuel bar with an amazing selection of recovery shakes and more Barry’s merchandise than you can shake a stick at.
Huge thank you to Barry’s for inviting me to join one of their classes – I’ll be back soon!