What better way to kick off the summer than to attend Barry's Boot Camp Hamptons location.
Dana and I have been dying to get to Barry's for quite some time. I honestly cannot believe it's taken us this long. But luckily for me, it was worth the wait.
The first thing I noticed was the people exiting the class prior to mine were drenched, next thing I noticed was the number of people who were in really great athletic shape. I'm talking sculpted calves, toned arms, and tight little stomachs. The men were jacked and the women sleek and toned. Then again, this is the Beverly Hills of New York aka the Hamptons. I assume most of them do other actives in combination with Barry's or have personal trainers. This tells me that 'fit" people come here, which means it must be a great workout alone or in a rotation with great activities.
You enter the fitness studio and either find yourself on a treadmill or the fitness studio floor. I've heard mixed reviews on which is the best activity to start on, it really depends on the person. You switch back and forth from the floor to the treadmill for about 10-15 minutes each. By the time class is over you've done each activity twice. Here's what each entails:
I started on the floor with light and medium weights that I selected for my self. Each person gets a workout bench made of aerobic steps. The instructor demonstrates and calls out instructions for each move. These moves are simple and cover weight lifting basics such as: tricep extensions, crunches, bicep curls, squats and many more. Everyone tries their best to keep up with the instructor, but you are never shamed for going at your own pace when you need. As soon as you start to think about how heavy the weights are getting (pretty much just before you're about to drop them) it's time to switch.
This is just basic interval training. Starting with a walk, you work your way to a run, then to a full-out sprint and then all over again. There are little to no questions on what to do as the instructor shouts out exactly what number speed or incline you should be at. Don't worry, they give different speeds for: beginners, intermediate and advanced, so no need to be afraid. Again, just when you're starting to hate it they yell that amazing word: "Switch!" sweet music to my ears….
What makes this a great workout is that it's very similar to having a personal trainer, in the sense that you get someone to tell you what to do, how to do it and for how long. I don't know about you, but I'm not always inclined to do intervals on the treadmill on my own, and I certainly will skimp on squats when no one is looking. There are a variety of moves that you'd get with a trainer, and the more you go the better you'll get. Although Barry's Boot Camp might seem expensive compared to other boutique studios (one Hamptons session is $38), it's significantly cheaper than getting a private trainer for a about the same results. I strongly suggest you try cheating on your trainer for this one, or at least in-between sessions.
The only difficulties someone might have here is that it can be somewhat hard to hear the instructor over the loud music, noise from the treadmills and weights that get dropped. But it's super easy to just look at the person next to you to figure it out after a beat. These same distractions would be a nightmare for someone who has ADD tenancies, as there is a lot going on in the same room which one might find distracting… but not everyone. It's certainly a fun atmosphere. I'd love to try this on a Friday night after work. I bet it's super energized with a great crowd who want to let loose.
Barry's Boot Camp has a ton of locations in NY, CA and even one in London, England. You wont be sorry after you try it out... just super sore (my abs are aching as I write this).
Rating- out of 5 Sweatbands