You might have thought you’d seen everything after Christian Grey’s red room of pain, but just wait until you see Barry's red room. It’s 50 shades of fitness—a whole new level of torture. (Okay, if you’re an athlete looking to reach new levels, this could be right up your alley), but if you’re an average couch potato that’s looking to get in shape, you’re going to work harder than you ever have before.
Barry’s bootcamp is world famous, and finally, in September, the long awaited fitness workout opened in Surry Hills with two more Sydney CBD locations—one in Martin Place and another still to be announced. Each class burns up to 1,000 calories. You’ll maximise your fat loss, boost your metabolism and tone muscles. Maybe you’ll even shape up as good as David Beckham, just one of the celebs who have joined the likes of Isla Fisher, Ellie Goulding and Harry Styles in a class.
The thumping music which is all chosen by the trainers, the signature red lights, high energy night-club-like environment are designed to immerse in the experience as your instructors push yourself to the next level. The outside world, stresses and anything else are quickly forgotten, as the only thing on your mind is surviving.
Who the hell is Barry?
Barry Jay is a LA-based celebrity trainer, who back in 1998 started a all-in-one boot camp cardio and strength-training workout in West Hollywood. What was different about this training program was the music, the lighting and vibe was designed to be an immersive experience which has now morphed into a global phenomenon. Fast forward to 2018 and there are more than 40,000 clients who rock up for boot camp on a weekly basis.
What do Barry’s Bootcamp classes consist of?
There are two types of classes—the run plus lift, which is 25 minutes on the treadmill followed by 25 minutes of functional strength training, and the no run classes that forgo the treadmill for a double session of strength training using resistance bands and weights. The instructors are enthusiastic and inspiring, compelling you to give it your all. The atmosphere will drive you to leave everything on the training room floor.
Some Barry’s locations will be equipped with fuel bars where you’ll be able to order shakes to aid recovery, so make sure you arrive 20 minutes before class—5 minutes to order your post workout shake and 15 minutes to get acquainted with your instructor for a quick run-through of how the equipment works.
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