One of the reasons that a certain amusement park is called The Happiest Place on Earth is because it sells that legendary Dole Whip, a sugar-coma-inducing frozen soft serve dessert. Unfortunately, the parks are a long hike after Legs Day, and to make matters worse, this cult classic frozen dessert doesn’t have any real pineapple in it. So, here’s an easy, healthier dupe that only takes two main ingredients – and is sugar-free and vegan. It’s a treat that’s not a cheat, and best of all, no long lines, unless you buy your ingredients at Trader Joe’s on a Sunday. (By the way, you’ll need a pastry bag to make it look like our picture. Sometimes we like to get fancy.) Read More
Some say nothing is more fierce than a mama bear. They haven’t met the #BarrysMama, obvi. Bathed in sweat and clad in kaleidoscopic technical fabrics, the BarrysMama makes the Avengers look like an entire cast of Ant Men, because she is a TRUE hero in every sense of the word. BarrysMamas are faster than a speeding Woodway, more powerful than a petulant preteen, able to leap from treadmill to toddler in a single bound. Barry’s studios are second home to thousands of mamas, from expectant first-time moms sharing the treadmill with their little runners to empty-nesters introducing their grown kids to the Barry’s squad. So to celebrate moms everywhere, we asked a few BarrysMamas what makes them so fierce. Also, if you’re in NYC or California on Mother’s Read More
You pretty much know what to expect when a trainer tells you to do a squat jump. It will involve squatting. It will involve jumping while squatting. And not a lot of fun (they aren’t called fun jumps). Ditto for sit-ups. There will be sitting up… over and over and over again. But some exercise names are stealthy little mothers. In fact, unscientific studies show that the nicer the name, the more diabolical the exercise. Here is a list of the most deceptive exercise names and what they really entail. TURKISH GETUPS What you think it is: I dunno, like a cross between a bathhouse hookupand some fabulously Mediterranean costume… What it really is: A nightmarish, full body, combination exercise probably concocted in Read More
Some of our favorite rockstars under the red lights have curated special playlists to get your hearts racing. See what themed classes will be at your local studio by searching for your city below.
In 1988, Barry Jay’s life had reached a point where he didn’t recognize himself in the mirror anymore. A struggle with addiction had plagued him for many years, and while there were periods of hope and sobriety, a lack of purpose stood in the way of complete recovery. He decided to clean up and hit the gym. Working out became his new addiction. This new commitment to fitness started him on the path to recovery, and would eventually lead to the creation of Barry’s Bootcamp, and the opportunity to bring health to himself and others through his own concept. The rest, is history… Since then, Barry has dedicated himself to a life of helping others, specifically those fighting to be stronger and healthier. This May, Read More
Have you been wanting to join the group fitness craze but you’re unsure of what to expect? Or maybe you’re on the 101 Freeway heading to a Barry’s 101 class and just want to prepare yourself (stop driving and surfing!) Superstar SoCal trainer Nancy Anderson has you covered. Before you get Barry’d, bury your head in this list of the best ways to crush your class right out of the gate. 1. Listen to the run down before you run down. Don’t zone out when the trainer or staffer is going over the format of the class (especially the treadmill portion). This pre-workout protocol will help you avoid getting totally lost in class. Sure, you could cheat off your neighbor, but with your luck they don’t know WTF Read More
Total Studio Domination: The Boldest Barry’s Retail Collection In-Studio and Beyond Our world has turned into a bold new arena where fashion takes on fitness head to head. Where some sneaker models are classified as “lifestyle” to distinguish them from actual training models, fabrics like neoprene and leather spandex are called “couture,” and the term athleisure is now officially a searchable term in the dictionary. Bold and daring are at the forefront of our current Barry’s retail collection, “Leather and Lace,” taking this trend to the next level of audaciously powerful. Considering the familiar array of colors springtime beckons, it’s exciting to have the option to change up the pace with a splash of dark and daring with pieces by Splits59 and the Read More
Sometimes you need an extra kick in the pants to get hyped up for class. If today is one of those days, Allie Cohen’s got you covered. Allie, a trainer at Barry’s L.A. (and pro dancer) has created a pre-class hip hop mix guaranteed* to get you as energized as a triple shot espresso (*not actually guaranteed). Click play on this mix on your way to class and you’ll go from nothing to 12.5 before the first beat drops. And if you’re in L.A., don’t miss Allie’s special hip hop class this Tuesday, 4/26, at 11 AM in West Hollywood. C YA there!
Jonathan London is a fixture in Barry’s morning classes at the original West Hollywood studio. His personal story is an amazing and moving one, so we thought it best to have him tell it in his own words. I was always a bit of a socially awkward child. I struggled with low self-esteem and the usual stuff that comes along with being a gay kid growing up in an anti-gay environment. Thinking back to my early days of school, I remember that constant feeling of “not fitting in.” I used to look around me at all the different cliques at school and wish I were in one of them. There were the guys that were into rap music and Read More
“Baby Got Back” isn’t just the most overheard comment outside of a Barry’s studio, it’s also one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time. And of course it’s part of Matt Conrad’s One-Hit Wonder Playlist, which is this week’s featured Theme Class on the Barry’s Beat Spotify channel. If you’re in Los Angeles, you can Hustle (yeah, another one-hit wonder) over to Matt’s class In West Hollywood on Wednesday (4/20) at 11 AM, where Matt will Play That Funky Music while you Jump Around…