Barry’s Venice is almost open and we couldn’t be more excited about our first studio on LA’s West Side. The latest addition to our SoCal studio family is touching down in the center of Venice Beach’s commercial district — at 1500 Lincoln Boulevard — just blocks away from the beach and the world famous Abbot Kinney shopping and restaurant district. Venice, of course, is a California destination in and of itself. It’s one of the hottest real estate markets in the country for a reason — there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy while visiting. In celebration of our arrival in the neighborhood, we wanted to share our guide to some of our favorite neighborhood joints to hit up before or after your next Barry’s workout.
Justin Dial, Tim Kelly, and Kevin Chorlins are three Barry’s Buddies partners in crime who are fixtures at Barry’s Chelsea studio in New York City. Complete with group nicknames, signature moves, and gyrating skills, it’s hard not to be inspired by their goofy antics.
Susan Moore and Stacey Kubasak-Goschin are diehard Barry’s Buddies who don’t miss a week of working out together. Susan, a producer at Access Hollywood, has been a regular at the original Barry’s in West Hollywood for over a decade. Three years ago, she invited Stacey to try Barry’s for the first time and they’ve been Barry’s BFFs ever since. The frequency of their workouts has never faltered. Except… oh, have we mentioned that they’re 7-1/2 months (Susan) and 6 months (Stacey) pregnant right now with their respective first children… and still not missing a beat?!
Finding a buddy to stay fit with can be hard, and sometimes, it can be downright discouraging. We all have those days when we dread going to the gym, either because we’re too tired, sore from the previous day’s workout, or we’re just plain unmotivated. Who hasn’t experienced that ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ attitude before? However, research shows that making plans to work out with a buddy will help you reach your fitness goals. Here are a few things we think will help you avoid falling off that “Fitness Cliff.” These are just a few good ideas to consider when you’re looking for your Barry’s Buddy.
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