I was born and raised in New York, but my dreams brought me to Los Angeles when I was 20. I crossed the continent to become a songwriter – I had two songs and 800 bucks. But while I was chasing one dream, another one found me. In 1998, I co-founded Barry’s Bootcamp to give people The Best Workout in the World so that they could quickly achieve their fitness goals in a fun, supportive environment.
Today, 15 years later, there are 10 Barry’s Bootcamps around the world (with more to come), but I still live 10 minutes from the first Barry’s Bootcamp in West Hollywood with my three rescue dogs – Missy, Max and Lucy. I still write when the mood strikes, and I’m grateful for that dream of being a songwriter because I would not be here without it. You can find me going back and forth between LA and New York teaching and taking classes and grabbing a Broadway show when I can.
In high school, I experienced numerous failures with attempts at performing and learning a variety of instruments, eventually leading my band instructor to relegate me to study hall during class time for the sake of the other students. During those 42 minutes of daily seclusion, I became drawn to the piano and taught myself to play.
Country songwriting is a major passion. I still write and co-write daily. I’m also a screenwriter writer and have written numerous spec screenplays in the horror genre.
Surprising to some, as loud as I am in bootcamp on that mic – when I leave there, I’m actually quiet. You might even say reserved to some degree. I’m 7 ½ years sober. I have a Disneyland season pass and I’m a Golden Girls addict.
Winning starts with beginning. Who we are and who we are going to be is always up to us. We make decisions and stand by them. We set goals and we plan out how we are going to achieve those goals. We must remember that the body we are given is a gift and ours to take care of – no returns, no exchanges. This is it! I’m a big believer in removing the word “can’t” from our vocabulary. Give it everything you’ve got and get everything you want!
Be honest with yourself. Have fun and work hard – it’s worth it! Self discipline is self love. If you’re not disciplined it’s time to dig deep and figure out why. Mirrors in the gym are not just for form – use them to take a look at your attitude, yourself as you are right now and then envision the person you want to see. They’re there so you can look around the room at those who inspire you! Live to inspire!! Look for inspiration!