Training for Your First Race… Or Your 100th!
January 21, 2015
Training for Your First Race… Or Your 100th!
by Megan Conner, trainer at Barry's Nashville.

There is no other feeling than crossing a finish line…  Nothing else can imitate the sound of your feet on the pavement, the pound of every heart beat, and the sound every breath.  During a race – every single step, every mile – you envision your family and friends there at the end, looking at your finishing time as your foot touches the time mat, someone putting that finisher’s medal around your neck, wrapping in the foil blanket — and all of the training that you’ve put in is finally worth it. Running can be SO rewarding.  I’ve had some of my most memorable moments on a run.  Whether it’s beautiful scenery to a new song idea to just clearing the Read More

Weight up! Weight-lifting Myths and the TRUTH!
January 9, 2015
Weight up! Weight-lifting Myths and the TRUTH!
by Minsun Park

The world of weight-lifting is as full of tall tales as a celebrity’s publicist (seriously, who gets hospitalized due to exhaustion and dehydration?) Weight-lifting stunts growth, lifting will give you hemorrhoids, you need steroids to grow muscle – the misinformation about muscles is endless. For example, Rachel Mumford, Co-Founder and President of Barry’s Bootcamp gets asked by women all the time if they’ll get bulky lifting weights. “I tell them that I’ve been lifting weights for 14 years,” Rachel says, “and it’s toned my muscles instead of making me bulky. Lifting weights has given me my high-school body back.” Half of every Barry’s Bootcamp workout involves strength and resistance training, we thought it was high time to tackle six of Read More

7 Benefits of Running
December 16, 2014
7 Benefits of Running
by Anna Dickens

There are generally two types of Barry’s Bootcampers, the ones who love running and the ones who, well, aren’t so crazy about it. It’s pretty easy to spot the diehard runners in any given class. They’re the ones who race to claim “their” treadmill as soon as the class doors open; they love to out-run each other (hello, 12.0 mph sprints!); they barely flinch when the instructor utters the words “dynamic mode.” Love it or hate it, running is one of the best cardio workouts on the block. In addition to giving you a killer bod, hitting up the treadmill offers a raft of tremendous mind-body benefits, from lengthening your life to staving off depression. Whether you are a seasoned Read More

The 12 Tips of Fit-mas
November 4, 2014
The 12 Tips of Fit-mas
by Anna Dickens

‘Tis the season to be merry — and to gain weight. Even for the most committed healthy eater, self-discipline can easily falter during the extended binge-fest otherwise known as the holiday season. After all, it takes some serious willpower when tempting, fattening foods are beckoning at every turn. (Damn you and your apple pie, Aunt Jane!). Furthermore, between the hustle and bustle of holiday travel, gift shopping, and cocktail parties, fitness regimens readily fall to the wayside. The end result? By the time New Year’s rolls around, you’re sporting a massive beer belly to rival Santa Clause. This holiday season, stay on track with your health and fitness goals without totally depriving yourself. Because let’s face it — who wants Read More

Sweat More, Live More
October 7, 2014
Sweat More, Live More
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by Emma Inkester We’ve all heard the old adage that if you lead an active lifestyle you will live longer. What’s not to love about the possibility of eking out those extra years of retirement where all you have to worry about is saying and doing exactly what you want and cruising the world? In a Harvard Alumni Study which examined mortality in more than 17,000 men who attended Harvard, life expectancy was about one or two years longer for those who expended 2,000 calories per week during exercise compared to those who were sedentary. And we all know that just one Barry’s class can burn up to 1000 calories (including the joyous afterburn!) But what we don’t often talk Read More

12 Workout Mistakes You Might Be Making
September 24, 2014
12 Workout Mistakes You Might Be Making
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by Anna Dickens You’re huffing and puffing at the gym, but still not seeing the results you want. Or maybe you’re constantly getting sidelined with pesky injuries — first you tweaked your knee, now your shoulder is acting up. WTF??? If your progress has hit a plateau, you might be guilty of making one of these common workout slip-ups. Read on for 12 gym mistakes that could be derailing your workout and tips for how to fix them. 1. Not switching up running shoes If you’re still rocking a 2011 pair of Nikes with a massive hole on the bottom, it’s time to head to the nearest shoe store, stat. Technically speaking, you’re supposed to replace running shoes every 400 Read More

Secret Confessions of Trainers: Things They Wish You Would Stop Doing
August 19, 2014
Secret Confessions of Trainers: Things They Wish You Would Stop Doing

Your favorite fitness instructor may display superhuman strength and abs of steel, but it turns out they are human beings just like the rest of us mere mortals. When a diverse group of personal trainers, yoga instructors, martial arts teachers, spinning coaches and boot camp instructors around the country were informally polled, they voiced common complaints they had about their clients. In short, they love you, but they confess that you’re treading on their last nerve when you engage in the following activities: *Names and identifying info have been changed to maintain confidentiality.   MIRRORS ARE FOR CHECKING FORM, NOT CHECKING YOURSELF OUT. Too many clients see the mirrored walls at studios and gyms as a temptation to do personal Read More

8 Amazing Things Exercise Does for Your Body
August 12, 2014
8 Amazing Things Exercise Does for Your Body
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by Anna Dickens This is your body on Barry’s. It’s a no-brainer that Barry’s Bootcamp helps you sculpt a killer body—a body that probably earns you many admiring looks when you’re flaunting that itty-bitty swimsuit at the pool. But for as much as we all covet leaner thighs or flatter abs, the benefits of Barry’s are more than skin deep. Exercise does a number of amazing things to the body. It’s been proven to ward off depression, boost self-esteem, improve cognition, and even enhance your performance in the bedroom. Below, we reveal eight scientifically-backed reasons to work out that have nothing to do with how you look (although let’s be real—that’s definitely a huge bonus). 1. It makes you happier. Read More

How to Balance Your Life and Your Workout, Part 1
August 5, 2014
How to Balance Your Life and Your Workout, Part 1
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by Emma Inkester Balance your life the Barry’s way- Part 1 (The Physical) We live in a 100mph society, with dozens of aspects of life constantly vying for our undivided attention. There’s family, partners, friends, work, hobbies, remembering your Great Aunt Mabel’s birthday and friend’s sister’s little darling Freddie’s Bar Mitzvah… it’s enough to give you a headache just thinking about it all. Then there’s the ever-mounting piles of ‘life admin’ we all hate so much, and people actually expect us to leave the house not looking like a pug-eyed Groucho Marx?! Seriously, do they know what they are asking of us?! It’s very likely you also put a lot of pressure on yourself to navigate the above maze of Read More

The Top 5 Workout Myths
July 23, 2014
The Top 5 Workout Myths

by Emma Inkester When it comes to workout tips, for every valid piece of advice there is an old wives’ tale ready to send you in the wrong direction. Sure, our bodies are complicated organisms, and what works for one person might not work for another. But there are some workout myths, often bandied around like gospel truth, that really are just incorrect. Here are five of the most common delusions straight from a gym near you. 1. Girls who lift weights will become the Incredible Hulk by next Tuesday Really? You know those toned models on the front of Women’s Health and the other women’s magazines you love? They lift weights, lots of weights. And they’re more Angelina Jolie Read More