Take the quiz: What Kind of Barry’s Beast Are You?
June 17, 2015
Take the quiz: What Kind of Barry’s Beast Are You?

We know you’re a beast, you know you’re a beast. But there are a number of different species of the Barry’s Beast. Where do you fit in the taxonomy? Take this quiz to find out!

The Biggest Buzzkills In Your Group Fitness Class
June 4, 2015
The Biggest Buzzkills In Your Group Fitness Class
by Minsun Park

  Loud music, tight clothes and hard, sweaty bodies bumping up against each other, it’s no wonder group fitness classes are the new happy hour. Whether you’re getting killed or killing it, you want your workout hour to be a time when you take a break from all the other stresses of your day. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, class clowns don’t stop in high school, and they can be the biggest endorphin buzzkills if you have a close encounter. Do you recognize any of these? THE LOUD TALKERS Whether they’re on their cell phones or gabbing with each other, if they ran their legs half as fast as their mouths, they would be in killer shape. THE BATHROOM SQUATTERS Read More

The Types of Friends You Make At Barry’s
April 24, 2015
The Types of Friends You Make At Barry’s
by Minsun Park

Your group fitness class exposes you to a whole assortment of people you never would have met otherwise. It turns out that group fitness classes like Barry’s mimics the three criteria that sociologists say are necessary to promote friendships: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other. So, if you go to a regular class time, you start seeing familiar faces and before you know it, you are commiserating about how you almost died during the last run, exchanging texts to reserve treadmills next to teach other and “rehydrating” with cocktails after class. In our time-strapped society, it’s no wonder that the gym becomes your social life. But not Read More

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Barry’s
March 12, 2015
All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Barry’s
by Minsun Park

The same rules that get you the best results in your fitness classes are also practical rules for living your best life. The mind-body connection is a real thing. Who needs life coaching when everything you need to get along with others and make personal gains are lessons you learn in the gym? Here are the lessons I learned. Willing to share some of your own in the comments? Show up on time. Don’t text and operate heavy machinery at the same time. Pay attention and listen to the instructions. Your mind quits before your body does. Cursing really does ease pain. Clean up your bodily fluids. Keep your DNA to yourself. Wash your hands. Because, cooties. In fact, take Read More

Sh*t Your Fitness Instructor Says
February 12, 2015
Sh*t Your Fitness Instructor Says
by Minsun Park

Being a fitness coach is akin to being a labor coach. It can be a totally thankless job to coax someone who is in excruciating pain to birth a new body, whether it’s a baby or a six pack. But the fact is: pain makes people downright irritable and cranky. When I was in labor, I hurled a massage ball at my labor coach/husband’s head when he had the audacity to doze off from sheer exhaustion while sitting upright during my 30-plus-hour labor. I regretted it deeply – only because I was too far away to punch him in the nose. Similarly, I’m being pushed to my limits when working out and while it’s bad enough to endure the physical Read More

The Five Stages of Dying at Barry’s Bootcamp
January 15, 2015
The Five Stages of Dying at Barry’s Bootcamp
by Minsun Park

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. These are the five emotional stages a person goes through when faced with impending death. I go through these same five stages every single time I go to a Barry’s Bootcamp class. Even after two years, I still get the butterflies before class because you never know what the workout is going to be (Dirty 30? Dynamic mode? Burpees? Drop down sets?). But what I do know for certain is that I’m GOING TO DIE. But death isn’t necessarily a negative thing. Old ideas, old habits and old, limiting beliefs about yourself have to die before a new, fitter you can be reborn. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or painless. Change is scary Read More

A Fitmas Carol
December 19, 2014
A Fitmas Carol
by Minsun Park

  There’s no greater gift in life than good health, so here’s an alternative Fitmas carol for those of you who don’t take a holiday from working out. (NOTE: Sing to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”) On the First day of Fitmas, my trainer gave to me: a hot body in a Barry’s tee! On the Second day of Fitmas, my trainer gave to me: Two-minute planks, And a hot body in a Barry’s tee! On the Third day of Fitmas, my trainer gave to me: Three box jumps, Two minute planks, And a hot body in a Barry’s tee! On the Fourth day of Fitmas, my trainer gave to me: Four fast feet, Three box jumps, Read More

Fit World Problems
October 9, 2014
Fit World Problems
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How lucky are we that we that have the time and money to work out regularly? But that doesn’t mean we don’t complain. In fact, we have a whole new set of things to complain ABOUT. These aren’t just First World Problems, they’re Fit World Problems. How many of these apply to you? 1. You are always hungry. Always. 2. You go to legs/butt day to create awesome legs/butt. Subsequently can’t use legs/butt for three days. 3. Skinny jeans are no longer an option because of #2 (see above). 4. You spend all your money on protein powder until you don’t have enough money to buy foods with actual protein. 5. You’re up 36 hours straight due to too much Read More

Before They Were Barry’d!
September 4, 2014
Before They Were Barry’d!
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Our trainers didn’t always look like this (although we think Noah Neiman may have been born with 10″ biceps.) So in honor of Throwback Thursday, we decided to toss back a few ourselves. Trainers (and managers), that is. Here are some way way before and after shots of some of your favorite Barry’s Bootcamp trainers. Nicole Aguila, Los Angeles Christian Basto, Los Angeles Ivan Chorney, Miami Beach Matt Conrad, Los Angeles Erik Nordnes Einum, Bergen Annelin Ese, Bergen Tage Flugeim, Bergen/Oslo Tony Forte, Irvine Patrick Frost, NYC Martin George, Los Angeles Joey Gonzalez, New York, COO Courtney Gruba, Los Angeles Shauna Harrison, San Francisco Linn Herland, Bergen/Oslo Kelli Hinkle, San Diego Barry Jay, Los Angeles, Co-Founder Kelly Kikugawa, Los Angeles Read More

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8 Things People Who Work Out Are Tired of Hearing
August 28, 2014
8 Things People Who Work Out Are Tired of Hearing

There are two kinds of people in the world. People who exercise, and people who just don’t understand why the hell you waste so much time exercising. You can see it on their faces. The uncomprehending sneer at your sweaty clothes, your Barry’s shirt (“who’s Barry?”), your 24/7 running shoes (“how many colors do you own, anyway?”). Yes, being fit-shamed is a thing. So we put together a list of our favorite, semi-annoying phrases uttered by the non-exercisers. Any you would add to this list? 1. How do you have so much time to work out? Our response: How do you have so much time to be caught up on The Bachelor? If it’s important to you, you make time. Read More