Barry’s Beast: Wes Hight
September 2, 2015
Barry’s Beast: Wes Hight

We’ve watched Wes crush it at Barry’s Nashville over the last year, and we asked him if he’d share his inspiring story of success with us. So here, in his own words, is Wes’ Barry Tale:   Just the other day I was asked, if there was one person I could high-five who would it be and why. My answer was my grandfather who passed away a few years ago. I know he would be proud of my success. He was a constant reminder to me that your goals are not going to be magically achieved. You have to work hard and be persistent. Here is where my journey begins At age 16, I hit my max weight of 285 Read More

Barry’s Babe: Melanie Hamilton
August 20, 2015
Barry’s Babe: Melanie Hamilton

After giving birth to my second son, Cliff, I knew I wanted to transform my body. But a few months after his birth (July 2014), the scale wasn’t budging. As a busy mother of two and working mom, I had a hard time committing to seeing my personal trainer.  Throughout both pregnancies, I had maintained a healthy diet and regular exercise, so I was familiar with yoga, the gym and lifting weights. As I was leaving David Barton Gym in Noho one afternoon, I saw the sign on Lafayette announcing Barry’s Noho and it caught my eye! The second I got home, I looked up Barry’s and the Noho location and saw that it was opening in a few short Read More

Barry Tales: Jamie Krauss Hess and George Hess
August 12, 2015
Barry Tales: Jamie Krauss Hess and George Hess

Every day we hear about lives being changed at Barry’s. Not just by the workout, but the relationships, the community, the fitfam. In this new feature we focus on some of our favorite Barry Tales, in YOUR pictures and words. First up, Jamie Krauss Hess and George Hess, who met… well, let’s hear the story from Jamie. JAMIE – “Our relationship was founded on Barry’s Bootcamp, but not in the obvious way you think. We didn’t meet at Barry’s, rather we were set up on a blind date. From the moment we met, we were inseparable, and about two weeks into our relationship, we decided to take a Barry’s class together. George, who had never tried group fitness, was worried Read More

Happy Camper: Liz Thornton
July 29, 2015
Happy Camper: Liz Thornton

Nashville’s Liz Thornton has GAINED 20 pounds since starting Barry’s and we couldn’t be prouder. Most people are fighting the battle of the bulge, but others fight a more insidious battle against the opposite. Liz spent 10 years fighting anorexia, but weight training at Barry’s has helped her make new gains, both physical and personal. Here’s her story, in her own words. VITAL STATS NAME: LIZ THORNTON AGE: 28 years old HOMETOWN: Nashville, TN HEIGHT: 5 ft. 7 inches WEIGHT BEFORE BARRY’S 115 pounds in the “Before” picture from March 2013. Anorexic since 2003. Cardio queen. Running and dancing three to four hours daily. No weights. I had one or two relapses with anorexia yearly. WEIGHT AFTER BARRY’S 133 lbs. Read More

Happy Camper: Michael Schuddinck
July 15, 2015
Happy Camper: Michael Schuddinck

Michael Schuddinck

 VITAL STATS AGE:  30 HOME BASE: London, UK HEIGHT:   188 cm (6 ft. 2) MAX WEIGHT: 137 kg (300 pounds) WEIGHT BEFORE BARRY’S:  129 kg (284 pounds) CURRENT WEIGHT:  104 kg  (229 pounds)   HEALTH HISTORY I grew up in Antwerp, Belgium where I studied Audiovisual Arts, but started my career seven years ago as a production manager for high fashion brands. As a kid, I always was chubby. I didn’t really like to do sports, but I think that was because my parents weren’t that active. When I started my career, I obtained maximum highs and lows in my weight loss attempts as I tried so many different diets: food replacers, counting calories, protein diets, soup Read More

Happy Camper and Barry’s Babe: Susan Harrison
June 30, 2015
Happy Camper and Barry’s Babe: Susan Harrison
by Susan Harrison

  STATS HEIGHT: 5 FT. 9 WEIGHT BEFORE: 163 POUNDS WEIGHT NOW: 126-129 POUNDS * DRESS SIZE BEFORE: 10 DRESS SIZE NOW: 0-2 JEANS BEFORE: 32 JEANS NOW: 26/27 *Note: Since I do weigh myself every day, I allow myself a three to four pound “band.” Someone once suggested this to me, and it’s really important. You can’t get crazy if you are one to two pounds heavier one day – many times it’s simply your body retaining water. It took me awhile to know where this range should fall. When I first lost all the weight, I was hovering at 122-125 and I definitely looked too thin. This band is a perfect one for me, I can live a Read More

Happy Camper: Marci Cohn
May 12, 2015
Happy Camper: Marci Cohn

VITAL STATS NAME: Marci Cohn AGE: 21 HEIGHT: 5 ft. 5 inches WEIGHT BEFORE BARRY’S: 147 pounds WEIGHT AFTER BARRY’S:   125 pounds HOME BASE: BARRY’S MIAMI BEACH   Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in San Francisco, CA. I am a senior at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. I will be graduating with a degree in Business Management, with a minor in Public Health. What do you/will you do for a living? I will be working at BR Commercial, a Commercial Real Estate company in the Bay Area. What do you like to do for fun? Love to cook and bake, go to the beach, play tennis, go to Read More

Happy Camper: Hilde Skogli
April 22, 2015
Happy Camper: Hilde Skogli

VITAL STATS Name: Hilde Skogli Home Base: Bergen, Norway HEIGHT: 163 cm / 5´4 MAX WEIGHT: 90 kg / 200 pounds WEIGHT BEFORE BARRY´S: 72 kg / 160 pounds CURRENT WEIGHT: 55 kg / 120 pounds MAX DRESS SIZE: 44 / 14 CURRENT DRESS SIZE: 34 / 4   BEFORE GETTING BARRY’D I grew up in Trondheim, Norway, but moved to Bergen after high school to attend law school. I now work as a legal advisor for the County Governors office. Growing up, my weight was pretty much normal. I never really struggled with my weight until I started law school. Five years of long hours, lots of partying, no exercise and a diet of junk food and snacks took Read More

Behind the Mic: Get to Know Blake Bridges
April 17, 2015
Behind the Mic: Get to Know Blake Bridges

Welcome to the second installment of one of the newest Barry’s blog features, Behind the Mic, where we introduce you to the more recent additions to the Barry’s family of trainers. We ask them the awkward questions so you don’t have to. Today we feature LA trainer Blake Bridges. Barry’s: What do you enjoy most about training? Blake: I absolutely love the fun energy and great atmosphere that the clients bring and Barry’s provides. There is nothing like a packed class at Barry’s with a room full of sweaty people pushing the limits on not only their physical ability, but also their mental strength and ability. Seeing others work so hard and be so dedicated to their health and wellness Read More

Happy Camper: Andy Heeps
April 10, 2015
Happy Camper: Andy Heeps

VITAL STATS NAME: Andy Heeps AGE: 39 HEIGHT: 185 centimeters / 6 feet tall WEIGHT BEFORE: 124 kg / 273 pounds (February 2014) WEIGHT NOW: 90 kg / 198 pounds Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now? A: I grew up in Crewe in the north west of England. Came to London for medical school and have stayed here ever since. Q. What do you do for a living? A: I’m a doctor, an obstetrician/gynaecologist to be precise. One of the reasons I joined Barry’s was because there’s only so many times you can tell people they need to lose weight when you’re bigger than they are! Q. What do you like to do for Read More