How You REALLY Use The Gym Mirrors
December 29, 2015
How You REALLY Use The Gym Mirrors
by Minsun Park

Photo credit: @foodandlycra Those gleaming wall-to-wall mirrors at the gym are so useful for checking your form, right? But when you’re spending an hour forced to stare at your reflection, it’s hard not to feel as self-conscious AF. It only takes a few seconds to correct your form, which leaves all those long, awkward minutes to stare at the mirror. So here’s how you really end up using those gym mirrors. 1. CHECKING YOUR FORM… AND EVERYBODY ELSE’S  Sure, maybe your back is straight, shoulders aren’t rounded during the deadlifts, but you’re really checking out your ass… and maybe your neighbor’s on the next bench. 2. CHECK FOR MUSCLES It’s been ten minutes of floor work and you lift up your 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

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

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

17 Unexpected Side Effects of Getting Fit
August 21, 2014
17 Unexpected Side Effects of Getting Fit

We all know the benefits of working out includes countless physical and mental health benefits. But now that you’re at your pinnacle of health and fitness, there are also some unexpectedly strange and surprising side effects to the sweat life that nobody really talks about. 1. Your doctor asks YOU for advice on working out at your yearly physical. 2. You live on Mt. Washmore with an endless pile of sweaty laundry to conquer. 3. You nabbed three purse snatchers last week (12.5 sprint, baby)! 4. You don’t need a stopwatch to know exactly how long 30 seconds is. 5. Your bottom hasn’t touched a public toilet seat in years due to your squatting prowess. 6. You help the grocery Read More

14 Signs That You Might Have a Crush on Your Trainer
July 30, 2014
14 Signs That You Might Have a Crush on Your Trainer

Working out is a lot like falling in love. Your heart is thumping out of its chest, there’s heavy breathing, sweat beads are forming and those feel-good endorphins are flowing freely. What could be more natural than feeling sprung over the trainer that motivates you to achieve the extra spring in your step? Crushing on your trainer can be harmless fun that helps motivate you to crush it during your workout. Who cares if he or she is paid to make you feel this good? Here are the sneaky signs that you have a not-so-secret crush on your fitness instructor. So admit it yourself, already. 1. When a substitute instructor shows up at the last minute, you feel as if Read More

7 Types of Trainers You Meet at Barry’s
July 9, 2014
7 Types of Trainers You Meet at Barry’s

Recently we wrote a popular article about the kinds of clients you meet at Barry’s Bootcamp. We teased a little, had some fun at your expense and we decided it was high time to turn the tables – on the trainers. Barry’s trainers are a very diverse group. True, they all share the expertise and experience required to make you fitter than you’ve ever been, but their styles vary tremendously. None of them can be pinned down to a single distinct category, but we’ve collected seven of our favorite broad trainer personality types for this article. Do you recognize any of your trainers here? McDREAMY McDreamies are so distractingly beautiful you’re convinced they can’t possibly be human. It’s hard to Read More

Top 11 Workout Lies We Tell Ourselves
June 18, 2014
Top 11 Workout Lies We Tell Ourselves

You try to do everything right for your health. Eat clean, work out regularly, get eight hours of sleep every night. But we’re only human, and no one is immune to a little self-delusion now and then. We’ve been reading your Facebook feeds and tweets and listening to you in class, and well, paying attention to our own excuses in moments of weakness and it turns out that we’re all liar liars with pants on fire. Here are our favorite overheard workout lies of the moment: 1. There’s protein in pizza, and lycopenes from tomato sauce. It’s like, practically a health food! 2. I think my shoelace is loose. Better stop running and re-tie it – in the middle of Read More

Sh*t Bootcampers Say on Facebook and Twitter
May 12, 2014
Sh*t Bootcampers Say on Facebook and Twitter

If you’re a Barry’s devotee, chances are you’re pretty vocal about it on all your social media channels. However, your non-Barry’d family and friends are probably sick of you crowing about your latest sprint speed or how heavy you lifted on Facebook and Twitter. Luckily, the fitness family that Tweets together stays together and oversharing is caring. We just can’t get enough of commiserating/bitching/cheering each other on. What’s not to “Like” about that? So here are the most common types of Facebook and Twitter posts that you and all your bootcamp buddies love to post. Which type are you? FULL BODIED WHINE You can’t believe how much pain you’re in. Everywhere. All the time. And you love every sado-masochistic second Read More