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

How to Balance Your Life and Workout, Part 2
August 15, 2014
How to Balance Your Life and Workout, Part 2
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by Emma Inkester At Barry’s we believe in balance – yes hard work and discipline are key, but so is FUN. Life is for living. It’s about helping you shape your own lifestyle and happiness, your way. So how to grab hold of that elusive “balance”? Here are a few tips. It’s a big topic, so we’ve split it into two bite-size chunks: the physical and the mental. Part 1, the Physical is here. This week we discuss the Mental. Treat yourself Don’t get us wrong, we advocate discipline. It’s essential to a healthy regime. But not discipline so rigid that you never let yourself indulge in what you really enjoy. Whether that be some good quality chocolate, a glass 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

Your Top 6 Workout Excuses Shot Down
August 1, 2014
Your Top 6 Workout Excuses Shot Down
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There’s only one thing keeping you from working out and getting healthier. You. The good news is, your dog can’t eat your treadmill, which means you have very few good excuses for skipping your workout. Occasionally you have a wedding to go to, or you’re in open-heart surgery, or a meteor is three hours from striking the Earth, but most of the time your excuses are not as creative as you think. Here are the most common excuses. 1) I’M SICK! – Okay, the plague is a good excuse to refrain from your high-intensity interval workout. In fact, so is any fever. But a head cold — it might actually help to exercise. Exercise can clear your sinus passages. According 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

Give it a Rest! (Why a Rest Day is Necessary)
July 22, 2014
Give it a Rest! (Why a Rest Day is Necessary)

by Anna Dickens If you’re addicted to that post-Barry’s endorphin rush (and who isn’t’?), it’s easy to always want another fix. But when it comes to exercise, it is possible to do too much of a good thing. If you overdo it at the gym, you put yourself at risk of halting—even reversing—your progress. Believe it or not, the day you don’t spend in the gym might be the most important part of your training program. Overtraining occurs when the frequency and intensity of your exercise exceeds your recovery capacity—in other words, when you don’t allow your body sufficient time to rest. Although it’s logical to assume that working out longer and harder will make you stronger, paradoxically, the opposite Read More

Pro-Tips from Celebrity Trainers, part 2
July 15, 2014
Pro-Tips from Celebrity Trainers, part 2

Every trainer has at least one – that tip, that motivational saying, that great piece of advice that they share with their clients to push them to new heights, to make them the fittest they can be. With some of the best trainers in the world in the Barry’s family, we decided to reach out to our own for their pro-tips. Here is part 2 of our 2-part series. Courtney Paul Don’t be #basic be complex! Switch up your workout, constantly change your music & plan a trip getaway that requires your body to be beautiful. Then watch the transformation! Do legs 2-3 times a week! Being the largest muscle group it will speed up your metabolism & transform your Read More

Pro-tips from celebrity trainers, part 1
July 2, 2014
Pro-tips from celebrity trainers, part 1

Every trainer has at least one – that tip, that motivational saying, that great piece of advice that they share with their clients to push them to new heights, to make them the fittest they can be. With some of the best trainers in the world in the Barry’s family, we decided to reach out to our own for their pro-tips. We have so many we need two separate articles. Use them in good health! Christian Basto: To perform better you put premium fuel in high performance cars, so put premium foods in a high performance athlete. Ivan Gabriel Chorney: Under normal conditions our bodies seek to achieve homeostasis, similar to a level of balance. So you have to keep Read More

Stop Skipping the Most Important Workout Days!
May 29, 2014
Stop Skipping the Most Important Workout Days!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to wo(man) up and do the workout you avoid the most at the gym. That’s right, we’re looking at you. Ladies: you need to stop skipping Chest & Back day. Gentlemen: you need to step it up and come to Legs & Butt day. But whyyyyy!? We’re so glad you asked. IT DOESN’T MEAN SQUAT UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY DO SQUATS Men don’t want to spend the time to working on their legs when they can be working on the showier muscles in their upper body. Plus, it hurts like &%$! But aside from looking like a lollipop, this can cause serious imbalances. And you’re neglecting some serious benefits. Unless you’re going for that chicken legs Read More

Battling Muscle Soreness: 5 Surprising Tips
May 16, 2014
Battling Muscle Soreness: 5 Surprising Tips

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is a necessary evil in building stronger muscles and gaining strength and stamina. Most of us find that post-workout soreness satisfying evidence of a good sweat sesh – but up to a certain point. Those of us who’ve been forced to use the grab bars in the bathroom stall after Legs & Butt Day know that there can be too much of a good thing. Most of us already know about stretching, foam rolling, massages and popping NSAIDS, but here are some other suggestions that fly under the fitness radar. 1. DRINK CAFFEINE Is there nothing that coffee can’t do? Studies show that caffeine can boost your athletic performance and endurance, but did you know Read More