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

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

What NOT to Wear When You Work Out
August 26, 2013
What NOT to Wear When You Work Out

Most fitness fashion articles focus more on fashion sense than common sense. Unfortunately, being fashion forward sometimes becomes fashion awkward – to everybody else around you. While fitness fashion should be functional, comfortable and not jeopardize your safety, I’ll take it one step further and argue that if you work out in a public setting – say, at a gym or at a group fitness class, then the public health of those around you should be considered as well. In the name of public decency, as well as consideration for the mental and ocular health of those around you, I’m begging you to read this and change your wicked ways. SHORT SHORTS WITHOUT UNDERWEAR If you’re leaving the house in Read More

Funniest Fitness Fails
June 23, 2013
Funniest Fitness Fails

Every fitness fanatic has experienced a fitness fail from time to time. Despite our best efforts, sometimes exercising just turns into spazzercising. We’ve compiled our favorite stories of workout mishaps that have actually happened to our readers, from bootcamp and beyond. Warning: don’t try these at home… or the gym. 1. I was trying to impress the hot guy on the treadmill next to me, desperately trying to match his speeds, trying to get his attention. Instead I did a face plant on the moving treadmill, and my boobs popped out of my workout top. THAT got his attention. ~Danielle, Glendale, CA 2. I accidentally drank out of someone else’s water during a Barry’s Bootcamp class because we both had Read More