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

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

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