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What is Barry's Bootcamp?
Barry’s is the Best Workout in the World™®. Founded in West Hollywood in 1998, it’s the original strength and cardio interval fitness experience that provides an immersive, high-intensity, one-hour workout that’s as effective as it is fun.
Our fitness classes alternate between working out with weights and running on a treadmill. Each day focuses on a different muscle group in order to achieve real results and to prevent injuries. Our program is designed to tone muscle and maximize fat loss, while spiking the metabolism for up to 48 hours following the class.
All classes take place in a high-energy and encouraging environment. The dimly lit red studio, motivating music, and inspiring instructors will motivate you to run, lift, and work harder than ever before.
Find out more about being a first timer here.
Is the class like a military bootcamp?
Nope! Barry’s Bootcamp is anything but military in attitude. In fact, our encouraging community and instructors, alongside the workout, keep a lot of people coming back. (and making great friends along the way!)
Will I be okay if I'm a beginner or not already in shape?
Don’t worry! We welcome beginners and have a lot of them. While we don’t have a beginner’s class, we look after all of our first-timers in every class.
To make the most of your first class, we recommend arriving 15 minutes early so we can explain the workout and introduce you to your instructor.
Barry’s classes are created for individuals to challenge themselves on the treadmill and with weights — you can set your own level of speed and choose the heaviness of your weights, depending on your experience. Barry’s students love it when they start to beat their own personal bests. For ultra beginners, you can choose to walk vs. run on the treadmill, or opt for the lightest weights.
Find out more about being a first timer here.
Do I have to be a good runner?
No. That’s the great thing about running as a cardio exercise. Everyone can do it, but most people just need to warm up to the idea. It’s not always easy — you need to have a bit of faith in yourself and take it slowly while you get used to it. Go at your own pace and see how it goes. Our runs are done in intervals and you can do anything for a few minutes at a time! If you really don’t want to run at all, you have the option to book a Double Floor class.
Do you have a beginner's class?
We don’t have a regularly scheduled beginners class, but first-timers get looked after in every class. Just make sure you arrive 15 minutes early for your first class, and we’ll make sure to give you extra attention.
How often should I go?
We recommend five classes per week as an optimal number, with three classes per week at a minimum, if you’re committed to seeing a real change in your body and your energy levels.
Many Barry’s clients take more than five classes a week, but we always recommend incorporating some rest, especially if you’re just starting out. Listen to your body — if your muscles are very sore, give them time to repair themselves.
How long will it take to see results?
Barry’s clients see results fast. If you are going 3-5 times a week, you should start to see & feel a change in your body in 2 weeks. Your loved ones will probably see a difference in 5 weeks, and your friends (the observant ones, and the ones who have a crush on you) will probably notice in 2-3 months.
But you will notice a psychological change almost immediately. You’ll feel better about yourself, you’ll be more motivated to work out, and seeing the heads whipping around as you stroll by doesn’t exactly hurt your ego.
Can I really burn 1000 calories?
Independent observers (like LIVESTRONG.com) have verified that a Barry’s workout can burn 1,000 calories in an hour. Your mileage may vary, but we’ve seen clients burn from 700 to 1,300 calories, depending on their body weight and effort level. Everyone is different and results may vary, but at Barry’s it’s not just about what you burn in class, but also how our methodology promotes calorie burn after class.
Will weight training really help me lose weight and get fit?
Yes. All day long.
At Barry’s we combine weight training and cardio to keep the heart-rate elevated with intense bursts throughout the workout. When it comes to weights, we believe in continuous high-repetition lifting with medium to heavy weights, depending on the exercise.
This means you’ll burn more calories and increase your lean body mass, which in turn will raise your resting metabolism by up to 15 percent; so, you’re burning calories even after you leave. Translation: you’ll lose fat and keep it off. It’s what we call the “after burn.”
When you build a foundation of firm muscle, the metabolic boost melts away the fat on top and since muscle takes up less space than fat, you’re left with a leaner, slimmer, firmer, and sexier physique.
Is Barry's fun?
We think “fun” is an understatement.
Barry’s classes are run by instructors who make every session as upbeat, energetic, and enjoyable as is humanly possible — while still making sure you work hard.
Most of our instructors have some sort of background in entertainment — we’ve got fitness experts who range from ex-rock stars to leading Broadway men and women. We’ve got ballerinas, TV stars, and even a couple of male cheerleaders. All of our instructors share one thing in common, though — they’re totally equipped to make your class a blast!
Why do days of the week focus on different muscle groups?
Most days, the floor exercise part of your workout is focused on a specific part of the body. There are two reasons for this:
- It’s the safest option for people who really want to get fit — switching muscle groups creates the biggest impact and reduces the risk of injury.
- The second reason? People come in different shapes and sizes, and all of us have something about our appearance we’d like to prioritize.
Don’t forget that in all Barry’s classes you spend half the time on the treadmill (unless you choose to do Double Floor), so you will always get an overall cardio workout.
Do you offer a special rate for first timers?
We do not offer special rates for first timers.* Occasionally, we will hold special promotions and we invite you to join our email list to ensure you don’t miss out. In the meantime, we would love for you to come by and tour the studio anytime and experience Barry’s firsthand.
Find out more about being a first timer here.
*At times, some studios may offer a first time rate. Please visit specific studio pricing pages to see if this option is available.
How do I pay online?
Register for an account if new, or login and add your credit card. We’ll save it for future purchases. You can also use it for Fuel Bar and retail shop purchases.
How can I see how many classes I have left on my package?
Sign into your account — you’ll see all of your account info there.
What options do I have for buying classes?
You have two options — buy packs of classes or sign up for a membership, depending on the kind of relationship you’re ready to have with us. As you’d expect, the more you commit, the more you save.
Packages are best if you want to keep it casual… maybe you’re still experimenting, or your life’s just a bit complicated. Use your classes whenever it suits you. If you want to reach your goals faster, it’s best to commit. Decide how many times you’ll come per week and sign up for a membership that matches up with your goals.
I'm having problems with my account.
First of all, try the basics:
- If you’ve forgotten your password, follow the link on the login page to set up a new one.
- Make sure your credit card is still valid.
- Update your web browser if you need to.
- If you’re really stuck, call your local studio or pop in and ask for help.
How do memberships work?
As mentioned above, the best way to reach your goals is to make a commitment to yourself — decide how many times a week you can come and buy a membership to match — three times a week, five times a week, or any time. The more you commit, the more you save.
Can I transfer or share my class package or membership?
Absolutely! Individual classes (or classes purchased as part of a class package) can be shared amongst clients, as long as they’re used within the same market in which they were purchased. Memberships, however, are non-transferable.
Can I use my classes at any location?
Currently, classes are city-specific. That means that if you buy classes at Chelsea in NYC, you can only use them at another New York studio like Tribeca or Noho. Ditto in Chicago, London, or anywhere else. Make sure to read the small print or ask the studio when buying a package or membership for clarification.
Can I freeze my membership?
If you commit to a membership longer than a month, you can suspend it due to doctor’s order, death, moving, or loss of job. You can also freeze it for six months (for injury) or nine months (pregnancy), although many expectant moms enjoy Barry’s well into the late stages of their pregnancy (under their doctor’s supervision).
Do I book a floor spot and a tread spot?
You only need to book your starting spot, either floor or tread, and you will automatically go the corresponding spot on the tread or floor when the instructor tells everyone to switch. If you go for a Double Floor class, the treadmill is ignored! You’ll be on the floor for the whole class.
Should I start on a treadmill or on a bench?
Take your pick! The beauty of Barry’s is that you get the exact same workout whether you start on the treadmill or bench, so many clients love to switch it up.
Can I book online?
Yes. In fact, we encourage it! Just register for an account first online and then buy yourself some classes or a membership package. After that, you can go ahead and reserve your spot online. Make sure though that your city and studio is correct when buying your classes and reserving your spots. We want to make sure you don’t end up booking your class in the wrong location!
What is your cancellation policy?
We know how much you love to plan, which is why we open reservations 7 days prior to the class. So, scoop those spots up, and plan your week. All we ask is that if you are not going to be able to make the class, you cancel at least 12 hours prior. This allows us to make sure someone else gets that primo treadmill if you can’t make it! Anything canceled less than 12 hours before class starts is a late cancel, and you do forfeit the class.
What if I miss class?
If you book a class under your membership and don’t show up, we charge you a no-show fee — which ranges in price depending on which city your membership is in. If you have a class package, unfortunately, you lose your class. We know you’d never miss class on purpose and we’ll be super bummed not to see you there.
How far in advance can I reserve my class?
Seven days. At noon, exactly one week early, we release all classes for a given day.
So for instance, if it’s Tuesday, you can book the following Tuesday’s classes beginning at 12:00pm. On Wednesday at noon, you can book the following Wednesday and so on and so forth. For the most popular classes, we know for a fact that there are people staring at their computer at 11:59am, fingers at the ready, to pounce on the classes once they are open for reservations.
What if I'm there close to class start or late to class?
We want to be totally transparent with you: a lot goes into the final minutes before class, which is why we require you to be present five minutes before the class start time. It’s a lot like flying — we need that time to finalize the class list and everyone’s starting spots, as well as to accommodate the wait list and any needed moves. If we started this process at the beginning of class, the class would start late and you wouldn’t get your full workout. Plus, we know you need those few extra minutes to double knot your laces, pre-order that shake, and chat about what we may be throwing your way in class!
If you are late to class and we have not given away your spot to the waitlist, it won’t cost you anything but a couple hundred calories. Just check in and come on in, and try not to disturb the Barry’s clients who have already begun their workout.
Do you allow walk-ins?
Sure, but watch out! Some classes book out in a heartbeat, so you should really check ahead of time to check out if there’s space.
What is the wait list?
Lots of our classes sell out. If the class you want is sold out, you can get on our wait list. As people cancel, you will be automatically added in the order you had signed up.
If you secure a spot more than 12 hours before the scheduled start time of the class, we will notify you by email. If a spot doesn’t open by then, you still have a chance of getting in. Just show up at least 5 minutes before class starts and once we have our no-show count we’ll start going through the wait list in order.
Can I move my reservation?
If you are outside the 12-hour no-cancellation window, you can always move to another class (that’s not already sold out). If you need to move your appointment — but there are less than 12 hours until your scheduled class — that’s considered a cancellation and the above cancellation policy would apply. Sorry, no exceptions.
Can I leave my kids, pets or other items in the lobby?
We love that you want to share Barry’s with your whole squad, but unfortunately we can’t be liable for anything left in our lobby area.
What sort of amenities are in studio?
Usually, you’ll find showers, lockers, a fabulous Fuel Bar for a smoothie and some goodies to pamper yourself with like grooming products, and premium beauty products. Check out the details on the studio pages.
Can I come in for a shake even if I'm not taking a class?
Sure. They are that good!
Should I eat before class?
Most nutritionists recommend eating something 30-60 minutes before class to give you enough energy to make it through the workout and the protein to build and tone muscles. Just make sure you don’t get too full. Try something that’s in the 200-300 calorie range and includes some sugars, carbs, and protein. Bananas and almonds are two great examples of foods that work well before a class.
What else do you have to eat at Barry's?
Most of our locations have perfect post-workout meals ready-to-go.
Depending on your location, you might find gourmet goods from local restaurants that we know and love.
Will you watch my baby for me while I'm working out?
That’s a tricky one! Do you know how much we’d love to say yes? But we can’t right now. We recommend phoning the studio you’re going to attend though and asking for advice.
What should I eat after class?
Protein, protein, and more protein! And in case the fourth time’s a charm… protein! Which is why most of our locations have a Fuel Bar set up in the lobby with a menu of delicious shakes full of healthy ingredients that will totally check this box.
Why? When you work your muscles hard, you are breaking down muscle and you need amino acids to repair them. This is what tones your body. More muscle means a faster metabolism, which means more calorie burn throughout the day, even when you’re not moving.
Can I work out at Barry's if I have an injury?
Ultimately that’s your choice. First, speak with your doctor about what you should and shouldn’t do. If the doctor clears you, mention your injury to the Barry’s instructor when you arrive and they can help you modify the workout. If you can’t run, you might want to try Double Floor — where you skip the treadmill altogether.
Please be careful and listen to your body! Lots of people (yes, mainly you men) tend to ignore injuries. Don’t do that! You’re precious material.
How do I order a shake from the Fuel Bar?
We allow our clients to order a shake before their workout, and (just like magic!) it will be waiting for you when you stumble out of class. We’ll charge it to the card we have on file for you, and it will bear your name. The various colors also make for amazing Instagram posts. #BarrysFuelBar #FuelBarFridays
What if I’m pregnant or just had a baby?
Well, first ask your doctor. But we can tell you that we’ve had new moms come in one week after giving birth, and moms-to-be working out until days before they gave birth. Make sure your doctor knows what a Barry’s workout entails (running and weight training) and find out what you’re cleared to do. But new moms deserve extra love and attention, and we promise to give it to you.
Can I text or talk on the phone while in class?
No! It’s dangerous and distracting to others. We know how vital it can be to keep that phone with you, but please, for that hour you’re with us, pop it in the locker or put it to one side.
How old do I have to be do come to Barry's?
15 is the magic number to attend Barry’s, but you have to be accompanied by an adult until you are 18.
Is my data secure and private?
Yes, we don’t sell your info and all our systems are encrypted and secure.
Our payment systems are industry standard 128-bit encryption and your account information is held in a secure environment which is as hacker proof as it can possibly be.
Do you have an app?
One day very soon, yes. But in the meantime, just use our website — it’s optimized for mobile.
Are you thinking about opening a new Barry's near me?
Unless you’re on Mars, then, probably! We have a team who are busy answering that very question at every waking moment — where should we open up next?
Our highest priorities are places full of sporty people that we think will have fun in class. We’re always looking at adding more studios to existing cities and opening in more cities in the USA and abroad.
Let us know if you think lots of people would love Barry’s where you are, and if you want to get involved in helping us make it happen there. You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
Barry’s Bootcamp has been bringing its clients HIIT workouts before HIIT was even a thing. It’s a thing now. A big thing. HIIT combines intense, high-energy bursts of activity with short periods of lower-energy activity, followed by a cool down. There isn’t a whole heck of a lot of low energy during a Barry’s workout, but there’s just enough to keep your heart racing and provide the benefits of HIIT.
Many of our clients prefer to do “Double Floor” during a class, which means you won’t step on a treadmill. Rather, this means you’ll double up on the strength portion of the workout. It’s a good option for those who are less focused on cardio and trying to build more muscle or anyone who has limitations on the treadmill.
Some of our studios conduct Hellweek challenges where participants commit to coming to class every day for one week. Clients have the chance to take seven straight days of classes, one per day, at a special price. Hellweek is the fast track to a heavenly physique. You can check with your local studio to ask if they have any Hellweeks planned in the near future.
These are not your gym teacher’s treadmills. All Barry’s locations are equipped with Woodway treadmills, the absolute best in the world. These super-quiet machines are the most comfortable surface you’ll ever run on and come the closest possible to simulating running outdoors. The runs at Barry’s are varied, so you’ll never be bored. You’ll alternate between sprints, inclines, Dynamic Mode (more on that later), and you’ll assume other positions on the treadmill you’ve never thought possible.