Barry’s Review: Hollywood’s Most Intense Workout Is Now In Raffles Place

A review of Barry's
By: Nina Shahriman
December 16, 2021

Barry’s (previously known as Barry’s Bootcamp) is a hugely successful workout studio with over 70 sites across the United States and 13 other countries. Barry’s total-body exercise, which combines cardio and strength training, raises your heart rate, works your muscles, and helps you burn a lot of calories. Well, it’s not exactly new but Barry’s has a place of its own on our island in Raffles Places and that’s what we’re talking about today. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek inside Barry’s renowned “red room.”

Let’s Talk About Barry’s

Barry’s courses alternate strength training with cardiovascular activities such as jogging or cycling. You may select workouts based on your tastes, such as a session that focuses on arms and abs or one that incorporates treadmill intervals. As you cycle between the endurance and strength-training phases anticipate being active throughout the class.

The Renowned Red Room

The Red Room, a studio with red mood lighting and banging music, is where the workouts take place. Room for its club-light ambience, which is dominated by a deep crimson tint. One side of the room has a row of bespoke Woodway treadmills, while the other has a strength-training floor. Weights, resistance bands, and booty bands are available in the gym, which is known for being well-equipped.

Of course, the uber-chic luxury theme extends to the locker rooms and shower facilities. There are Oribe hair care products on hand, as well as Dyson hairdryers. The famed Fuel Bar outside the studio delivers a healthy assortment of Barry’s distinctive protein and superfood smoothies. It’ll help you get the most out of your post-workout recovery and muscle-building workouts, and it can all be pre-ordered before class.

The Classes

There are two different sorts of classes to choose from. The Original is Barry’s hallmark workout, and your time will be split evenly between treadmill running and weighted workouts on the floor. The Double Floor is a strength-based alternative that allows you to skip jogging but requires you to sweat with weights the entire time.

Each day of the week is dedicated to a different body area, so you may concentrate on your arms and abs on Monday and then torture your pecs the next day. Complete body workouts are available Friday through Sunday for individuals who want to get the full experience in an hour. If you’re feeling bold, go to the gym five times a week as prescribed.

Barry’s exercises blend HIIT (high-intensity interval training) with strength training to build both endurance and muscle. Barry’s exercise regimen is as effective as it gets. Your body receives aerobic exercise to enhance heart health and endurance, as well as strength training to help you gain muscle, lose weight, and boost your metabolic rate.

Short bursts of intensive exercise are alternated with periods of rest or gentle activity in HIIT, such as running for 30 seconds and then walking for 30 seconds. Your heart rate goes up and down in rapid succession because of these bursts of intensity. This can help to improve heart health by decreasing blood pressure and resting heart rate while also increasing oxygen capacity and circulation.

This also promotes a significant calorie burn, which can range from 700 to 1,000 calories each class. Because your body needs to work so hard to restore depleted oxygen after all that heart-pumping HIIT, you’ll burn more calories and fat afterwards.

What To Expect At Barry’s?

If this is your first time at Barry’s, arrive 15 minutes early for your first class. It’s important for us to get to know you, so take the opportunity to meet your teacher, receive a rundown of the exercise, and ask any questions you might have. Classes range in length from 45 minutes to an hour.

Workouts begin with a vigorous warm-up that prepares your body for the upcoming exercise. Then, depending on the class, you’ll hit the ground running with treadmill intervals, cycling, weightlifting, or bodyweight exercises. Full-body lifts, biceps curls, and bicycle crunches are all examples of this. During your exercise, you may expect to utilise treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, or resistance bands, all of which will be available in the Red Room.

After class, you’ll complete a cool-down to get your heart rate back to normal and stretch your muscles. After that, you may shower on-site or replenish your energy with a smoothie at Barry’s Fuel Bar.

Don’t worry if this appears to be a lot. To effectively complete a class, you do not need to be a seasoned runner or weightlifter. Throughout the workout, your teacher will tell you precisely what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

Why You Should Go

If you’re a runner or new to cardio, HIIT workouts can help your heart pump more effectively, reduce blood pressure, and increase your endurance. Furthermore, proper weight training places a good tension on your muscles, causing micro-tears in the tissue. As the tissue heals, your muscles get stronger and larger. Furthermore, combining cardio and weight training can increase your metabolism and encourage your body to burn fat both during and after your workout.

How To Gear Up For Barry’s

Wear sports attire that you can move around in and that will stay in place during hard sprints, such as leggings and a fitted top, because these workouts include high-impact cardio and dynamic floor exercises. Expect to sweat profusely (like pouring sweating), so bring a headband or ponytail if you have long hair, as well as a water bottle to stay hydrated. Bring your running shoes if you’re doing a treadmill class. If not, for best strength-training results, wear a sturdy shoe that is as flat as possible.