Perhaps you’ve heard of Barry’s Bootcamp. Kim Kardashian goes there, and her booty’s pretty awesome, no?
I’d always thought it was going to be a terrifying experience, but I tried it yesterday, and it wasn’t too bad.
No, really, what was I getting myself into?
First of all, the lighting in there is like a club, which is interesting.
Secondly, I SWEAR TO GOD I was standing in front of a fat mirror. I looked in that mirror and looked like I’d gained 10 pounds since walking in the room.
The class is in 4 segments: 2 on the treadmill, two on the floor doing strength work. I had no idea what the floor work would entail, but thought I could probably handle whatever the treadmill section threw at me but I wasn’t fast enough to get to the treadmill and started on the floor.
The first strength section was a pretty straightforward one: bicep curls, tricep curls, lunges, etc. After about 12 minutes, we switched groups and I got on the treadmill.
Bring it on.
In the first treadmill section, we did a few sprints and then two long hill climbs. They were difficult, but not so difficult that I felt like I couldn’t do them. I haven’t messed with incline on a treadmill for a while, so it was a good way to mix it up for my legs.
Next, we went back to the floor for our second set of floor exercises, with a resistance band. Most of these exercises were done on our hands and knees, and they KILLED my glutes. At one point, I slowed down a bit on a kicking my foot up in the air move (technical term) so as not to push too hard through my achy glute and the instructor came over to me to “correct” me, literally moving my foot up and down, which rubbed me the wrong way. I am all for pushing hard and working through exhaustion but I was nervous that I’d push too hard and he didn’t seem to understand that.
I shook that off and got back on the treadmill. The second set was back on the treadmill, and was all sprints. At some point in the first section, he said “I saw a 10.0!” to someone on the treadmill, and that became what I was shooting for. I did a minute-long interval at 9.5, several intervals at 10.0 and the last (30-second) interval at 10.2. Bam.
I got off the treadmill a sweaty mess. I usually don’t sweat much, but that was NOT the case yesterday.
While I wasn’t crazy about the instructor, it was a good workout, especially the treadmill part.
Afterwards, Malin + Goetz was providing free hand massages and Color Club was providing free manis. I’ve developed a weird obsession with having to have my nails painted at all times, so I was good on that front; I got a quick hand massage, which was lovely.
Have you ever tried Barry’s or a class with treadmills? (I know Equinox has one, but I was afraid to ever try it.) Are you a Birchbox subscriber?