Review: We Signed Up For Barry’s Bootcamp

by Rebecca Lewinter

The famed Barry’s Bootcamp has been challenging people since 1998. Known for its combination of strength and cardio workouts, participants can burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour. From beginners to fitness fanatics, this workout is a challenge for all and has found its takers among A-listers like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Biel. This is exactly why, we decided to sample the routine first-hand, to let you know if it lives up to the hype.

The Workout: When you agree to take a class that dubs itself ‘The Best Workout in the World,’ you know you are in for a serious sweat session. The hour-long routine was a cardio+body toning hybrid. My first 20 minutes were spent on a treadmill, following the lead of the instructor who called out varying speeds and inclines.

After that cardio challenge, everyone on the treadmill switched spots with the people who had been working out on the floor. Armed with a set of weights, we then did a continuous series of arm, leg, butt and ab workouts, as directed by the instructor. About 20 minutes later, just as I thought I was done, it was back to the treadmills to get in one last 3-minute sprint, followed by a 3-minute burpee drill to conclude the session.

What We Liked: Three days after the workout and I was still sore. The class pushed me to do things I could never imagine, or knew I was even capable of. It’s definitely a full-body workout that’s worth the challenge. Barry’s Bootcamp certainly lived up to its reputation.

What We Would Change: The class got very hot, very fast, making the room feel very stuffy. I was sweating enough as it is, so maybe they should consider leaving the fans on.

Facilities: The studio had everything you would need after a workout to get ready and go. The location I was at, had four showers, plenty of lockers, towels and blow dryers. There was also a smoothie bar where you could place an order in advance, to be served up when you got out of the class.

Location: Barry’s Bootcamp Studio, Chelsea, NYC.

Barry’s Bootcamp has studios across the US, and they also retail at-home workout DVDs. Pricing for the classes vary upon location. For more information, head to

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