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Here’s What to Expect from a Barry’s Bootcamp Class

Barry’s Bootcamp heralds itself as the “best workout in the world”—and for good reason.

The celeb-fave strength and cardio fitness experience started by Barry Jay in 1998 in West Hollywood, uses a combination of High Intensity Training (HIT) and interval-based cardiovascular routines for an efficient workout that can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. Not only does it keep your heart elevated throughout the workout, but it also tones muscle and boosts your resting metabolism, meaning you’ll continue burning calories after class is done (and honestly, who doesn’t want that?).

The workout is tough, but doable. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are breaking as much of a sweat as you are makes it more bearable (as does the flattering red light). Classes are typically broken into four 15-minute segments: two parts cardio (done on the treadmill) and two parts strength (done on the floor). Participants have the option of doing “double treadmill” or “double floor,” should they wish to focus more on certain aspects of the workout.

Each day of the week focuses on a different muscle group to ensure the body has a balanced workout, and proper time for recovery. Mondays are dedicated to arms and abs, Tuesdays to butt and legs, Wednesdays to chest, back and abs, Thursdays to abs (a “hardcore” version, no less) and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to full body.

Barry’s recently opened its first-ever Canadian location in Toronto, which is the biggest Barry’s in the world to date. Located at 310 Richmond St. West, it accommodates a class capacity of 47+ participants, and includes amenities such as a signature Fuel Bar serving Barry’s smoothies and Barry’s Flex, a second studio offering a new stretch and mobility class called “Release.”

Of course, we had to check it out and experience Barry’s for ourselves, and let us tell you, it’s challenging, but addicting. Watch us try out Barry’s Bootcamp with trainer Chris Lewarne below!