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A couple of weeks ago, I took my very first class at Barry’s Bootcamp in Sherman Oaks. I’ve taken bootcamp classes before but not at this fitness studio. I had heard some interesting things about Barry’s, so I thought, why not give it a try!
Taking classes at Barry’s Bootcamp (or any other studio in LA) has never been easier because I booked my class through ClassPass. What is ClassPass? For a monthly fee, you can access multiple LA & San Fernando Valley gyms & fitness studios. There are literally hundreds of classes to choose from & you know what they say “variety is the spice of life.” For fitness junkies who love to try out different studios before committing to one type of workout or gym, this is the membership program for you!
This online resource connects you to the best fitness studios in Los Angeles & the Valley. The monthly fee covers the cost of 10 classes per month & fear not, you can cancel at any time. But really, why would you? The opportunity to try a variety of classes, all at a lower price than if you were to book the classes individually on your own is an awesome thing! I don’t know about you, but I can certainly book 10 classes in one month, especially when you get to pick from this awesome list of studios! One thing to remember, you are limited to visiting a studio 3 times a month, but honestly I was so busy trying different places last month that it would have been a challenge to hit the same gym 3 times.
So getting back to Barry’s Bootcamp…the workout was a challenge, but I knew it would be. I certainly needed a place like this to kick my workout regime into high gear. After checking in with the front desk, I grabbed my treadmill number & placed my workout bag in one of their lockers. The instructor gave me a brief rundown of what to expect. Then it was time to work it out!
The class was split into two groups. I did a warm-up on the treadmill while the other half did some floor exercises. I had already told Scott (my instructor) that I have plantar fasciitis, but that I was not experiencing any heel pain at the moment. He told me to refrain from hitting the incline button & to run at a pace that was comfortable for me. Since I am training for a 10k, I figured I would use his commands as “guidelines” & increase the speed as I saw fit.
Commands? Yes, this is Barry’s Bootcamp & they take their workouts seriously! The full-body class that I took had us alternating between treadmill runs & floor exercises. Those floor exercises were no joke. Scott had us using hand weights, resistance bands, doing lunges, squats, push-ups & burpees. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, he would switch it up. We would go back to the treadmill, running on it at different intervals.
At times I felt like Scott was a drill sergeant because he was barking out orders & commands throughout the class. This IS Barry’s Bootcamp that I signed up for after all & I can certainly appreciate that style of workout. I had mentioned to Scott afterwards that I am more of a bootcamp person than a barre class or Zumba dance attendee. That’s no disrespect (or “shade” like they say on Bravo TV) to the classes that focus on small movements, toning or dancing. I just respond well to running, sweating & push-ups better than other types of classes.
However, that’s the beauty of ClassPass! By joining this membership program, you can try fitness classes across multiple LA & SFV gyms & studios, which makes working out so much more accessible. With ClassPass, I got to try Barry’s Bootcamp, Pure Barre & Sweat Garage.
So tell me, doesn’t ClassPass sound awesome?! Do you want to join now? Click here for more info. Don’t forget to sound off in the comments below & let me know what you think of this membership program.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I received a 30-day ClassPass trial which helped facilitate this review. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.