Barry’s Bootcamp

Day 18: Full Body

Dec 13, 2018 · 5 min read

Background: Barry’s is the original high-intensity work out. It burns up to 1,000 calories in one class (!!!), tones muscle, maximizes fat loss, and increase your metabolism, so you actually burn calories even after class is over. We’ve got the science to prove it. (And the abs…). The instructors push you to do what you didn’t even know you were capable of doing. The music, the signature red lights, the energy in the room…..It’s magic (and about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on). Each class is different. You will never have the same routine — and never get bored. Barry’s Original class is a mix of running and weights. There is also a Double Floor class — a no treadmill option for the days that you can’t run… or just don’t want to. You can learn more about Barry’s Bootcamp here!

Inside Barry’s Bootcamp

We’re baaaaaack! After a more than brief hiatus from #100DaysOfFitness we’ve returned with a vengeance. We learned firsthand just how hard the holidays can get in front of your exercise goals: vacations, spending time with family, and stuffing your face for an extended period. However, when we both returned from our respective family trips, Sam and I had the same realization:

“Wow. I feel gross.”

Well, eating and drinking like you’re at a Roman festival will do that to you. That’s why we tried out ClassPass’ free trial the second we got back. You can get 40$ off here! This will give you access to some studios that generally don’t offer your first class free.

Our friend, Derek, has been raving about Barry’s Bootcamp (Barry’s) ever since we told him about our #100DaysofFitness project a few months back, so we figured we owed him. Well Derek, now you owe us.

The Culprit, Derek

Barry’s runs its classes in two ways:

Traditional: Running + Lifting, Original classes combine 25 minutes of cardiovascular work on the treadmill with 25 minutes of strength training on the floor.

Double Floor (no running): Double Floor classes are strength focused, tread-free workouts. Don’t worry. Even without the treadmill, you’ll be sore for days.

We elected to mix it up and take the traditional route, while Derek’s ambitious self took on the Double Floor. Checking in was standard, but the atmosphere once inside the actual studio stood out. The Burlesque soundtrack with Christina Aguilera blasted through the speakers, and the ladies started dancing. With that said, I do love me some Christina. Anyways, on to the warm up.

As predictable as an hour clock I proceed to turn the treadmill up and sprint — obviously not listening. When I feel myself out of breath, I look over at the rest of the class who is still briskly walking, and Sam is laughing. Looks like we still haven’t started.

Our Instructor, Marc, gives us the go ahead to begin, and we’re off. The next 60 minutes went by slower and slower with every step I took. We transitioned back and forth between 70%-80% sprints for what seemed like hours (just minutes, but I’m dramatic) and the weight lifting section on the floor. The floor is by far the hardest part (shout out Derek for doubling up). It consisted of abs, back, shoulders/chest, squats, cleans, you name it. All within your own 3 ft x 3 ft sectioned space. Sounds great right?

Well, it is. Barry’s cardio section was by far my favorite we’ve done so far, and the quick transitions between cardio and weight lifting kept us engaged and never giving us the second to contemplate just how tired we were. Oh, and Marc holds you accountable. I found myself 40 minutes in laying on my back just holding my weights and looking around. Like catching eyes with your teacher during a test, I quickly looked back down and acted like I knew what I was doing.

“I love it when you guys look around and get caught doing exactly what you’re NOT supposed to be doing,” Marc yelled through the speaker.


While you feel like dying during, you’ll feel even more alive after. The camaraderie you build throughout the class is unlike I’ve seen elsewhere. People encouraging each other, asking for help when they need it, and even loud yells of joy fill the air inside Barry’s. It’s safe to say we (I) will be back.

We want to give a special thanks to Derek for joining us! He’s the fourth person we roped into coming with us on this journey to try 100 different workouts at 100 different studios/run clubs/gyms throughout San Diego County, and we’re always looking for more! Make sure to follow us on Instagram to see where we’re going next, and we’ll be sure to hook up you up with a free class!

Marc stuck around with us post-class to answer some of our questions, and he had some great insight on Barry’s, workout plans, and the keys to a great soundtrack. Check it out below!

Meet the Instructor

Marc Rodriguez: @Marc.rodfit

What differentiates Barry’s Bootcamp from other typical bootcamp studios?

MR: Technically we were the originators that made it mainstream. We just celebrated 20 years as a company! Plus, we just like to keep it basic. We don’t need a lot of toys: just weights and treads. We can still give you a great workout with running, lifting, and keeping that heart rate up. We’ve tried other things before (ex. TRX), but there are so many other companies that do that. We started out with this basic level, but it’s basic in a good way.

So, how did you get started with personal training and fitness?

MR: I started out in San Francisco at a gym, and then I was sought out via social media for Orangetheory! I opened two companies up there, but I ended up not meshing well with the structure. I was unable to write the workouts, and that is what’s great about Barry’s. Everything we did today was my work I put together for you guys. The workouts target the same muscle groups (daily) but each class is different. Then I got into cycling, and now I also teach indoor cycling as well. I always wanted to work for Barry’s, so when Dane reached out, I immediately applied, did the audition in LA, and I’ve been working here since.

Please tell us more about your soundtrack (Sam)!

MR: So, what I like to do is set up great transition music. I choose an album to set the tone for when people walk in, transitions between exercises, etc. We use our music to drive the runs, so when the beat drops is when the exercise intensity picks up too. For me, if I can keep the momentum going (and I want hip hop or show tunes) I use the music to do so!

Share your experience with the hashtag #100VizerDays or meet us at the studio to join in on the fun! Up next is Elevate Training in Solana Beach!

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