Hangin’ with Barry. And a Bar.

Alright folks, I’ve got some new studios to tell you about.

Side note: I worked at a fine dining restaurant for 3 summers and they never let us approach our tables saying “Folks”. How do you feel about that? Too casual? Tacky?

I felt very lucky when New Balance contacted me to attend two fabulous events, which in my world means workouts. NB is celebrating their 25th year partnering with the Susan G. Komen foundation to help give back as well as provide awareness towards breast cancer. The program? Lace Up 365. (Be on the lookout on Twitter and Instagram for fun updates under the hashtag #LaceUp365)

In honor of this fun program, NB was kind enough to send me a bundle of goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

shirts, crops and sneaks… oh my!

And y’all know how picky I am about my crops. I’m a firm believer in solely Lulu. Until now.

But back to my reviews… First up a club that has locations in CA, NYC, London, The Hamptons and soon Miami Beach. 
Barry’s Bootcamp
Locations: Listed here. Boston location is in Downtown Crossing, Chauncy Street. 
Price: $$$ ($28 per class, packages optional)
Intensity: High
Barry Jay, founder of BBC, began by teaching classes at a popular fitness studio in California. His gym is described here… His revolutionary exercise program, combining drill sergeant tactics and a night club party atmosphere, would form the foundation for what would become Barryโ€™s Bootcamp.”
And that’s exactly what it is. With both treadmill and weight circuits, BBC knocks it home with this dual form of training. I have to admit that the strength portion wasn’t as intense as I had hoped, but the treadmill… Incline, sprints, jog, sprint, “dynamic mode”. Oh gawd. 

I think I’m still recovering and that was last Wednesday. 
Needless to say, if you’re looking for an intense bootcamp (and can afford it) this is for YOU.

The Handle Bar

Location: South Boston, MA
Price: $$ ($20 per class, packages optional, unlimited month optional)
Intensity: Moderate-High
**Must have spin shoes. They can be rented for $2 at HB or bring your own. 
The Handle Bar is a boutique cycling studio conveniently located across from the Broadway T station (Red Line) in South Boston. If you are a commuter, this would work perfectly for you! If you are like me and drive to work… perhaps not the best option. As I walked in to the ‘shabby chic’ studio, I couldn’t but be reminded of my experience at FitHouse
After putting my belongings in a cute little cubby, we entered the seemingly overcrowded spin studio. I quickly found a bike and set myself up. The lights dimmed and music boomed; it was time to start class.  This class was taught to the beat of the music and used a weighted bar for upper body exercises. I am somewhat partial to that, but found it a nice balance to all of the timed sequences throughout the ride. 
Need to spice up your workouts, jam out during your sweat sesh and commute on the T? This is the place for you. Oh yeah, and The Franklin is across the street if you’re in need of some hydration post workout. 
A huge thank you to New Balance for inviting me to attend both of these studios!! I had a blast ๐Ÿ™‚
**Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post and these reviews. As always on TTT, all the opinions expressed are my own. 
Have you ever tried Barry’s or Handle Bar? Maybe something like it in your hometown?

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