Barry's Bootcamp- 30 Chauncy St, Boston, MA
I got my butt kicked by Barry's Bootcamp. A few of my girlfriends and I had heard the buzz about Barry's cult-following which originated in LA. When we heard they were opening a Boston location we were eager to check it out. The 60 minute class which costs $28 alternates between cardio and strength training intervals in a club-like atmosphere with motivating music, dark lighting, and high-energy instructors who are not afraid to yell. So, what did I think? I felt quite accomplished after this class, it was NOT easy. We all agreed that we had burned a lot of calories and didn't think a minute was wasted. I have not made it back to Barry's for more punishment, partly because it is not very conveniently located but mostly because its not something I can imagine myself doing on a regular basis.
Velo-city-43 Fairfield Street Boston, MA
Trendsetting indoor workouts like SoulCycle and Flywheel have been on my radar for the past couple of years because of their cult followings and celeb exposure. Over the past couple of years, Boston has welcomed new studios like Handle Bar, Recycle, and Flywheel. My roommate introduced me to Velo-city about three weeks ago and I am completely hooked. Velocity is a 45 minute class that feels more like 10, imagine going to a workout class you don't want to be over? Spin classes I had done in the past consisted mostly of 1st, 2nd and 3rd position, jumps, hills and sprints. Velocity is much more of a full body workout and a million times more enjoyable. A normal class involves pedaling, handlebar push-ups, and light weight-lifiting, the music is upbeat and the instructors are really motivational. After the deal I took advantage of on GILT ran up, I decided to sign up for a month unlimited for $150, a little expensive, but totally worth it.
The Bar Method- 234 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA
I tried The Bar Method class a couple months ago and it didn't do it for me. While the employees were sweet as can be, the workout itself wasn't great. The class consisted of conditioning exercises, interval training, and strength training. The instructor focused on tiny muscles I did not even know existed which was great to learn some new exercises. But, by the time the hour was over I felt like I needed to get my workout in for the day and go for a run because I didn't even break a sweat. The music was slow which I think had a huge impact on the overall energy of the class.