I love going to the gym. I know, I know, roll your eyes at me if you must. But over the past year, my passion for fitness has expanded far beyond the elliptical and stair master. I now attend Barry’s Bootcamp. 

For those of you who don’t know, Barry’s Bootcamp is a high-intensity workout that takes place in their signature ‘red room.’ It has dim red lighting, loud music, and an army of fit Olympic trainers. 

The 60-minute sessions switch from treadmills to resistance floor exercises (or double floor if you prefer) and each day there is a focus on a different body part from your abs to your ass. 

Stereotypically misrepresented as a sweaty, mirror-lined dungeon where super bro-ey dudes puff their chests and run around grunting, the weight room is often a source of intimidation for many people. I also fell into this category at one point. But after getting over the initial insecurity of working out next to future Mike Tysons, I became really confident in lifting weights and running at comfortable speeds that is best for MY body. 

If you’re looking to try out Barry’s or any group exercise class but feel intimidated, keep reading for tips on how to boost your confidence.


One thing that significantly contributed to my insecurity in the weight room was not knowing what the hell I was doing. I would go in, do a few bicep curls here, a few squats there, then wander around until I found a machine that looked simple to use and then leave. 

This one of the reasons why I fell in love with Barry’s. All the works out are planned by the instructor ahead of time. So I go into each class knowing which body part I will be focusing on and give it my all! Also, PLEASE PLEASE bring a large bottle of water. This is a very challenging workout and I often finish 3 liters of water throughout the class. 


If it’s true that a sleek and polished outfit can make you feel more powerful and professional during a job interview, then I believe the same goes for something as simple as going to the gym. Dressing the part can really make you feel more competent in the weight room, and while it may seem a little superficial, having an outfit you feel good about for the gym can help you to feel loads more confident during a workout. It doesn’t have to be anything super expensive or trendy— but you can often find great deals when Lululemon has a sale or even Old Navy has quality workout gear. 


When I begin to lose motivation (honestly 30 minutes into the class), I think to myself why did I wake up at 6 AM? Why did I register for this class? What got me here today? How do I want to feel? If I have an answer to all those questions, I forget about my exhaustion and try my best for the remainder of the course. It’s tough. I know. But, you have wonderful instructors who are there to support you and motivate you. Your effort will not go unnoticed. Now, have you ever felt intimidated in the gym or in a workout class? If so, how did you overcome it?

February 8, 2020

Why I Love Barry’s Bootcamp