My friend, Meredith @ Dare You To, invited me to a Chobani fitness event at Barry's Bootcamp in TriBeCa recently. Chobani yogurt? A new workout? New York City? Fun with friends? How could I say no, right?!
I've never taken a Barry's Bootcamp class before, but I've heard good things. Like my love, SoulCycle, Barry's Bootcamp combines a great cardio workout with strength training in one session. This is a perfect workout for those short on time such as myself!
While I knew the basics about Barry's Bootcamp, I still didn't know exactly what to expect as I walked through the door. The TriBeCa location is large and includes a retail store and a "fuel bar". I checked in at the front desk, grabbed a towel, and slowly made my way into the room.
Master Instructor Natalie Raitano was in charge of whipping us into shape that day! She has been with Barry's since its beginning. She was also on the show V.I.P. with Pamela Anderson which I'm not going to lie - I totally watched back in the day...
|Meredith and I with Natalie Raitano|
The class was split into two groups - one group started on the treadmills and the second group started on the floor with free weights. We switched stations every 15 minutes or so. I started off on the treadmill (where I met Cassandra @ Go Sweet and Skinny - check out her blog because I'm now obsessed). On the treadmills, we increased our speed and incline every so often with recovery time in between. On the floor, we incorporated weights with squats and lunges, so by the time it was my turn to get back on the treadmill my legs felt like Jello! During our second session on the floor, we used weights and bands for a full body workout.
Before I knew it, it was time for Natalie to lead both groups in a quick stretch. Overall, I really enjoyed Barry's Bootcamp. I can see how it can quickly change people's bodies in a short amount of time if they go consistently. I'd say the only things I found frustrating were 1) one instructor giving instructions to two groups of people simultaneously and 2) I felt awkward at times using the bands, and there wasn't really time to check with the instructor to see if I was doing the exercises correctly. Having said that, I would definitely give Barry's Bootcamp another shot!
Post-workout, we refueled with some delicious smoothies thanks to Chobani. I loved the chocolate peanut butter smoothie! Check out the recipe below for a yummy post-workout snack. If you live in the NYC area, I suggest stopping by the Chobani SoHo store. You can taste a bunch of fun mixes such as peanut butter/jelly and toasted coconut/pineapple!
|Photo from Barry's Bootcamp Instagram|
Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 cup chocolate soy milk
1 ripe banana, frozen
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter like Barry's Bootcamp used)
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
What is your favorite post-workout smoothie? Link me a recipe in the comments below! Also, be sure to check out Chobani's recipes on their site. You can do more with Chobani yogurt than make great smoothies.
Stay fit and fabulous,