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5 Of The Best Barry’s Bootcamp Moves For Working Your Entire Body

Barry’s Bootcamp is here, and it is going to make you sweat

If you are even a bit into fitness you may have heard of Barry’s Bootcamp. It is the intense workout that has gym goers wearing their fatigue and sweat as badges of honour. Well, Toronto is in for a treat, as the gym chain is opening up its first Canadian location on Richmond St. W. on Saturday, October 21st.

What is the big deal?

“The uniqueness of Barry’s is that the exercises are always different and no two classes are ever the same,” says Joey Gonzalez, CEO, Barry’s
Bootcamp. “Our instructors are top trainers in their respective cities and spend time building their programming based on the guidelines we provide during training. The combination of interval cardiovascular work on the treadmills with true strength training on the floor, yields a hyper efficient and effective fat burning calorie scorching experience like no other in the market.”

The 50-minute classes are said to burn 1,000 calories, and the site lovingly says to bring a mop to clean yourself up post-workout. This HIIT style of training is great for beginners and the most fit alike. “They get a lot done in a short amount of time,” says Gonzalez. “Efficiency is king.”

We asked Gonzalez to talk us through the hardest, most necessary and best moves you can do for your body, so you can get a taste of what you can expect from this bootcamp.

The move people most often do wrong: The deadlift

The deadlift is a great exercise. Its simple movement engages the entire body, but many people don’t have proper form with it.

“Common mistakes include: Not maintaining the correct back angle; treating the deadlift as a squat instead of engaging the posterior of the body; and hyper-extending the lower back when returning to standing position,” says Gonzalez.

This is the right way to do a deadlift.

The move people should do more: The Squat

Speaking of squats, Gonzalez says it is an underrated exercise. And we should be doing them more often.

“Squats engage all the muscles in the legs – quads, hams, glutes, even calves,” he says. “They also strengthen the hips and lower back, which help prevent injury.”

Are you doing squats properly. Find out with our proper form tips for squats.

The most intense move: Burpees

You hate them, and your body cannot help but love them. Burpees do so much for your body, strength-wise and cardio-wise. Here are Gonzalez’s tips for doing burpees.

• Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, weight in your heels, and your arms at your sides.
• Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat.
• Place your hands on the floor directly in front of, and just inside, your feet. Shift your weight onto your hands.
• Jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet in a plank position. (Your body should form a straight line from your head to heels. Be careful not to let your back sag or you butt stick up in the air, as both can keep you from effectively working your core.)
• Jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands.
• Reach your arms over head and explosively jump up into the air.
• Land and immediately lower back into a squat for your next rep.

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Favourite move: All kinds of planks

What does Gonzalez say is his favourite exercise move? “I love plank variations. They can engage all the pull muscles as well as the core.”

And the great thing about planks is the variety. You can do them like the top of a push-up, on your elbows, on the sides, with shoulder taps, moving weights from side to side, on a Bosu ball and so much more.

The motivating move: The headstand

Not into your workout? It happens. But when it happens to Gonzalez, he does this move. “The headstand is a really great reset position. It increases blood flow to the glands and improves overall circulation, as well as gives the heart a rest. All of these benefits bring positivity and can alter the mood.”

And if that doesn’t work for you, we have 10 motivation hacks that will get you ready to work out.

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