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January 23, 2013

HEALTH & FITNESS : Barry's Bootcamp Marches On In The Hamptons


Tucked away in the Wainscott shopping center off Montauk Highway is Barry's Bootcamp, a fitness studio with an edge.

With walls outfitted with dozens of red disco lights, the Los Angeles based bootcamp has been hosting classes packed with lots of intensity since 1998. High-energy music blares throughout the workout studio while lights flash wildly and participants are drenched in sweat.

The hour-long class combines cardio and strength training, with interval running on treadmills (they call it "shredding"), floor work, dumbbells and traditional boot camp style workout routines.

"The no-nonsense, results driven program is a far departure from your average cliché bootcamp," said Dierdre Beirne, manager at the New York City locations. "There is no drill sergeant with whistle in mouth. No humiliation. Rather a fun, upbeat party-like environment that embraces a back-to-basics style with treadmills and weights.

Barry Jay, director and founder, helped bring what Elle Magazine called "The best workout in the world," to the east coast. In addition to its locations in West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and San Diego, Barry's Bootcamp can be found in Chelsea, Tribeca, Nashville, and now as of last year, the Hamptons. A London location is scheduled to open this Saturday.

The classes are designed to shock the body. Every time is different, according to an employee of the fitness center. "You don't know if you're going to get 30 minutes on the treadmill at once or if it will be broken up with time on the floor," the employee said.

The endless variety of exercises and instructor styles insures that no two classes are the same, Beirne added. This in turn has attracted a slew of employees to the workout Mecca, such as Kim Kardashian, Katie Holmes, Carrie Underwood, Amanda Seyfried, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Barry's Bootcamp is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. Classes are $32 each, but package deals are available.

For more information call 631-537-BOOT (2668) or email hamptons@barrybootcamp.com.

Emily@indyeastend.com

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