Barry’s Boot Camp’s Joey Gonzalez Talks Wainscott Studio
June 01, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Arguably the most effective workout offered by any boutique studio chain, it’s impossible to leave a Barry’s Bootcamp class without feeling like you’ve lost a dress size. Now, the East End finally gets their very own Barry’s Bootcamp with a Wainscott spot just opened last Saturday.
Expect the studio’s signature sweat-drenching combination of 30 minutes of work on the treadmill with 30 minutes of strength training, for a fat and calorie-burning, high-intensity workout. To boot, it's a favorite of countless celebrities, so you might find yourself panting alongside big names.
We spoke to Barry’s NYC co-owner, Joey Gonzalez, to get the Hamptons scoop. 352 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 537-BOOT (2668)
People must have been asking you to open up out East since Barry's Bootcamp made its NYC debut. What made now the right time?
JOEY GONZALEZ: Our NYC clients have discovered that nothing gets your body bikini-ready like Barry's Bootcamp and we've had hundreds of requests for a location in the Hamptons. After giving it some thought, it was a very “duh” moment.
How does the Hamptons' Barry's Bootcamp location compare to its New York City counterpart? Can we expect you to teach classes?
JG: The Hamptons location will be more laid-back and have a pinch of beach to the interior. We won't have our signature Fuel Bar [a protein bar], but are in the same plaza as a wonderful market and near the new Whole Foods (368 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 527-7120) pop-up.
I'll be in the Hamptons a lot this summer as it works out that many of my high-profile clients summer there anyway. We're going to have the most amazing line up of all-star Barry's Bootcamp instructors from all over the world!
What would you say to the women who are afraid of "bulking up" with your weight training and to cardio-shy men?
JG: I've spent half my career trying to dispel the "bulk up" myth. There are many obvious benefits to cardiovascular exercise, however when done in excess it becomes counter-productive as lean muscle tissue is lost. Then, the body is forced to store more fat and therein lies the cardio junkie "skinny fat" vicious cycle.
Exercise physiologists and fitness experts alike have been preaching the benefits of strength training for decades because it helps prevent osteoporosis and raises the metabolism, among a host of other benefits. At Barry's Bootcamp, we acknowledge one is not more important than the other, which is exactly why we offer 30 minutes of each!
It can be hard to make it to a gym when you're on vacation. Any at-home workout tips?
JG: I always alternate between interval cardiovascular and strength circuits. Thirty seconds of high knees; 30 seconds of pushups; 30 seconds of jump squats; 30 seconds of plank position, etc.…
What are some of your favorite spots in the Hamptons?
JG: The Maidstone (207 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5006) has become my home away from home. I've grown fond of my new neighbors, Main Beach Surf + Sport (352 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 537-2716), and my friend, Maria Diaz, is opening Wainscott Hardware which I'm really excited about. There will be a lot of driving this summer!