Barry's Bootcamp/Lower Body: My Insight

Yesterday I took my first Barry’s Bootcamp, lower body class.  I loved it!!

I did not expect to… I thought I would be afraid of pain and injury and blown away by the intensity of it all but the friendly front desk and instructor, the comfy treadmill, upbeat music, the ability to work at your own pace and non-intimidating environment was awesome.  The treadmills are super easy to use; you can change the intensity to as much or as little as you want.  The strength portion was kind of fun and the weight moves were appropriate, not over-the-head, to avoid shoulder and neck injuries, and again, you can stick to what’s in your comfort zone or push as hard as you like. 

Barry’s has a positive vibe that makes you feel happy.  Switching from treadmill to floor during the work out and back allows you to recharge and make you feel strong.  The manageable, not complicated exercises give you confidence that you belong and are accomplishing results for your body.  The room was a comfortable temperature and the lighting bright enough to see what you are doing, but not enough to feel exposed.  The towels even smell good!  As long as you like treadmills, Barry’s lower body workout can be modified for all levels of fitness enthusiasts. 
Lauren, my instructor, and I in the red room after class

DrNadya’s tips for those nursing injuries:  
-If you have lower body pain or trouble with balance, please walk and hold the handrails when you need. (I did during the sprints!)  
-If you have shoulder or other upper body pain, keep your weights light, use 1, or even none, decrease the reps, and keep your moves below your shoulders and close to your body.  
-Back pain?  Watch the dead lifting.  You can cheat by bending your knees.  
-Knee issues?  Don’t squat so deep, turn your toes out and limit your weights.  
And make sure you stay hydrated, ice anything that is sore after and skip a day between intense workouts. 
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