The challenge requires participants to complete 7 Barry's classes in 7 days between June 1 - June 30th, and 10% of proceeds are donated to the Family Equality Council, an organization that works to change attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved and celebrated.
I was approached by Barry's to complete this challenge at a time when I had taken (let's say at least) 7 consecutive days off from working out (due to traveling and work and other *lame* excuses).
Of course, I said yes. But I was nervous.
That said, now that I'm done - it wasn't bad at all. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it (and want you to do it too!!!).
People keep asking: weren't you exhausted by the end?
Honestly - not really (!?).
The first few days were tough, but after that, my body seemed to just accept that this was life now: "welp, looks like we're going to Barry's again!"
I was actually hitting my fastest speeds by the end of the challenge. Likely due to motivation and grit, but this opened my mind to knowing I can and SHOULD be running this fast EVERY class.
It was also a great jump-start to getting back to my fitness routine; no better way than to dive right in, amiright!?
In addition to the above sentiments: feeling of accomplishment, supporting a good cause, etc., each class of the package is actually significantly cheaper than a typical Barry's class if price has been a deterrent for you to date. In the Bay Area, the United We Sprint package costs $175 for seven classes,* a discounted rate of $25 per class, instead of the standard $34 drop-in rate. That's pretty significant!!
And if you're still intimidated, here are some guidelines I followed to help me complete the challenge:
1. I stretched. A lot. Which is not something I typically do. Most of the studios have foam rollers available for use, so I made sure to roll out before class and always stayed through the end of class to stretch then as well. Prep and recovery was important!
2. Speaking of recovery, I ALWAYS indulged in an $8 smoothie from the Fuel Bar post-class; my favorite is the PB&J. Pro tip: you can pre-order your shake so it’s waiting for you after class.
Consuming a protein smoothie immediately post workout enhances the benefits of your class! When you push through an intense workout, your muscle fibers break down and endure damage.
To repair and rebuild those fibers, a process called “muscle protein synthesis” or “building muscle protein” needs to happen. What this means is, once you consume a protein smoothie, your body uses amino acids from the protein and then moves your body to maximum restoration.
Consuming a protein smoothie within 30 minutes of your workout can help decrease muscular soreness and better immune response. You’ll recover faster and gain more strength.
3. Speaking of smoothies, I made sure to add Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to each of my smoothies. As mentioned in my previous post, I've been carrying around Vital Proteins Stick Packs, which are so easy to add on the go. Collagen is different from other proteins (which means you can take both collagen and the whey protein in Barry's smoothies!) and helps strengthen joints, ligaments and tendons (yep, needed that this week).
Incase you need a reminder as to WHY we're adding collagen to everything (in addition to the above):
Collagen Peptides blend into anything, hot or cold! And when they say unflavored, they mean it. No - the Marine Collagen peptides do not taste fishy. You can add a scoop to anything and won’t taste a difference!
It enhances hair, skin & nails: see here for proof
It improves digestion: naturally occurring amino acids in collagen peptides provide a strong line of defense for your gut.
It boosts joint health: face Barry's Bootcamp's #UnitedWeSprint like a champ!
4. I also ate carbs (WHAT!?)!! I typically avoid pasta like the plague, but when you're working out this hard, your body NEEDs carbs. Enjoy reverting to your childhood where you'd carbo-load before a big soccer tournament or other XYZ sport.
5. Lastly, I drank a ton of water and got a good amount of rest.
I hope you'll join me in completing the #UnitedWeSprint challenge. I was lucky it coincided with our #IWorkedOutWith challenge, as it motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and meet a ton of new people while doing so.
I'm here for you if you have any questions or just need a splash of motivation!