This week for ‘Never Miss a Monday,’ I interviewed Alycia Stevenin from Barry’s Bootcamp. This tiny powerhouse is an inspiration in every way. A former gymnast, she knows what it means to train hard. As a student at Barry’s in 2003, she fell in love with the workout and decided to become an instructor. Known as the original high-intensity workout, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in one class. Sign me up.
In their signature red room, Barry’s trainers push you to do things you never knew you could. (Believe me, I’m not a runner, but somehow they motivate you to keep going. On an incline!) A mixture of weight training and running, you will never have the same experience twice. And every time, you will walk out head held high, proud of what you just did. I promise.
It’s about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.
What made you want to be an instructor?
I was taking six to seven classes a week and fell in love with how the Barry’s workout made me feel strong and fit.
What differentiates Barry’s for you?
Barry’s is a family and community that makes me feel passionate about working out.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Dogs and Coffee. (how could you not love her?)
Do you have any tips for staying motivated?
Working with friends. Make plans to work out with other people, so you’re accountable.
What do you do for a workout, outside of teaching?
I’m really a strict Barry’s girl, but sprinkle in yoga and pilates for stretching.
What do you do when you’re not teaching?
I enjoy my life. Try new restaurants and wines, travel and go for runs on the west side highway.
What’s the perfect cheat day?
A rosé from Provence, french fries, and sitting by the water.
Who are you listening to right now?
Favorite Hamptons spots?
Barry’s has expanded worldwide since 1998. They now have studios from LA, to Boston, to Norway, London and Milan. On the south fork, you can find them in Amagansett, Wainscott and Southampton.