When I showed up to Joey's class, I was greeted by a full on reporting team - you know, for one of those bring-a-reporter-to-class days. It was quite entertaining and unexpected, albeit a little odd...
Here's the video: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/worlds-best-workout-14886308
First things first. The lawyer in me has some questions:
Don’t they have to ask for our permission? There was no indication when I signed up that there would be a film crew there recording the how-to manual on "how to turn me into a tomato". Personally, I could care less, but other people did care. I overheard several women grumbling about it afterwards in the locker room.
Woman 1: “How was class?”
Woman 2: “Ugh. They were filming again.”
Woman 1: “I hate that. So embarrassing.”
So this is something that happens often? Kinda weird that they don't run it by students first.
The reporter didn’t finish.
In fact, I think she only made it through like 22 minutes. She was on the treadmill, then on the floor, then stayed on the floor… and then suddenly Joey was telling us to “cheer like it’s over for the cameras!!”
I felt bad…Maybe she was forced into coming, or maybe they only had 20 minutes to film. Maybe. To give her the benefit of the doubt. In any case, anyone who has ever been to a Barry’s knows that at the end of Barry’s you don’t look cute. You look soaking wet, and any semblance of makeup you might have had at the beginning is now smeared all over your not-cute-looking face. That’s the point.
On the actual class.
It was a hard class to judge because there were so many external distractions.
- We started about 10 minutes late, which Joey graciously made up for at the
end, but the whole thing should have been coordinated/communicated better
by Barry’s, in my opinion.
- Joey obviously had to shower attention on the reporter (duh. He was being
filmed) so he never really made it around to correct the others. I’d love to try
him on a normal day – he seemed like a caring dude. He's also a co-president
- There were a ton of instructors in the class, which I LOVED. I was flanked by
instructors on the treadmill – and one of them was a total absolute goon. He
kept whooping and clapping and generally steaming off truckloads of energy.
Once we made friends through mutual noise-making, he started reaching over
to my machine on sprints and clicking the “up” arrow. It was awesome.
- At one point on the treadmill, I took my shirt off (I usually do this in high-sweat
classes) and the two instructors, in unison, yelled “YEAH! TAKE THAT SHIT
OFF! WOO HOOO!” Major giggles.
The class was fun, and totally unexpected. I also love taking class with other instructors… I wish I had a schedule of when they were taking class so I could plan on attending with them! The Barry’s staff is also very supportive, goofy and high-energy, so that was a major plus.
I would like to know who the goofy man to my right was. I’ve taken from all the Barry’s instructors now, and he wasn’t one of them! But I know he works there. Please start teaching classes ASAP.