I have never been less than impressed with my experience at Barry's Bootcamp, but had never taken Keoni's class, despite multiple recommendations. Both Keoni and the new Hamptons studio take things to a completely new level.
The Hamptons space is bright, spacious, and airy. The decor is perfect. It is just the right atmosphere for a weekend workout. I love the intensity of the Chelsea studio, but I don't go to the Hamptons to be in a dark, cramped box. My only complaints: a) There are no showers. b) There are a few treadmills in a corner. The sound bounces around a bit more in that enclosed space and made it difficult to understand the commands during the running section. I had to rescue my friend by pointing out we were supposed to be going half the speed she was running at.
ON KEONI / The Workout
Full disclosure: I was a bit hungover at the start of class. Just a bit. But enough that the first section on the treadmill was absolutely brutal. But my non-hungover friends seemed to agree. Keoni recommended that we use very light weights for the first weights section. ("10-15 for guys, but really, I'd do 10.") He was right as the repetitions really burned. Almost every move we did off the treadmill somehow got our full body involved (i.e. squats with shoulder presses) and kept our heart rate up.
As a result, the hour felt like an extremely intense cardio workout, but now, two days later, my arms are sore. SO SORE. Can't straighten them out sore. I have been lifting (not quite consistently enough) for months now, so I thought I was beyond this kind of soreness. The fact that my arm muscles are so torn up from what seemed like a brutal cardio workout is nothing short of amazing to me.
Keoni is really worth the hype. Our class started out extremely quiet, and by the end I wouldn't have called us "rollicking" but Keoni got people going through continued loving firmness. Every once in a while Keoni does maybe 2 beats of dancing and then stops himself. JUST DANCE, KEONI. He also times his counting to the beat, but I wish that I would feel a bit more of the shape of the song at Barry's in general. It is probably less possible to go crazy on a chorus and back off on a verse than it would be in, say, a spin class, since the moves keep changing and not just getting tougher and easier.
All in all, after a weekend in the Hamptons, I usually feel fat and gross and regret all my decisions. By going to Barry's with Keoni early Sunday morning, I still feel great days later. Incredible.