What: Lift at Barry’s Bootcamp

Fun Factor: 6/10

Sweat Level: 7.5/10

Difficulty: 6/10

Duration: 45 minutes

Cost: $32 per session

At Barry’s Bootcamp, the Red Room reigns supreme (Just ask our list of the best HIIT classes in Toronto). With it’s 50/50 training on a treadmill and with weights, it is a really good, and really effective workout. And it’s not for the faint of heart either. With two active locations in Canada (both in Toronto), and two on the way, Barry’s is soon-to-be the premier destination for a heart-racing workout in the country. But not everyday (or everyone) is a fit for the Red Room’s intensity. That’s where the Flex space comes in. With additional workouts and the added benefit of a smaller space, the Flex space is host to a few less insta-famous sessions, including the newly added Lift. You can book Lift workouts online through Barry’s website.

The major difference between Lift and the Red Room is the lack of treadmills, focusing on strength training. Lift is perfect for those looking for a focused strength training exercise or those looking to add a bit more effort to their workout and the class is meant to add to performance in the Red Room. Of course, with a smaller size and no red light, a Lift class can’t compete with the intense fun of the Red Room. Hosted in a bright room with a wall of windows at the Richmond Street location in Toronto, Lift is clearly less frequented than the Red Room across the hall—and this is a missed opportunity. Following the Barry’s principles, the Lift workout is set to work with your speed and strength. Using only weights, an elevated platform and a mat, the goal at Lift is not to reduce calories but improve strength training capabilities.

Using rotations of weighted squats, push ups or other popular body weight exercises, the Lift instructor guides the room through a set of moves that target muscle groups, enhancing overall strength. If you’re a Red Room regular, Lift is a good way to enhance your weekly workouts. Lift is sure to get you just as sweaty as the Red Room. If you don’t believe us, try it out for yourselves.