WICKER PARK — An international chain of group fitness gyms is opening its third Chicago location this weekend in Wicker Park.
Barry’s opens Saturday at 1457 N. Milwaukee Ave., joining Barry’s gyms in River North, 11 W. Erie St., and Lincoln Park, 1937 N. Halsted St.
Founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, Barry’s specializes in 50-minute, high-intensity interval training workouts. Commonly known as “HIIT,” the high-paced classes under dimmed red lights combine short, fact-paced workouts with periods of full recovery.
“It is an intimidating workout, but it’s intimidating just because there’s that fear of the unknown,” trainer Kate Lemere said. “That intimidation will melt away. … It’s a safe space. You can feel the energy of other people, but really you’re just focused on yourself.”
Barry’s classes combine treadmill work with strength training, an approach that burns calories in the moment while building muscle over time, Lemere said. Clients have the option of choosing a full-body workout or a class that will target a specific body part.
Workouts can be adjusted for clients based on their activity levels, goals and needs.
Many Chicago gyms have reopened with safety rules in place to protect people from coronavirus. All Barry’s clients and trainers must wear masks, keep 6 feet apart and do a pre-class temperature check, Lemere said. In Wicker Park, the gym’s current capacity is 21 students.
Each class costs $32. A “first timer” package offers three classes for $60. Prices vary for class packages and memberships.
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