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The Tao of Joey

Barry’s Bootcamp COO and partner Joey Gonzalez talks exercise, nutrition and his perfect playlist

Barry’s Bootcamp COO and celebrity trainer Joey Gonzalez shares why the fitness mecca’s signature high-intensity cardio workout (beloved by Kim Kardashian, Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum) is still the best around. 

What are the benefits of HIIT (high intensity interval training) on a treadmill?

You’re required to use more energy during HIIT than when you jog or run at a steady pace for an entire session. So, when practicing the HIIT method on the treadmill, you’re essentially finding the energy it takes to bump up your speed and intensity from your stored body fat. You may see a similar amount of calories burned when you actually look at the calorie counter on the treadmill screen, but the caloric burn from a HIIT running session is much more intense post-workout.

Joey Gonzalez

Joey Gonzalez

How soon after your workout should you eat to make sure your muscles are getting what they need to repair?

I usually don’t eat before a workout, so I make sure I have access to some form of protein within 45 minutes afterwards. This simple step helps stabilize your metabolism, repair muscles and decrease post-workout muscle fatigue and aches. Fueling your body the correct way is just as important as regular exercise. Don’t forget about properly hydrating before and after a workout as well. 

What are your current favorite songs playing on repeat?

One Republic’s “I Live” (Arty Remix) and Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” (Audien remix).

What’s always in your gym bag?

I have all my supplements, vitamins, a pair of dry clothes, lifting gloves, a Mophie and my laptop.

Inside Barry's Bootcamp

Inside Barry’s Bootcamp

What are the benefits to doing resistance work before cardio and vice versa?

Doing one of these before the other does not necessarily make a huge difference, as long as you’re doing them both! We mix it up so the cardiovascular work and the resistance training are incorporated equally throughout the hour-long session. 

What are your go-to brands for workout apparel?

Barry’s Bootcamp and Nike make up 90 percent of my daily apparel. I prefer sneakers by Saucony or Mizuno.

What’s your favorite new element of the Noho studio?

The NoHo studio offers something that is hard to come by these days in NYC: space. Other than the extremely high ceilings, there are 6,000-square-feet of ground floor space and you can feel it in the experience. The studio is also long and uninterrupted, which makes it easier to keep an eye on all of our students. And I also happen to be a fan of the bold bright red lockers in the shower rooms.

Studio shots by David Joseph Photography