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If the increasing number of out-of-state license plates and announcements of impending In-N-Out Burger locations are any indicator, California is coming to Houston. Riding on that wave is rock star fitness center Barry's Bootcamp, which has announced a new location in the River Oaks Shopping Center.
This is the first Barry's in Houston (Dallas owns the bragging rights as the first Texas outpost). The 6,218-square-foot space is expected to open this spring, according to local real estate firm Weingarten Realty. The chic sweat shop boasts 50 locations worldwide and somewhat of a cult following — some locales find lines and wait lists that rival the hottest clubs.
Popular among A-listers, including Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, and the Beckhams, Barry's has become a spot to see and be seen; some locations even host a weekly singles night. It's a favorite of celebs, captains of industry, and stylish young professionals who pack the gym for a little "I see you" mingling and cardio. The impossibly attractive trainers are often models, actors, and influencers and the workout crowd is often equally beautiful.
One of the first national gyms to meld fitness with a hip lifestyle approach, Barry's was founded in West Hollywood in 1998 by celebrity trainer Barry Jay and is one of the originators of the strength and cardio interval fitness experience. Workout warriors are well aware of its signature method, which utilizes a combination of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This blend of cardiovascular routines and strength training using has now become commonplace in gyms everywhere.
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It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.
Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.
While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.
On Yordan Alvarez the leader, one of two constants in a clubhouse bracing for change and the responsibility he wants to shoulder as a result - https://t.co/sZGlI5taBQ
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2024
Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.
Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.
Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.
He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.
So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?
Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.
One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.
Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.
So what does all this mean for Yordan?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!
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