BARRY'S IS COMING

Celebrity-favorite gym from Hollywood leaps into River Oaks

The fitness gym beloved by A-listers is coming to Houston. Barry's Bootcamp/Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

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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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx

If you are anything like me, you love the beginning of the year. You check all the running calendars and pick out all your races for the year. You go to the local running store and buy your new shoes. You even get a pair of new socks to go with them. You download some music....to get ready for your first run of the season. You get to the park and put your feet on the cinder path. You about a quarter of a mile in......and you run out of steam. You are just not as motivated as you thought. I know I'm not the only one. Because I made it my job to motivate you I have created a short list of things that can motivate you quickly.

Nothing like good tunes on the open road.

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Music

This sounds like the obvious answer. Of course music is motivating. When was the last time that your heard a song and really felt it? Like, you really got it. When I trained for the Houston marathon in 2008, I was really feeling Refugee by Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers. I had come off of a rough patch and I was ready to move forward. Tom, singing his heart out with, "You don't have to live like a refugee." just resonated with me because I knew that I was not going back to that. I got to acknowledge the hardship, recognize that it was significant and that it was over and agree to move on. This leads me to my training for the 2009 Honolulu Marathon. No Drama by Mary J. Blige was the song. I decided to actively "allow no more drama in my life." Those songs got me through training and the finish line.

Who is your favorite superhero?

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Your favorite Superhero.

My favorite thing to do when I run is to pretend that I have superhuman strength and abilities. I imagine myself in different scenarios overcoming odds and doing super cool things just for the hell of it. Because running did not come naturally for me, it felt like I needed superhuman powers to get through a run. It really seemed to fit. Here are a couple of superheroes who have always done it for me:

The Juggarnaut: Because once he gets started and gains momentum, he cannot be stopped. Not by rain or a heavy wind blowing against him or a slow and steady incline that never seems to end.

The Wolverine: He heals fast. It you have a cramp, a sprain, a pull, or your legs, toes, or feet are hurting, you can be the Wolverine and it will heal in about 10 secs.

The Phoenix: The bad thing about the Phoenix is that there is nothing that she can't do so, for this exercise, you have to be specific. This helps me take my mind off of pain and think about something I like to call "micro impossibilities." If the concrete of the road is bothering your joints, you could imagine that you are the Phoenix and that you can change your drops of sweat into a path that you can run on instead of the concrete. And everyone knows that running on sweat is great for your joints!

Live oaks look like lightening.

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Nature

Nature has a lot of things to glean inspiration from. I am obsessed with fractal patterns. Fractal patterns are reoccurring patterns in nature. They signify how things start from a small seed, grows and replicates. They are the natural order of things and a great example of why science is so cool and how and why you can count on it every single time.

They make me think about all the possibilities that are out there and how everything is connected. Live oaks are native to Houston. Have you ever noticed that the trunk and branches of a live oak tree look exactly like lightning. I see a row of live oaks and I think of a thunder storm because it looks just like that. I makes me think of having a brainstorm. I always ask myself: What else do I have up there? See how this works. Flowers and leaves are great for this too.

If you are on your next run and you are starting to run out of gas or feel pain, remember to look up, look down, and definitely don't forget to look inside yourself. You will find yourself at the finish line.

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