Standing in a red-lit room lined with treadmills and Lycra-clad bodies, I anxiously awaited my first session at Barry’s Bootcamp. The Sunday morning class was packed with exercise enthusiasts eager to try out the world-renowned workout (a hybrid of sprint drills and strength training) at the newly opened location in downtown Toronto. Not only is it the first Barry’s to open in Canada, but at over 8,000 square feet, it’s also the largest.

Perhaps one of the most excited to see Barry’s finally come to Canada is Regional Vice President, Laurie Campbell, who has strategically planned vacations around the brand’s locations for years. “You can ask my husband—every time we travel I tell him we need to stay at the closest hotel to a Barry’s.”