Wellness Spotlight: Joey Gonzalez

Barry’s Bootcamp’s CEO is half of the hottest daddy duo in Hollywood. Here’s how he stays healthy.

Wellness Spotlight: Joey Gonzalez

Those first few months of fatherhood can be tough on the fitness regime. But for Joey Gonzalez, a typical “dadbod” just isn’t an option. As CEO of Barry’s Bootcamp, he has a worldwide workout empire to run, not to mention a reputation to uphold as one of the most enigmatic -- and in-shape -- fitness experts out there. So when Joey and his husband Jonathan Rollo, founder of Greenleaf (both are also partners in LA’s hip new kid-friendly restaurant Au Fudge), welcomed Francesca Isabella Gonzollo via surrogate in December, he had to stay focused on maintaining that healthy lifestyle… and reputation.


For our Father’s Day Wellness Spotlight with SmartyPants Vitamins, we took a peek into Joey’s morning routine, and learned how he and Jon juggle work, wellness and their delicious little baby.

How has your fitness routine changed since becoming a dad?

I make an effort to work out at least five times a week. People always say when you have kids, you just don't have the time. But I think the more difficult aspect is that the time you have, you're dying to get home to them in your arms.

How did you decide to take the leap into fatherhood?

When we realized we were actually NEVER going to be ready.

How are you feeling about celebrating your first father’s day together with your husband?

I’m really excited to celebrate, but it will be more meaningful once she's able to make little cards that say things like "You're the best Dad in the world."

How do you balance being parents and entrepreneurs? Tell us a little about a typical day.

I wake up at 5-something am. I entertain Frankie with playtime on the floor, breakfast in the rocking chair, and letting the dogs outside to watch them play. Then it’s a stroller ride to Larchmont around 7:30 am for coffee, followed by the first nap of the day. I leave for work when her nanny arrives around 8:30 am. I look forward to getting home all day, and giving her a bath (which she LOVES), feeding her (while her eyes roll in the back of her head), and putting her to bed.

How are you incorporating parenting into your business life and aspirations?

I'm learning how to be more efficient with my time. Before baby, it didn't matter that I worked 24/7. Now there is purpose beyond myself and my aspirations, and that shift is most evident on the weekends. I used to be in studios throughout Saturday and Sunday, teaching and checking in. Since Frankie was born, I declared Saturdays "Papa Day," and we're together all day long. (I’m still teaching on Sundays, though, and spending some time in the studios.)

What about the parenting community in L.A. -- how have you found your local support network?

I have a few best friends that happened to have kids at the same exact time, so haven't had to look very far for the support and companionship.

Why is healthy living so important to you?

What could be more important than living a healthy and happy life?

How has taking a multivitamin become part of your dad routine?

I gave up candy for 2016, so SmartyPants makes me feel like I'm cheating. AND they're good for me!

What’s one thing you hope your baby learns about what you do and why you do it?

I hope she appreciates the importance of finding her purpose in life. Of empowering herself on how to harness her strengths and improve the community and world around her through hard work, passion and commitment.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new dad?

Keep a journal of your special moments. There isn't a more important time in your life that you'll want to read about in the future.

Photography by Lily Glass for Well Rounded NY.

*This post was sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. Win a package of SmartyPants Vitamins for the whole family in our Father's Day Wellness Giveaway here!

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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