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We had so much fun bouncing it out with Good Day LA and Mark Feuerstein this morning! Check out the clip below.
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coaching the coach: what it takes to build a habit, week one method-tribe

You inspire me on the daily, tribe. You hold planks for what feels like hours. You cheer each other on because you know how far affirmation and a “f@ck yeah” can take you. But you also know that staying committed to your healthiest life can be toughest in the summer when all the odds are against you. So in true #bariddicted fashion, many of you signed on for our bari coach program to reinforce your good habits and keep you in check during these happy hour after happy hour, vacation after vacation summer months. Just within the coach program this summer, I’ve seen pounds dropped, inches lost, body fat reduced, and let me tell you: some (toned) asses were kicked.

But it didn’t come from wishing and hoping, it didn’t come from dropping into class here and there. It came from habit.

This got me thinking. What does it feel like for a triber who is already a bari ninja to take her healthy habits to the next level? What does it feel like for a bari virgin to build healthy habits from the ground up? What does it feel like to create a brand new lifestyle out of small weekly goals?

I knew I wouldn’t fully understand it unless I did it myself. Unless I got a taste of my own medicine and put my own habits to the test. In order to answer those questions and get inside a coaching client’s head, the strategy seemed obvious: it’s time that I put myself through the bari coach program.

For the month of September, I will be following a prescription very similar to what I write out for clients with goals, class focuses and lifestyle shifts emphasizing the creation of new habits. I’ll prescribe for myself the same strategies I would use for a client who had my kind of life. Each week, I’ll report back to you on my progress.

Consider this a (not so undercover) investigation into what can really be achieved when you choose a healthy life every single day. Ready? Here’s my prescription for week one:

body
To get the most progress in the shortest amount of time, I’ve got to work my biggest muscle group: my legs and butt. The leaner these guys are, the more calories I’ll burn, so my personal focus in every single workout this week will be:

  • to work an inch further every time: higher knees, lower lunges, deeper bend in the supporting leg.
  • on the trampoline: to find more stability in my supporting leg during balances by deepening my knee flexion.
  • during floor cardio: to use my legs as a source of power, traveling with boosted energy.
  • through toning: to get lower in my knee flexion without tucking my hips, keeping the energy driving through my heels so I work my butt and not my quads.

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I have a terrible habit of not drinking enough water. I know that the biggest measurable change I can make this week is upping my water intake. I’m going to use the app Water Logged to keep me accountable. This week, I will:

  • drink 64 ounces of water a day. Eight glasses. Clear pee.
  • Keep a food journal so I can see what I’m actually eating.

mind
Like a lot of our tribers, I am constantly on the go, onto the next thing, in a rush. In theory, I believe we can accomplish huge goals and execute our dreams even when we slow down and appreciate life, but in practice sometimes my energy is frenetic. However, I know my most productive moments have been because I’ve taken time for myself, so this week:

  • I will meditate once a day.
  • I will acknowledge each time I work out, eat clean or slow down as success.

Tune back in next week to see how I did. If you see me at the studio, ask me how it’s going. And if you’re so inclined, follow along with each weekly prescription. Here’s to starting our fall off right: choosing a healthy body and a happy life.

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Bari FITNESS GEEK

fitness geek: health news round up 8.29.2014 the-mind

  1. Nutrition labels aren’t totally transparent. Case in point: Zero doesn’t always mean zero. Though trans fat has seemingly been removed from all packaged foods, many companies are keeping up to .5 grams of trans fat in their products because they can legally list it as zero on packages. npr
  2. The complicated implications of BPA on women’s health: know the risk that plastics and cans pose. —the new york times
  3. Too much of a good thing is still too much; what are the implications of over-consuming almonds? —the atlantic
  4. Why do you feel so hungry after working out? It may be psychological. greatist
  5. Look out for the ingredient lupin, specifically in gluten-free foods. The FDA warned that it’s a common allergen for those with legume allergies, so consume with caution. —prevention
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20 choices that will make you immediately happier the-mind

1. Decide to decide. Stop putting off tiny decisions that end up cluttering your life. Respond to the text. Recycle the junk mail. Subscribe or unsubscribe. Decide now.

2. Promote someone else’s work. Anna Deavere Smith has said, “To make your own mark on the world, you must see the mark of others.” Choose to see how others are influencing the world for the better, then throw them your support. Shout their praises from the rooftops. Let yourself be inspired.

3. Stop using the term guilty pleasure. Pleasure is an underrated thing, and there should always be more of it. Don’t cast a shadow on your happy place by feeling guilt. If you love something, own it.

4. Love your mistakes. Mistakes are your best teachers. Allow yourself to be a student of your failure. Appreciate the guts it takes to acknowledge when you were dead wrong, and use those less-than-perfect moments to help you grow.

5. Make family a priority. Call your mother. Hug your kids. Kiss your spouse. Family, for better or worse, is your history. Spending time with the people who know you and love you will keep you grounded. If there is one, bury the hatchet.

6. Build up your friends. Use the extra energy you’re gaining from all these choices to build up your friends. Don’t assume they know how much you respect and love them; tell them.

7. Work out. Endorphins. Duh.

8. Spend time outside. Being out in the sun not only gives you a dose of Vitamin D, it lets your perspective open up. Seeing amazing landscapes or even just being present among others is an immediate mood-booster. Go for a walk. Take the long way home from work. Ride your bike.

9. Put meaning into your work. Choose to make the world a better, brighter place no matter what you’re doing for money.

10. Say no. Building a practice of saying no means you are actually in tune with your mind/body needs. You are giving yourself space and time when you need it. It also gives others permission to slow down, too. Saying no can be uber generous.

11. Say yes. On the other side of that coin, let yourself be open to adventure. Say yes to the unexpected. The basic rule to good improv is saying “Yes, and…” and it’s the basic rule for an adventurous life as well.

12. Connect with your community. Humans are social by nature. We thrive off of community. So connect with yours, whether it’s at home, at school, at bari, wherever. Get to know people’s names, engage in conversation, step out of your bubble to connect.

13. Get a playlist. Music is a huge mood booster. Get the tunes that you love and turn them all the way up.

14. Go to sleep. 7-8 hours every night.

15. Meditate. Can’t quite get to sleep? Turn off the electronics and meditate for 10 minutes before bed. Not only does it help you wind down, it has been proven to decrease stress.

16. Learn how to do something new. Learning something new can be scary, but it can be invigorating. Remember the first time you stepped into bari and how exciting it was? Keep your brain active and happy by being a perpetual student.

17. Get in your flow groove. Flow is that sweet spot where something challenges you just beyond your skill level so you have to rise to meet it. Flow is a natural high. Get in your groove to get happy.

18. Make your commute a mental sabbatical. Our minds race day in and day out, and it’s hard sometimes to slow down. So make your commute your mental break. Decide that when you’re traveling, you’re just going to stay present. You might just show up at your destination with a little more mojo.

19. Drink more water. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: is your pee clear? No? Drink more.

20. Affirm yourself. At the end of the day, the only person who can make you happy is you. So put some love into yourself. Say the kind things that you would say to someone else who needed a boost. Put a smile on your own face, and see how much better you feel.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 8.27.2014 the-mind

Happy hump day, Tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

—bari newport beach’s video shoot with jumpsport. A full day of lights, cameras, bounce and bari babes — nothing to complain about over here.

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—labor day weekend! We can’t wait to wear white, celebrate the last weekend of summer and relax before welcoming september, fall and a return to routine. We’ll still be sweating all weekend long on modified schedules, so pre-game your partying with bari!

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—this opinion piece on anthropologie furniture. Hilarious. (We still want it all though.)

—this toddler who takes the ice bucket challenge and reacts… exactly like the rest of us.

—this guy’s creative productivity while working from home. His at-home office attire is on point, too.

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trainer spotlight: pamela wainer method-tribe

my theme song is…
“Around the Way Girl” by LL Cool J

i inspire and challenge my tribers by…
reminding them that they are inspiring to me. That their hard work is noticed, and appreciated. So don’t stop  get it, get it.

my tribers inspire and challenge me by…
showing me their improvement and strength, daily.  I walk out of class proud to be their instructor, and I want to give them more.

this might surprise you, but…
1. I used to have a pet monkey in Argentina.
2. I used to tell all the Mexican kitchen staff (in my restaurant days) that I learned Spanish by watching “Sabado Gigante.” They all believed me and were thoroughly impressed.
3. I never went to prom.

the best advice i’ve ever received…
dreams don’t work unless you do.

my favorite indulgence is…
blueberry quinoa pudding at Mother’s Market.

favorite place i have traveled…
Miami, Florida.

next place i want to travel…
Greece.

if i weren’t a bari instructor I’d be…
a Fly Girl…. or a dolphin trainer.

ready to sweat it out with pam at bari newport beach

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meatless monday: quick fridge pickles the-body

I love the idea of pickling absolutely everything. But actually getting everything together, pickling and then waiting a week for your pickles to be ready? Ain’t nobody got time for that. When a pickle craving strikes – which, if you’re me, is often - I usually end up waiting out the line at The Pickle Guys because even that requires less patience than waiting for your cukes to turn into pickles. But no more. Here is the easiest and fastest way you can get your pickle fix without leaving your kitchen (or staring into the fridge longingly for a whole week).

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ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 4 kirby cucumbers, quartered

directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except for kirby cucumbers to a small saucepan, and heat over medium heat until mixture simmers.
  2. Lay cucumber quarters in a serving dish, and pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers. Let stand for 30 minutes to an hour, and then serve or transfer to a mason jar for the flavors to fully develop.
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Bari FITNESS GEEK

fitness geek: health news round up 8.22.2014 the-mind

  1. That quinoa, it’s so hot right now  so hot, in fact, that the U.N. is helping it make moves from being grown exclusively in the Andes to Central Asia and beyond. npr
  2. Why we believe in warm ups and cool downs over traditional stretching: science finds that static stretching can weaken muscles, damper athletic performance and even lead to injury.—the atlantic
  3. Breakfast: most important meal of the day or simply overrated? New study findings point to: If you like breakfast, eat it. If you don’t, don’t. Novel idea. —the new york times
  4. Dead phone? Soon, you may be able to recharge by working up a sweat. —prevention
  5. Calm down, you’re stressing everyone out. Really, your stress is contagious and rubs off on those around you, so, for the greater good, breathe. —self

Bonus feature: The Atlantic talks juice cleanses. Happy Friday, tribe!

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flow state: how to get (legally) high method-tribe

Have you heard of runner’s high? This is the phenomenon that happens when runners run for so long and their bodies get so tired that they eventually enter a state of euphoria. It’s almost like all of their blocks fall away so they can simply enjoy the movement of putting one foot in front of the other despite the pain.

Maybe you’ve felt this at bari. It’s that moment when you’re bouncing on the trampoline, your legs are jell-o, your heart is pounding, your body is covered in sweat — and you’ve never felt better. This isn’t just feel good mumbo jumbo. When this happens, you are accessing your flow state. Flow was researched and identified by psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi and is technically considered “optimal experience.” It occurs when you allow yourself to stay present in the moment without your ego or self-conscious mind getting in the way. What does it feel like? You are completely absorbed and stimulated by the task at hand. You don’t experience time the same way anymore; the minutes fly by or slow down.

So how can you access this legal high? Do something difficult. Yep. When we do something just outside of our comfort zone, our base level of skills have to rise to meet the occasion. Think of it this way: if something is too easy, it’s boring; if it’s too hard, it’s frustrating. But that pocket of difficult and attainable is the perfect combination to elicit an optimal experience.

At bari, your expert trainers are constantly evolving our method in pursuit of this exactly. That’s why we create new sequences, design new class types, bring in new props. bari’s evolution is the key to your flow. No matter how good you get, we’ll always find new ways to make you better. No matter how hard it is at first, your private training will break down the elements in a logical, easy way to get you up to your flow speed.

Why are we so obsessed with customizing the workout to every single client? Because we have achieved flow through bari, and we want you to experience it, too. To learn more about flow, check out this brilliant TED talk from the man himself. And then book your next class or private with us. Come get high.

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trainer spotlight: ian campayno method-tribe

my theme song is…
Right now it’s “Piano” by Ariana Grande.

i inspire and challenge my tribers by…
Forcing them to dig deep. Working out is not always fun, and it’s certainly not easy  but putting forth your best effort in every class will ultimately make you stronger and happier.

my tribers inspire and challenge me by…
Keeping me on my toes. My Tribers want to work hard and that pushes me to become innovative so that I can challenge them every day. It’s a win-win situation!

this might surprise you, but…
1. I hate doing cardio on my own.
2. I have 5 siblings.
3. I’m single (HAHAHAHAHA).

the best advice i’ve ever received…
My aunt once sent me a card, and in it she had cut out a quote: “Never give up, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe. It still hangs up on my fridge!

my favorite indulgence is…
Ice Cream/Cookies/Cake

favorite place i have traveled…
The beach! ANY beach!

next place i want to travel…
Europe

if i weren’t a bari instructor i’d be…
FAT, just kidding!

ready to sweat it out with ian in new york city?

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