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#bariddicted sweat challenge 2014 method-tribe

You know what they say: the road to bariddiction is paved with good sweat sessions. (Or something like that.) Yes, it’s that time again — the #bariddicted sweat challenge is back.

What’s in store? 21 workouts in 31 days. Why? In homage to the theory that it takes 21 days to form a habit, we’re dedicating October to sweating (a lot) with the intention of turning our actions into solidified habits. If all goes according to plan, we’ll exit October grounded, happy and fully ready to keep our sweat game strong through the busy holiday season.

What’s possible when you get addicted to your workout? Consistency (which, spoiler alert, breeds those killer bari results). Endorphin-fueled happy thoughts, all the damn time. Visible progress — we’re talking perkier butts, leaned out legs, toned arms and the best abs ever. A life that you’re head-over-heels in love with. Think we’re exaggerating? We double dare you to prove us wrong.

#bariddicted sweat challenge details:

  • Complete 21 bari workouts in 31 days during October. (That comes out to about 5 classes per week.)
  • Tally your workouts on the bari sweat wall. Classes, privés and group privés all count as one tally.
  • The challenge kicks off on October 1st and wraps on October 31st.

the prizes:

  • The Triber to sweat the most in October wins a month of unlimited classes!
  • Each Triber to complete 21 workouts in October will receive 10 percent off next month’s package or 15 percent off next month’s membership.
  • Want to win a 10 pack of bari classes? Tell the world – or just your social network – about your bari sweat challenge by mentioning us (@thebaristudio on Instagram; @BariStudio on Facebook/Twitter) and using the hashtag #bariddicted. The Triber to interact with us the most during October takes home the social (media) butterfly prize!

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fitness geek: health news round up 9.19.2014 the-mind

  1. Another strike against diet soda: a new study suggests that the artificial drink can alter our gut microbes and raise the risk of diabetes. —npr
  2. Shifting the focus away from the scale, american waistlines are expanding, and this positions us at greater risk for heart disease and metabolic diseases like diabetes. —the new york times
  3. The science behind the midnight snack: this is why the body craves junk food late at night. —the atlantic
  4. Meet freekah: the supergrain that might end your relationship with quinoa. —greatist
  5. Next time you feel like skipping class in favor of happy hour, remind yourself of how exercise makes you feel. —mark’s daily apple
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cafe mom reviews bari summit! the-mind

Cafe Mom’s Liz Alterman stopped by bari summit yesterday to test bari out and interview Alexandra. Was bari able to convert this exercise-hating mom? Read her review to find out.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 9.17.2014 the-mind

one of michelle’s killer playlists featured on women’s health. get it here!

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sara’s family birthday bari class! [insert dancing twin emoji here].


this candid reminder that being healthy and happy is a daily choice (and one that results in a #baribody or… no #baribody).


back-to-school supply shopping (which you can totally take part in even if you’re not going back to school. trust us.). favorite recent purchase? this type A dreamboat of a planner by erin condren.

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this toddler’s reaction to her father’s ‘peekaboo’ unveiling of his shaved beard. we feel you, kid.

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your new favorite playlist in women’s health the-mind

The best playlist to get your butt in gear for longer workouts? Head over to Women’s Health to get a 90-minute cardio and toning playlist curated by bari Newport Beach trainer Michelle.

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coaching the coach: week three method-tribe

catching up on this month’s {coaching the coach} series? read week one here and week two here.

Oh we just love/hate the scale, don’t we Tribe? In our obsessive, type-A, results-addicted fashion, we will step on that thing even though we know it doesn’t tell the whole truth. I’ve done this a million times in my former non-bari life and let it deflate whatever progress I had been making. Holler if you hear me.

This is why I love the Bari Coach program and our accountability Mondays this month. Because you have someone telling you what the numbers mean. You have someone to explain why the scale weight hasn’t dropped when your pants’ size has. You have someone to explain that the American Council on Exercise recommends 1% body fat loss per month. And since I’m coaching myself this month, I decided to take my measurements and see how I’ve changed so far.

Drum roll, please.

In two weeks, I’ve lost 2% body fat and 1 lb.

If you didn’t skim the above paragraph, then you get why this is super exciting. With the customized prescription I’ve been following for my lifestyle, in regards to dropping body fat, I accomplished in a week what is usually accomplished in a month. And why just a pound of weight loss? It’s the lean muscle mass, my friends. I built leaner muscle (which is heavier than fat) and that helped me burn more fat than I would have otherwise. So even though the scale stayed relatively the same, my clothes have been fitting looser and my body has felt tighter overall.

I’m more motivated than ever. So let’s recap what worked and look ahead to how I’m going to kick my own ass in week three:


last week: I focused on opening up my chest and my back. My lower back is extremely flexible from all my years of being a ballerina, but my upper back has suffered as a result. This week I focused on it so extensively (as you might have noticed if we trained together) that my hubby Craig told me out of nowhere that my posture had substantially changed for the better. I also noticed that my seated posture changed. When I ride the subway or sit down to write, I’m so much more in tune with how my body is either slumped or supported and feeling supported in my body has consistently boosted my mood.

the big takeaway: Good posture isn’t just good for the body, it’s good for the mind.

this week: To reinforce my upper back’s newfound strength, I will:

  • focus on my core connection to every movement, specifically in cardio.
  • continue lengthening through the top of my head so my upper back and abs have no choice but to work together and stabilize my long upper body.
  • use my core strength to create deep twists without collapsing my upper back in sequences like The Jane, Black Diamond and Cannonball.


last week: My schedule was a little bit scattered with long days and not a lot of food options. I didn’t get in as many veggies as I wanted in every single meal, but when I was able to come home and cook dinner, I would double dose the green in everything. On Friday, I had a rather long day and didn’t bring any food from home, so I headed over to sweetgreen. Oh dear Lord, it was so good. I had a kale salad with lots of veggies and lots of protein (grilled chicken and a hard-boiled egg) which got me through three hours of teaching with plenty of energy and without feeling weighed down.

the big takeaway: Planning ahead is the key to staying on track, especially when life starts to get busy.

this week: Because I want to set these healthy food habits, I will:

  • plan ahead and cook my meals for the week so I am never without a healthy option.
  • make sure I’m getting enough lean protein before a very long sweat sesh (3+ hours) or directly after toning (so my fatigued muscles get the nutrients they need to repair quickly).
  • continue cutting out unnecessary sugar.


last week: Thanks to Craig who always chimes in with the perfect book recommendation at the perfect time, I started reading The Freedom Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson. It’s a quirky, somewhat out-there, free-spirited argument for idleness. I know that I can get obsessive and miss out on the vibrancy of life in order to just check things off my to-do list, so this book is a welcome kick in the pants. Going into the next two weeks, I don’t want to just complete a challenge I set for myself, but fortify a lifestyle I can live with forever.

the big takeaway: Creating freedom (from old habits, stale choices, a lifestyle that doesn’t serve us) is just like creating happiness: it’s a choice we can all make at any moment.

this week: I’m going to take full mental ownership for all of the choices I make or don’t make, so I will:

  • finally get the massage I’ve been saying I’ve needed for months. This was on last week’s to-do and I never did it. I’m way overdue and not taking it off my list until I practice this self-care.
  • walk into every situation knowing that I have the power to make things better.

I’m halfway through and more excited than ever. Let me know if you’ve been following along and keep those sweaty fist bumps comin’!

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baribounce review in well and good the-mind

Want the scoop on our signature trampoline workout? Well & Good’s head writer tested our baribounce class, and lived to tell the (sweaty) tale. Get the story here.

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meatless monday: kale salad with oil-cured olives the-body

In a sea of kale salad recipes, how do you choose the best? You pick the one with oil-cured olives. Obviously. If you’ve never had an oil-cured olive, now’s the time to change that. Super salty and flavorful, they outshine kale in this recipe (awkward) and will be the sole reason you want to eat salad for lunch every day this week.

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  • 2.5 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced red onion
  • 5-8 oil-cured olives, pits removed and halved
  • 1/2 cup cooked small white beans
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • flaky sea salt, to taste


  1. Whisk together tahini, oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey and salt. Pour over kale and massage to evenly distribute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Top with onion, olives, beans and egg. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.
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bariteens fall kick off at bari tribeca method-tribe

Take your teens’ after-school activities to new heights (literally) with bariteens. Perfect for teens and pre-teens who love movement, those who dread PE and every future triber in between, we’re so excited to re-launch this amazing program that our youngest bari tribers have fallen in love with!

bariteens (ages 11 to 14) is a 45-minute creative movement program that combines elements of dance, gymnastics and basic variations of our baribounce moves to stimulate young minds and keep their bodies active. Fun and engaging, these classes are exercise for both the body and the brain.

Ready to introduce your teens to their healthiest addiction? Here’s the 411:

bariteens details
weekly class: tuesdays at 4:30pm
duration: 45 minutes
location: bari tribeca

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ny post: how models prep for NYFW at bari the-mind

You want a hot body? You better work! Check out this New York Post feature on how our hard-working  (and, um, stunning) models prep for New York Fashion Week at bari with workouts and nutrition!

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