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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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photo via craig hanson photography

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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…

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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follow ian on facebook, twitter and instagram: @icampayno!

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MM_Recipe 08-18-2014

meatless monday: peach rosemary matcha smoothie the-body

Our friends at Panatea, makers of an incredible, ceremonial grade matcha green tea, challenged us to whip up a bari-approved Smatcha. (For those not up to speed with fancy green tea lingo, that’s a smoothie made with matcha.) Never ones to turn down a food-related challenge, we accepted and came up with the summery, peach and rosemary matcha smoothie. Not familiar with matcha? Learn about the health benefits here.

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  • 2 ripe medium-sized peaches, pits removed
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 scoop Panatea matcha
  • ice (optional)


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender. If needed, add ice and/or additional liquid (almond milk or water) to reach desired consistency.
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fitness geek: health news round up 8.15.2014 the-mind

  1. We avoid parabens in beauty products, but what are they doing in our tortillas? —npr
  2. Exercise: Good for the body, the brain… and your pain threshold. —the new york times
  3. Do these suburbs make us look fat? New research shows that people in dense cities are thinner and healthier than those in the suburbs; the secret is in the street patterns. —the atlantic
  4. When is a habit not a habit? Understanding the difference between an action (even a recurring one) and a habit is essential to changing a behavior long-term. —summer tomato
  5. Next on the healthy eating to do list? Relearning how to eat fish for sustainability. —the new york times
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Fall monthly membership

this is what you’re signing up for this fall method-tribe

Cue our annual (slightly conflicted) end-of-summer feeling: How is there only one month of summer left? And is it bad that we’re secretly excited for fall to roll around? Can we please have our routines back ASAP?

It feels like this desire to get back into habits, routines and steadiness is rooted in the contagious spirit of back-to-school season. Every year when September rolls around, it triggers a reminder that we have a new (seasonal) clean slate; it presents an opportunity to start over and settle into a healthier life.

Itching to get back into an upward swing of health, fitness and results? The BEST way to reach your goals is to set yourself up for success. How? Set a goal, come up with a plan – and then stick to it. Sticking to it is the hard part. At bari, we know this because we’re human, too – and we’ve taken extra care to create membership options that work for you to help you stick to your goals.

Enter: the bari monthly membership. It’s the most popular class membership option on our menu for a reason; since you’re allotted a set number of classes per week, your membership holds you accountable to your goals while offering the best savings. We designed it so that even if you have to skip a workout or two a month, it won’t cost you more than if you had bought a 10-pack. If you stick to your weekly amount of workouts, you’re rewarded with the lowest per-class rate. And, if you decide to kick it up and take more classes than you had anticipated, you can purchase single classes at your membership’s per-class price. Across the board, it’s the best bang for your buck.

Ready to get serious about results? Commit to the ultimate bari monthly membership, and save big. Meet your fall monthly membership: a three-month commitment that offers you even more savings. From now through September 1st, you can purchase your three-month membership (choose from any monthly option), and save 15 percent.

Want to know more?

  • The fall membership is a three month commitment: September through November
  • It can be purchased through September 1st, and activated any time in September (i.e. if you won’t be back in town until the middle of the month, just activate it then)
  • All three months are charged up front at 15 percent off.
  • Memberships allow you to take a certain number of classes per week. Check out the options here.
  • After your three-month membership, your contract will automatically expire, and you can choose to sign up for a regular monthly contract or buy packages of classes.

Check out your studio’s monthly membership rates, and email your studio to redeem this exclusive offer by September 1st.

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bari featured in hannah bronfman’s beach body secrets the-mind

Thanks to our friend, Hannah Bronfman, for spreading the bari love in this interview! Read the full piece here: Hannah Bronfman’s Beach Body Secrets and Top “Gym Selfie” Tips.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 8.13.2014 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.

—keeping it real. Because honesty is the best policy. And because who doesn’t want to look better naked? Get those bari butts in to class today, tribe.


—summer-to-fall farmer’s market bounty. Eggplant, cauliflower and tomatoes, oh my. Need some recipes to put that farmer’s market haul to use? Check out our weekly Meatless Monday recipes.

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—this magical bari newport beach reunion. Can you tell that Michelle is excited for Kara’s first day at bari newport?

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this baby who just gets it.


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racked LA bari newport beach

bari newport beach featured in racked la the-mind

Thank you, Racked LA, for the write up on bari Newport Beach! Read the full article here: Bari Studio’s High-Energy, Hi-Tech Hybrid Workouts Land in LA.

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a happy life starts with choosing a healthy body the-mind

Why do people bari?

I’ve sat down a thousand times with our team to discuss why people come to bari and what effect bari has on people’s lives. We’ve sent surveys, conducted focus groups and picked your brains informally (there’s nothing like a good post-class lobby chat).  I love these conversations because they really inject energy into our team; they uplift us, recharge us and challenge us to always be a better company. It’s one of our favorite topics of discussion because it’s a grounding reminder of the work our clients put in and also what you achieve. Connecting the dots shows us why you bari, how you bari and the impact those daily choices have on your life in and out of the studio.

But it was the last time I sat down to look at this question that I really got to the bottom of the why behind my business.

People who come to bari are happier people. We actually provide a happier life. And it all begins with your choices; every time you choose a healthy body, you choose a happier life.

Yes, it’s a broad statement. But  this is how it plays out:

You, our new triber, come into bari usually looking for a better body or a workout you’ll finally love. Fast forward 6 to 12 weeks – which include a lot of sweat and discipline on your part – you find both. You fall in love with your body and your workout. All of a sudden, bari is just part of your life. This is usually what people come for – results and a fun and effective workout they can stick to – so you would think this is where it’s game over. But it’s actually just the beginning of a new chapter in your health journey.

Once you’re comfortable in your body and in your workout, you seriously dive into the bari community. You want more; you want to understand more. Your body starts craving healthy in a whole new way. You read our blog regularly. You start cooking differently, feeding your loved ones differently. You make new friends at bari and outside of bari – people you can share your health cravings and crushes with.

Then you start feeling something different: It’s not just about your body anymore, you command a new sort of confidence when you walk into a room – it doesn’t matter if it’s your kitchen, your bedroom, a bar or a boardroom. You believe in yourself in new ways because you know what you’re capable of achieving when you commit, when you challenge, when you push yourself, when you allow yourself to believe in yourself. You start being in a good mood what seems like all the time, and you feel more inspired, more creative. Your relationships start getting stronger, you’re picking fewer fights and fewer things upset you. You start feeling on top of the world, all the time.

And to think that all started with one small choice trickling into the next small choice. It all started with choosing a healthy body. Without really thinking about all these side effects, you become a happier person. And this doesn’t mean you found happiness in a new place – happiness has been inside of you this entire time. Happiness is actually your true nature. You just allowed yourself to open up and live it. You allowed yourself to be closer to your source. You believed in yourself and opened your mind to your best self.

Sometimes when I receive an email from one of you with your triber tale, and you don’t focus so much on your results I wonder why. I think to myself “this person lost 20 pounds, so many inches, fit into her college jeans and all she’s talking about is how much she loves the bari tribe or how her relationships improved or how she loves her life!” And in a real aha moment, I now realize you might come to bari to look good, but the reason why you come back every day is because you’re a happier person.

This process and journey is a pretty incredible thing to be a part of, and we’re beyond lucky that this is actually our business. I can honestly say 2014 is the year we’ve seen the most transformations, and part of it is because our tribe grew – a lot – but I also feel  our commitment to ourselves was a little more serious this year and seriously contagious. You guys stepped up your game, individually and as a tribe. I’m not sure why – maybe the stars aligned or maybe you guys aligned the stars – but bari saw it happen.

It really wouldn’t be fair or accurate of us to encourage you to have “happiness” be your end goal. Because happiness is simply not an “end state” or something you will one day get to and then cross off your to-do list. Happiness is the state you are meant to be in; it’s inside of you at all times.

Happiness, however, is a practice. bari helps you practice your connection to your happiness state, it helps you open your mind, body and spirit to live in that state, it encourages you to open up your flow and your energy so you can experience it and share it.

If you haven’t jumped on this happiness bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. It’s never too late, because we were all born to fulfill this happiness inside of us. We were all born to choose happiness, and maybe your happiness journey starts by choosing a healthy body. It’s not everyone’s first step, but maybe it is yours if you give it a real chance.

Ready to dive in? This week I’ll post some advice on the best way you can take that first step or continue your commitment to your body, your health and your happiness this fall.

Have a great week, tribers! Thanks for always inspiring me and for giving us the opportunity to have the best job in the world. See you in class.

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MM_Recipe 08-11-2014

meatless monday: honey balsamic baby eggplant the-body

We can’t resist scooping up (admittedly too much) baby eggplant whenever we see it at the farmer’s market. (Right now, this is always because we’re in the thick of eggplant season.) Look for these little guys under the names of Japanese eggplant or fairytale eggplant, or just keep your eyes peeled for mini eggplants — which can comes in many shades, shapes and sizes. The secret to this recipe is two-fold: (1) we pre-salt our eggplant to pull away moisture and bitterness and (2) we cross-score the flesh so our marinade penetrates all the way through. Science.

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  • 10 baby eggplants (i.e. Japanese, fairytale), halved
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Cross-score each eggplant half (like you would a mango or avocado), making sure to cut all the way into the flesh without puncturing the skin.
  2. Lay eggplant halves flesh-side up and season liberally with salt. Let side for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe away moisture and salt with a paper towel.
  3. Whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, salt and crushed pepper. Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet, and lay eggplant flesh-side down to marinate in the mixture for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high, and grill the eggplant flesh-side down for 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and grill them skin-side down for another 3 to 5 minutes. Brush with leftover honey balsamic mixture.
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