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More Zumba and Review of The Bari Studio

  • July 30, 2013
  • By Brittany
More Zumba and Review of The Bari Studio

Hi there!  How is your week going so far?  Last week I took some time off from all my classes to spend more time at home but this week I’m back at it!  Last night I went to Zumba hosted by Z Club NY and Skinnygirl Daily at 55 Water Street.  I absolutely love this free outdoor yoga class!  It’s such a great time!

I’ve been like a crazy person going around NYC trying to participate in all of the awesome classes this summer!  Recently as part of FiTMAPPED and Self Magazine’s FiTCRAWL (a “crawl” around NYC and the Hamptons featuring some of the best fitness studios New York has to offer at a discount) I had the chance to take a class at The Bari Studio.  I had heard some great things about them and I was excited to have the chance to try them out!  The Bari Studio coins itself as “different than any other workout in NYC” and I have to say, it is so true.  I have never done a class like this before but I loved it!

On a hot and steamy city summer eve I made my way to The Bari Studio’s popup location in Murray Hill on 28th St (their flagship location is in TriBeCa and they have another popup in SoHo).  I walked into the studio and was greeted by Sarah, who was very friendly and got me setup really quickly.  I was then introduced to our instructor Kara.  For my first class Sarah had recommended trying out their Hybrid class, a mix of the different Bari modalities.  Our instructor explained that we would start off with an athletic cardio dance segment (yes!), move to the mini trampolines (say whaaat?) and then do some toning.  I was excited!  I love switching things up and this class was going to be anything but boring.


We started with an easy to follow warmup that included some stretching and then got into the athletic dance cardio.  “Athletic” was the perfect way to describe this segment.  There was a dance-vibe to the choreography but it focused on easy to follow moves like jumping jacks and shuffles.  The choreography was quick but we repeated combinations several times so you eventually got to pick them up if you missed it the first time.  The dance section was high intensity and my heart rate was really high by the end if the segment.  On a side note, I use my own heart rate monitor but Bari offers a monitor that allows you to see your stats on a screen at the front of the room.  It’s an incredible motivator!

After the dance segment we pulled out the trampolines.  This was a lot more difficult than you might think!  Normally when you think of jumping on a trampoline you think of bouncing and while we did bounce, we did so much lower on the trampoline and on the beat.  This bounce technique created a lot of resistance in the legs and my legs really started to burn!  The trampoline section kept my heart rate up because it was still cardio but it also helped us transition into the next section, toning!

After doing a few rounds of mostly cardio moves on the trampoline, we were instructed to grab the resistance cables that were hanging from the ceiling and use them as we continued to jump. So now my legs and my arms are burning!  We then transitioned to the just toning segment.  This involved using sliders that allowed out feet to easily slide on the ground while our hands were on the trampoline in an inclined plank position.  Ok now everything is burning!  We did several more exercises using just the cables to target our arms and core.  We then did some leg work and an workout before cooling down.

My thoughts overall?  The Bari Studio is unlike any workout I have done before.  It was fun, tough and effective (I burned 629 calories in one hour).   A few times i felt a little uncoordinated but I honestly just did not worry about it and just focused on doing the moves with the best form possible.  I absolutely loved how everyone was so nice and welcoming.  They really wanted you to succeed in your workout.  I would recommend The Bari Studio for anyone looking for a total body workout who wants to get out of their comfort zone and try something totally new.  I promise you will have a good time and want to go back for more!

Readers, have you ever done a workout using trampolines or cables?  Did you like it? What have you been doing to stay fit this summer?

By Brittany, July 30, 2013
  • Anna
    July 30, 2013

    You had me at trampoline 🙂

    That looks like such a fun workout!

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    July 30, 2013

    omg i WISH boston had a bari studio!! that sounds like such a great workout, i want to try it!

  • Sarah @ A Refining Adventure
    July 30, 2013

    I can’t say I’ve ever worked out using trampolines, other than jumping for hours on the one in our backyard growing up! The class sounds SO fun and right up my ally. I love workouts that move quickly and keep me from getting bored.

    July 30, 2013

    Trampolines! That looks amazing! I’ve never done anything like that, except for gymnastics as a 5 year old 🙂

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    July 30, 2013

    I have always wanted to try a class at Z club NY I have a friend that teaches there and she says the instructors are amazing! That monitor in the front of the class sounds so cool!

    • FitBritt
      July 30, 2013

      Z Club is really great! There are some really good instructors there like Irena (pictured) and Emily Naim. And one of the instructors, I think Shadidah, was featured in one of the recent Zin videos.

  • Andrea @ irunfordonuts
    July 30, 2013

    That class sounds intense, but so much fun! The only trampoline workout I have done is the one at FitBloggin, which was a blast!

    • FitBritt
      July 30, 2013

      I totally thought about the FitBloggin workout when I was doing this and your impression of the instructor! Lol!

  • Nicole
    July 30, 2013

    I haven’t worked out using a trampoline, but I definitely want to!! The class looks like a lot of fun!

  • Allie
    July 30, 2013

    That sounds really cool. Living in a small town, there’s not much fitness variety around here! I miss living in a city for so many reasons and this is definitely one of them. I’ll have to make a journey to the nearest one (Boston or NYC?) on a fitness quest!

    • FitBritt
      July 30, 2013

      I totally hear you Allie! One of the things that gets me through all the people, the traffic and the crowded subways is knowing that I have new, cutting-edge fitness classes I can try out at my finger tips. I do love trying out fitness DVDs at home though! I love both Boston and NYC! 🙂

  • Holly
    July 30, 2013

    The cables sound rather scary !! Does your heart race?

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 30, 2013

    Bari looks like a blast! I love trying new fitness classes and I’ve never seen one like that before.

  • Elle@thewaybyelle
    July 31, 2013

    Holy Moly! That is a lot of calories to burn in an hour!

    • FitBritt
      July 31, 2013

      It is! I do think that my Timex monitor estimates my calories burned at a greater rate than my old Polar one. I’m not sure which one is right but I don’t really need it to be exact.

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