I had originally heard about Bari from a bunch of friends in the fashion industry. The popular TriBeCa studio is a favorite of the blogger/fashionista set, and I soon learned why. Bari offers three types of classes: sculpt, cardio (done on trampolines!), and dance. First off, the studio is calm and cute. The walls are lined with palm print (yes, so millennial of me, but palm print is my absolute favorite), so I was already in a pretty happy place when class started. I tried the sculpt class. The instructor explained that she would demo moves, and we would follow them. Right before class started, she flipped a switch, and the most flattering light I've ever seen covered the studio. Call me vain if you like, but how I feel while I work out is superimportant to me. Having the right lighting makes all the difference!
The class itself, though only 45 minutes, packed a punch. Five minutes in, I was sweating, and by the end of class I felt like every muscle on my body had received attention. We used light weights, a mat, and a skimmer, which is a flat plastic disc you use on the floor to mimic a Pilates machine. My inner thighs definitely felt those moves! The music was a great mix of pop and dance and helped me get through the tougher parts of class.
I chatted to the instructor, Tiffani Robbins, after class about why she likes the workout. "Bari is the kind of workout that makes you feel good while challenging your entire body. The music, the moves, the community, and the Bari vibes will leave you feeling like Wonder Woman, ready to take on the world." And she was right. I left sweaty, upbeat, happy, and invigorated to take on my day.