By Alexandra Bonetti
The workout at Bari Studio is one of NYC’s most high-energy hybrids — a combination of dance cardio, trampoline cardio, and muscle sculpting in a super fun workout. Bari also prides itself on being a welcoming space for students, in both body and mind. Created by owner Alexandra Bonetti, Bari now has studios in NYC, the Hamptons, New Jersey, and California. So, we asked Alexandra, what differentiates Bari from the pack? Here’s the answer.
What differentiates Bari from the rest of the workouts out there? So. Many. Things. But, in the name of brevity, I’ll plagiarize The Jackson 5: It’s as easy as one, two, three.
1. The method
Will you believe me if I tell you our method is AMAZING? If your answer is yes, I love you; let’s be friends. If your answer is no, please come take a class at Bari ASAP.
But really, Bari came to be as a solution to my own frustrations in finding a workout that (1) was a one-stop shop for the full-body, cardio, and toning cross-training I was seeking (2) worked in delivering the results I craved, and (3) was addictively fun. This was my checklist in developing our method, and I’m proud to say that as we’ve grown and evolved, these tenets are still at our core.
Bari combines sensory dance cardio, trampoline cardio, and muscle sculpting to deliver unparalleled results in record time. From my very hands-on research, it is the absolute most fun you can have, while sweating more than you knew you could.
Bari is the workout for you if: You’re tired of working hard without seeing the results you want; you’re in a workout rut and need a new challenge; you want to look forward to your workouts every time; or you want to dance and bounce on a trampoline, and think it’s awesome you can call that your workout!
2. The tribe
Bari is so much more than a workout. We’re a community, a sweat-fueled family, a tribe — and it starts with our name. A lot of new-to-Bari students walk into our studios with grippy socks in tow, expecting a barre class because they hear “Bari” and think barre. (Sorry, if you’re one of these people, and got surprised with cardio galore, trampoline, and all of our crazy torture devices. Hopefully The Sweat Life’s video will help!)
In fact, Bari is named after an indigenous tribe in Venezuela, my country of origin. From the start, I wanted our space to feel like a community, a place where a tribe of like-minded, passionate, fitness enthusiasts could band together to push each other, support each other, and connect. Our tribe is my favorite part of what we’ve built at Bari; I never could have anticipated what our community has organically grown into. We’re a really welcoming environment — because, come on, we’ve all been the new kid to a boutique fitness cult — and we’re genuinely invested in the people who make up our classrooms.
3. The mind
Bari is good for the mind in two different ways.
1) Fitness smarts. A not-so-secret secret about Bari’s team: We’re total (fitness) geeks. We’re obsessed with data, research, expert findings — and one of the biggest hot topics around our studios is the research surrounding the mind-body connection. This isn’t new, but the amount of research supporting the mental and physiological brain benefits of exercise just keeps growing and growing.
2) We believe your mind controls everything, and a healthy body cannot happen until, in your mind, you CHOOSE that’s what you want. Once you’ve aligned your mind to your goals, you can materialize your goals into actions, and that healthier lifestyle and body will inevitably lead to a happier life — way outside of just your body.
In our discovery of what we don’t want, we often stumble upon what we do. Such was the case for Alexandra Bonetti Pérez, a former financial and management consultant, Wharton grad, and exercise fanatic, who sampled every workout possible during her years traveling as a consultant. Limited by exercise myths and methods that did nothing to transform her body, Alexandra left consulting and committed herself to developing a workout that delivered the results she craved. She knew fitness could be - and should be - a lifestyle brand; this vision for an inclusive space for nutrition, culture, art and a true community is the backbone of Bari.