To be totally honest, I’m not really sure how to describe Bari’s offerings because they do so much. The studio, a small boutique in Tribeca, has three major offerings: dance cardio, sculpting, and trampoline cardio. These different activities are mixed and matched into a variety of different classes:
- BariOne – Intro class that goes over each activity. This used to be mandatory before taking other classes, now it is just “encouraged” (read: I skipped it…oops.)
- Bounce – Mostly trampoline cardio, some sculpting
- Micro – All sculpting
- Macro (now renamed “Dance”) – Mostly dance cardio, some sculpting
- Hybrid – One third each dance cardio, trampoline, and sculpting
In addition, Bari offers multiple varieties of each of the above classes. The varieties target different areas, use different props, and vary in complexity. Bari just started listing the distinguishing characteristics of each class, which is a relief because there are, like, millions of them. In my opinion, this is a bit too much–unless you’re a hardcore member of the “Bari Tribe” (their words, not mine), you’ll never really be able to distinguish between all of the class varieties.
Further, the descriptions aren’t always accurate. For example, I took a macro class listed as 2 out of 3 in complexity, and the choreography was more complex than the more advanced “3 out of 3 in complexity” class I took the week before. We also didn’t use the props that the website indicated we’d use, which was a little annoying because I was pumped to use the cute-but-questionably-effective ankle weights.
The studio itself is definitely one of the highlights of the Bari experience–it’s a cute boutique in the heart of Tribeca. There are two classrooms (one on each level), changing areas and a couple of bathroom stalls, and some beauty products available for use. The studio also has weights and mats with their logo, which is a nice touch and helps with that #brandrecognition.
cute chalkboard at the entrance highlights monthly challenges.
I’ve taken class with a handful of instructors here and they are energetic and motivating. Gabi and Aly were my personal favorites – both are encouraging but genuine; they were very approachable. Tiffani’s macro class was HARD – that said, if you can get through her class, you’ll definitely feel accomplished!
One qualm I have about the instructors here overall is their attentiveness to the class. I’ve taken about six classes at Bari and the instructors never offer any adjustments during the toning portion of class. Many people could benefit from corrections, especially if the instructors are walking around anyway. I’ve also noticed that the instructors will walk around the room during parts of the dance cardio classes, which is frustrating to those of us who haven’t yet memorized the moves (cut to me flailing and/or panicking).
I briefly noted the different types of classes offered at Bari, but here’s my review for each class style that I’ve taken so far.
Macro (lab (x2), flashmob, beach bum) – I really loved my first macro class with Gabi–the moves were fun and I definitely broke a good sweat. However, my second macro class was a totally different experience. The room was too packed, the bands hanging from the ceiling made it hard to dance without hitting anyone/anything, and the room was way too hot. My experiences picked up again, thankfully – “flashmob” and “beach bum” were a little less crowded.
One of Bari’s strengths is that they do a really good job of building up the choreography. The moves are moderate in complexity, but the instructor repeats the combinations multiple times before adding on. The result is a mastery of the steps without stopping to break them down (and in turn, lowering your heart rate). Bari’s toning sections are also fairly choreographed and build on each other in the same way.
Micro (wrecking ball) – I wasn’t too thrilled with the micro class I took. The moves are mildly challenging, but not nearly as good as other studios, and it feels repetitive and boring (I kept checking the clock in this class). I wasn’t sore at all the next day.
Hybrid (lab) – Hybrid is a good mix of what Bari has to offer–it moves from dance cardio to trampoline cardio to toning, so you definitely won’t get bored. This was my first time doing trampoline cardio, which is a bit tough to pick up but I can see why people enjoy it (it definitely makes you engage your core).
As one would expect with a boutique studio in Tribeca, the vibe here is a bit snooty. Your typical client comes half for the workout and half to model this season’s latest fitness attire. Definitely wear your high-end workout clothes if you have them because it’s kind of a fashion show. The regulars all seem friendly with each other, but the drop-in students and classpass plebes all sort of keep to themselves (this is pretty standard for all boutique studios, though!). The staff has been super friendly every time I’ve visited.
Drop-in classes are $35, and a monthly unlimited membership is a whopping $500 (!!!). That said, Bari offers as many pricing plans as it does class styles, so you can probably find something that works for you.*
*if you’re rich