Below are a few words from our Founder, Burr Leonard, and CEO and President, Jay DeCoons, in honor of Bar Turning 15.
As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, I want to thank you, Bar Method students, for inspiring and guiding me as I developed The Bar Method into what it is today. I started with no more than a few untested ideas about the potential of exercise to change people’s lives, among them that we are all naturally courageous and that every person can bring about amazing changes in themselves with work and practice. As I tried out these ideas, I watched you bond with each other and learned that you do your best as part of a community where every member is noticed and believed in. I was excited to see you focus your minds and discovered that when you did that, your bodies changed faster. Your feedback about how The Bar Method helped or didn’t help you with old injuries and conditions confirmed my conviction that The Bar Method needed to be thoughtfully crafted and knowledgeably taught. And last but not least, you made absolutely clear that you change faster, think more clearly, find more courage, and come out of class with better results when you’re having fun.
I salute you, intrepid Bar Method students, for bringing my ideas to life with passion, grace, wisdom, good humor and a positive spirit beyond what I could have imagined.
Happy 15th Anniversary! We are thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of Bar. With the increase in competitive fitness offerings in the market today, we know you have choice and we are honored that you continue to choose Bar Method. I have never been more confident in our future for one simple reason – the technique that our Founder, Burr Leonard, created 15 years ago. I have heard so many incredible stories of transformation and that fuels me and our team to continue to share our story of differentiation with the world. We will continue to innovate and refresh our offerings so that you – our long-time and dedicated clients – continue to feel inspired and challenged. Over the coming months you will hear about new classes, music, studio improvements, apparel and other touches aimed at improving our connection with you. It is our aim to find ways to surprise and delight you! Thank you for all you have done to help us grow this great brand and for supporting our amazing owner community of talented female entrepreneurs.
August 18th marks The Bar Method’s 15th birthday and we want to celebrate with you — all month long! To commemorate the special occasion and vibrant Bar Method community of studio owners, teachers and students, we’re ringing in our milestone with 15% off specials, student giveaways, FREE CLASSES for new students (bring your friends!), throwback playlists and so much more. Check in with your local studio for a schedule of specific events and offers so you don’t miss out on the festivities.
Join in on the fun now by telling us WHY you come to class and what you love most about it. Whether you’ve healed after an injury, taken class through pregnancy or transformed your body and what it can do, we want you to share your #whydoyoubar story. Not only will you be entered to win an exclusive ‘CURL FOR CUPCAKES’ tank to sport around town, but you’ll be featured alongside Bar Method students from across the country who inspire and motivate with strength, length and grace.
Cheers and high-fives for your dedication, hard work and helping us make The Bar Method the effective and adored workout that it has become in the last decade and a half. We couldn’t do it without your feedback and enthusiasm, and can’t wait to celebrate with you!
The Bar Method is growing in Northern California! The Bar Method Campbell is owned by Stephanie Cho and Leslie Ann Searson, who also have a studio in Santa Clara, CA. We caught up with them recently to learn more about who they are and how The Bar Method inspired them to open two studios!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stephanie: Not sure if this makes me “interesting”, but I have a completely different background from health and fitness! 🙂 I worked in corporate strategy for commercial banks for years (5 alone after business school), and suddenly realized that life was too short to not thoroughly enjoy what I did for a living. I officially left corporate life in 2011, and we opened a Bar Method in Santa Clara in 2012! I have two adorable children, my son Parker is 2, and my daughter Andie is 6 weeks! My husband works at Netflix, and we’re basically just a happy, crazy, chaotic mess when I’m not at the studio.
Leslie: I am a Bar Method fanatic who loves community, meeting new people, staying healthy, and enjoying the family life. I guess something that’s interesting about myself is that I’m a twin who recently had twins. I actually really wanted to be a mother of at least 2 so I feel blessed that I was able to carry twins for my first pregnancy. They are a handful and GIANT (my 5 month old son is already 20 lbs and the size of a toddler) but they are my whole world!
What’s your Bar Method story? How did you get involved?
Stephanie: Like so many other clients, I was introduced to the Bar Method through a friend. I just became obsessed with not only how it changed my body, but also how it made me feel!
Leslie: I moved to San Francisco with my husband and got introduced to The Bar Method as a daily distraction while looking for work back in 2010. My “twin” sister was the flagship studio’s personal massage therapist (back when they had one) and she swore by the program. After my first class I was of course hooked and decided to shift career gears and open my own studio.
How has Bar Method changed your life?
Stephanie: Well the biggest change has obviously been in my career. But other than that, the Bar Method has changed not only how I look, but also how I view health and fitness in general! Previously, I was all about aesthetics, but now I’m more concerned with my mental connection to my health and wellness. And this has changed every facet of my life – from how I view achieving balance in my life, to how I deal with stress and even my complete lack of sleep from having a newborn!
Leslie: After having had twins, I didn’t think I would be able to recover as quickly as I did! I was able to return to the studio full time while my business partner was on maternity leave and open up a second studio all at the same time. It’s the physical strength and the mental endurance that Bar Method principles are based on that allow me to push myself everyday, even outside the studio, to be my absolute best!
The studio is located near San Jose, in the heart of the city of Campbell at 2020 S Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008. It’s a block away from Downtown, and conveniently located across from the Pruneyard shopping center.
Congratulations Stephanie and Leslie!