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13 Songs Fitness Instructors Love to Sweat to on Their Own

Courtesy of The Sweat Life

Every week, Your New Favorite Playlist introduces you to workout-worthy tunes from a different fitness brand. This week, The Sweat Life, a site for wellness-minded New Yorkers, shares a playlist from a recent event held at The Bari Studio.

Little-known fact about the boutique fitness studio scene: Some places ban other brands’ fitness instructors from taking their classes. (The idea is that it prevents any signature aspects of the studio’s experience from being ripped off.) But Aly Teich, founder of The Sweat Life, a site for wellness-minded New Yorkers, couldn’t get behind that logic. “In an industry like fitness, where the collective goal should be simply to help people get healthier, it’s just a detrimental practice all around,” she says. “I felt like that deserved a little more discussion, so I wrote an article about five reasons why I thought banning was detrimental to the fitness industry.”

The article became one of the site’s most popular, but Teich wanted to do more to further the sense of collaboration and community in the industry—something positive. So she decided to start the “Sweat It Forward” challenge. The idea is simple: Fitness instructors from one studio challenge the instructors from another to come take their class, with all of the proceeds from the workout going to the charity Stand Up to Cancer. Then the instructors who accepted the challenge invite another studio’s instructors to come do their workout—and the chain just keeps on going.

“When I came up with this idea originally, I e-mailed about 30 studio owners that I have relationships with,” says Teich. “Within a day, I had an enthusiastic yes across the board from all of them.” The challenge kicked off last night, with The Bari Studio hosting instructors from Barry’s Bootcamp. Next week, Barry’s will “Sweat It Forward” and invite the team from SLT to take one of their group classes. 

Want to participate in the challenge even if you’re not a fitness instructor? Use the trainer-approved songs from last night’s sweat session (below) to fuel your next run or gym visit—and then donate to Stand Up to Cancer via The Sweat Life.

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You can download a similar playlist on Spotify. Not ready to sweat this second? Sample some of the songs:

The Bari Studio has locations in New York City; Newport Beach, California; and Summit, New Jersey.

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