Marni Chaikin, Owner – Pure Barre, Brentwood & Woodland Hills

April 25th, 2013


Marni Chaikin


Owner/Instructor of Pure Barre Brentwood and Woodland Hills


Los Angeles, California

Fitness Personality:

Hot Mama, Barre Beater

My Everyday Mantra:

Live in gratitude. I work to keep my blinders on – the more you look outside yourself, the more your attention will be directed elsewhere. And that’ll affect you. So I try to feel grateful a few times every day.

My BurnThis Moment:

One of the things that makes me feel that I’m on the right track is when at least one person every week tells me that their life is better because of Pure Barre. Like a client who was finally able to sleep on her back again, or another who was able to lose that last ten pounds of baby weight. They don’t know how much that means to me, too. And for me, personally, it was going through a Pure Barre technique training with our founder Carrie Dorr in Vail in 2011. I was three months postnatal and being able to get through that class in Colorado at such a high altitude so soon after giving birth was pretty huge for me.

Best Fit Tip:

Don’t overdo the cardio. The biggest misconception is that people think they need to do an extensive amount of cardio to be fit, but doing too much cardio actually eats away at your muscles. You need to find the right combination that works for your body but I personally find that doing too much high impact creates a lot of joint issues later on. Whatever your pleasure, make sure you’re doing some core strengthening and resistance training that creates long lean muscle. Your body will thank you later.

Find Me Burning At:

The Pure Barre workout is so efficient and effective. It’s perfect for when you’re pregnant, after you’ve had a baby…it’s great for all phases of life. It truly is the best workout I’ve found that targets womens’ trouble spots and actually creates a change.

In My Gym Bag:

Dior lip balm, a zip up hoodie, my cell phone, some almonds, and my Pure Barre Nalgene water bottle. It holds 32 ounces and I refill it throughout the day!

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat:

Juice Crafters on San Vicente. They make amazing smoothies and juices. I’ll have a Greens 3 as a snack so I don’t have to worry about getting my vegetables in for that day, especially if I’m eating on the run. I usually try to eat something light before a workout, like some Mary’s Gone Crackers (gluten-free quinoa crackers) with melted almond cheese and a piece of fruit.

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