I have been working out for many years and have tried it all. While there are many exercises I like, there are many I dislike as well. I am a type A person and I love cardio. I used to run a lot until my knees started to tell me I needed to take a break. So I got into indoor cycling and while I love it, I feel like I’m not strengthening my core. A couple of weeks back I walked by a new studio in town called The Dailey Method and decided to check it out.
The Dailey Method® is a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises. Jill Dailey created it in 2000 as the result of her extensive experience creating the most efficient mix of muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises. It was the first barre class on the West Coast.
This challenging one-hour class effectively strengthens tones and lengthens the entire body. Light weights are utilized to define the upper body while mat and ballet barre work target the thighs, seat and abdominals. After each muscle group is worked through high repetition using a small range of motion, it is alternately stretched to lengthen the muscles.
Today was my 5th class and I have found it to be the perfect combination of exercises to add to my cardio routine. I actually already see and feel a difference in my core and the strength of my upper body. I feel my abdominal area tightening from within, and on the surface. I have two children and have not felt tight in that area for a long time and I am really starting to like it! The classes are difficult but it is a good challenge. I never feel sore the next day and I can go everyday and never feel tired.
Each instructor has a slightly different style, but they kind of all look the same. Do not let their beautiful bodies intimate you; I have found all of them very down to earth and their intention is to help you —and they do. This is one class I have seen every instructor spend a large amount of time correcting pauses and guiding their students.
Each studio is owned individually. There are two in the western suburbs of Chicago and one in the city. I go to the one in La Grange. Stephanie and Sam are the owners and both teach classes regularly.
I am really enjoying this and strongly recommend that everyone try a class or two. Check their web site: