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Do it Dailey With The Dailey Method

My most recent adventure while on my never ending quest to have a toned tush and flat abs has been to try a unique workout system called The Dailey Method®. My friend Monique changed her shape in a matter of a few months by going regularly to these classes so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

Well, I was wrong. It hurts. A LOT.

It hurts so much that I audibly moan and groan in class, like those meatheads at the gym who grunt when they lift a bar bell the size of my SUV. Sometimes, when I want to take my mind off the pain, I pretend that the instructor, either Sam or Shellie, is actually Debbie Allen in the 80’s classic, Fame. In my mind, she is walking around with a cane saying “You want to be fit . . .Well, fit costs. And right here is where you start paying. With sweat.”

But it hurts so good, ladies. I promise. It is like nothing I’ve ever tried. “The Dailey Method is a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening, yoga, and orthopedic exercises.” It kicks my butt, but I keep coming back for more, because it works. Not only does it help work my trouble spots and improve my core strength, but it also helps me to : 1) stand taller 2) breath deeper and 3) feel better. Those three things are the main goals behind The Dailey Method workout and I can honestly say that each and every time I leave a TDM class I do all of those things. I am noticeably in a better mood, which my kids and husband are thankful for, and, I feel a difference in my posture, particularly when I am working on my computer (aka all the time).

If you are looking for a new way to work those “trouble spot” and improve your overall alignment and strength, I highly recommend The Dailey Method. But, before you go . . .

Here are some thing you should know before going to The Dailey Method:

  • You will need socks so make sure that they match, aren’t dirty on the bottom and don’t have holes. (I can say this because I have worn mismatched, dirty, and/or holey socks to almost every class and it’s embarrassing!).
  • The words “only five more” are bullshit. “Five more” means “Five more and then hold, hold, hold and hold some more.” You are holding poses in this class for what seems like an eternity, so settle in, and pretend you’re in an 80’s movie.
  • Three terms you will love to hate: 1) seat work 2) microbend and 3) hi or low C curve. All three of those terms are movements or poses in the class that you will get to know well. They are brutal but they work those trouble spots, like the baby pooch and the bingo wings!

At the end of class, they recommend hanging from stall bar for a minute. Sounds easy, right? Well come on in to class and find out for yourself just how easy it is.

Hanging from Stall Bar in Dailey Method

Hang in there!

The Dailey Method originated in the Bay Area but now has locations all over California and across the country including Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, Missouri, Indiana and Utah. Check out their website for a location near you. Oh, and they have childcare. No excuses, ladies!

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary one-month pass to try it out. I will for sure be continuing after the month is up, however as I have a trip to Hawaii coming up and need to be prepared! Bring on the seat work!

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  1. Pingback: Back-to-School, Back-to-You at The Dailey Method Carlsbad « « San Diego Mama San Diego Mama

  2. Eva Smith 03/17/2012 at 12:43 am

    I definitely need another method for my abs. Thanks for sharing this workout tip. I really needed it.