Friday, July 27, 2012

30 days later

Last week concluded my 30 day Dailey Method challenge. If you are unfamiliar with what The Dailey Method,  TDM describes themselves as:
The Dailey Method® is a system of strengthening and stretching all the major muscle groups in the body. It combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercises. The controlled movements are very focused, effective, and safe. Proper alignment is our primary focus. Then each set of exercises is followed by a series of active stretches to develop more sculpted and supple muscles. The entire body and mind is constantly working throughout class. Especially your core - every position we teach we cue how to properly achieve and maintain core engagement. Through this process ones body, posture, and physical awareness will be transformed.
They really aren't kidding about the core. I don't know if my abs have ever worked as hard as they did in those classes, which is probably because I never do isolated abdominal exercises. If I could toot my own horn here, I feel like I'm a fairly fit individual. I work hard to take care of myself where I enjoy making healthy lifestyle choices, to me this is just my normal. So when I jumped on this opportunity, I was pretty sure I'd be able to hang with the best of them in these classes.

I was wrong.

I don't often take classes, and this isn't the average class. You know that feeling that most of us stray away from when your muscles are so fatigued that you are convulsing like a fool sending those burning sensations throughout your entire body that tell you you're about to drop to the ground? That was the entire 1 hour class for me. Mileage, strength training, and my sweaty yoga sessions couldn't help me here where I now know why ballerinas are so stinking fit. Damn you Natalie Portman for making it look so stinking easy in your scary portrayal as a rock star ballerina in Black Swan.

I wasn't sure if this 30 day challenge would show much change in my body, and it didn't really. For me I need more than 30 days to see drastic changes. And possibly a better camera with a steady hand.

But I do think that these classes did a good number for my mid section. Like I said, I don't really do isolated abdominal work because it's not functional and most traditional ab exercises are just flexion of the spine. It wasn't until recently that my abdominals actually started to show definition, but only in the Rectus Abdominis area. After the 30 days of class I begun to notice a bit of definition beginning to pop through on the External Obliques as well as the Serratus Anterior muscles.
Photo via my electronic copy of the ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer
Overall I think that these classes are a great workout. They challenged me well outside of my comfort zone giving my butt muscles the workout of their life. But, even with the great workout it gave me I feel like my arms begun to get wimpy and loose upper body strength towards the end of the 30 days. Most of the arm exercises were with light weights and really high reps, which is great...just not the beastly exercises my arms are used to.

I give The Dailey Method

Thumbs UP for lower body and core work
Thumbs DOWN for upper body work

But that is just my opinion because I like to work my arms

This was a great opportunity to try something different, but unfortunately I will not keep the 30 day unlimited membership. While I loved these classes, they are a bit pricey for my frugal self where keeping the unlimited membership would mean that we may have to go without electricity or groceries for a week or two each month. I am still planning on making it to a few classes a month, just on a pay-per-visit kinda deal when my hubby gives me the thumbs up that it's okay to loosen the purse strings a bit.

If you're interested in checking out The Dailey Method, they have quite a few studios across the country. And if they don't have one in your area, you can do what this speedy gal did and order the DVD to get your booty spanked within the privacy of your own home!

Disclosure: I was provided a complementary 30-day membership for a 3 part review, however all opinions stated here and experiences are all my own. This is part 3 of 3.
Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise regime.


  1. Fantastic review! I take a lot of classes at The Bar Method, and I agree - while I feel like my core is getting rocked, my arms definitely aren't as strong as I would like...

  2. WOOT! Look at you! I am the worst with ab work - I'd like a nicer and flatter tummy and am trying to get there. Like yourself - I am so frugal when trying out these places that specialize in something - but are uber expensive. I've been dying to try a spin studio called SoulCycle - but at $35 a pop for a class I said no way man. Thankfully - I met with them to be a potential client of mine which means I did score a free pass :)

  3. bad-dang-da-dang...check out dem abs!!! :)

  4. I would agree - I haven't done it for 30 days, but there is not enough arm work for me. I do think the leg work is fantastic and will be great cross training and strengthening for running. and your abs are pretty insane. as are your arms. keep it up chica!!

  5. Thanks for the review! I'm always interested in new fitness classes/methods that come up so it's really helpful to hear what other people think about them so I can figure out if it's worth trying them or not. I think I would check out a Dailey Method class if I could find one in my area.

  6. Nice review! You look amazing...but you always did!!

  7. Did you think this was a good complement to running from a strength perspective? I've been considering a similar class in my area. My only hesitation is that it seems like it is focused on image way more than performance... and I've heard a similar comment as you made that it is light on arm strength.

    1. It depends on what type of strength you're looking to build. Classes like these will give you a strong core and toned legs, but if you're looking for a more overall functional finess this may not be the class for you. Sounds like you may have some similar goals as me where you don't just want to look strong but want the strength to carry over to other areas of your life. If that's what you're looking for, you will for sure get a great workout but it just may not be the booty spankin workout you were looking for. Arm work was a bit lacking here, the exercises were the same each class which kind of bored me. There was a lot of variety for seat and core work though. Maybe buy a single class before pulling the trigger on the whole month.

  8. That looks really awesome! You're very fit!

  9. Your a total champ. Sounds like that class would I'll me. Your abs are flipping amazing and everything alse looks fantastic too!!!! Maybe when I'm not pregnancy I'll try it!!!

  10. I just did a Bar Method DVD review. I miss taking classes in Chicago :-( Maybe next time I'm there I'll try the dailey method.

  11. I need to try this so bad! I need to add core and arm exercises...need to! I don't do much at all and I know it would improve my running big time!