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.