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Review of Daily Method Toning Fitness Class

Class Act: The Dailey Method

Strength training doesn’t only happen in a testosterone laden gym. You can get a full body workout, in a plush studio (full amenities from showers to mouthwash) doing The Dailey Method. In sixty minutes you will work all your major muscles and a lot of little ones you never knew existed.

The class begins with light marching to warm up, and then straight into arm work, using light weights and good old fashioned push ups. Stopping mid push up and holding the position is incredibly tough, especially on the third repetition. Trust me, your arms will feel worked.

Using a ballet barre to stretch and for balance while working the thighs and rear, gives the Dailey Method a dance-y feeling, which I quite enjoyed. My favorite part of the class was the 10 minute section of ab work. Elbow planks mixed in with C-curve crunches and super specific oblique work are sure to work your abs to exhaustion. The stretching sequence in the middle of class focuses on opening the hips, ending with an attempt at the splits. This class is a great complement to a heavy cardio workout regimen full of running and biking. The Daily Method will make you lengthen and strengthen your entire body. Class cost is $20 for one class, but there is a price break if you buy a package of classes.

To see how the Dailey Method differs from the Bar Method, just


Both methods of exercise involve using a ballet barre for balance and stretching. The overall concept of the movement is a few variations on micro movements with many repetitions. Both classes will work your core. The Bar Method seems a little more based in ballet and the Dailey Method has an early modern dance feel. You can channel your inner Martha Graham more than your inner ballerina at the Dailey Method. The Dailey Method studios are limited to Northern California, with one in Naperville, Illinois; but I for one hope they will be expanding soon.

Fit’s Tip: Don’t forget your socks! If you have a pair with traction bumps on the bottom you will have an easier time during some of the stretches.

Any Dailey Method fans out there? Tell me what you love about it in the comments section below.


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evieW evieW 7 years
I've done both The Bar Method and The Dailey Method and I'm a huge fan of both. I can see how their basic concepts may have originated from Pilates, but to me, they are NOTHING like pilates. I could do pilates in my sleep, where these classes seriously kick your *@*--in a good way. However, I can also see how these classes are best for those without injuries and who are already in good shape and just want to get more lean, cut or more flexible. I think these classes would be very discouraging for someone who is out of shape. Without a doubt, their biggest draw-back is price. They are really expensive--especially since you really need to take the classes at least 3 times a week. Monthly unlimited classes are about $250 a month--but well worth it! You can see and feel results very, very quickly--and I actually feel stronger. I used to have a hard time doing 25-30 full plank push ups--and now I can do 2 sets of 25 in full plank without bllinking an eye. My triceps are cut and look great in short sleeved shirts :) I'm SO glad I discovered these classes!
dgirlbgirl dgirlbgirl 9 years
I too have been doing The Dailey Method for many years. Yes it is similar to Core Fusion, Physique 57, Purre Barre, and The Bar Method. All of them are based on Lotte Berk. You should check out their new downtown studio. It is amazing! Especially the locker room. I love Jill (the owner) and Katina's classes!
sryan sryan 9 years
I have been taking The Dailey Method for about four years now and swear by it! Can be addicting- such a great workout as well as a great time to do stretching and work on your flexibility. Great music too! This along with cardio is a great work out. Def a must try!
missaudreyjean missaudreyjean 9 years
I just started doing something that sounds very similar to this last week. It's a class at my local gym called "Flow" and it kicks your butt. I was so sore by the end but I knew I had been thoroughly worked out. Frequent changes in positions keep you interested and there is a lot to strive for which makes me excited. "Next week I have to try to do that squat just a little lower." Feeling your muscles shake is a very good feeling. I always avoided group classes before this but I'll definitely be back. Be warned... I hurt for 3 days after. You'll find muscles you didnt know existed!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
threadbythread threadbythread 9 years
it looks a lot like physique57!
hlj504 hlj504 9 years
I do something similar as well...Pure Barre ( I love it!!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I wish, oh God, I WISH my parents put me in ballet classes as a child. The ballet dancers I know have the body I want! This would be so much fun, also since I would be the only boy, lol. I love surrounding myself with strong powerful's the gay thing. =P
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
This sounds identical to me to Core Fusion, which is offered by Exhale Spas. I did that for a month, 5x a week. I thought it was awesome and very challenging. HOWEVER, at the end of the month, I was bigger size-wise, gained 5 pounds, and noticed some cellulite on the back of my leg. I was eating the same. I returned to yoga and within a month and a half everything was back to normal. I think these classes are only good (and perhaps excellent) if you are willing to do cardio separately. I prefer a one-stop shopping type of exercise so this definitely did not work for me. :(
meanbean meanbean 9 years
That exercise in the picture is exactly the same as one we do in Bar Method! I knew they were similar, but didn't realize they did some of the same exercises during class. If they had a studio downtown I'd try it as it's slightly cheaper than BM. Though I've heard their facilities aren't as nice.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I'd love to try this class!
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 9 years
I do the Dailey method and I love it!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I would probably try that, even though since the bar method is more ballet based, I would probably be more likely to prefer it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
I would love to try this workout. I'm always up for new things especially dance :) but it's all the way in the city. I'm not about to commute 40mins just for a class. Hopefully one will spring up in the south bay!
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