Three Months at The Dailey Method

It’s official I’m obsessed. When I like something, I want to share it with you guys. On top of that, it’s the end of the year and we’ve all been feasting for the last couple months. It’s New Year’s resolution time… I started three months early.

I kept hearing about The Dailey Method, and when my friend, Kristen was just starting, I decided to tag along. I was in love after two or three classes and the results are starting to show. I still have a long way to go before I’m back to where I was when I was dancing, cheerleading and generally allowed to do sports, but I’m so glad I finally found a workout that I honestly look forward to doing. I haven’t lost a ton of weight, but I’ve gained so much muscle and tightened and lifted everything. The number on the scale really doesn’t mean anything to me right now.

Around the time of having my first hip surgery–other hip surgery coming soon :/ — about a year and a half ago, I gained a bunch of weight and lost a ton of muscle. I was in a so much pain before surgery, but it took around two years to diagnose the issues. So I basically stopped moving. I found myself sitting out more often in dance class due to daily chronic pain, until I had to stop. I couldn’t walk more than a mile without pain.

After I recovered I had been doing physical therapy and working out on my own. Graduation came around and it was time to move home, which meant I would no longer have my favorite physical therapists to rely on. I moved home and tried a bunch of gym classes. TRX was too much for me and the Pilates and aerobics classes at my gym weren’t quite challenging enough. Running is too high impact and regular gym workouts make me want to blow my brains out.

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Here are my before-and-after pictures from late September to late December. They say it takes six weeks of classes three times weekly to see results. I try to go 3-6 times a week. I’ve taken almost 60 classes in three months. I saw small changes initially in the tone of my stomach, shoulders, knees, hips and posture. The most obvious change after three months is my waistline. I’m so happy to be active and enjoying my body again. My family has even mentioned they can tell the difference in my mood and energy levels since working out on a regular basis.

My main issue with finding a workout was the impact on my joints. I have a lot of musculoskeletal issues and my body just can’t handle high impact activities. TDM is a low to no impact workout that was created in San Francisco by Jill Dailey who is degreed in kinesiology. It is a full body workout that is a blend of Pilates, Ballet Barre, orthopedic exercises, and Yoga. It’s hard to explain exactly what this looks like, so HERE‘s a video. The huge difference between TDM and other Barre workout classes is the focus on the body and spine’s natural alignment. Which is SUPER important for my body specifically.

With previous issues with my hips, spine, pelvis, ect., I have to  keep my body aligned or I will have a lot of pain later. I’ll end up taking a long break to go see a therapist to sort everything out.

Since starting TDM I’ve only had to take one break, and that was when I was still learning and figuring out my body’s limits within this workout. That being said, the instructors are AMAZING and they can help you find a modification to get the same results with a similar move to accommodate your body. They always remind you that no one’s body is the same, each side of your body is different and it is different even day-to-day. During class they constantly remind you to thank your body for being strong and to thank yourself for taking the time to nourish it. It’s a really nice change from classes I’ve taken before where I felt like the main focus was just to keep up with everyone else.

studioMost of the exercises at TDM are very small range of motion, with tons of repetition. This was also key for my body. But don’t worry. Its such an effective workout for any level. There are women in the same classes I attend who have been taking classes for years and have beautiful, long, lean muscular bodies. Even pregnant women! I love this workout is because of the variety of fitness level within the classes. You can work at whichever level you choose. There are variations for everything to make it harder or specific to your body and fitness level. It’s really up to you which level you’re comfortable working at.

Most of the exercises are done at the barre or on the floor with your own body weight. We use teeny tiny weights ranging from two lbs. to five lbs. for arm work. I switch between two and three. I was skeptical at first but trust me, your arms are burning halfway through.

These exercises and stretches were created to tone muscles close to the body to achieve long, lean muscles. I can definitely say these exercises do that. Ive always built really bulky muscles in my legs because of my “athletic body type,” whatever that means, but I’m definitely getting leaner looking muscles with these classes. kristina and jasmineA great aspect of these classes is that they are relatively small. The instructors are able to go around and make sure everyone is doing the exercises correctly to get the most out of the workout and avoid injury. All of the instructors know who I am, they know me by name, and know which variations I need to do to avoid injury and pain. But they still push me to push myself. The owner of the studio, Jasmine Powers, is in the picture above with me. She is so sweet, so high energy and always makes class so much fun.

I asked Jasmine what her favorite thing about TDM is and why she decided to open a studio:

I cannot even begin to express how much I love The Dailey Method and our wonderful community. The method itself is amazing. It is well thought-out, safe, effective, low-impact, yet oh so challenging. It quite honestly is the best workout out there. You are conditioning your entire body from top to bottom, strengthening your core from the inside out – a complete workout for your mind, body and soul. You walk out of studio rejuvenated, refreshed, and a much stronger person than you did when you walked in an hour ago. I am also obsessed and addicted with The Dailey Method, which is why you see me at the studio a lot. If I’m not teaching, I’m taking classes. Aside from the method, it is the community of strong women that I am surrounded with.

I am so grateful for our studio, our community, and the TDM community as a whole. There is something special, something quite extraordinary about our studio starting with the students, the teachers, the staff, the community, etc. It’s not just a community, it’s family. When the opportunity to own the business fell into my lap, I immediately went for it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. Do what you love, love what you do right? This is it! I have immersed myself into this method and community, and my passion for it grows more and more each day. I am overwhelmed with the love, support, motivation and determination of everyone in the community. What an amazing ride it has been so far, and I am looking forward to an even more amazing 2015 with all of you!

Jasmine said it so well, I didn’t even want to paraphrase her. The atmosphere in the studio is very comfortable, open and airy. Everyone who works at and attends my studio is so friendly. There are locker rooms, bathrooms, and even shopping! I attend the studio in Benicia, Calif., but there are studios all over the Bay Area, the country, a few in Canada and one in Paris. I only wish I knew what TDM was when I was going to school in Reno, Nev., because there’s a studio up there too! To learn more about The Dailey Method or find a studio near you, click the links to view the website.

Have you decided on your resolution yet? Come work out with me! Your first class is free! More deals can be found on the website.

xo Kristina

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Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post. I just genuinely love The Dailey Method.

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