It’s not a surprise or a secret that I spend a lot of time on in the great time suck that is our good friend Instagram.  Deep into my seemingly endless scrolling one night, an account caught my eye.  It was a spin and barre studio called The Dailey Method and lucky me, they were located in Towson not from from Baltimore.  Every time I saw their photos {seriously – check them out}  I couldn’t help but thinking, “These ladies look like so much fun and so nice, I want to work out with them.”  But also, “Barre is really hard and I have no core strength and I am kind of a wuss.”  So dilemma set in.  But after mulling it over a while, FOMO got the best of me and I HAD to see what The Dailey Method was all about.

First Impressions
My first impression was honestly, “Wow everyone is so nice here and they make you feel so welcome.”  Whether you are a first timer or a veteran, you are part of the crew once you walk through those doors.  It’s very clear that it’s a community first, workout second.

The studio space is friendly and warm, with spin bikes in a room to one side and the barre room to the other.  Each studio space is minimalistic and clean, which is totally up my alley.  I don’t need a laser light show (although they do

Price tag $$
If you’re going to buy classes by the single or multi-pack, it might seem a bit expensive although pretty comparable to similar studios in the area for both spin & barre.  Single, 5 pack, and 10 pack classes will cost $23, $21, or $20 respectively.  It’s on the higher end of the $$ price range but definitely not the most expensive studio I’ve set foot in.

The best bang for your buck if you are into everything The Dailey Method offers {and after trying it for one week I dare you not to love it} would be the Barre + Cycle membership.  $195/ months offers unlimited classes plus other perks like merchandise discounts.

Because this studio is located outside of downtown you get the added benefit of LOTS of free parking.  Ahhhh.  Even on a Wednesday night afterwork the drive from Baltimore is relatively quick – 20 minutes – and honestly sometimes it takes that long just to get down town with all the traffic & lights so the distance / drive wasn’t that bad.

There is also a spacious locker area with separate bathrooms for quick changes after work or for going out afterwards.  Another great benefit for those moms {or dads!} looking for a good workout and no one to watch the kids is the kids room.  While this is not something I personally need to worry about {yet} it’s a big perk for anyone who might have, “I can’t I have kids.” as an excuse not to work out.

Melanie, the studio manager {who is also a super sweet and just an awesome human} was so helpful in giving me more info on each type of class and which ones I should try to get the full experience of what The Dailey Method is all about in one week.  So let’s get into it shall we?

Spin room at The Dailey Method

Dailey Spin with Jessie {Sunday}
Even though I knew I was taking this class a few weeks ahead of time I ended up doing two other spin classes on the Friday & Saturday before.  {Saturday was a charity ride – I couldn’t say no!}.  I was pretty tired by Sunday morning and was hoping I could pull out some reserve energy.  However once I was warmed up on the bike and Jessie’s playlist got going even I couldn’t help but push myself to keep up with the beat.

The Dailey Method cycle classes are not taught with levels or RMPs.  In fact there is no monitor on the front of your bike.  Don’t get freaked out! {It’s ok if you did though, because I did at first too!}   It’s all to the beat of the music.  At first I was a little hesitant, how was I going to know how hard to work? But Jessie’s playlist was so freaking bomb I found myself riding even harder than normal.  When the beats are that good you just get into it.  Her style is rock all the way and it was refreshing to have a totally different type of playlist to ride to.

So I survived the cycle class.  But wait there’s more.  Because after 45 minutes of cycle you head across the studio to the barre room for 20 minutes of core and upper body, barre style.  2lb weights have never felt so heavy as we moved through tricep kickbacks and rows, all in tiny pulses.  I was grateful when it was time to put the weights down except for then we moved in to core.  And let me tell you I am not very good at making time for my core so I had a love hate relationship with that part.

When it was all said and done though, I left feeling pretty dang awesome.

You will love this class if:  You want the most bang for your buck out of your workout.  This class has everything from HIIT cardio to strength and toning moves.  You will get a serious calorie burn and a total body toning all in about an hour.  10/10 would recommend to that everyone try it at least once.

Getting my squat on at The Dailey Method

Dailey Barre with Melanie {Wednesday}
You know what they say about comfort zones right?  Nothing good grows there.  Well then some really big growing was about to happen because I was defintely out of my comfort zone for this class.  I have only taken

Dailey Barre alternates small pulsing movements at high reps with stretches targeting the muscles you just worked.  Knowing that a break is just around the corner helps when you’re deep in a squat and your quads are screaming to stop.  It also doesn’t hurt that the music is upbeat and Melanie is about the nicest instructor around.

We started with a quick standing warm up, followed by arms, then some core, legs, and more core.  Once again my core got a fierce workout.  {brb going to check if I have abs yet…} I did have to take a few modifications to keep my neck from getting sore.  At The Dailey Method they have these neat little green balls that you can place behind your back while doing some of the core exercises.  It really helps to take the strain off of your neck until you can build up the core strength to the the move full out.

I will admit, it was a little confusing to leave a class and not feel sweaty or exhausted.  Did I even get a good workout?  Was this not advanced enough for me?  Could I have / should I have worked harder?  Well the next day the answer to all my questions were answered.  I woke up feeling just the right amount of sore in almost every muscle in my body.  Not, “I can’t walk up stairs today.” or “It hurts to squat down to sit in a chair.” or even “I can’t reach up to put my hair in a ponytail.” type of sore {thank GOODNESS} but the type of sore that let’s you know your body worked hard yesterday.

You will love this class if: You are looking for a solid total body workout with out the sweat.  Sometimes you need to just listen to that inner diva that says, “I want to get stronger but really don’t want to wash my hair tonight.”  Also good for less diva-y ladies who just want a lower intensity workout.  Then this one’s for you!

Barbells and mat at the dailey method

Dailey Interval with Kimberly {Saturday}
Just when I thought I had everything figured out, I stepped into a Dailey Interval class.  It was all the things I wanted / needed about barre, on hyper speed.

Kimberly explained to me before class that it was similar to Dailey Barre only more exaggerated and quicker.  Oh was it quick.  It was like barre-meets-yoga-meets-80’s-areobics-meets-dance.  Let me tell you, it was HARD.  To all the women who show up to do this every week at 8am on a Saturday morning you are the true rock stars.  Some of the moves I couldn’t even hold for the duration of the interval while ladies on both sides of me were having no problem.  Or  if they did they weren’t showing it. I was truly amazed that I was getting this good of a workout without picking up a single weight, even a 2lb one!

Although it is fast paced, it is called Dailey Interval so the up side is after a burst of cardio you get a minute or so of a deep stretch to breathe.  Then it’s back to the next interval.  Sounds simple until that interval is a one leg squat at the bar with the opposite leg kicking back.  To the beat of the music.  Not going to lie it was hard but I knew it was doing good things for my body so I persevered.

And of course any class that ends with a good Shavasana and a cold lavender towel is a winner in my book.

You will love this class if:  If you want a good sweat, total body workout with low impact to joints.  If Dailey Barre is too low intensity you will really enjoy this quicker paced alternative.

At the end of the week it was pretty clear to see how easy it is to get hooked on The Dailey Method.  They have a heavy focus on alignment and form, which I am also a huge advocate for.  As a {kind of, sort of, former} runner who has dealt with a A LOT of injuries I wish I had discovered classes like this much earlier in my life.  So many of the barre moves are unilateral {one sided}, balance, and/or core focused which helps build a more stable foundation for other activities.

Thanks to Melanie and all her fabulous instructors for letting me crash the studio for a week and learn all there is to learn about The Dailey Method.  I had an incredible time, not to mention some really great workouts.  Each class was just enough out of my comfort zone that I felt truly challenged and yet that I could achieve the goal of the class.

Have you tried The Daily Method? What is your favorite class {and why?}

It’s no secret that indoor cycling is quickly becoming my go-to for a combo of cardio & HIIT {high intensity interval training} so when I came across CorCycle Studio I immediately put them on my must-try list.  August was a jam packed month with work and a nice little vacation to Vermont but once vacation was over I was happy to have this on my calendar to get back on track.

Inside of Corcycle studio main spin room

First Impressions:
CorCycle Studio is located in downtown Baltimore on S. Charles street, only a few blocks away from the Inner Harbor.  A great location if you ask me and a great opportunity for me to get into the city, which I rarely do.  They validate parking for a garage very close by so getting to the studio after work was not a problem.

The studio space itself is intimate without being crowded.  If you’ve ever taken a class in a studio so packed that you feel like you were literally on top of the person next to you, you will understand my appreciation for well spaced bikes.  CorCycle wins major points for their studio room layout.  I also cannot get enough of how personable and welcoming the entire staff is.  You know when you walk in you’re not walking into some big box gym or chain of studios.

Price – $$
You can buy packages of 5, 10 or 20 which will run you $17, $16, or $15 respectively.  If you’re a spin junkie and love a good deal get the unlimited package for $89 a month.  Two classes a week with this package means only $11 a class!  Not ready to commit & just want to try it out?  A single drop in class is going to cost you $21 BUT if you’re a Baltimore resident you do get one week FREE so highly recommend taking advantage of that.  You can also find them on ClassPass if you have a membership.

Want to try spin shoes but aren’t ready to commit to buying them?  CorCycle will let you use a pair for class which is a great way to give them a try.  Not sure where to park downtown?  CorCycle validates {at a discounted rate} parking at a garage close by.  They also have lockers big enough to store your gym bag & street shoes, not to mention showers incase you need to dash out for drinks after class.

Variety of classes / class times that fit my schedule:
David the owner of CorCycle Studio was great at suggesting classes/ instructors that I might like based on my past experience / skill level.  As far as actual class times I feel like the schedule was created with the full time workforce in mind – most evening classes start at 6pm or 7pm.  This means plenty of time to get to class from work without having to leave ridiculously early.  Also morning classes at 7am?  Created for people like me who want to be a morning person but the idea of being awake before 6am is just painful.

So how many spin classes is too many classes to do in one week?  Well I wanted to get the most out of my free week so I picked three, and made sure they were not on back to back days.  I would say any more classes than that and your legs are going to probably going to hate you.

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So let’s get into the classes & instructors shall we?

Bikes at CorCycle Studio

Monday 6pm with Tracy
“Hard work means you would stop if I weren’t sitting here.  Are you working that hard?”

First of all, I love any instructor who takes time to welcome and help out any newbies to class.  Tracy started off her class with a great explanation of bike set up which was awesome and even gave me some pointers I didn’t already know.

Second, she had a great mix of music and super high energy teaching style while also being relatable. She makes you want to work hard in a we’re-all-friends-doing-this-together kind of way, versus a I’m-a-drill-sergent-do-what-I-say kind of way.  Don’t get me wrong she will absolutely make you work hard but she does it in a way that makes you feel so damn good about yourself you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

You will love her class if: You are a little intimidated by the idea of trying indoor cycling and want a class that you know you will feel comfortable in.

{also if you are new to spin – check out my 5 Tips for Beginners }

Wednesday 6:30pm with Will
The music is LOUD and the energy is HIGH so be prepared to bring it if you show up to this class.

My favorite part of this class was a mid ride standing climb to an insane beat with heavy resistance under our feet.  Will had us leaning into it with our whole body weight, left and right to the beat of the music.  At that moment I wasn’t really exercising, I was at a party dancing along to the beat.  He also kills it with the lights in the studio really making you feel like it’s one big party.

You will love his class if:  You love the idea of feeling like you’re at one big party instead of actually working out.

Friday 7am with Rachel
If you know me, you know I am NOT a morning person.  However Rachel happens to be a coworker of mine and coincidentally is how I found out about CorCycle in the first place.  So I had to give her class a try.

First of all Rachel’s playlist was a mix of some of my current favorite songs, plus some excellent throwbacks.  Second her ride is non-stop movement.  You will do long hills, short hills, flat road, sprints, jumps, and you will for SURE be sweating by the end.

And then there was the abs, oh my goodness the abs.  At the beginning of the class when she said we would do about 7 minutes of core work I’m thinking, “Piece. Of . Cake.”  Except I do NOT much core specific work very often so it was basically the opposite of cake.  It was like kale.  You know it’s good for you but you don’t love it so it never happens.

You will love her class if: You want a KILLER core workout to go along with your cardio.

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One interesting thing to note is that while the studio uses a pretty standard Schwinn bike and monitor, the only metrics they display are RPMs and not levels of resistance.  When I first hopped on to the bike I thought my monitor was broken.  Where are my levels?! How will I know how hard I am working?!  But at CorCycle Studio they do not teach with levels, they only teach to RPMS.  While this threw me for a loop at first, I quickly realized how beneficial this is.  It puts people on a level playing field without them realizing it, allowing each participant to determine what “level” they need to be at to reach the designated RPM.  It’s safer for you and easier for the instructors.

Overall I had a great experience with CorCycle Studio.  They offer fun and high energy classes, great amenities and a welcoming front desk staff.  I would definitely want to come back again and try out the rest of the instructors on their staff.

Have you tried CorCycle in downtown Baltimore?  Any amazing instructors I missed out on?

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