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The Dailey Method Towson – Barre & Cycle Fitness

by Sara on September 20, 2017

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.

Perks:
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?}

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