I have mixed thoughts on this class.
As for improving posture, gaining flexibility, and feeling stretched and relaxed, this class is perfect. I realized I was tight in areas I didn’t know I could be tight, but by the end of class I felt so loose and relaxed. It was like yoga, but targeted each part of the body instead of one continuous flow of moves.
However, I was hoping for a true workout that would make me sweat, and that definitely did not happen here. In lots of barre classes, I feel exhausted after and break a sweat. But that’s not the case at The Dailey Method.
The class was structured in a confusing way. We would take “breaks,” even though we already were pretty relaxed throughout class, by stretching for long periods of time. And the few intense exercises we did do—abs and thighs—were pretty difficult to figure out. The instructor would only show how to do the move once and I couldn’t see well from where I was positioned in class. Each move required either a large ball, long or short resistance band. We used the barre to lengthen our stretches, propping our legs on it often. The ab portion involved the “C-shaped fetal position” typical to barre classes. (If you’re not familiar with that, it’s basically doing a crunch but holding onto the back of your legs and curving your spine. It targets your inner abs that are often missed in typical ab exercises.)
The instructor, Crysten, definitely understood anatomy and proper body alignment. She offered modifications for every move throughout the class and could always tell you exactly which parts of your body each move worked. I was thoroughly impressed by her extensive knowledge of the method and her ability to offer other moves to clients who had various ailments or injuries.
If you’re looking for a class that tones and loosens your body, with an instructor who has been through rigorous body alignment and anatomy training, this is your class. If you want to sweat, don’t even think about this one.
In a future post, I’ll give you a breakdown of all the barre classes I’ve tried, with a nice ranking of the easiest, sweatiest, most instructive, etc.
Stay tuned for reflections on my experience at Barre3, Off Road Build30, Off Road Box30, Elevate Interval Training, Zengo Cycle, and Definitions.
And wish me luck as I try Sculpt 360 tomorrow……………… There’s yoga involved……… and we all know how I feel about yoga (hint: not so great).