On Thursday, I was invited to an awesome meet-up event for Pittsburgh food and fitness bloggers. Joanna (owner of the Wexford Dailey Method location) was the most gracious host. Having a background as an entrepreneur, she was thrilled to hold this gathering that brought some of us together to meet face to face for the first time. Joanna is a beacon of positivity. Throughout the class, she was very encouraging and motivating. After the class, she spent time mingling with the whole class to learn a little bit about each one of us.
The Dailey Method is a combination of barre, yoga and Pilates work that focuses on proper alignment of the core. This studio chain got its start in San Francisco in 2000. They offer a variety of classes including: dailey barre, express, fusion, and interval sessions.
While we were there, we got to take a dailey barre class. I really did not know what to expect going in to this class. Growing up, I took dance lessons but I would categorize this more on the pilates end of the spectrum. Let me tell you – this class was so hard! I found out how little core and glute strength I currently have.
There were a lot of planks, push-ups, variations of core/ab work, arm sculpting, and squats in chair pose. The movements for this class are so small but they take so much control. Your muscles quickly become fatigued which leads to an increased recruitment of additional stabilizing muscles. Joanna reminded us that this method boosts metabolism for several hours after the workout. Every last second that we were working hard was getting us closer to that goal of muscle fatigue.
During the class, Joanna told us that a number of her instructors are also runners. They have all found great running success by incorporating this workout into their regular training. This is another confirmation that a really strong core including your glutes can pack a power punch for your running performance. I would highly recommend checking them out if you are in the North Hills! They have a special for new clients – 30 days unlimited for $100.
While I would highly recommend going to a few classes to understand the movements and ensure that you are doing them with proper form, there is also an online option. Since it’s not really feasible for me to make it there during the week, I am going to sign up for this to work on my core this December!