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Okay, I admit it. When I read a description of The Dailey Method, I thought it sounded easy. The classes teach a “combination of barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening, yoga, and orthopedic exercises.”
“Piece of cake,” I thought. So I asked if I could drop in on a course at St. Louis’ The Dailey Method studio (Village at Schneithorst, 1560 S. Lindbergh Blvd, 314-569-9073, thedaileymethod.com/st.louis.html).
I joined a mixed level class, which is for beginners and intermediates. Having never done The Dailey Method before, I should have started with the beginner class, Principles, because within minutes my abs were begging for mercy. The Dailey Method cleverly riffs on exercises you recognize. For instance, a common exercise for the tuckus is getting down on all fours and then lifting one leg, kicking that leg out, crossing it over the other leg, etc.
At the Daily Method you do a similar exercise but standing at the barre. The exercise not only works more muscle groups, but it also requires a zen like focus to maintain balance. You do planks but add leg lifts. Arm exercises are done with lifted legs to engage the abs.
The workouts don't require special equipment, just light weights, mats, the barre, and a strap that works out all the major muscle groups. Plus, it's safe for pregnant women.
If you want to feel long and lean and slim, this is a great—ahem—method.