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My Dailey Method Bucktown Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

I finally wrapped up my free month to the Dailey Method Bucktown last week. They kindly gave me an extension for 10 days in August since I was out for a good two weeks for vacation and my daughter’s Summer Olympic’s Birthday Party. Overall, I like it, or should say, addicted to loving it! There are pros and cons in which I am going to discuss. But what were my results? I didn’t lose a pound, but I measured myself on July 1 and again on August 8. I lost a half inch in my chest and hips and one inch in my waist. So all of you ladies who focus on that scale, you need to look at those inches. Yes, my clothes are fitting better and people have asked me what have I been doing. Just a combo of healthy eating and Dailey Method workouts. 1. What I did learn is that I have become a stronger runner. I can run the hills in the Indiana Dunes with ease (ok most hills, some are just way too steep still), but wow, I felt so awesome to run the hills I had to stop halfway and walk. 2. My low back pain is gone and my IT Bands feel better. (and don’t have to stretch in between vacuuming) 3. I can squat down and pick up my son with ease (thanks to all those crazy high heeled and deep V squatting, read Oh My Thigh’s and Tri’s). 4. My husband says my legs are looking stronger again. (Thanks honey, now I walk around thinking I have Olympic legs like Gabby Douglas). 5. My posture has improved again. I prided myself in having a good upright posture (pre-breastfeeding era). 6. It has given me the confidence to teach group fitness classes again and recently had to “audition” to teach classes at a local health club (last time I “auditioned” was 1999..). I really do love and miss teaching. I even got a few new moves and yes the idea of becoming a Dailey Method Instructor has crossed my mind. I have also under-estimated the understanding of mind/body exercise until recently. After going experiencing some emotional stress, I went to a class last Monday, sweating and shaking beyond belief. Not only has my capacity to fully understand each move and deepening my practice, but when you are experiencing some sort of emotional stress, it does weaken your practice as well. I struggled with many of the moves last week due to some of the emotional stress I was dealing with and internalizing (yes, I know not healthy). I had to scale it down a bit, but I walked away more sore than I had in the first week of doing the workouts. About the instructors: Tami: There is a love/hate relationship, she is funny, witty and doesn’t like when you make faces. Overall, her morning classes are full. It will be a while before I can take a Tues morning class. It gets out too late for me to get my daughter to school on time. Jenny: She’s tough and means business. She is easing into her morning straight arm planks (thank you) but she is conscious of helping others understanding each move by correcting your form. She has corrected my hips plenty of times and my IT bands are thanking her. Ashlee: Super cute and bubbly, she has a nonchalant attitude while teaching. She likes doing a lot of legs, at least in my experience and I like doing legs…a lot. Natalia: I took her Principles class once and...

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Dailey Method Week 2: Oh My Thigh’s and Tri’s!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

I completed week two of the Dailey Method workout. I went six out of the seven days last week and let’s just say my thighs and tri’s have been talking to me all week, but let me just break it down for you. I unexpectedly had the chance to go on Sunday and it was a male instructor. It is always refreshing to have a male teach a class. I have also learned early in my own group fitness teaching career, women tend to like the male instructors more. He was soft-spoken, refreshing and not harsh by any means. He had a great way of explaining the movements and since the class was a smaller size, he got to go around more to work on form with everyone. For me, this is an important quality in an instructor, to not workout to teach, but to teach to workout. (That came from an old Australian professor I had as an undergrad). We did a lot of outer thigh work and I like that, a lot. It’s Monday morning, 5:30am, first class of the day. I wake up early so I can walk quietly down the stairs so the kids can sleep. (Moms you know how it is). I walk in ready to go, we begin our warm-up, then BAM, right into straight arm planks. I am thinking to myself, but it is only 5:35am…really? This instructor means business. And this is how I feel: But something happened during one of the moves while in C-curve. I strained my neck so much that I could not move or raise my arms all the way up for the rest of the day. I was baffled to what I did to do that. I get my answer the next day in Tami’s class, which rocked. She was really stroking my ego, but I loved all the bar exercises that day. What I learned is the instructor from Monday’s cuing was off because while in the same position, Tami said the cue that I missed and that was to simply keep my sliding my shoulder blades into the floor. The strain went away for a bit, but was still there. Ugh and I had to take another class that night with the founder of W8Fit (I’ll save that for another post). Knowing I had this Tues evening class to take, I was happy to sleep in on Wednesday. I went and saw my chiropractor on Wednesday. She did one simple test and found I locked my clavicle. She said what I did was I failed to exhale at the exertion, it locked my clavicle causing the diaphragm to be restrained. Ah I think to myself. You see as she explained, the clavicle slides back and forth when we move, when you are holding your breath during the contraction and not in the correct position (as I was in the c-curve) it will shift and it caused me not to be able to move my arms or my body completely. An adjustment here, pressure there I walk out feeling like my old self. Gosh, I love my chiropractor (been seeing her since 2004). She also tells me that my hip flexibility has gotten way better and that is because my low back is feeling fantastic. All of the stretching I am missing is making feel just great and my posture is back to being upright most of the time. In fact, one of my chiropractor’s patients walks in and said, “Wow, you have nice posture.” I am back Thursday morning and let me just tell...

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I’m trying out the Dailey Method for 30-days.

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

After being contacted by 2 Moms Media to give Dailey Method a 30-day try, I was secretly happy for a couple of reasons: 1. I canceled my membership at Fitness Formula Clubs for a few reasons and it ended on June 30 2. I have been wanting to give this workout a try, but have not been sold on the fact that it can transform your body. Though a neighborhood friend and mom of two, claims it reshaped hers. 3. I need to do something else in my workouts. I love intense workouts that make me sweat and hate the exercises so much that I go back for more. This seems like the ideal way of getting some intensity and deep, inner strengthening. 4. I have neglected my core and have babied it for too long. Ok, I haven’t completely forgotten to work my core, I love doing my abs on the ball and BOSU, but I have not done any style of Pilates since before I became pregnant with my daughter, back in 2006…mostly because, well I know how strong I was back then (I taught some kick a$$ abs classes back in my day) but, I didn’t want someone else to teach me to be blunt honest. The Dailey Method as I best understand it is a fusion of pilates, yoga and ballet. Here is a quick video that explains it more thoroughly: The Dailey Method Many know me for my nutrition detective skills, but I am a group fitness instructor and personal trainer with an undergrad degree in Exercise Science. This is how I started out on my weight loss journey back in college. So this form of exercise intrigues me to evaluate it from a personal and physiological perspective. I started on Monday, July 2, um yeah, I was in for a rude awakening…I gave myself some slack not knowing what to expect I tried hard to keep up with the class (yes, even I teach my participants that it is ok to not keep up…I have an internal competitive side). The instructor was peppy and sweet. We had a nice conversation after the class about my “core” and I already felt it. I went again the next day and despite my husband and I being kid-free on Monday night and having some spirits when going out to dinner…I was a little groggy going in, but came out feeling taller. Tami, the owner and mother of two was teaching the class. Super strong, sleek, she taught some ballet bar moves that helps tone the sides of your bottom and I liked the challenge. It brought me back to my dancing days. I was not able to last as long as I did the day before, I knew my limits and still had a nice workout. I am bummed that I missed the rest of the week as we were going out of town, but plan on going almost every day until July 24th when we leave to go out of town again. I’ll get a total of three weeks, so we’ll see what happens in those days. Until...

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