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The Dailey Method- reviewed and recommended

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May 7, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments
Exercise, the right kind of exercise, can change your body shape whatever your age.  This year, at the age of 51, I became a convert to barre based exercises, such as Barre3, the Bar Method and Core Fusion for their near-miraculous thigh chiseling effects. While I have a marginal preference for The Bar Method, they are all very similar and so I wasn’t too enthused by adding yet another variation on the theme to my shelf of DVDs. However, The Dailey Method is a standout.

Although it does utilize some bar exercises and plenty of isometrics, The Dailey Method is in a class of its own, differentiated by plucking from a broader range of techniques. These include yoga stretches, core and orthopedic exercise. Then the way that they are knitted together into a 50-minute or express 35-minute workout is also different from other exercise programs in the genre. What’s more I found the Dailey Method to definitely be the most challenging.

The express version of the Dailey Method gets straight into things. I mean, the warm up includes the plank and push ups – the kinds of exercises that many other routines would regard as their grand finales before you get to flop into a cool down stretch. From there on in, it’s pretty intense.

The Dailey Method uses tiny isometric movements and a very high number of repetitions – much more than in the Bar Method et al. Each set is followed by a complimentary stretch, and so the formula is really strengthen/stretch. Like all new workout programs, Dailey Method gets a little easier with practice, but even after five sessions I feel that the whole routine is pushing me hard. And I am loving it.

Although each exercise or posture is focused on a particular area, most of them seem to work the rest of the body at the same time. Jill Dailey is big on posture and the correct form. Unlike most DVDs where the trainer actually takes the class by performing all or most of the exercises, Dailey gives a running commentary to three women who demonstrate different levels of difficulty.  As she is constantly correcting them and making slight adjustments to their form, it means that the at-home participant is also benefitting from frequent reminders that prevent sloppiness or development of bad habits.

The Dailey Method will be available to buy from their website on May 9th.
  • October 5, 2011

    by Marta

    Patrice, if you just want to do your arms, it is five minutes a day. In the future, I'll highlight some of the best exercises. But in the meantime, get Jackie's book and the Bar Method DVD and just do the arm exercises.

  • October 5, 2011

    by Marta

    Patrice, its really a combination of Jackie Warner and Bar Method. JW is good on its own, but Bar really carves the muscles into shape and keeps them lean, not bulky.

  • October 5, 2011

    by patrice

    p.s. I hate exercise and the 5 minutes a day is what got my attention but as you go further into detail it appears it takes more time than that and more days...not interested in that aspect so clarify for me what is the best exercise.

  • October 5, 2011

    by patrice

    Marta i'm confused. There's the daily method, core infusion, bar method and then jack warner's circuit training. which did you use for the arms. I'm 70 and would love to get better looking arms (as long as I don't raise them and show the crepey-ness).

  • July 27, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Barbara, I think any of the bar (barre) based methods, including this one, are ideal for balance, flexibility and strength. They focus on building long, lean muscle and balance is also key. Good luck.

  • July 27, 2011

    by Barbara Stimmel

    Thanks for the review, I have just ordered the DVD as there are no classes available close enough to my home, I am 51 years old and have MS and I am hoping this will help with my balance and flexibility as well as strength, any thoughts?

  • May 26, 2011

    by Nilsa Bethley

    thanks a lot for these training ideas! the photos are really useful, and i appreciate info on exercises that you can do in the house without expensive equipment or expensive fitness coaches!

  • May 9, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Emily, thanks for that clarification. I've only ever done the Core Fusion video. I must try out a class. Jimmy has become a devotee and he says they are pretty challenging.

  • May 9, 2011

    by Emily

    Marta, thanks for an interesting post. I was not familiar with the Dailey method and will have to check it out. I am a huge, devout fan of the Core Fusion classes (DVD's are ok but not really the same), as I've mentioned before. As you know all these techniques derive from a similar provenance: the Core Fusion founders and most of the instructors started with Lotte Berk. One point of clarification, though: every Core Fusion class does begin with plank position and push-ups as part of the warm-up, too. There, too, the notion is to engage the entire core even as each area is being worked.

  • May 8, 2011

    by Marta

    I did get an advance copy of the The Dailey Method DVD. I think I would recommend Jackie Warner's circuit training ( for someone wanting to get into shape. Its a really efficient way to exercise - even 20 minutes a day for 5-6 times a week will make a huge difference and you can up or lower the ante by working at your own speed and with the number of reps etc. I am always giving a copy of the book to friends. If the bar type exercises intrigue you then I'd start with Core Fusion. As for the busty part, get advice from Edward Jackowski on exercising for your shape

  • May 8, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Did you receive an advance copy of the DVD, or were you attending live classes? Is this suitable for people who aren't in great shape?


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