What Exactly Is This Dailey Method All About?
I’ve been working out at the Dailey Method since about September and I’m totally addicted to their Dailey Cycle Classes and go at least 2 or 3 times a week. The cycle class is 35-40 minutes cycling and then 20 minutes of floor exercises such as planking, bicep curls, sit ups and stretches and I love the combination. These classes are a huge reason I’ve dropped 35 lbs this past while and I love the way the exercises shape my body and the intensity of the cycle gets my heart rate way up!
The Dailey Method opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver in the summer of 2010 and is is owned by local sisters Karen and Jey Wyder. Along with the cycle classes they have Dailey Barre, Dailey Fusion, Dailey Interval, an others such as the French spine re-alignment technique, Eldoa, MELT Method and LifeStretch. I’ve tried samples of them all, but prefer the cycle for the cardio blend. Something like a combination of pilates and yoga, with ballet and barre added in, their classes are an ever-evolving mix of movement and offer the benefits of these many different disciplines.
From the website……
Each class begins with high rep movements in a very small range of motion, effectively toning, elongating, and isolating the muscles. They focus on the triceps, biceps, shoulders and chest, back, seat, and legs. After working each muscle group, they stretch, shaping and leaning out the muscles, and bringing balance through increased flexibility. The Dailey Method studios are each led by Dailey Method Master Teachers, ensuring that no matter where your studio, you will experience the most efficient and effective group workout on the planet.
Recently I interviewed the owner, Jey Wyder, to find out a little more about the method here in Vancouver.
What is your fitness background?
Fitness has always been a part of our lifestyle, even before we took this on. Previously, we got our kickboxing yellow belts together and trained and completed a half marathon. I am Vancouver and Canada’s first certified master instructor of The Dailey Method! I was personally trained and certified by founder Jill Dailey, studied yoga and am a certified Pilates Mat instructor teaching throughout Vancouver prior to opening The Dailey Method. I am also certified as a Level 2 The MELT Method instructor and a Lifestretch instructor. Karen is also a trained instructor of The Dailey Method and Level 1 The MELT Method instructor.
Karen discovered The Dailey Method while she was in charge of US Operations for Lululemon and on a business trip in San Francisco. She knew I would love it and it became our dream to bring it to Vancouver. Our passion for fitness, love of working with people and Karen’s expertise in business all came together with this project! JW
Why did you decide to open the Kitsilano Dailey Method studio?
Community is a huge part of this business and when we saw how thrilled the Dunbar community was to have The Dailey Method accessible to them – we wanted to share that in Kits – which, in our opinion, is Vancouver’s fitness mecca. 🙂
What changes have you seen in the fitness world since you opened your first studio?
We have seen more boutique fitness studios and barre studios pop up since we first opened. We have also noticed cycle studios becoming a huge trend.
How are you adapting your classes to the new fitness knowledge that comes out?
Our classes are an ever-evolving mix of movement responding to what exercise science is discovering. We help clients find their neutral spine and pelvis and train their core muscles around this. Our core engagement exercises emphasize our quest for ultimate alignment, learning to stabilize the muscles closest to the spine, improving the natural, functional spine position.
In response to the newest findings about fascia we have developed our Beyond the Barre offerings that enhance client’s workout through restorative, self care classes that address the fascia for life long optimal performance and overall well being. Our Beyond the Barre classes are: The MELT Method, ELDOA, Lifestretch and Yoga. We have also added classes over the years such as Dailey Interval, Dailey Fusion and Dailey Cycle to bring cardiovascular benefits to our client’s workouts.
What is your favourite part about owning The Dailey Method?
Working with each other has been the thrill of a lifetime. And then to be able to get to know and enhance our communities has been the ultimate gift.
What class do you recommend for beginners?
It depends how much of a beginner – Dailey Barre is appropriate for all levels as modifications are offered. Dailey Basics is designed for Beginners or for clients who like a more focused workout. Dailey Gentle is for those who are recovering from surgery, illness or injury and for seniors and new practitioners to provide relief from disabilities and chronic conditions – eg arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal issues.
I totally recommend you check this studio out, and can’t wait to my current cold is better so I can get back in there! The first month is only $79 and and after that it’s $225 for unlimited classes and it’s oh so worth it!