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Class Review: The Dailey Method Washington, D.C.

Class Review: The Dailey Method Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 5:59am
Overall Score: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Fun Factor: 
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Difficulty: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Instructor: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Date Attended: 
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
Class Title: 
Dailey Barre
Class Description: 

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Washington D.C.'s first  Dailey Method barre studio, where I made a valiant effort to channel Misty Copeland and get a killer workout in the process. The studio was kind enough to offer FREE classes, along with giveaways, snacks, and mimosas, to celebrate the opening of its new location right in the heart of the U Street neighborhood.

Situated on the third floor of an unsuspecting building on 12th & U, The Dailey Method's space was refreshingly bright, thanks to several huge windows that offered up loads of natural light throughout the studio. Just past the front desk, I noticed a spin room on my left with an attached barre area. This room is reserved for  the "Dailey Cycle" class, which is a 40 minute spin class followed by a 20 minute core workout using the barre. Just past the spin room, I came acorss a second classroom, dedicate solely to the "Dailey Barre" classes  where students get a full body workout through barre and floor exercises. I also spotted restrooms and two gorgeous, full-sized showers (I'm talking bigger than my apartment bathroom) which is a very rare find in D.C. these days.

After touring the studio, I made my way to the Dailey Barre class, hoping to get an amazing booty lift from leg extensions and other balancing acts. Our class of nine was led by Crysten, a professional dancer and NFL cheerleader, who led us through a simple, but intense workout. We started with some leg lifts and torso twists (pictured on the left), a foreshadowing some of the moves yet to come. From the beginning of class, we were reminded to engage our cores, and elongate our spines to fire up every little abdominal fiber in our bodies.

After our warm up, Crysten guided us through a variety of yoga poses, stretches and balancing moves with and without the assistance of the barre. At one point, I somehow managed to slide into a full split--a feat that I have not accomplished since the ninth grade!

As we transitioned from floor to barre, to tree pose, to C curves, Crysten guided our breathing and helped us maintain proper alignment and abdominal engagement. She helped us make minor adjustments to perfect each move, and always offered modifications to allow us to keep moving, but at reduced intensity level if needed. We even did a little work with these tiny 2lb weights. I chuckled at these barely-there dumbbells, until the tricep extensions and squeezes carried on and my arms began to shake under these deceptive weights. Pretty much every limb was shaking at one point or another during the class, letting me and anyone  else watching know that I was, in fact, getting a serious workout. Even one day later, my glutes continued to remind me of all the work Crysten's Dailey Barre class tricked me into doing!

All in all, The Dailey Method is a welcome addition to the U St/Shaw neighborhood that will definitely lift and kick any butt into shape! Check out the class schedule here to sign up for spin or barre, and enjoy the burn!

Instructor Name: 
Crysten
About the Instructor: 
Crysten is a trained dancer and NFL cheerleader. Her style of teaching was calm and approachable, and she was very knowledgeable about her craft. She took time with each student one by one in various poses, and she stayed behind class to answer questions about the studio, and even her makeup regimen. I would definitely take another class with her.
Bring: 
A towel, water, and yoga socks (the non slip kind) are a MUST!
Wear: 
Well-fitted clothing. Nothing too warm, as the sun heats the classroom up quickly!
About the Author

Sharita Jennings is a group fitness instructor in the Washington D.C. area with a passion for creating fun and challenging workouts for people of all fitness levels.

Sharita teaches indoor rowing, boot camps, cardio, resistance training, and circuit training classes at RowVigor and VFitDC a fitness concierge service for residences and companies across the D.C metro area. Additionally, Sharita is the creator and author of the blog GetFitLikeThat.com where she offers tips and tricks to help people stay healthy and fit. You can join one of her workouts or contact her online coaching! To learn more about Sharita, visit her on Twitter and Instagram (@GetFitLikeThat) and check out her blog at http://www.getfitlikethat.com