I am not much of a group exercise type person, and yes, I know that's funny considering I am a personal trainer, but I fully admit it to be true. I have been contemplating taking a few different group fitness classes for the past few months because I really think that in order to do the best I can do, I have to follow the trends and see what else is out there. Many trainers get stagnant because they are not open to trying new things, but my philosphy is that trying them makes me better and more creative with what I can offer my clents.
So my first stop this past weekend was taking a class at the Dailey Method in Bucktown. It's a combination of the barre method, ballet, pilates, and yoga. I registered myself and a friend for a "mixed" class on Sunday morning. Upon arrival, the people at the front desk were very welcoming and gave us a tour of the studio...always a good sign because that set the tone for my whole experience. Our class was at capacity with about 30 people. The instructor quickly introduced herself and asked who was new and if we had any injuries (another good sign of a well run studio). Throughout the class, she continued to walk around correcting people's form and making sure everyone understood what we were doing. Most of the exercises were isolated smaller moves in sequences that cover one body part for ultimate fatigue. The moves are purposely done that way so that you don't have to use a lot of weight, but you perform high repetitions instead. Overall effective, but sometimes a little boring. However, when you are taking the class for the first time, you are definitely not bored because you don't know what's coming next!
So what's the verdict? I had a great time, a good workout, and will definitely go back. I am not sure if I could do the workout multiple times a week because I hear that the exercises are typically the same in most of the classes, but I would do it once a week for some variation to my normal routine (which consists of running, weights 3-4 times a week, and tennis). Am I sore? Yes, actually, my lower abs and shoulders are a little sore. In fact, my legs were shaking like crazy during the class and I thought for sure my quads would be sore, but they're not...all that leg strengthening definitely pays off!