Domestica Straight Talk Review: The Dailey Method Workout

If you love yourself some fitness and are in the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard of The Dailey Method, a pilates + ballet barre fusion launched 12 years ago by San Francisco local, Jill Dailey. Now with locations all over the US and into British Columbia, Canada (hollllaaaa!), The Dailey Method is picking up steam as a refreshing and challenging workout that’s perfect for women who don’t like gyms but want a toned and firm bod. But does it deliver? I had the privilege of trying one of the Dailey Method classes in San Jose, at The Dailey Method, Willow Glen and this is my Domestica Straight Talk Review.


The Dailey Method — WORKOUT REVIEW


The Dailey Method is a system of strengthening and stretching all the major muscle groups in the body.  It combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, pilates, and bodyweight exercises.

The stretch bars were awesome! After a session of working every muscle, it felt awesome to get on this thing and let it all hang.

Domestica Pros

    • An interesting exercise format that integrates a fusion of pilates, weight lifting, ballet isolations, and plyometrics
    • Strength conditioning for those who don’t like lifting weights or going to a gym
    • With carpeted studios, it feels like you’re working out at home
    • Targeted stretches happen after working each muscle group
    • It’s an all-over workout — expect major DOMS after this!
    • Pregnant women, obese women, athletic women…there was the right amount of challenge for everyone.
    • You get the camaraderie of a fitness class, which can help keep you engaged and motivated in your exercise routine

Domestica Cons

    • Not really a con but some isolations are tricky to get right and you really do need a few classes under your belt to get it right.
    • The Dailey Method is all about building “sculpted and supple muscles” (what does “supple muscles” even mean?!?!). Truth is, any muscle-building gal knows that it takes more than 2-lb weights to build effective musculature.
    • Carpet is a bit weird…and proof that you don’t really sweat in this workout.
    • I love the stretching after each muscle group but felt that the motions were too rushed to be effective. The idea of a whole-body workout wrapped up into one session seems great but I think they would be better off splitting the classes into multiple sessions (i.e. upper and lower body).
    • They call it The Dailey Method and use the play-on-words to suggest that you should do it “dailey” but with this being an all-over body workout (and a good one, at that!), I wouldn’t do it on back-to-back days.  Muscles need at least 24-48 hours to rest and recover before hitting them again or you risk fatigue which will prevent them from developing or getting any stronger. At worse, they will start breaking down and suffering from injury. It would be counter-productive to do this “dailey”.

Domestica Verdict

    • Burned 275 calories in the 60-minute class. Compare that to an average of 250 calories burned in a traditional 60-minute weight-training workout and 600 calories burned in a 60-minute kettlebell workout.
    • Was an effective workout and I enjoyed the relaxing elements (i.e. the stretching phases)
    • I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for women who are new to strength-conditioning

A workout isn’t complete until you’ve HATED at least one movement. This exercise using the ballet barre and a small ball squeezed between your legs was RUTHLESS!

All in all, I enjoyed my class and thought it was a great workout for any woman that’s interested in getting fit but isn’t interested in working with a personal trainer. I’d also say that this was not an “easy” workout.

If you’re new to strength-conditioning, are looking for ways to improve your posture, or want to build core stability, The Dailey Method could be right for you. If you are already strong and looking for the thing that will take your physique to the next level, you might not find it in a carpeted studio full of ballet barres. Just sayin’…

The Dailey Method isn’t about “getting your sweat on” but it’s still a challenging workout that offers adaptions for each fitness level.  If you’re new to strength training or you’re tired of the gym scene, I would opt for three classes a week paired with a separate cardio routine for a complete fitness program.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

4 thoughts on “Domestica Straight Talk Review: The Dailey Method Workout

  1. Vanessa says:

    Haven’t heard of the Dailey method but with a ballet background I think I would really like it. Just saw that there is Pilox at my gym. Had to look that one up! Pilates and boxing combined. Heard of it? I’m going to try it!

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