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Published Thursday Apr 23, 2020 by The Dailey Method

5 Reasons Why You'll Want to Try Taking a Virtual Barre Class with The Dailey Method

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Practice Dailey, Anywhere, Anytime.

Barre has become one of the fastest-growing fitness trends over the last few years. Fortunately, barre does not require a large amount of space or a lot of equipment so it is perfect for an in-home workout. TDM offers a variety of different classes so you will always find a workout that can challenge you.  Let’s face it, we are all missing the studio, the community, the sweat, and the sense of post-workout accomplishment. When you experience a TDM Zoom Class, you gain the experience of being in the studio working out with your peers.  


1. 20 Years of Experience

Founder, Jill Dailey has been teaching this method for over 20 years, it is tried and true. Jill has experience in what works and what doesn’t work for a studio. What motivates you and what challenges you. Jill is always looking to evolve classes so they are fun, different and as always will offer you an amazing workout. Over the years, the owners have created strong communities with each other and their studios. They collaborate to offer the best experience in all studio locations.  
 

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2. Feel connected to your instructor and studio 

TDM has always been focused on empowering individuals to become their most vibrant and authentic selves through a mind/body transformation within a compassionate and supportive community. While we cannot be in the studio together, there is still a personal connection and a sense of community via Zoom. Don’t worry, your instructor will watch your form and “call out” student efforts. And the best part is that you still get to see everyone to maintain and gain a sense of community during this time.  

Tip: Text your friend and sign up for a Live Class together. Working out is always more fun when you have a friend to do it with. Hold each other accountable. 


3. TOTAL workout

The Dailey Method offers ever-evolving workouts where you sculpt your body, sharpen your mind, gain motivation, and transform your attitude. Barre targets the main muscle groups that people have a hard time strengthening (core, upper body, thighs, etc.) leaving you feeling the total body workout.

The Dailey Method has developed a program that will work every single muscle in your body, while giving you a deeper understanding of how to move your body in alignment. 
 

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4. 
Studios across North America 

Where are you located? TDM offers favorable time slots across different time zones so you will find live streaming classes that work with your schedule. Even your instructors are in your location, so you are sharing your experiences. On the Dailey Method website, you can easily select and sign up for the class that works best for you! TDM also offers affordable “drop in” pricing at all studios. If you are a member, we can’t wait to see you again soon! 


5. No membership? No problem.  

The Dailey Method is offering the perfect online workout classes to support and maintain your mind-body practice during this time. TDM offers both live streaming classes and a library of recorded barre workouts. You can try your local studio out with their new member offer and support them by either purchasing a local membership or purchasing a per class drop-in pass. Check with your local studio to learn more about how we’re supporting our clients during COVID-19. Supporting your local studio is also a great way of staying connected to your community on Instagram and Facebook as you grow with the Dailey Method. If you are outside of a local studio area you can always participate in our TDM Online program, learn more here.

 

Want to try a virtual Dailey Method class for yourself? Find one on Mindbody!

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The Dailey Method is here to help you achieve a strong, lean, sculpted body through fitness classes that pull from multiple disciplines. They ignite awareness through hands-on training and education, focusing on alignment and strength for a better posture, better movement, and better you.
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Published Wednesday Sep 23, 2020 by Sara Lesher

5 Things Instructors Are Doing to Improve Their Virtual Fitness Classes

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By now, we all know the benefits of virtual and online fitness classes, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about some of the struggles. To adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, studios and instructors all over the world had to get crafty, many with little-to-no experience with live streaming or recording workouts at home (so, if you haven’t, make sure you send your instructors a quick thank you—because they deserve it). Now that we’ve realized virtual fitness is here to stay—and we’ve all had lots of practice—the virtual experience is getting a whole lot better. 

Here’s what your favorite studios and instructors are doing to improve their virtual fitness classes right now: 


1.    Making classes easy to access 


Everything seems harder than it must be right now...which is why jumping through hoops to get into a class should be the last thing on your mind. As with most things, the simpler, the better (unless we’re talking about the actual workout). Studios are working on creating a one-button experience to join a class. You sign up, get an email, press ‘join,’ and you’re in. And if something happens with your WiFi and you end up getting kicked out, no worries. One button click and you’re back in, without even missing a circuit. 


2.    Quality video, quality workouts 


If there's one thing more annoying than not having easy access to classes, it’s bad quality and connection. We’ve all found ourselves in online classes where you literally can’t follow along due to poor connectivity causing instructors to freeze every five seconds. Or if it’s an on-demand class that doesn’t buffer, you’re stuck looking at a spinning wheel as your heart rate decreases at the worst possible time. Not fun.  

Now, studios and instructors are doing their absolute best to make sure they have top-notch WiFi and streaming services so we can work out without delays. Better cameras, lighting, and space setups are just a few of the investments instructors and studios are making to make virtual workouts as close to the in-studio experience as possible. 

3.    The sound of music... and the instructor’s voice 


For most, working out with music is a must. But figuring out how to balance tunes with the instructor’s voice can be a challenge. In the studio, they have state-of-the-art speakers blasting playlists throughout class, and oftentimes they have headset mics—all adjusted to the perfect volume so you can sweat to the beat, without missing a beat.  

But at home, it’s a little more difficult. Now that instructors have had some time to work on it, they’re figuring it out. Some instructors suggest playlists for you, others have mastered the perfect music to voice volume ratio, and some have invested in some high-quality mic setups for their home studios. In yoga instructor, Dani Schenone’s words, “Instructors are Jedi masters at the music-to-voice volume ratio at this point. When necessary, external microphones offer an amazingly clear experience. I record my classes and listen back, noticing any audio issues I need to address the next time around.” We’re getting there together, and again, thank your instructors. This isn’t easy. 
 

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4.    Setup and prep 


With instructors improving their own spaces for filming workouts, we need to be doing the same as attendees. An instructor’s key to creating a good virtual experience is making it all replicable—creating a space and using equipment that’s realistic for anyone to mimic at home. If they're using weights, they should let you know ahead of time, and maybe even give some household items you can use as alternatives.  

Instructors are people too, and they know this. They’re coming up with tons of creative ways to make the experience easier for you, whether it’s propping up their cameras so you can see their entire setup and body, notifying you of equipment needs early in the booking process, or teaching classes that can realistically fit in most spaces. 
 

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5.    Keeping us engaged—and motivated 


Have you seen the videos of teachers trying to keep their kindergarteners engaged over Zoom? Fitness classes are not much different. Signing up for group fitness classes means more motivation and encouragement, so we can’t skip out on the hard moves and cut our workouts short when we’re feeling tired. Instructors, though, have an interesting challenge—keeping that spirit up through a computer or phone screen. And right now (as always), they’re stepping up in several ways: 
    •    They’re always on time, beginning and ending class right when they say they will. 

    •    They talk through all the moves, so you don’t constantly have to be looking at the screen, and demo them at least twice in case you missed the first one.  

    •    They shout out words of encouragement and call people out by name, just as they would at an in-studio class.  

    •    They give tips and pointers for perfecting your form, even if they can’t always see you. 

    •    They have a positive attitude throughout the class and are consistent with their delivery, so we always know what to expect.  

    •    They’re our superstars, and we love them for it. 

 

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Shifting from IRL to virtual fitness has not come without its own set of complications, but let’s not forget about the struggles of the people on the other side of that screen. Our instructors are working hard out here to make these classes better because they genuinely care about our health, well-being, and sense of community.  

Virtual classes are here to stay, and they’re just going to keep getting better and better. Thank you, instructors. 

Sara Lesher
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Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).