Like everyone else, I plan to begin this year fresh and besides eating well, finding a workout I actually want to do is on my list. Fortunately, near the end of December I got the fun opportunity to try something totally new for me, Dailey Cycle, a combination of spin and core workout. Dailey Cycle is a class at Willow Glen’s new The Dailey Method studio which just opened in time for the New Year!
I was able to host a class of some readers, friends, and friends of friends who were interested in trying out this new class. As busy as I was at Christmas, I committed right away because I knew this was something I needed. People have been raving about these new spin and core classes and I didn’t know if I would feel the same. Hosting this pushed me out of out of my comfort zone, and a few others who joined us as well. (Not naming anyone!! 😉
The Dailey Method’s 4,500 square foot studio in San Jose’s charming Willow Glen neighborhood is beautiful, bright and made me excited to be there. Erin Wetzel is the owner and also a life-long athlete who leads many of the classes herself. Erin’s enthusiasm is contagious!
|The irrepressible Erin and my friend Kirsten Cunningham, another teacher and inspiration.|
Erin led the cycle class I hosted and they kindly gave me a bike in the front of the room. Yikes! I had done spin a very long time ago, (so long I do not recall, ) so I was nervous even though I regularly play tennis. Tennis is light on the cardio though, unless you are doing singles a lot. That’s not me.
|Getting clipped in before class.|
The Dailey Cycle class starts with you clipping into your bike pedals with shoes provided by the studio. Then, with some loud and energizing music the class, or ride, begins. Erin lead us through the somewhat difficult first few songs. Different from traditional spin, you ride much of the class standing on your pedals and simultaneously doing some push ups with the flat bar that takes the place of a bikes’ handle bars. That was probably the toughest part for me because it takes some coordination, but like anything you likely get better with time. One part I enjoyed a lot was cycling while sitting and lifting small arm weights provided. After that it was back to a fast cycle and then a slower, powering ride. All the change ups are accompanied by songs that are fun and motivating.
|One of my very fit pals, Leasa with me. Thankfully this pic was ‘before.’|
To be completely honest, it was probably the hardest 45 minute workout I have ever done. I sweated so much I could wring my ponytail out! However, after getting through, my first thought was, I want to do it again. Crazy right? I think I was just amazed I could do such an intense workout. Usually, I don’t push myself that hard, EVER! Since it was my first time, I didn’t fully do everything and so I want to see if I could get good enough to do more.
The other benefit was the good feeling that remained most of day. Rather than exhausted, and a little shaky at first, I felt energized all day long. I think that is why so many are hooked on these classes. Another great benefit- this class is not just cardio, but also works the core and arms as well as your legs. I don’t even know how much calories it burns, but some extremely fit whipper snapper said her Fit Bit read she burned 400 calories or something insane like that.
So if you are up for a challenge in the New Year, or even just looking for a new workout, I highly recommend trying their unique cycle class. If a spin class isn’t your thing, The Dailey Method has many other classes offered in their pretty new space. The Dailey Method differs from many other fitness programs in that it focuses on alignment, posture, balance, strengthening core, and flexibility -all things they incorporate into all their workouts.
To learn more about The Dailey Method workouts read here. They also have a Dailey Method Willow Glen Facebook page where you can stay current on the latest classes, promotions, and other fun events. Right now there is a super introductory offer of $100 for for one month of unlimited classes for new customers. That’s a nice way to find out what classes are a good fit for you and which ones you will enjoy doing in the New Year!
How many of you already have tried or done a spin class or some new version of it? What fitness classes do you love and enjoy? I think it’s essential is to just find something you look forward to and will make it a regular part of your day!
|My cute DM bag I got for hosting. Love it!|
photos northerncalstyle and also courtesy of Dailey Method.