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A Dailey Method Worth Trying

Written on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 am , by

I had never realized how little I engage my core throughout the day or my lack of a proper posture—or should I say “neutral spine”—until I had the privilege of trying The Dailey Method with founder, Jill Dailey. Slouching, be gone!

With a background in dance and Pilates, alongside her knowledge in injury prevention and rehabilitation, Jill has evolved her training from the West Coast’s first barre class back in 2000 to a franchise with 46 studios (and counting)! The full body workout focuses on kinesiology and alignment principles while combining ballet barre work with yoga, core training and orthopedic exercises.

Each micro-bend and extension slims, sculpts and aligns every muscle group. These moves, while constantly pulling in your abdominal wall for stability and elongating the spine, are designed to deliver the toned results we are all aiming for.

The flow and innovative uses of bands, balls, light weights and, of course, the ballet barre took slight movements to a whole new burning level. I am famous for always eyeing the clock or considering my mental to-do list during workouts but did not have the opportunity to think about anything but my body in this class. I was too busy focusing on dropping my hips and engaging my abs! Plus, regular choreography changes and updated playlists keep the challenging hour fresh every time.

Read on to try two of Jill’s favorite moves. Read more

July DVD Review: The Booty Barre Plus Abs & Arms

Written on July 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm , by

Barre that tones more than your booty! (Photo courtesy of thebootybarre.com)

July’s Top Workout DVD: Tracey Mallett’s The Booty Barre Plus Abs & Arms

Best for: Those who love Pilates, ballet and barre classes but feel like they’re neglecting their upper half.

Why it’s a star: Tracey Mallett, a 20-year fitness industry veteran, has created the ultimate total body barre fusion workout. After a dance-inspired warm-up, you’ll challenge your arms with high repetition strength moves performed with light dumbbells (think punches, front raises and triceps extensions). Then the barre and abs section includes intervals boost your heart rate and your bum! Yoga and Pilates dominate the core and stretch sections and complete the workout on a zen note.

Where to get it: thebootybarre.com, $19.99

Now tell us: This workout made our arms feel sundress-ready! What strong body part are you most proud of?

Meet the Trainer: Sadie Lincoln

Written on June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm , by

You can have Sadie Lincoln as your at-home trainer with her Barre 3 DVD. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Lincoln)

You can have Sadie Lincoln as your at-home trainer with her Barre3 DVD. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Lincoln)

There’s one hot trainer on our July/August cover (who will also be guest editing the FITNESS Facebook page tomorrow!), but open to page 66 to find a killer workout from another star exercise expert: Sadie Lincoln. Barre3 mixes the popular barre method with yoga and Pilates to boost users’ balance, strength and flexibility. Her dedicated following includes Madonna—if a workout will give us a rock-solid body like hers, sign us up!

We caught up with the busy entrepreneur and mom of two to learn about how she entered the fitness world and how she finds balance even outside of the studio.

I’m writing a movie about your life, tell me the plot.

A small town hippie kid gets a good education, marries the man of her dreams, works her tail off for a large company in a big city, has kids and realizes she wants more meaning in her life. She quits the big job, says goodbye to the big house, big career and “keeping up with the Joneses.” She packs the family up, returns to her roots and puts her life savings to work to build her dream company: a family of exercise studios powered by women who share her values to balance both the body and life. After 20 years teaching classes, she puts all her favorite disciplines and yogic philosophy into one workout and is surprised to find it is celebrated by super-moms and super-celebrities alike!

Who would you want to portray you in a movie?

Reese Witherspoon.

How did you get involved with fitness?

I loved movement and dance at a very young age. My earliest memory of yoga is watching my Mom do yoga in her room out of a paperback book. While attending UCLA, I discovered the power of group exercise classes and ended up leading the instructor training program. This passion led to a graduate assistantship at the College of William and Mary to develop the campus group fitness program while I earned my Masters in Higher Education. Right out of grad school I landed a job with a fast-growth fitness company working direct for the founder and CEO, Mark Mastrov. Little did I know, he would end up being my mentor and one of the most successful fitness entrepreneurs in the world! I am blessed to have a career in fitness and I love helping other women like me find their way in this industry.

For more about Sadie’s top fitness gear pick and a typical day in her life, click below.

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