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Forget Pilates, The Dailey Method will make you hurt

Instructor/owner The Dailey Method Lake Forest TinAndersleads one three ‘donationly’ classes whose proceeds were donated Susan G. Komen for Cure

Instructor/owner of The Dailey Method Lake Forest Tina Anderson leads one of three ‘donation only’ classes whose proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in early January. | Lee Litas~Sun-Times Media

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The Dailey Method

1714 N. Damen

Sweat factor: 1/4 droplets

Pain factor: 3/4 barbells

Payoff factor: 4/4 stars

Cost: $20/class (discounted
packages available)

Info: (773) 904-8913;

Updated: July 25, 2013 10:02AM

You will not sweat at The Dailey Method.

But you will hurt. Really, really hurt.

Founded more than a dozen years ago by California pilates instructor Jill Dailey, the low-impact class focuses on four problem areas ­– abs, butt, legs and arms. Moving tiny weights mere inches, executing deep thigh-burning plies while elevated onto your tippy toes, the Dailey Method makes you feel every move. It’s an hour of moments of muscle-trembling agony set to Macklemore that will leave you feeling a little taller, leaner and definitely standing up straighter.

Perhaps the best advertisement for The Dailey Method are the students and teachers, some of whom are former professional dancers (including one on a cruise ship!). Impressively toned and wearing abundant Lululemon, they could be intimidating if they weren’t so nice. They are hooked on The Dailey Method and want you to be too. Lots of time is spent in class adjusting students’ positions (neutral spine position is key) so you get the maximum bang for the buck.

That’s another pain point with The Dailey Method, though — the bucks. It’s not cheap, and if you don’t live near Bucktown or Lincoln Park, it’s not necessarily convenient (there are suburban studios as well).

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