Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves—so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.
Equipment: TRX, smash balls, dumbbells, bands, boxing gloves, focus mitts
Students should bring: Varies by class (refer to each class page on website)
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By keeping the music fresh/up-to-date and the classes fun, mentally stimulating, and physically challenging. The beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions of each exercise display something for the beginners to work toward, while those in greater shape support each other competitively. The demonstrations are thorough, and the clients' technique is checked frequently.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The facility is away from the shopping districts, giving it a more private feel. Plenty of parking. The 2,200 sq. ft. of beautiful wooden floor[ing] allows safety, comfort, and exercise variety.
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