Dailey Method, 1810 30th St., Boulder, 303- 955-7190, thedaileymethod.com/studios/boulder
Instructor: Chrisanthi Hatzantonis, an experienced cycling instructor who recently moved to Boulder from New York. She led the cycling portion of class, and Emma Updike, the co-owner of the Boulder Dailey Method studio, taught the second portion of class. Updike, of Boulder, is a lifelong athlete who discovered The Dailey Method eight years ago and taught at the Denver studio for two years.
What is the workout? Dailey Cycle is a new class that features 40 minutes on an indoor cycling bike and 20 minutes on a mat on the floor to focus on flexibility as well as arm and abdominal strength.
It brings more cardio to the body sculpting and stretching of The Dailey Method (a studio known for its ballet barre classes). The cycling is beat-driven and monitored on a personal screen, where you can track your watts, beats per minute, distance and estimated calories burned.
The Dailey Method also offers a Dailey Cycle45 class, which is 45 minutes of cycling followed by five minutes of stretching. The studio has offered this class since Jan. 20 but has been offering only samples of the Dailey Cycle hybrid class and will roll out regular sessions in March.
The newest Dailey Method franchises are all opening with a cycling class now, says Updike. She says clients want diverse exercise options.
"In the crazy haven that is Boulder, where everybody does 17 million different workouts before 5 a.m., you have to offer something different and new," Updike says. "Barre has a place. It's a great, strengthening body workout, but there's also a cardio component."
She says some people alternate cardio and barre workouts, while the more hard-core Boulderites take the Cycle45 and barre classes back to back.
What's different? The 20-minute upper body and core workout afterward makes this class different than a traditional Spinning class. My class had dim lights and loud music, almost reminiscent of a Beat Cycle class (with a party atmosphere), except the cycling part focused purely on the legs, with no push-ups on the handlebars or arm weights. The instructor explained it's more efficient to focus on the legs while on the bike and then set aside that focused arm time after class.
As Updike explained it, "We don't do anything you wouldn't do on an outdoor bike," which she thinks appeals to the outdoor cyclists who want functional indoor training, too.
Although the cycling was only 40 minutes long, it had no real breaks and was hard enough that I didn't feel like I wanted to go longer.
"We do drills that are high-calorie burning, tabatas, interval style," Updike says. "This is 45 minutes, really intense."
I'd never used a bike like this before, either. It was simple to use and had a little lever you could flip when you stood up out of your saddle that was like an instant increase of two full spins. Talk about efficient. It also pushed me harder than I would have without the convenient lever. (I like to cheat.)
Cost: A one-time drop-in is $20.
Level: All levels. You can adjust the intensity, as needed, by changing the resistance on the bike, standing (or not) or slowing down.
Class has space for only 16 bikes, so pre-register.
I found the class really challenging, a nine on a 10-point scale. The teacher and atmosphere encouraged me to push, but I found myself smiling a lot of the time. (What is wrong with me?)
Then, to try to do Dailey-style core work after such an intense ride — I could barely do it.
When: An open house, free Dailey Cycle class will be offered at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Check the schedule online.
The Dailey Cycle45 class runs 9-9:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There's also a 5:40-6:30 p.m. 45-minute cycling class Tuesday.
What to prepare: Cycling shorts and clip-on shoes are great, although many students just wore tighter exercise clothes and sneakers. Pedals have both cages and clip-ons. Make sure your water is full and you grab a towel in the locker room.
Muscles worked: The bike is all legs. The second portion was core (lots of planks) and arms. We used small hand weights for the upper body.
What I loved: Hatzantonis is one of those natural, perfect teachers. Even though this class is new and the details still are being worked out, she mastered the class like a pro and knew just what to say to get us working hard.
The music was great, and I love pedaling to the beat. It keeps my brain busy.
I'm pleased to see more specialized studios diversifying their offerings in response to clients' requests. This class really enhances the Dailey's regular classes and provides a more thorough fitness experience.
What I didn't like: The class went way over and lasted almost 90 minutes. While on one hand, we got a good bang for the buck, it did disrupt my schedule. Still totally worth a try.
How I felt after the class: Dripping, smiling, stretched, burning muscles, head to toe. Wish I'd worn padded bike shorts. Yowch.
Aimee Heckel: twitter.com/aimeemay