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My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results – The Dailey Method Ottawa

Well, I completed my Back To You 30-Day Challenge at The Dailey Method Ottawa (TDM) a few weeks ago and I can honestly say that it was the most fun I’ve had working out ever. EVER! The sense of community, the peppy instructors, the beautiful studio…the fact that you can shop while you’re there (I’m such an addict), all made for a fun and uplifting experience.

My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results - The Dailey Method Ottawa
“You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.”

As I sit here typing in my favourite pair of sweats, I’m very aware of the fact that my pants are a bit looser. Something else I noticed? My back no longer aches! I chalk that up to all the abdominal/core work that I’ve undertaken during my sessions at TDM Ottawa. Another thing I’m thrilled about? My new found flexibility. As I mentioned before, I can now touch my toes! I can polish my toenails without feeling like my back is going to break and get this – I can almost do the splits!! I haven’t even come close to being able to do this in eons!!!

My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results - The Dailey Method Ottawa
Mariah (left) and Stephanie (right) – thanks for so many great classes! (Photography: Laura Kelly Photography)

This whole experience has taught me that you don’t have to kill yourself getting fit by going to traditional gyms and undertaking exercises that are frankly, not too inspiring. Anyone can be successful in reaching their fitness goals as long as they take it easy, go at their own pace and set their minds up for success – all things that are taught on a daily basis at TDM Ottawa. And hey – achieving fitness success is that much easier when you actually enjoy the exercises your doing while being inspired by knowledgeable and fun instructors – the hallmark of TDM.

While I unfortunately did not reach my goal of 12 classes in 30 days, the seven classes that I completed did wonders for my overall fitness and mental health. I cannot tell you how great it felt to start a workout at TDM Ottawa and feel the stresses of the work day instantly melt away. It was so great to have constant positive reinforcement during my workouts from both the awesome instructors and fellow classmates.

My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results - The Dailey Method Ottawa
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography

Case in point, one Saturday as we were using rubber bands for a flexibility exercise, the girl next to me stopped what she was doing and helped me achieve the pose. I thought that was so nice.

For the first two weeks of my 30-day challenge, I was at TDM Ottawa three days a week as suggested. Unfortunately, I had to go less frequently after taking on a new project at work that required a ton of overtime and I got sidelined by a nasty cold. In those seven classes though, I really tightened up. My abs became more defined, my endurance sky-rocketed while I did planks and squats, my shoulders started looking gorgeous…  I won’t lie. I loved what I saw in the mirror. I also loved the absolutely fantastic sleeps I had after a TDM workout too!!

My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results - The Dailey Method Ottawa
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography

Another thing worth mentioning is that even though some of the poses were new to me (I’m no yogi), the instructors always took the time to explain how to achieve each pose and would even help you maintain your form. No class member was ever left languishing or wondering what the hell “Baby Pose” or “savasana” is (trust me though – you’ll immediately know baby pose once you see it).

A highlight was the Dailey Interval class I took. I had missed my beloved Dailey Barre class, a wonderful low impact workout, due to work (sigh), so decided to go ahead and try out the Dailey Interval. How hard could it be, right? Cute little Sarah was teaching it to. It would be a breeze! I’m a pro with all my weightlifting and 10K running! Well, pardon my language, but that class absolutely kicked my ass. I couldn’t get over what a workout that was! The squats! My God…the squats! I sweat buckets and I was sore for days – that good sore though where you know you did your body a real favour. I remember the next time I saw Sarah, she giggled at my penguin walk as my quads were still on fire. I lost two pounds during my month at TDM Ottawa, and I’m pretty sure I lost them after that one workout.

My Back To You 30-Day Challenge Results - The Dailey Method Ottawa
How cute is this wife and husband duo? Sarah and Jamie sharing a laugh (Photography: Laura Kelly Photography)

So, in conclusion, I never felt intimidated or out of place at TDM Ottawa. The instructors all came across as people you would want to hang out with. A huge thank you to Mariah Stassen and Stephanie Thompson for being total girl boss instructors. Thank you to Kelsey for helping me touch my feet, and a huge thank you to owners Sarah and Jamie for inviting me into their amazing studio to get my exercise on. They have truly perfected the “welcoming community”.

I highly encourage you to sign up with TDM Ottawa and indulge in the $79 New Client Special for a month of unlimited classes. You deserve to better your mind, body and soul in such a friendly and positive environment! And I assure you, you will see some fantastic results!

The Dailey Method Ottawa is located at 99 Fifth Avenue. You can also find The Dailey Method Ottawa on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A huge thank you to TDM Ottawa for offering me a month of classes in exchange for my honest opinion. I thank you for my defined abs! A big thank you to Laura Kelly Photography for the pictures.

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. November 2, 2016 / 11:18 am

    One of the best things about working out is how good it makes you feel. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Dr. Sacheen Mobley
    November 2, 2016 / 11:30 am

    This was very inspiring. I especially like the quote under your caption. The Daily Method sounds like a program that I would use here in the States. I will check it out. Thank you!

    • Dominique
      November 2, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Hi Dr. Mobley! It originated in the States! I think you are in luck! I loved working out in an environment that wasn’t intimidating and the actual routines are a lot of fun! Good luck!

  3. November 2, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Good for you! Looks like it was a lot of fun!!

    • Dominique
      November 2, 2016 / 3:58 pm

      It really was and the staff is so nice!

  4. November 2, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Hi Dominique, this is great! I only wish I lived in the area! My fitness routine involves Bar Method Online classes & Orange Theory Fitness 🙂 I love having a community & support to achieve my fitness goals!
    ~Jessica | http://www.petitestylescript.com/

  5. November 2, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I really like doing 30-day health / workout programs and challenges (like Whole 30 and the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred) because 30 days doesn’t seem like TOO long a goal to meet and I feel like I can actually accomplish it while still seeing some results!

  6. July 30, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    I’m so glad to hear these positive reviews from you! I just started doing Dailey Method and I already have gotten noticeably more flexible. I do work out a lot outside of Dailey Method, so I was both surprised and delighted when I found out that I am now working muscles I never hit before. Thank you for sharing!

    • Dominique
      August 2, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Hey Maggie! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the classes at TDM! It’s amazing! I definitely noticed an uptick in my flexibility while working out there. I really miss it. I need to get back there!

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