Tiny Movements With Huge Results- The Dailey Method Exercise

 Official website: http://thedaileymethod.com

 My qualifications: Just got back from my tenth one-hour class! I’ve only been to the downtown and Mission/Castro location in San Francisco, but I’m going to assume it’s pretty much the same anywhere else since the flagship studio is the SF Marina one.

Locations: Studios in 7 states with the majority in California. Complete list of Dailey Method locations here. Bar Method, Pure Barre, Pop Physique, and Core Fusion classes are all supposed to be similar though.

What it is: For a detailed description of a typical Dailey Method class, there’s an article on FitSugar. And for how a real person views it, please read on. So this lady Jill Dailey with a degree in kinesiology started a pilates studio, then she started learning the exercise method of Lotte Berk who is a ballet dancer. Jill then established this routine of working out with various tools. Basically to me it’s pilates with some inspiration from ballet and yoga using props.

What you’ll actually be doing: In a carpeted room, working out with a ballet bar, yoga straps, different size exercise balls, mat, and free weights. Toning of arms, butt, thighs, and core. Some stretching and a little bit of cardio warm up. The dumbbells in there range from 2 to 5 pounds only. Very small movements with high repetitions and a lot of holding of difficult positions. Half of the time I am like “Oh this is a piece of cake” and the other half of time I am like “You’re telling me to just move my thigh up and down by an inch but I JUST CAN’T ANYMORE waaaaaaaaaaah!”

Music you are most likely going to hear during class: Very upbeat pop or house music. Or “workout mixes” of songs.

What the instructors are like and what they’re likely to say or do: Above average looking ladies who are very fit. The instructors are really friendly and like to motivate you from a superficial perspective: “This works out your triceps so your arms will look long and lean in a tank top!” or “Really work your obliques! They’re what create a narrow waist and swimsuit season is approaching!” Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that because that angle totally works on me. Class size is small, and correct alignment is really important in Dailey Method, so they come around to check on you very often to offer you any needed adjustments.

Who are likely going to be in your class: I have never ever seen a man in the studio. EVER. Although there is a men’s bathroom, so…. All the ladies in my class are prettier, fitter, more well-dressed than the average woman. They also look smarter but that’s just my personal judgment.

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Getting Tattoos…From A Vain Crybaby’s Perspective

Disclaimer: I have only had 3 simple and small tattoos, and I am not an expert

I just got my third tattoo last weekend by Jaime at Black and Blue . Like my previous ones, it’s just a plain black Chinese character. Nothing fancy.

Even so, I mulled over all of them for a long time. I pondered potential tattoos for months before making an appointment at a shop. I know that tattoos are permanent, and laser treatment to remove them is more painful than actually having the tattoos done. I also change my style “like a girl changes clothes” AKA really damn often, so I know that I want something that does not ever go out of fashion and will always remain meaningful to me throughout my entire life.

I also know what looks good on my body and what doesn’t. I would never get anything tattooed on my legs because it will cut off the visual lines of my limbs, and I am already short enough. As a female, I also hesitate to get anything on the central part of my body just in case I get pregnant later in life.

I don’t pretend to not cry easily (Unless you cried while watching Monsters, Inc. too), and I am such a baby when it comes to physical discomfort. I’ve gotten my earlobes re-pierced four times, and I’ve shed a tear or two each time. Yet for some unknown reason, I have never cried once while having tattoo work done on me. I think it’s because of the adrenaline rush masking the sensation, and the fact that the level of pain I expect always turned out to be much higher than what it actually was.

Don’t get me wrong: IT HURTS. My finger one was the worst because it felt like my bone was being cut by a sharp needle. What really helps though is thinking about the reason that you’re doing this for during the process. For instance, I got a tattoo of part of my grandma’s name, so I had flashbacks of how she took care of my brother and me in our childhood during those ten minutes. You can also bring a loved one with you to remind you that you have plenty of support.

There are a lot of materials on tattoo aftercare on the internet, but in my opinion, one often overlooked factor is that you can’t be in the sun or the water a lot for 2-3 weeks afterwards. Sunscreen is full of strong chemical ingredients, so you can only wear protective clothing like hats, but this would put quite a damper on your summer if you like the outdoors or the waters. I can’t even go to my boxing class for two weeks because I got my finger one re-inked, and soaking the tattoo in sweaty wraps for 50 minutes is just not good.

Overall I think the three most issues to think about are the questions my father asked me when I showed him my first tattoos a few years ago:

  1. Do you regret it?
  2. Did you get it done at a safe, sanitary place?
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RIP, Resting Bitch Face

A minor case of RBF. I can almost hear the scoff.

Also known as Chronic Bitchface, a resting bitch face is the condition of having an autopilot mean expression. When this term came out last year, I immediately embraced it and told everyone proudly that I have RBF.

Earlier today as I’m smiling to myself on the street, thinking about how I was holding a super cute puppy while shadowing an SF SPCA outreach event, a man stopped me and said “Excuse me? I just want to tell you that you’re really gorgeous. And your haircut is really awesome.”

Did I mention that I was scarfing down a BURRITO in sweaty gym clothes without make up? If my mother were there, she would chide me for the thousandth time that eating while walking on the street was incredibly unladylike.

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Hey Girl. You Should Cut Your Hair Short.

Insert a Photoshopped picture of Ryan Gosling here.

(I know. I’m very sorry that I can’t give you that, too. Let’s just use our rich imagination.)

If you’re a female and you are scared or concerned about cutting your hair short, here are what I have to say as a person who hasn’t had her hair touch the shoulders for 10 years:

  • Just like there are millions of different hairstyles for medium and long hair lengths, short haircuts are just as versatile- Countless short haircuts are waiting for you to try ‘em! You just gotta find the right one for your face shape and bone structure.
  • If you’re straight and worried that shorter hair will decrease your femininity in the traditional sense or make you less attractive in heterosexual men’s eyes, let me tell you that this is a complete fallacy. My friends who share my common interest can testify that guys hit on us at least just as frequently as when we had longer hair. Your face and body remain the same.
  • Remember that this is just some fuzz on top of your head. You’re not changing your personality.
  • Seriously, it’s just hair. If you don’t like it, then you can always go even shorter or just wait for a few weeks. Wear some hair accessories in the meantime while you grow it out.
  • You can donate your hair to organizations such as Locks of Love! Think about all the children you can help!

Needless to say, I’m a big advocate. Please allow me to list some pros of short haircuts (Some generalizations are made below for the sake of entertainment value and brevity):

  1. Time- and product-saving: Less time required for washing and drying, your shampoo and conditioner bottles last much longer, and the words “brushing” and “tangles” appear less in your vocabulary.
  2. Great ventilation: Awesome for warm weather! In cold weather, I wear earmuffs and rock hats.
  3. Healthy hair: The hair closer to your scalp is younger, and the shorter it is, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver nutrients all the way to the ends of each strand. Essentially your hair will have better quality. I personally can’t stop touching my hair because it feels like a puppy is napping on top of my head.
  4. Difficult to mess up: Hard for strong wind, some rain, or even caressing hands to mess it up when it’s only a few inches long.
  5. More showing of your face: You got a good one! Why not show more of it along with some nape and neck action?
  6. Increased bounce and volume: By lightening up its weight, you would be adding a little oomph to your hair for sure. It’s a scientific fact.
  7. Lesbians hit on you more often: It’s very flattering if you’re straight. Awesome if you’re a lesbian or bi. My lesbian friends agree. Oh also it’s a great excuse when a gross sleazy guy hits on you: “Um, do you see my hair?…Yea, I like girls. Sorry!”
  8. Strangers will go out of their way to compliment you: This just happened to me tonight. Coworkers/classmates/neighbors/baristas who don’t usually talk to you come over just to tell you how much they like your haircut. Women share their repressed desires of chopping their tresses off, and say that you encourage them to summon their courage to do so. Men inform you that it’s wild, edgy, artful, fashionable, unique, hot, etc. Some might even ask if they could touch your coif.
  9. Membership into a special league: Have you noticed how guys with epic beards give each other those silent nods of approval as one walks in the bar? This is the same! Whenever I see another lady of short mane, we communicate mutual appreciation with a knowing smile. Sometimes instant connections are made, and BAM! New friend.

Listen, I’m not saying every woman would like short haircut on herself- I’m just saying that everyone should give it a try and discover that for herself.

Happy snipping or happy buzzing! I personally love the feeling when the hairdresser uses the razor on my hair.

Best,

Chin